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



Outdoor Inspiration

I know my non-New England readers will wonder why I’m writing about snow on April 1, but with the winter we’ve had, it’s likely that there will be snow on the ground until June.  (The joke’s on us, right?!)

A few weeks ago my husband and I decided to take a late afternoon walk with the dog.

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As we got out of the car, it was much colder than we expected – in the high teens.  It was later than we thought so we knew we had to walk quickly.  Even so, as a designer, my eye is ALWAYS attracted to something.  So, I took my phone and snapped photos.

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Isn’t this tree gorgeous?

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The colors are AMAZING and I used it for paint inspiration.

Vermont Designer Paint Consultation

Remember, design inspiration is EVERYWHERE

Have a well-designed day!


How to change the mood of the room with paint

It’s a bit dreary out today so it’s the perfect time to discuss how you can change the mood of a room simply by changing the paint color.

Have a well-designed day,


Summer hydrangeas

A neighbor has the most amazing blue hydrangeas in her yard.  We’re dog-sitting a 5 month old bulldog, which means we’re walking more, so I’m able to admire them often.Vermont Hyderangeas

Hydrangeas are the quintessential summer flower, aren’t they?  During my wedding-planning days, many August brides used this bright summer flower in bouquets and centerpieces.

Vermont Country Weddings

Centerpiece by friend Debbie at Vermont Country Flowers

I love the look of hydrangeas loosely arranged in a vase.

New England Home Hyderangeas

Using the blue of the hydrangeas as inspiration, I created a cheerful summer color palette using Robert Allen fabrics and a few of my favorite Sherwin-Williams paint colors.

Vermont Designer Summer Colors

SW Paints: Realistic Beige, Searching Blue, Blue Beyond & Ryegrass

Have a well-designed day,



Photos: Vermont Country Flowers via Stinabooth; New England Home 2 & 3; Rutland 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

Chalkboard Paint

I’m not sure how I feel about chalkboard paint.  I’ve used it several times in projects around the house: for crafts, for entertaining and even in furniture make-overs.

chalkboard wagon

As an interior designer I thought this would be a trend that lasted only a few years.  But it’s staying much longer than I anticipated.   What do you think?

chalkboard wall BHG

sunny gode chalkboard

Need to update your fridge?  How about chalkboard paint?

chalkboard fridge southern hospitality

Chalk Paint 4th of July

All the best,


Photos: unknown, BHG, Sunny Goode, Southern Hospality, Country Living


And the winner is…..

Pantone announced that Tangerine Tango (17-1463) is the 2012 color of the year.  I noticed the color popping up the past few months so I’m not surprised.

orange dining chairs

I love the black trim they used to define the walls.


A simple way to incorporate a splash of color.  Plus, I LOVE the oil paintings of the pooch.   Very classic.

orange bed accent

Think Tangerine Tango is too contemporary for you?  This room integrates modern and traditional design elements.

orange wall


I’m specifying wallpaper more – there are so many amazing options!

Tangerine Tango suits Vermont sensibilities and it adds a bit of drama, doesn’t it?

You know my penchant for lucite :)

If one of your rooms needs to do a ‘tango’, give me a buzz.





Pantone, LUXE Interiors + Design (and photo 4), Martha Stewart, Design New England, Ben Hoffman, Sara Story, Windsor Smith, M. Design Interiors

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