While doing some research for Wednesday’s post, I came across some progress pictures that got me thinking. They are shared by Clayton Woodworks Carpentry of San Francisco and give us a glimpse into the great amount of work that goes into a project like this before we can admire the glossy shots published in our favorite magazines.

It’s easy to imagine that the business of interior design is a glamorous one, one that consists of endless shopping trips with clients, selecting colors and playing around with pretty fabrics. But the reality is very different. While it’s true that the design process itself is fun and exciting, it is also true that it only represents a small fraction of the job. The rest is a delicate balancing act between many different trades and vendors, project managing and coordinating craftsmen and artisans, dealing with unexpected setbacks and deadlines, constant trouble shooting. And then there’s that budget.

And while architects and designers can create beautiful drawings and mood boards and interior plans for their clients, it takes a lot of hard work and skill to implement those creative ideas. So this post is dedicated to all of those talented people behind the scenes, from vendors, contractors, paperhangers, seamstresses, and other artisans, and of course project managers, whose names often get forgotten (if ever mentioned) because they are the people that make any beautifully imagined home come to life!

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End of November in the Midwest – sunny and breezy, with temps in the mid 60s so one can’t complain too much! I had cold winter days in mind as I prepared today’s post but early springtime will do as well.

A while back, Ashley Whittaker designed a cozy Millbrook farmhouse after my own heart – with comfort and relaxation in mind, a daring palette and lovely patterns throughout. You might remember it from this year’s House Beautiful April issue but I came across new shots of the interiors that didn’t make it into the magazine. Don’t you just love it when designers update their portfolios? 🙂

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This home designed by Lee Ann Thornton and published in the new House Beautiful is the reason I love interior design!!! I am impressed and in awe of how an old Connecticut ranch that started out as a plain Jane with lots of drywall, small rooms, low ceilings and a quirky flow has morphed into such a beautiful home. Somehow Thornton has created many of my dream spaces – that sunroom is simply glorious, I would never leave that room!….the dining room is layered with beautiful patterns and feminine details I adore, the master bedroom is subtle and interesting while the master bath is crisp and edgy… I’m in love!


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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a fun weekend.

While surfing the web the other day, I came across a lovely California abode on Traditional Home’s online edition and liked its cheerful appeal. The house is home to a young family with three children and has been built and decorated by architectural and interior designer Wendy Posard. The original structure was an 1890s Georgian Revival that Posard tore down and had rebuilt. The style and the old footprint were preserved, and most of the timber and moldings reused. The new structure has now a better interior flow and open sight lines throughout. Large windows, transoms, French and Dutch doors keep the rooms open to the gardens.

In terms of blending the old with the new, one of my favorite things about this house is that it meets the highest standards in the national green-building program. The construction has the environment in mind with a Platinum Level LEED (Leadership in  Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

As for the color scheme, a happy blue-white-and-lemon-yellow palette inspired by a china set the couple had bought from Italy injects a cheerful mood. The clients wanted a “wine-country-meets-the-beach” vibe and Posard delivered down to a T.

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It’s “Throwback Thursday” here on the blog and I’d love to take the opportunity and revisit a pretty East Hampton cottage designed by Robert Stilin. Stilin is an incredibly talented designer with an eclectic aesthetic that I have long admired. In his interiors, the old and the new blend within the fine line of comfort and cozy living. This house in particular that he decorated for clients David Wine and Michael MacElhenny is as inviting as it is spare.

The cottage is a Shingle style house possessing many architectural charms. With a shingle-covered exterior, tons of hydrangeas, green grass and privet fences – it is for many of us the very definition of perfection.

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