September 12, 2019

You've probably heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI) and may have even taken the test while a student as part of assessing which careers your personality type might be most suited to.  MBTI's are really just a way of developing self-awareness of your person...

August 21, 2019

A recent study described in the JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (Volume 64 (August 2019) 39-47) looked at the design of the home environment as a predictor of family functioning -- "affective responsiveness, emotional acceptance, acceptance and decision-making".  I...

April 12, 2019

 During the 1980's I lived just outside of Brussels in Belgium right across the street from a lovely windmill in a field.  During my time living in this tiny country, squeezed between France and The Netherlands, I traveled around, admiring the beautiful countryside, vi...

February 21, 2019

According to general contractors from Sweeten, the service that matches projects with contractors, "...A good starting point to budget for a full-home remodel in NYC ranges from $100 to $200 per square foot (psf), .... These estimated costs per square foot are for the...

August 29, 2018

"New traditional" generally means using traditional methods and materials, but adapting them to today's styles.  In this recent project, I topped off a white balloon shade in the bedroom with blue-gray French damask by Pierre Frey and scalloped it in a valance with con...

August 9, 2018

 Is this really a Starbucks?!  Yes, it's a Japanese teahouse-inspired coffee house smack dab in the middle of one of the oldest and most culturally historic cities in Asia, Kyoto.  With its low seating, spare use of color and heavy doses of natural wood and stone, this...

July 13, 2018

Based on an analysis of Google searches for home decor items, there is some variation by state that is quite interesting.  If you're in the Tri-State area of the United States, for instance, mirrors, lighting fixtures and throw blankets are your obsession.  Overall, ac...

July 3, 2018

How do you work with a mishmash of existing furniture to re-freshen a tiny living space?  This was a question a recent client of mine had, who had downsized from a larger home to a small one-bedroom apartment.  She had some oversized pieces that were the wrong scale an...

June 5, 2018

 Done!  Tada!  This chair is for sale -- name your price.  It was chalk-painted, with metallic paint applied to the carved rosettes.  The inside cushion was re-habilitated, fluffed up and made more cushion-y.  A soft, embroidered, fabric in creams and pale blues and gr...

June 5, 2018

There was something satisfying about using a high-powered staple gun to insert tacks around the base of the chair to secure the newly sewn and stretched fabric seat cover.  I felt real accomplishment when this task was complete and I could then trim away the excess fab...