Equestrian Decorating

It’s DERBY DAY!  While my husband is reading about the horses and picking his favorites, I’m adding equestrian decor for our Derby fete this evening.

My mind has been focused on the equestrian-look all week.  I’m working with clients who want to update their family room.  The home is a ski chalet and is heavily used in the fall and winter so they wanted a warm, cozy feel without being rustic.

I researched fabrics and developed this combination of pattern, texture and color.

Equestrian Decorating

This rug will anchor the room and the ‘Ralph Lauren’ look will be underway!
Oriental Blue and Red carpet

Of course, we’ll have to add art and accessories to pull everything together….

Horse Art

Since my clients entertain A LOT when they visit Vermont - including friends, children, grandchildren and grand-dogs, we made it a point to use child and pet-friendly fabrics.

Pet Friendly interior design Have a well-designed day,




Photos: Ruxana’s Home Interiors, Pinterest




I don’t know what I love more…..the oil painting of the dog above the bed or the children’s silhouettes.

pointer painting

Have a well-designed day,


Photo: Design New England

Signs that you’re a decorating ‘maximalist’

My husband jokes (frequently) that if a minimalist says “less is more” than I’m a maximilist because I say “If less is more, imagine how much more, MORE would be!”

Here are some signs that YOU might be a maximalist:

1.  You love animal print and try to sneak a little in every room.

Decorating maxmilist

2.  You love collections!  There more the merrier, you say!

Tortoise Collection

3.  You love to surround yourself with books.  “So many books, so little time”.


4.  You like mixing, not matching.

Charles Faudree Fabrics

5.  You love deep, rich colors…even if it ISN’T trendy!

deep blue room with tartan plaid

A high-five to my fellow maximilists!

Have a well-designed day,





Photos: SMW Design, The Scout GuideRuxana’s Home Interiors; Stroheim; House Beautiful

Summer Linens

Crisp summer linens?

Summer Bedding Vermont


Yes, please!

Have a well-designed day,





Photo: Rutland, Vermont Interior Designer

Selecting the RIGHT paint color

Did you know that 40% of the paint sold in the United States is to correct PREVIOUS color mistakes? Yep. It’s true. A common error people make is selecting the paint color first and then making decisions about the remainder of the room. Although I ALWAYS recommend paint color last, this isn’t always possible. For example, new homeowners frequently want to have the entire house painted BEFORE they move in and furnish the home. Based upon the amount of light and the mood of the room, I have mastered the art of selecting no-fail neutrals that work with just about anything. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few examples.

During a Paint Consultation, two years ago, the home owner told me that he would furnish the house over time using antiques discovered at auctions and vintage stores. This was tricky because it meant my color palette would have to work with a variety of colors.  The client did not have a ‘theme’ or a piece to use for inspiration and it also meant that furniture of different colors, textures and patterns could potentially live in the same room. My client is on ‘Phase Two’ and recently invited me back to design custom window treatments. I was delighted to see that the original colors, which I selected, worked perfectly with a gorgeous antique oriental rug that commands the room.

Rutland Vermont Paint ConsultationA ski condo I designed and furnished for a client in Killington, Vermont, had a similar need.  While the design process allowed us to select all the furniture and fabrics for the main spaces and kitchen, the upstairs bedrooms were left for Phase Two.  I selected a serene green-gray.  When we completed the bedroom eight months later, the colors worked beautifully.

Killing Vermont Condo Furniture

I’m currently working on a very large barn renovation outside of Ludlow, Vermont, and the builder requested paint colors long before we were in the ‘Furniture Planning’ stage.  So I had to select a whole-house color palette that would work FOR us, not AGAINST us, when it came time to select the furniture fabrics.   As you can see, the colors worked wonderfully with the fabrics I specified for our Miles Talbot furniture order.

Ludlow Interior Design Paint Color ConsultationIf you’d like to download my list of TOP 10 Paint Colors (be warned – these are my current favorites and are NOT paint color recommendations) just follow the link  HERE.





Photo Credit: Rutland Interior Designer, Rutland, Vermont

Equestrian Style Chair in Vermont

My husband and I are settling in to watch the 140th Kentucky Derby race on TV and I thought I’d share a chair that would be PERFECT for a room with a Ralph Lauren feel.   Equestrian details dovetail with Vermont mountain decor very well.

This chair comes in FIRST PLACE.  My friend and fellow designer from Tumblewood Interiors, spotted this chair at High Point Furniture Market last month and the remarkable thing is she said it would be a great fit for her client base in Kansas.  Of course, it works perfectly for a home in Vermont….and yet another friend in Tempe, Arizona said that it would work well for her clients, too.  WOW – Kansas, Vermont AND Arizona…..that’s the trifecta of chairs!

Leather wears beautifully, adds a rich patina to a room and a bonus is that it cleans easily.  I wish this chair was available when I completed my most recent Killington condo interior design package.  It would have been a wonderful way to add character AND comfort.

Rutland Furniture




A kitchen renovation ends with a new living room

I just returned from an installation at a client’s home.  Late last fall they decided to renovate their kitchen.  They have a busy household and their dated kitchen was no no longer serving their needs.  So, they gutted it and added a large island which serves as a spot for informal dining, homework and a large area to prep food.

Kitchen Design Rutland Vermont

Since their home has an open floor plan, the kitchen renovation led to new wood floors…which led to them to new slate in the entry.Slate floor

With everything so fresh and updated, they wanted their living room furniture to be fresh, too.  Here in the studio, we call this the domino effect.  Once you update one room, others are certain to follow.

