Refined rustic master bedroom

Refined rustic, is the newest off shoot of the rustic design movement. Here is the concept, use rustic elements, like wood, metal and linen in transitional design.

I am working on a master bedroom for clients, the husband loves rustic and the wife does not. As any designer will tell you, this is common place, designers have to blend styles on a daily basis. Below, you can see the boards I have put together for a master bedroom with a refined rustic-coastal vibe.



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Most of these furniture pieces can be mixed and matched differently. I like my clients to pick out items that really speak to them, so the first set of boards help me hone in on their style.

What do you like and dislike about these options? Are you a fan of the current rustic design craze? Or are you ready to see something new?

Thank you for stopping by, please let me know your thoughts!

Happy Birthday America!



The Making of a Maine Wedding

This weekend, I had the pleasure of putting together a fantastic Maine wedding. It was at The Dockside Grill at Handy Boat Marina, in Falmouth. We built the tent on the dock of the boat yard…it was so cool!

I had the arbor below, built for the ceremony. I used vintage Indian security gates, and then stained and aged the spruce frame to finish the look. Then, I added plants, vines and roses to complete my vision!

Thank you, to my BFF Anne Sowles, who took these fabulous pictures of the set-up. When the professional pictures are done, I will post them too!

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The tent was spectacular no poles, clear sides and glorious views! We filled it with fragrant flowers, candles and rustic touches.

The head table, made up of two wood harvest tables, had a table runner of greens and flowers and floating candles.

My assistant Lindsey seen below helped pull the entire concept together for me!


The photos below show the process, cylinder vases, greens, then flowers, bear grass, water and floating candles.

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The other tables had white linens, burlap runners and European vases filled with huge pale yellow, white and blush roses, green hydrangeas, and white peony’s.

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I am so proud of the way this wedding turned out. The flowers were so stunning, they practically arranged themselves. I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peak at my weekend!

Thank you for stopping by. Let me know your thoughts on my wedding flowers and decor.




White is hot this summer. I love white, and it never feels crisper than in the heat of summer. It is so effective at highlighting texture, form and showcasing the colors with it.

Here are some of my favorite uses of white.

This kitchen from Dwell magazine demonstrates how the texture of the wood and wood tile, really pop when paired with white.

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House Beautiful, featured these beautiful white rooms, the bedroom is so soothing and inviting and the bath looks so clean.

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Look at how the black of doors and the green of the trees pop in this photo from Home and Design.

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In this room, also from Home & Design, white is mixed with soft blue, and chocolate brown is used to showcase the items in the builtin bookcases.

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Do you want to have this look without committing to an entire room? Try adding a collection of white in one area of your home. I love this pottery from Etsy.

Photo below by Liz Donnelly.


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Summer is too short in Maine. I always take the time to freshen, and lighten the look of my house. I want to savor every moment.

Enjoy your summer. I am doing a wedding this weekend hope to have pictures to share soon.



House Beautiful Magazine, decades of American design trends.

I had the pleasure of being invited to a talk at the Boston Design Center this week. The speaker was Sophie Donelson, the editor of House Beautiful. Sophie was a delight, she was approachable, funny, and knowledgeable. She spoke about the history of design and the magazine’s role in American design. House Beautiful is the oldest home publication in the country, and arguably the best. It was fascinating to see how design has changed through the eye of this publication.

Here are a few of my favorite examples.

I love the softness of this February 1923 issue, “Dedicated to Builders and Lovers of House & Home.” This issue’s cover is a lovely snap shot of life in the 20’s. Sophie mentioned that at that time, the photos were all black and white, so the covers were illustrated and the logo changed with each issue. I found it fascinating to think about changing the logo to go with your cover illustration, imagine the team that came up with these covers, I think they probably worked long hours.

House Beautiful was the resource if you were doing anything to your home. See how they show their readers to mix patterns and colors.

This 1935 cover depicts the ideal home, post WWI & before WWII.

If your dream house is an apartment, they had you covered, in this article “An Apartment That Knows No Rules”

September 1940 was before the United States join WWII, but as we see from the architectural model the war is on everyone’s minds.

This ad from the issue above is classic! I think the bear rug is a must in every red room.

Modern design 1959…Frank Lloyd Wright had a great relationship with the magazine.

April 1976 show us that there was no shortage of patterns being used!

I have always loved history, interior design is such a good way to see how people lived in different time periods. In addition to detailing the history of the publication, Sophie told us what they look for in prospective projects. They want a home to have a sense of history, and they like color!

I always try to give my clients homes a collected feel, I agree with House Beautiful you need to have antique items mixed in with new. If you want your home to look like a catalog, you don’t need a designer you just need a credit card! If you do hire a designer, work with them to give you a unique home, that reflects you and your interests. Remember, DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR!

Thank you to all the brave men and women in the military and their families. HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY.



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Wedding centerpieces with style

Hello all,

I am playing around with ideas for a wedding in June what do you think? I love this simple tablescape.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know your thoughts by commenting.

Thanks for the pics Liz Donnelly.



