Kitchen favs

Sharing some of my favorite kitchen items and brands today.  These are the things I use often and usually keep on the counters. 



Butter keeper

I never knew how much I needed this until I had one.  My step mom gave it to me and now I’m obsessed.  Fresh room temperature spreadable butter all the time..amazing!


Salt Cellar

Salt & Cellar Gift Set

I bought this as a Christmas gift this year and totally forgot I had it.  Christmas passed, I found it, so I kept it and I love it!  I just keep it next to the stove for easy access.


Dish towels

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I have a minor obsession with dish towels and have a whole drawer filled with them.  I pick them up from William Sonoma, Anichini outlet in Quechee, VT, Farmhouse Pottery and really any time I see cute ones on sale.


The Unpaper Towel

Just bought these and can’t wait to test them out!


Bread Board

I have a lot of different boards from Simon Pearce.  I use them for cheese plates and appetizers.

They are all so beautiful I leave some out all the time!


Marble Cheese Board

Marble Round Board

I like to keep a lot of cooking items next to my stove, olive oil, ghee, salt, pepper, etc.  To keep it organized and looking intentional, I keep everything on this raised marble plate. 


Beehive Crock

Beehive Crock

I have a few of these as well and keep all the various utensils in them. Spatulas, wooden spoons, etc.  I have also used them for flowers.


Wood Spoons

I have a whole Farmhouse pottery beehive crock filled with different shapes and sizes of wooden spoons.  I use them for cooking and for serving dishes as well.


White Bowls

Colleen Hennesey Bowl: Gloss White Low Bowl

I have a million white serving bowls.  I have a beautiful large salad one from this store in Cambridge.  Everything here is beautiful, stop in if you are local!  I have some glass cabinets and keep some on display.


Berry Baskets


I bought a couple of these years ago and still use them every week.  You can use them to rinse the fruit and then store them in the fridge.  You can even use them to serve for casual breakfast/brunch or just keep them on the counter.

Spoon Rest

Laurel Spoon Rest

Ok, so I am slightly obsessed with Farmhouse Pottery.  Everything they make is so clean, simple and beautiful.. and hand crafted!  If you haven’t been to their workshop in Quechee you need to go!  


Cake Stand

Glass Cake Dome, Large

I have this one from William Sonoma and try to make a fresh treat each week.  Sometimes something healthy like sweetened with dates banana muffins or something more decadent like double fudge brownies.


Fruit Stand


Mine is white from Farmhouse Pottery but it was a one off that I picked up.  This one is similar. Keeps everything organized and in view so you are more likely to use things before they go bad.


What are your must-haves in the kitchen?








Logan’s (almost) big boy room


Boys’ bedroom by the talented mother daughter team McGrath II

You can never go wrong with red, white, and blue! (and a pop of yellow too!)

Our son Logan has just turned 2 1/2 and has no interest in getting rid of his crib, or his changing table for that matter. Boys! So we are upgrading his nursery, leaving these last two items to remain for now. 

Check it out! 


I added a navy blue tape to the Deconstructed Stripe Roman for this kind of look by Lindsay Speace


Area RugPhotographyHunt SlonemSchumacher Deconstructed Stripe


CribRocker and OttomanGarden Stool


Eames ChairClarence House FabricSchumacher Ikat fabric 


HamperFlushmount Lamp Lampshade

Photos of completed room coming soon!!





Shopping Trip: NYC

Now that I have moved to Boston my trips to NYC are quick and jam packed.  I put aside some time between client meetings to check out some of my favorite shops to see what’s new and well, shop!  I thought I would share some of my go tos. These shops follow a somewhat straight line from downtown to uptown.  I did not include shops that have you zig zagging across the city.   

All the shops are linked!





(via flair)

This store is great for accessory shopping, they have curated selection of glass vases, shagreen boxes and various objects.  Definitely one of my favorite places. 


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John Derian

This quirky whimsical shop is a must see.  I was last in around Christmas and it was just filled with decorations and one of a kind gifts.  


Roman and Williams Guild

So this is a new one that just recently opened and my first time in was this week.  They have a delish restaurant and bakery, a flower shop and a home shop in the back.  It is worth the trip.  The interiors are absolutely stunning as expected from the Roman and Williams crew.  The wall color and treatment is outta control.