Since I worked primarily with the wife, my client’s husband was not involved in the process.  However, he was home today during the installation and as I was getting ready to leave, he looked around the open concept home….the kitchen, dining room and at the new living room furniture we had installed and he said “it looks great…and everything matches.”  I had to smile; good design is never an ‘accident’.  It’s a well thought out plan of the client’s space, budget, lifestyle and needs.

Rutland Interior Design

In design, details ALWAYS matter.  A big shout out to Deb Kelly for providing me with a gorgeous kitchen color scheme with which to work.




Photos: Rutland Interior Designer

Decorating for clients with asthma or allergies

My interior design firm is service-driven, not sales-driven.  Since we endeavor to serve clients for a lifetime we consider their future needs as much as their current needs.  We’ve designed rooms (and homes) for clients who are having children, adding pets, downsizing, and transitioning into assisted living facilities while helping them prepare to sell their homes.

As temperatures rise and the spring thaw approaches, robins will arrive along with pollen and allergens.  Last week a former client contacted me about helping her create and decorate a master bedroom retreat.  Though not an uncommon request, this one was different.   She was recently hospitalized with a severe case of undiagnosed asthma.   Consequently she must create a home environment that supports her health; since it is cost prohibitive to do the entire home, I suggested starting with her master bedroom to act as a refuge for her, where she can rejuvenate and regenerate.  After all, our bedrooms are places where we spend a significant amount of time.

Vermont Interior Designer

(c) Ruxana’s Home Interiors

With this in mind, here are some tips for creating a healthy sleeping environment for allergy and asthma sufferers.

1.  Remove it.   When we get out of bed on a chilly Vermont morning, our feet enjoy being greeted by a cozy carpet.  But in reality carpeting is terrible for asthma and allergy sufferers.  Particles like pet dander, dust mites and pollen get trapped in the carpet fibers and even regular vacuuming won’t remove them entirely.  A better option is wood or laminate flooring.  It allows for easy cleaning and easier breathing.

2.  Replace it.   If you crave room-darkening window treatments for your bedroom, I recommend replacing heavy fabric drapery treatments with wood blinds, shutters or specialized honeycomb shades.   We carry an extensive line of window treatments that are easy to clean and environmentally friendly, including a line of insulating honeycomb shades that are made out of recycled water bottles.  You can simply wipe them clean with a cloth.

Bedroom with wood blinds

3.  Switch it.  The furnishings in your bedroom should be streamlined and simple.  With fewer creases and crevices in your room, there are fewer places for dust and allergens to hide.  While many clients like to add ‘glamour’ to master suites, we can achieve that without heavy furniture, fabric tufting and draperies.

Elaborate bedroom

4.  Wash it.  All of your bedding – from the decorative throw pillows to the duvet – should be removable and machine washable.  It’s much more hygienic and cost effective than dry cleaning, especially if pets share your bedroom.   If you have an upholstered headboard or other upholstered furniture in your bedroom, consider getting slipcovers made so you can launder them.   If you’re purchasing new furniture, I suggest using leather or faux leather.  Leather adds warmth, texture and will not harbor allergens like fabric.

5.  Conceal it.  Invest in bedside tables that have ample interior storage.   This will allow you to store your bedside amenities like tissues, books, reading glasses and hand lotion where it is easily accessible but kept away from the dust.

6.  Skip it.  When redecorating a space for people with respiratory problems, it’s imperative to use products that have no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and do not off-gas.  Some products seem innocent but the off-gassing creates an extremely toxic environment.   VOCs shouldn’t preclude you from ordering the furniture that best fits your needs, but be sure to request low or no-emitting finishes, components, and upholstery.

Elaborate bedroom

As a full-service interior design firm in Vermont, we help our clients cook better, entertain better, sleep better, relax better, live better and now BREATHE better!





Photos: Houzz; Earth Safe

Decorating with buffalo check part 2

Here are some more great buffalo check images.

large check bedding

As I mentioned in my last post, this large check can be used in a variety of ways – window treatments, upholstery and even wall-coverings.

Beautiful country dining room

How about using it as a vanity or sink skirt?  Do you see the lucite chair by the vanity?  You know I LOVE lucite!    buffalo check vanity

buffalo check life in grace

buffalo check chair

While I would not have paired the striped chair with the wallpaper, I am fond of the wallpaper.  How great would this be in an entry or guest bedroom?

buffalo check wallpaper

Have a great week,


Photos: Miss Bee’s Haven, My Home Ideas, Miss Bee’s Haven, Life In Grace, Cherry Hill Cottage

Decorating with buffalo check

I love using a large buffalo check  to infuse a room with casual charm.  I’ve seen it a bit more lately so I think it may be having a renaissance.  Hooray!  For those of you who think buffalo check only comes in ‘Elmer Fudd red’, keep reading.

The pattern is multi-functional and it can be used for drapery, upholstery or even wall covering.

Buffalo Check drapes


Buffalo Check Valance

Here the pattern is used as an upholstry fabric.

Buffalo check bench

Buffalo check chairs in dining room

large check pattern pillows and chairs

Buffalo check cote de texas

buffalo check adventures of tartan scot


buffalo check

blue buffalo check


I have more fabulous buffalo check images so come back on Monday and I’ll share them with you.



Photos: Calico Corners, Pinterest, Southern Living, Niagranovice.com, Home-Dzine, Cote De Texas, Adventures of Tartanscot, Pinterest, Janes Swan



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