Bali…Vivid, Peaceful Beauty

I have just returned from a ten-day trip to Bali. It is such an inspiring place. The landscape is incredibly lush, the colors of the sky and plants are so vivid. The vibe of the island is peaceful and respectful. I really enjoyed the architecture, landscaping and the use of sculpture. Art is such a part of daily life naturally, this really appealed to me.

I thought I would share some of my photos.

Water is prominently featured in the Bali landscape, the vegetation is so lush, and the incorporation of sculpture finishes the look beautifully.

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These are some of the examples of the incredible artistry of the Balinese people.


I came back from my travels thankful for the experience, refreshed and inspired to design!


Hope you enjoyed seeing Bali through my eyes. Thank you for stopping by.



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Thank You Piedmont Garden Club

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Piedmont Garden Club on April 11th. My topic was Orchid displays. As you know, I  love orchids, so it was such fun. This was the nicest and most fun group of women, and I love meeting them.

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I have attached the directions below but here are the step by step directions in photos.

  1. Gather your supplies.

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2. Buy multi branch plants.


3.  Choose a fun container.


4. Buy or collect decorative branches.


5. I like using more than one type of moss.


6.  Add fun items to customize your arrangement.

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Put it all together to get this!


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Thank you all for stopping by!









Spring…not so fast…Snowing today in Maine

Photos Liz Donnelly

It is snowing in Maine today, so my spring flowers are all inside. I love playing with bulbs. They are so forgiving, I can split them up, use any container, and they are happy. That is the beauty of having a bulb as your base I guess.



I put these together with mason jars, moss, bulbs and dirt. Fun activity for a snowy day.

Hope you are all doing well.




Masterfully designing a Maine Master Bedroom



I was just in Atlanta shopping with a client for a new home she is building. We really wanted to create a relaxing escape for her.


Here are a few of the master bedroom choices.

  • An Imagine Home Alpaca Bed…Ahh yes please
  • Beautiful Gabby Swivel in Sunbrella herringbone stripe
  • Serpentine Dresser bedside tables.

I love this bedroom! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!



Coastal Trends

As many of you know most of my work is on the coast of Maine. I am always looking for new ideas and trends.

Here are some of the things I am currently obsessed with.

  1. Downsview Cabinets. Are these so pretty? I love them!


2. Ironware lights. Made in France finished in the USA. Tres Chic


3. X-Surfaces – fireplaces So pretty, simple yet classic.


4. Sutherland Furniture – Hampton Collection. Who wouldn’t want to hang out on the patio in this wing chair?


5. Pindler Fabrics outdoor fabric line by Richard Frinier. They are so sophisticated and timeless.


6. Brizo plumbing fixtures. I love the twisted tub filler and the shower is so cool!!!


7. This swivel is functional and pretty!


8. True-residential matte black refrigerator with copper hardware. YES PLEASE 


9. Global Views- Artistic and natural!!!


10. Christopher Peacock Hardware. There is something so appealing about this hardware.


11. New Ravenna Tile…Ahhh I adore this.

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12. Hotel experiences  are coming home. Pinterest is full of these simple beautiful bedrooms.


I also find this Highland House bed to be very unique and pretty.



I love where the industry is going these days. The look is rustic sophistication…it is lovely.

Thanks for stopping by.




Winter wedding hearkens spring

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of doing a winter wedding, with the addition of spring elements. I wanted to create a natural wonderland. The bride is a very attractive, simple, outdoors type, I wanted to reflect this in my design.

In the foyer, I greeted guests with two orchid displays.


The bridal bouquet was packed with orchids, David Austin roses, seeded eucalyptus, and peacock feathers.


I set the scene for the ceremony space with Quince and Curly Willow branches. I also used two of my antique columns, topped with candles and surrounded by urns filled with lavender & Ivy.


In the cocktail space I used bird & rock vases. I divided the dinner space from the cocktail space with 48″ vases full of grass, reeds, and peacock feathers.





For the dining room, I used french mason jars filled with beautiful fresh flower terrariums and finished with a shelter of reeds. I completed my vision by surrounding the jars with three mini vases, moss and birds nests.


Lastly, I decorated the buffets with urns filled with cascading flowers.



I hope you liked seeing my wedding decor, as much as I enjoy creating it. I adore weddings. I will even travel across the country to do weddings.

Let me know your thoughts, through comments or by liking the post.

Thank you for stopping by.



PS Thank you Anne Sowles for taking these pictures for me!

Paint Color Trends 2017

Saturated colors are back and trending in 2017.

We have been living in a neutral world for the last 8-10 years, but the tide has turned and bold colors all the rage. Although I still prefer a neutral pallet, I think this could be effective if used sparingly and with a bright white trim. I wonder if this shift reflects the design worlds reaction the 2016 election?

Here are some of my favorite bold colors.

Ralph Lauren Amalfi Blue


Benjamin Moore-Ebony King


Farrow and Ball-Drawing Room Blue

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Ben Moore- Charlotte Slate


Clark and Kensington -Black Chiffon



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Would you dare to use a bold color in your home? I am going to give it a try..stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by.