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

Time to get cozy!

Vermont Bedrooms

Cozy Dining Area

In honor of our ‘Thanksgiving Countdown’ I thought I’d share this cozy dining room.

Painted bric fireplace in cozy dining room

Notice the painted brick?

Have a lovely day,


Photo via Tumblr

Slipcover Tips

One of this week’s Channel 3 (WCAX) Redecorating with Ruxana segments,  is how to pet-proof a room.  For dog-lovers like me, dog hair in the home is a fact of life.    A great solution to protect your furnishings from four (or two legged) children is to utilize slipcovers.   I carry an amazing line of furniture by Miles Talbott called Washable Wonders.  Each piece comes with a custom upholstered slipcover.  If you already have a piece of furniture you’d like to cover, I have some tips below.

Sofa with slipcover
 chair with slipcover

Today’s slipcovers are custom fitted, tailored, and made to order for your furniture so there’s no need to worry about pinning or tucking loose fabric in place. Custom fitted slipcovers are low maintenance, washable, and a great alternative to reupholstery. Whether made from linen, clipped velvet or outdoor-grade fabrics these versatile furniture covers have never been more popular.

Start Small: If you want to introduce a new color or pattern try using slips on your dining room chair cushions or a petite ottoman. Pick small but prominent pieces in your room to cover.

Refresh: Cover that outdated sofa in a fresh neutral fabric. Use throw pillows for a pop of color and contrast.

slipcovers in a room

Panache: Consider adding detailed finishing touches to your slipcover like a pleated ruffle, buttoned tabs, long ties, or contrasting welt. These additions enhance your finished slipcover.

dining chair with slipcover


Double your DécorUse slipcovers as a seasonal addition to your room to change the look and feel of the space. For example, if you have a rich autumnal colored sofa, you may want to select a lighter-colored slipcover for warm weather months. As a bonus, it preserves your sofa fabric.

Important Tip: Have your slipcover provider pre-wash your fabric before constructing your covers of machine washable fabrics. Skipping this important step may lead to a shrunken and ill fitting slip after it’s washed.

pug dogs on chair

Now, Fido can sleep all day on the furniture and no one will be the wiser.



Photos: Miles Talbott1,2 &4, James Swan 3, Ralph Lauren 5 


Jack o’ lantern ideas

Several years ago my sister gave me an amazing pumpkin carving kit from William-Sonoma. With Halloween around the corner I’ll need to pull it out because these Jack o’ lanterns are too cute!

dog carved pumpkin Better homes and gardens
dog carved pumpkin Better homes and gardens
dog carved pumpkin Better homes and gardens


The stencils can be found HERE.

Cheers ~


Photos: BHG


Summer interior design colors

Why is it that red, white and blue seem synonymous with summer?

Wouldn’t this be a perfect retreat for the week?  If it was on the water you-know-who would be very happy.

Shingled house with American flag

I imagine the interior of the house would look like this:

red white and blue living room

And I imagine you-know-who would look like this:

Black lab in the water

Wishing you a wet & wonderful day!


Photos: Tiny White Daisys; James Swan

For the love of a Black Dog

When you own a black dog (even the most amazing, stupendous dog on the planet) it just isn’t practical to have a white bedroom…

traditional white bedroom

{Sigh}.  But I like to dream about it….



Photo: James Swan

Rainy Day

Ugh.  Such a wet and dreary day.  Humm…maybe we should put on our coats and go play in the rain.  Anyone care to join me?



Photo: Bruce Weber New York Times

Happy New Year!

Dog with scarf on bench with candlelight

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault

I will not be sad to see 2010 pass; it was an emotional year for me and for many people that I love;  2010 has taught me that only a FEW things in life are REALLY important. 

Wishing you peace ~


Photo: December 2010 Homes and Gardens

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