The Webster

So this is also a new one, about four months old.  I read about it in AD on the train ride in and thought I would pop in since I was already planning on going to rwguild.  The interiors are funky and expensive, so is the product, but it is definitely worth the stop.  They had a pop up Chloe display that was stellar.  They occupy the whole building and have jewelry, kids, womens, mens and some home.  The salespeople are super fashion enthusiasts. 

Moma Store (downtown)

This may seem like a silly one but I always pop in.  It is quirky and you can grab some great gifts and filler accessories.  I also pop in because it is across the street from Balthazar, which is my go to for lunch when I am downtown making my way up.

The future perfect

Another great accessory, lighting and furniture shop where you will find things you won’t see anywhere else.  

Santa Maria Novella

This is one of my all time favorite places.  It is beautiful and smells like heaven.  I always buy client gifts here and always pick up their burning papers.  They are the best!  I can never get them online but they always have them in the store, just ask!

Pearl River Mart

Just fun! and kind of an institution. I used to work around the corner when I was at Jed Johnson and it was just a great escape and I would always find something for hostess gifts or a table setting.  Cheap and cheerful!

The antique shops on 10th and 11th by university just under union square are outstanding and have stood the test of time.  Hostler Burrows, Anthony Todd, Maison Gerard, O’Sullivan Antiques 

ABC Home

I used to live a block over from ABC and it is a huge store with a huge selection of everything from jewelry, accessories, clothing, furniture, kids shop, bath, linens, really everything.  Even a restaurant.  A must see.  

Jung Lee

Love this store! They have some unique art, tabletop and accessories.  The interior itself is beautiful as well!


Making your way uptown.


Bergdorfs the women’s store (men’s is across the street, east side)

I am not alone in my love for Bergdorf’s.  It is one of my favorite places.  I love the BG restaurant, I take a seat by the window overlooking central park and it is just the best.  Interiors by Kelly Wearstler with de Gourney wallcovering doesn’t hurt either.  I usually pop into the restaurant first for another bite and a glass of champagne (oops!) and then do a loop around the home floor located on the same level.  They have vintage tabletop, books, accessories, linens, and even a kids section.  Enjoy!

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I mean.. (via link)

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This seat is everything! (via link)


This Upper East Side shop is always changing their inventory and have great accessories.  I just bought these..

and these

Some great finds if you hit it right!

Lexington Gardens

This store is like entering another world.  It has live birds, garden accessories and hostess gifts.


Love this place!! They are constantly updating their inventory and have such fun, unique things!  Kate Schelter has her watercolors hanging on the wall.  Christopher Spitzmiller has some of his plates and garden stools scattered about.  They are also always having events.  Right now they are having a pillow pop up!


If you have time to travel a bit farther east.  You should look at Bunny Williams and Gerald Bland in the Fine arts building as well as Liz O’Brien’s shop on 61st street.  

What are your favorites?  Always looking for new spots!










Toddler bed reboot

I have shopped for many toddler beds over the years.  It is such a special time when your tiny baby becomes a little person, the room should reflect that.  A project I am currently working on, the little boy was so happy when the Phillip Jeffries accent wall was installed.. he hugged the wall! It was so sweet but also a reminder that kids really care about their space and that should be encouraged.  The biggest step for this transition is usually the bed.  I always like for it to be a statement, either with the fabric, the scale or the shape.  Let’s face it, kids’ rooms get messy so the bed needs to be the anchor and also the reassurance that it can be pulled back together.. one day!

I like a lot of these options because the fabric can be semi customized (or even fully customized) or there are many color options available  depending on your littlest love’s preference.

kids beds1. Architectural Bed 2. Rounded Headboard 3. Industrial Yellow 4. Bobbin Bed 5. Dandelion Headboard 6. Daybed 7. Daybed Livenup 8. Modern Cube 9. Pondicherry Bed


cover image via Krista Ewart in House Beautiful

Bring it outside

I am currently in the process of transforming our landscape and outdoor area, outdoor everything really! From paint, to gardens to furniture. I am working with the firm Christie Dustman for the landscape and I am super happy with the initial plans! Hoping to have this ready for summer which is almost completely unrealistic. It’s like I’ve never heard of a lead time before! We shall see how far we get.

Look below for the furniture direction (for now!) and some inspiration.



