Client’s Traditional Living Room: Before & After

I just got photos back from a recent photo shoot with my good friend & photographer Helen Norman & her assistant, F.J. Hughes.  Remember the install I wrote about a couple of weeks ago here?   Well, my clients went on a family vacation & while they were gone, we installed the living room so they got to […]

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July 30, 2011

Summer Food

I love eating.  It’s definitely one of my top three favorite things to do.  I try as much as I can not to gorge, but it’s just so much fun.  In the summer, I’m more in the mood for lighter/ fresh foods.  I had to take a picture of the fruit platter my husband put […]

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July 27, 2011

Queen Anne’s Bouquet

Just wanted to share a quick peek of another one of my newest textile designs, Queen Anne’s Bouquet, which I’m using on curtains in my bedroom at my dad’s cottage in Antioch.  It’s in an ivory linen & reminds me so much of our little field of wildflowers (including a ton of Queen Anne’s Lace) […]

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July 23, 2011

Summer Cottage Curtains

My family (my dad’s side) has had a summer cottage outside of Chicago since the 50s.  My grandparents used to take my dad & my aunt & my uncle out every weekend to play on the lake & get away from the Chicago daily grind.  My grandfather was a knife sharpener & both he & my […]

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July 21, 2011

Prettiest Island Resturant

It’s easy for “themed” decor to get cheesy.  (In fact, if it’s “themed” at all, you can pretty much guarantee it’s bad or borderline bad.)  What keeps anything good, however, is authenticity.  It’s no longer a theme, it just is what it is.  When we visited Aguadilla, Puerto Rico last week & visited this beach […]

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July 19, 2011

“Risk And Its Rewards”

We got home from our trip to Puerto Rico last night & I was thrilled (ok, I totally squeeled) to see the article about my family & house in the Washington Post on news stands. {photos by Katherine Frey} I was so excited when Terri Sapienza asked us to do the story & when they […]

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July 16, 2011

Better Homes & Gardens Mag: 50 Ideas Under $50

Thanks so much to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine for including me in the “dream team” of designers, stylists & bloggers rounded up for their “50 Super Stylish Ideas Under $50” article in this month’s issue.  (Some of my favorite people were included in the experts, including my friend Liz Levin) In the issue there are so […]

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July 6, 2011



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