July 29, 2018

Life in Transition: The Kitchen Island Cart

There are some pieces of furniture that are really worth celebrating. And in my current life in transition; moving from one country to another and renting a house until we’re ready to buy one, flexible furniture has been incredibly helpful to keep me organised.  I would like to raise my glass to the humble kitchen cart. I believe you can do so much with these versatile pieces. I’ve fallen in love with these functional pieces so much that I now have two.

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July 17, 2018

Tricks of the Trade: Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Summer is here and along with blue skies and insane humidity comes dirt from the garden, melted popsicles and sandy toes. One of the simplest, most economical ways I have found to help combat this inevitable mess is with the addition of a few indoor/outdoor rugs.

Indoor/outdoor rugs are made from synthetic materials and so they repel stains like it’s their job. Well, I guess it is, in fact, their job so let’s just say they are very good at their chosen professions!

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June 11, 2018

Design Obsession: Rugs

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m a sucker for a good rug. I am constantly falling in love with textiles old and new and I often find it hard to walk away. But there is only so much floor space over here on Oakview and, tragically, most of it is already covered.  I know, it’s hard.

Rather than layer rugs 4 deep all over my house,

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May 22, 2018

Buying Art: How to Dress a Naked Wall

A large number of the conversations I have with clients touch on one particular topic that completely paralyzes so many… What on earth should go on the walls of these beautiful homes? If you aren’t naturally drawn to art, or you simply don’t trust your instincts, it can be hard to know where to start. It can be harder still to actually pull the trigger and make a purchase. When this happens, the result is a mess of naked walls…

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May 10, 2018

Hunting and Gathering

May is here and, along with its colorful flowers and sunny days, my fellow hunter/gatherers and I welcome the kick off of  flea market season! This fantastic time of year runs from spring to fall and, here in SOMA, the first event is typically the VNA Rummage Sale in Far Hills. I have written about this particular sale before and, while this year felt a bit more sparse than it has in past years,

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April 20, 2018

Trend Alert: Spring Florals

I don’t know if it’s because this winter has felt extra long… but lately I have been noticing floral prints popping up everywhere I look! From home decor to bedding to clothing, everywhere I turn my head my eye is drawn to colorful flowers.

As with all trends, if you wish to bring them into your home you should do so selectively. Just because you are seeing bursts of blooms everywhere and loving it doesn’t mean that you should run out and recover your sofa in a glazed chintz fabric!

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April 03, 2018

Everyday Objects as Art

One of the most asked questions from my clients is about art. More specifically, where to find it. The answer is tricky because, as we all know that like beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder. One thing I can safely say to everyone who asks is that art isn’t necessarily a two dimensional thing that you hang on the wall. It can be a beautiful piece of driftwood you found on your last Maine vacation,

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April 01, 2018

A room of one’s own

After leaving college I spent nine months as a secretary in Primrose Hill, London trying to decide what I was going to do with the rest of my life.  The winter was long and slow; when I wasn’t typing up rental agreements and keeping up with the filing I tried to write the first few chapters of a novel about an insomniac who would go on adventures in the middle of the night.  The novel didn’t progress and I lacked inspiration.

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March 30, 2018

Curated, Not Decorated

So many of us start out our SOMA lives having come from smaller quarters. Often after making this shift, what once felt like a crowded life suddenly feels empty and full of overwhelming possibility. That sofa that once felt way too big for your cramped living room now feels like a pin cushion. That lone standing lamp that lit up your entire bedroom now only produces a puddle of light. As a result, we often rush to furnish our spaces so that they feel “finished”

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March 24, 2018

A breath of fresh air: eco-friendly paint for your home

There’s nothing quite like opening a window and feeling a cool breeze flow through a room. Fresh, clean indoor air is one of the most important features of an eco-friendly home. With a newly painted room we quickly reach for the window latch to get some clean air flowing through. And rightly so, many paints pose health hazards for you, your family and the environment.

But why are some paints so harmful?

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