1. Outdoor Sofa 2.Stool 3. McKinnon and Harris (Trade) 4. Console 5. McKinnon and Harris (Trade)

6. Dining Chair 7.Lounge Chair 8.Dining Table


I really want to cover the house in ivy. When looking through the town archives it seems our 1920s Tudor style home once was, maybe it’s time to bring it back! Some inspiration below.


Stephen Sills-Bedford NY



via Lonny


I was also inspired by yesterday’s talk with Stacey Bewkes and Susanna Salk at the Boston Design Center to look back at some of the classics by the great designers and style makers. Particularly Bunny Williams’ Connecticut Home with John Rosselli as well as Aerin Lauder’s family home in Palm Beach. If you don’t follow Stacey and Susanna on Instagram you should as well as check out the Quintessence blog and their web series ‘at home with’ on YouTube. They are fabulous!!



via Quintessence Instagram Bunny’s Connecticut gardens


Aerin Lauder- Palm Beach

I definitely won’t be planting any Palm trees in New England but how can one not be inspired by this estate!





Summer Hostess Gifts

As people come out of hibernation, in the northeast at least, they want to mingle.  That sad social calendar is now becoming overbooked.  I find, it is always a good idea to have a ‘ready to go’ hostess gift arsenal.  For the stocked gift I never want it to be too large or have the hostess think, “oh great, where am I going to put this?!” I like small thoughtful gifts. Of course for some well planned, close friend’s party you may want to get something special and specific but it is also great to have some special gifts on hand, just in case! Some guidance below of some perfect summer hostess gifts in varying price points, you’re welcome! Cheers!


hostes gifts1. For the millennial sibling or close friend- emoji coasters 2.For the social friend – overserved cocktail set 3.For the hostess who likes her wine (and likes it cold!) – wine cooler 4.For the splurge hostess gift – goyard matchbox 5. For the hostess with kids – beginner chopsticks 6. For the homemaker (can include a fun drink recipe)  – citrus juicer 7. For anyone, it smells amazing, perfect for a powder room – capri candle

New England Beach House, Guest Bedroom

With the weather warming up just a bit, the mind naturally travels to summer.  New England beach interiors are all about blue and white for me. Nautical and brass accents just emblazon this theme even more.  Feeling the summer momentum building, I pulled together this beach house guest bedroom.  Cheap and cheerful and filled with all things New England beachy.
This is the first of a series I will try to commit to on Wednesdays, of either a room’s décor, style focus or a design roundup.  Hope you enjoy!

Beach bedroom 2

1. Sophia Flushmount 2.Serena and Lily Bed 3.Nightstand 4. Monogrammed Pillow 5.Bedside Lamp 6. Rope Mirror 7. Lee Radziwill 8.Merida Dhurrie


Some other beach bedroom inspiration!

Interior Design: Victoria Hagan- Nantucket- Architectural Digest

Victoria Hagan

Interior Design: John Knott and John Fondas- Summer house in Maine (amazing!) – House Beautiful

blue and white2

Interior Design: Suzanne Kasler/ Architect: Les Cole

Maine, the way life should be – Architectural Digest

Designing for Adults (with kids!)

It seems like, at the moment, all of my clients either have young children of their own or have little grandchildren that come for visits and overnights.  The request is always the same, please make it look beautiful but also durable.  Usually this request is for specific rooms, most commonly the living room and family room are at the top of the indestructible room list.  Another request, but also good practice, is to be mindful of all seating material and construction: banquette, breakfast room chairs, dining chairs, living room sofa and chairs.  It is important to not look like the kids have the run of the house.  I keep the design focused on the adult clients style and taste and fine tune it to be durable for the littles.  Truth be told, they won’t be little forever! Here are my tricks of the trade to keep things looking good and staying that way.

Fabric Choices

Luckily outdoor and stain resistant fabrics have come a looong way in recent years and for the most part you would never know that they are protected.  I tend to use these fabrics for where you sit: sofas, chairs and ottomans.  These large upholstery items are pricier and if damaged would be quite the undertaking to redo.  I mix in some more luxurious fabrics into the window treatment choices and pillows.  For the pillows, I have them fiber sealed after.  Also, be careful with leather choices as some are more forgiving than others.  Opt for stain protected or textured leathers not pure analine leathers.. Edelman has an Edge line that has been easy to work with.

