Happy New Year and One Goal For 2013

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. In a follow up to my previous post where I shared how unready I was for Christmas, I want to let you know that at the 11th hour I  managed to pull it all together, got the presents wrapped, the tables cleared and set for Christmas and I really enjoyed my down time with my family. Now however, I am SO ready for 2013. I love the start of the New Year.  It’s an opportunity for a redo, a fresh start and a clean slate.

Although I have never been big on New Years Resolutions, I do like to set  goals for both my business and my personal life. This year I decided that one simple goal will cover it all. My 2013  goal is to feel good everyday. I believe if I focus on feeling good everyday and making the choices that I need to make in order to feel good everyday, 2013 will be my best year yet both personally and professionally. This saying from my Inspirational Quotes Pinterest board sums it up perfectly.


Simple right? I know if I follow the above rules I will accomplish my goal and feel good everyday. Anyone want to join me?

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you  for reading my blog. I am grateful and it makes me feel good.

How about you? Do you make New Years Resolutions or set goals? I would love to hear.

My Shocking Christmas Confession with Photos!

Several years back when I was still working full time as a photographer I used to have the most beautifully decorated house at Christmas. My photography business slowed down right after Thanksgiving and I had a full month to decorate, shop, wrap, and bake. I would spend hours at the kitchen table creating Martha Stewart inspired Christmas crafts and searching through my cookbooks to bake complicated and jaw dropping sugar creations. One year I made 10 fresh cranberry Christmas trees to give as teacher’s gifts. I can still remember my finger pain from pushing all those pins through hundreds of fresh cranberries.

cranberry tree

Now that I make my living as a decorator I am so busy this time of the year with clients that I have no time to decorate my own home. We did get the tree up but as far as shopping, wrapping, baking and decorating…to say I am behind is an understatement. As a blogger however, I feel huge pressure to show you photos of my spectacularly decorated tree and my perfectly decorated home. In fact, for the very first time in my entire adult life I have a shocking confession… My house is not decorated!

Yup, less than a week away from the big day and not a sprig of holly in sight.  So to take pressure off  myself and maybe help some of you feel less guilty if you too are in a similar “undecorated” situation I am going to bare my soul and show you what my house REALLY looks like.

My kitchen table that I wished looked like this:

christmas table

Home DIT

actually looks like this….covered with grocery bags and a wet paint chair on top.

orange chair

You see, I am in the middle of painting two kitchen chairs for a client that will be delivered on Friday.

My dinning table that I would love to have look like this

martha stewart table

Martha Stewart Christmas

actually looks like this

Really bad…I know. This mess is actually caused by my son who has just launched a new Boston food delivery service. He and his business partners have been working 18-20 hour days and splitting their time between crashing at the office and working on the website at my dining room table.

Our presents under our Christmas tree which should look like this

actually look like this

Totally embarrassing I know…so as you can see…I have some work ahead of me. My last client appointment is this coming Saturday so you can only imagine what I will be doing Sunday and Monday….or not.

I did have to laugh though as my poor husband in an attempt to help decorate, did this on our deck chair with the left over branches cut off the Christmas tree.

I haven’t had a chance to ask him but I’m wondering if he saw this image on my Pinterest board? Actually, I doubt he even knows what Pinterest is.

I hope you don’t judge me and I hope you got a laugh over my shocking Christmas confession. (In full disclosure I do plan on taking the presents out of the Amazon boxes and wrapping them)

Next year I vow to have a beautifully decorated house…with photos…I promise!

So are you done with your decorating? Anyone in the same situation as me? I would love to hear.

FINALLY!!!! The Official Pantone Color of 2013 is……..

It’s been months of speculation, rumors, incorrect reporting (that the color was Monaco Blue)and just plain old confusion as to what Pantone’s highly anticipated Color of the year for 2013 will be. As I wrote about here, Pantone is the top dog in the color predicting space and Pantone’s tradition of designating a Color of the year has become a very big deal to anyone working with or who loves color.

Well the announcement just came down so say goodbye to Tangerine Tango and say hello to  Emerald.


Pantone’s Color of the year 2013

Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony. It seems the perfect choice to me and I am so happy to see this color going into 2013.

Emerald green

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013

As a color consultant, one tip I would like to share if you plan to use Emerald on your walls, is be sure to make it the star and surround it with lot’s of neutral  (like white) to give the eye a place to rest. Look at this beautiful bathroom with Emerald green walls…stunning.

and this gorgeous bed room. In both photos Emerald is the star and white is used as the grounding neutral.

emerald green


emerald walls

Emerald also pairs so well with Gray, the new on trend neutral we are seeing so often.

emerald drapes

If you want to bring Emerald green into your home but not sure you want to make such a big commitment here are a few photos to inspire you of ways to  us Emerald Green as an accent color.

Pillows are always a great way to introduce a pop of color.


Decor Pad

How about painting a flea market find Emerald Green?

emerald furniture

I love how this Emerald Green chair adds a pop of color to this space

emerald green chair

and who wouldn’t LOVE an Emerald Green velvet head board!

emerald green head board

Lastly, one of my all time favorite powder rooms is this one done by Katie Ridder.

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

So what do you think of  Pantone’s Color of the Year? will you be bringing it into your home?

If you would like help incorporating Emerald Green in your home or any other color, give me a call.


Decorating From Scratch-Choosing a Color Palette

I am working with a new client who by choice, has decided to bring absolutely nothing with him to his new home other than his clothes. For some people this would be a dream come true…”Woo Hoo I won the lottery and I am buying everything new!”  For others this would be a horrible nightmare, for example the home owners who lost everything during hurricane Sandy. I thought it might be fun to share with you my decorating process and how I am creating a home for my client starting from scratch.

When decorating from scratch there are two equally important first steps; creating the floor plan and the choosing the color palette. In this case I was asked to begin work on my client’s home before the closing so I was not able to get in and measure for the floor plan for a few weeks so I started with a color palette.

Since I had no inspiration pieces such as art work, carpet or fabrics to pull color from I began by asking my client lots of color preference questions.  His favorite color is Orange and his favorite neutral color is Gray. To get a little more inspiration I spent some time walking around his new town.  Located on the water it is a town with a history rich in both nautical and factory work. I wanted to be sure to honor this in the color pallet I chose for his circa 1850’s home.


What colors did I see everywhere I looked? Orange and Gray! Two of my client’s favorite colors. The down town is lined with Orange brick buildings and Gray cobblestones.

Newburyport MA

I also saw lots of deep blues and Navy reflected in the water of the harbor. My palette was chosen. I decided to use a warm Gray as the anchoring neutral with Orange with accents of Navy.

Here is the color pallet I presented to my client which he loved.

We painted the walls of his living room, dining room and kitchen which are all open to one another Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. I also added a little pop of Orange to the back of his built in bookcases which flank both sides of a window seat. Here is a sneak peak of the built in with the orange on the back and Revere Pewter on the walls.

little pop of orange


Before settling on the final color pallet I chose all the fabrics for the window treatments, pillows, and carpet. It is kind of like a puzzle when starting with nothing. For example I found a Gray and Orange fabric I loved then tweaked the Orange to better relate with the fabric. Everything relates to each other and you need to think about not only the room as a whole but the flow of the colors throughout the house. In my next post I will show how I used my color pallet throughout the first floor so that everything flowed and related to one another.

Have you ever decorated from scratch? If so, what inspired you to choose your color palette?

If you would like help decorating from scratch or just getting a better color flow in your home, give me a call.

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