May 05, 2017

Spring Rummage Sale

Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, there is a fantastic rummage sale located about 30 minutes away from SOMA at the Far Hills Fairgrounds. The Far Hills Rummage Sale is put together as a fundraiser for the Visiting Nurses Association of Somerset Hills and it is an adventure!

It is best to go in the morning as the good stuff gets snapped up in a flash. Opening day is always a Friday and things tend to be priced a bit higher because that’s when the selection is widest and the dealers know it. 

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March 18, 2017

Easy Upgrades: Window Pelmets

A few weeks ago I decided that my daughter’s room needed a change. My typical solution is to move furniture around with wild abandon but, in this small space, that just wasn’t possible. So I decided to tackle the windows. I decided on an easy upgrade – to dress up the simple matchstick shades with window pelmets.

A pelmet a decorative piece of wood or cloth meant to hide curtain or window shade fittings.

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March 09, 2017

What is your Favorite Color?

What is your favorite color? Is it something found sprinkled throughout your wardrobe? Your home? I can’t help but think that the colors a person is drawn to speaks volumes about their personality. I was wondering what my love for the color orange says about me so I did a little digging just for fun. Here is what I found out…

Red: The color of fire and blood, red is associated with energy,

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February 03, 2017

Design Essentials: Bar Cabinets

While the idea of a bar cabinet feels rather old fashioned, it seems that this functional piece has come back into style. All of a sudden various takes on this classic can be found almost anywhere – Pottery Barn, West Elm, Restoration Hardware. Even local vintage shops like Salvage Style in Maplewood has been known to stock them from time to time. They are available at all price points and you can even find styles that tuck neatly into corners like this one from West Elm.

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January 10, 2017

Where to Find Fabulous Pillows on Etsy

The most common questions I get when working with clients have to do with accessorizing a room. More specifically, what’s the story with pillows? Do you really need them? How many do you need? What size should they be? Are they supposed to match? I know, I know, really important stuff! But if we are talking about decor, and we are indeed, then pillows are important.

Pillows on a sofa,

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December 08, 2016

Easy Updates: Flor Tiles

Have you ever used Flor carpet tiles? I first used them in the tiny kitchen of my Brooklyn apartment. I know, it sounds weird, but when you combine cracked tiles and crawling babies it was actually the perfect solution. Here in Maplewood I have them in our back entry and in the pantry off the kitchen. Both are spaces that get a lot of traffic and where the floors are basically unfinished sub floor. It feels nice underfoot,

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November 28, 2016

Home Decor Sales for Cyber Monday

It’s Cyber Monday — the best day of the year to shop for home decor, in my opinion! If you’ve been thinking about a new living room rug, a new dining room lighting fixture, or new storage furniture for your kids, take a look below for today’s sales from our favorite retailers — today might be the day to act!

Cyber Monday Sales from a Few Favorites:

  • Crate and Barrel: 15% off full-priced items and free shipping on orders over $49.

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November 24, 2016

Local Resources: Reclaimed Barn Wood

In one of the projects I have been working on we have decided to use a reclaimed beam as a mantle above the fireplace. While researching my wood options I stumbled upon a salvage yard in nearby Irvington called Real Antique Wood and went to pay a visit. I was not disappointed.

The yard is enormous and the wood is stacked miles high. You are welcome to go wander around and they have a showroom filled with knowledgable sales people.

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November 15, 2016

Maximizing Space: Radiator Toppers

Here at 120 Oakview there is a glaring lack of table top space throughout – lots of windows, not a whole lot of places to put stuff. There is a definite need in my home to use whatever magic is necessary to maximize surface area – in both a practical way and from a design point of view. I am always looking for creative ways to display more of the things I can’t help but collect.

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November 09, 2016

Light Fixture Love Affair

Back when I was in art school I spent a summer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. While there I ate a lot of hot dogs, drank a lot of beer, rode bikes down bumpy cobblestone streets, hung out in the twilight lit nights, made amazing friends, explored Scandinavia and generally had the time of my life. Oh, I also happened to study furniture design.

The program was based out of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and the halls in the building where classes were held were lit with the iconic Poulsen Artichoke lamp.

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