May 19, 2020

I began quarantining on March 10, 2020, after an eye surgery that was more invasive than I realized. Mostly because I didn’t ask the doctor one single question about what the recovery would be like. Now I know: pretty bad. 

Well, needless to say surgery was significant and recovery wasn't pleasant and once I got my act together Covid had taken center stage and suddenly we were in lockdown.

Once I could see again I focused on what really mattered: the time with my children, the ability to finally s...

April 28, 2020

Years ago, Amy and Tom fell in love with a pretty, sprawling ranch in a coveted neighborhood. With a gorgeous backyard and huge kitchen, this house had everything they wanted. 

Well, almost everything. 

Isn’t that how it always is? You get to the Mediterranean villa and the water is just a little too wet. Nobody said life was easy.

So Amy and Tom did what we all do — painted here and there, repaired when necessary, and kept a running list of what needed to be done when the time and the money made s...

April 9, 2020

Like the rest of you, I have a lot of people in my house lately. All day. Every day. And even if you have just one person in your house it feels like alot. The mothers out there with one child are just as frazzled as those of us with four. Because it's different. And it's messy. And C19 feels like an odd mix of the exciting first days of summer break and the food and drink laden Christmas vacation and, well, hell. I vacillate between an overabundance of happiness and what could be called homicid...

March 20, 2020

A peek inside The Neighbor's House

November 18, 2019

Sometimes design scares people… it’s too much work or it’s too much of an investment or they think they are ‘doing it wrong.’ 

You're not doing it wrong. I can prove it. 

This boy's room is the perfect example of how a few changes make a big difference. We didn’t even repaint! There is NO new furniture in this space. It’s all accessories and decor (and a handful of bad words when trying to get that *#$^% map to hang straight). We found amazing bedding, framed some vintage art, did a little DI...

November 6, 2019

Neighbors are the backbone to any community, but this group of friends went above and beyond the call of duty. When they learned that a home in their quiet, classic neighborhood was slated for the auction block, they banded together. Two families bought the property. A local agent in the neighborhood agreed to list the home without taking a commission.  Another neighbor tackled the construction. One donated the epoxy garage floor. A friend in the business secured the appliances at pennies over c...

September 19, 2019

If you think designing homes for adults is a fun gig, don’t EVEN get me started on decorating for children. The only reason I had four tiny people of my own was for the pure delight of decorating their rooms. It wasn’t because they are going to take me out for pie when I am old because they don’t even like pie and I can just picture the whole “Awwww, mom. PIE?” and there you have it.

Because of a nasty water leak, we revamped the main floor of Mark and Allison’s home and now their space is fresh...

April 4, 2019

As some of you may remember, I was a Marie Kondo groupie long before she became Netflix-famous. I read her books, I tidied with gusto, and I even traveled to New York to meet her in person. I documented much of my journey and I am happy to report that Kondo's advice has, overall, stuck. Clothes (at least mine) are folded and filed. All things (at least all of my things) have a designated space. I have never been a huge lover of stuff. Clutter brings me down and organizing is my therapy...

February 8, 2019

I met Maureen 15 years ago when, expecting my first baby, I went to interview a pediatrician. The pediatrician I planned to interview  was unavailable (bad sign) and I ended up with Dr. Snelling (divine intervention).

We became fast friends. She forgave me numerous times for not doing what she recommended, like start giving James a bottle of formula so he is not literally starving (it worked) and stop giving CC a bottle of formula in the middle of the night so she is not literally playing me like...

January 30, 2019

One of my favorite quotes is by none other than Jimmy Dean who, unbeknownst to me, was not just the sausage king of the world but a famous singer (way) back in the day. Who knew?  I didn’t. In fact, I sort of thought that Jimmy Dean and the guy who says “We’ll leave the light on for you” were the same person. They aren't. Growing up is hard.

Why are we discussing Motel 6 and processed meats and sailing? Well, without making adjustments in our direction, we start to sink. So wh...

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