The construction of how you upholster with your fabrics is just as important.  I don’t do a tufted seat with kids in the house, it tends to be a collector of Cheerios and loose toy pieces.  When I use deep tufting I do it on the back of the seat.  You just need to consider the client and how these pieces will actually be used and also how they will hold up.

Placement, Shape and Material

Depending on the age of the littlest clients- placement, shape and the material of pieces are very important.

Placement– In constructing built ins with kids in mind I tend to keep the lower elevation cabinets that can be closed and locked if needed and the upper elevations shelves to display objects and books etc.  That way it tends to keep everything looking tidy.  Depending on the client, even if they don’t have kids this may be a good idea.  The type of client that can’t handle open shelving or glass cabinet doors in a kitchen, but more on that in another post!

Shape– I try and keep coffee tables round and upholstered in a high performance fabric when kids are in the picture.  I just installed a custom one I designed for a project that has upholstered sides, wood tray top, ottomans tucked under on one side which will face the room and open shelving on the inside facing the sofa to tuck away remotes, magazines etc. Pretty, tailored and functional, the way it should be!

Material– I already discussed the importance of high performance fabric in high traffic areas but also important is the material on tables.  You would want to avoid untreated parchment, lacquer without a glass top, stone that will stain etc. For wood, a satin finish is best.


Anywhere you can gain extra storage is key.  Especially in New York City apartments!  Clients with kids ultimately have a lot of toys that need to be tucked away when not in use because in some cases the living room or dining room also acts as the playroom.  I have had custom pieces made that you wouldn’t know the seat cushion opens and holds storage inside, especially important in the entryway which can become overwhelming with clutter. Or another instance, we were building out a wall to make a proper doorway and had the opportunity to make a new closet.  This is something to always keep in mind.  Multipurpose furniture and building out/adding storage to the original structure when possible.


Most importantly you want there to be an element of fun!  Whether it be in the artwork or sculpture or even something as small as the placemats! You don’t want your apartment to be so serious! Everyone needs a little humor in their lives, with or without kids!


What’s your Style

I am so excited to finally be launching my website and start contributing to my journal!  I plan to explore interior design ideas and my projects, but also all aspects of lifestyle and design.  Entertaining, travel, motherhood, anything that touches my life and I find of importance to share.  After all, that is what design really is, the visual representation of our, hopefully full and thriving, lives. I hope you enjoy!

I get asked all the time, “So, what’s your style?”  As a designer it is sometimes difficult to describe your own style because you are constantly wearing other people’s hats.  When I am working with a client I try and think like that client and get so wrapped up in what would be perfect for them, through a designer’s lens of course.  Would I do the same thing in my home?  Most times, no I wouldn’t but that is because we are all different and lead different lives.  I don’t understand client’s when they are easily swayed by what their neighbor, cousin, mother or friend has to say about how their design schemes are coming together.  Something they initially loved can be torn down in just a few comments from another person.  I usually respond to this by saying, yes but they don’t need to like it, they don’t live here with you, you need to love it.

I do find it extremely fun to try and see interiors through someone else’s eyes.  I try and picture myself as the client and when I come home what do I want to see?  What am I coming home from?  Who am I coming home to?  What am I carrying?  What do I want to do first?  Am I home during the day?  How do I relax at night?  Do I have children? Pet? Aging parents? I do have a degree in cultural anthropology as well so I find the actual human aspect of interiors fascinating!

So what is my true style? If pressed, I would have to say modern classic with a bit of whimsy.  I like four poster beds with all the hangings but in a fresh new fabric not necessarily a chintz, however, I have learned to never say never!  I like an element of eclectic collected items.  I enjoy incorporating objects that tell a story about the person’s life (client or my own).  Items from travel, childhood, etc.  Even if it is something that many may find hideous but it is very special to the client, I will try and incorporate.  It is their space, and as the designer we just try and make it the best and most beautiful space for them to live their full and thriving lives.

Typical Design Styles- The three big ones that are referenced most

Transitional / I think of transitional as a safe bet. It doesn’t move in extremes

Transitional kitchen via pinterest


Traditional / Classic, based in historic references

Tradtitional Mario Buatta Living Room for Patricia Altschul


Modern / Using modern elements and classic modern designers.
Can be minimalist.  Usually not a layered look.

Modern Kelly Behun for Ivanka Trump