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Kitchen Remodelling Begins!


My kitchen remodel has begun!  Goodbye ugly, small, cheap countertops and badly painted cabinets.  Well, maybe not goodbye to the “small” — my kitchen is only 8′ x 9.5′ and that’s not going to change.  But there are a few things I can do to make it much more functional.   Continue reading


Spring Cleaning – Closet Organization

Closet Catastrophe

Tucked under the stairwell, just off of my kitchen, is my entertaining closet.  A closet where, in theory, I can store all of my extra entertaining accoutrements — plates, glasses, silver trays, chafing dishes — all easily accessible and ready to party at a moment’s notice.   As you can see from the photo, the easy access in a moment’s notice part is still just a theory not a theorem. Continue reading

Travel Design Inspirations: Vietnam & Thailand

Aged brass door handles on a bright yellow door, Minh Mang Tomb, Hue, Vietnam

Every month I check out my pile of shelter magazines and inevitability find an article where a designer talks about how their newest design, fabric, furniture line, etc. was inspired  from their latest exotic trip.  When you travel do you see the world like a designer?   Continue reading

Bathroom Remodel, Before and After

Some bathroom remodeling projects are motivated by desire — desire for steam showers, soaking tubs or just more space.  Some bathroom remodeling projects are motivated by necessity i.e. the room is so ugly and outdated that something has to be done. Continue reading

Thomas O’Brien: American Modern

I knew I was in the right place when I walked into the theater and saw a picture of an 1833 neoclassic home projected on the screen — boxwood, blue sky, shingles and columns. I ask you, is there anything better? Continue reading

Cocktail Napkin, Anyone?

Cocktail Napkins

Cocktail Napkin, Anyone?

I am addicted to paper cocktail napkins.

On most weekends you can find me trying to score a fix.  My favorite dealers?  Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning, Marshall and let’s not forget the clearance baskets of my favorite kitchen supply and gourmet grocery stores (thank you Balduccis).  My obsession combines two experiences that keep me Jonesing for more — the thrill of the bargain and the high of finding the unique. Just when I think I can “Just Say No” I find coordinating lunch and dinner napkins. It’s like a speedball to my heart. Continue reading