I have had a big year in design, my furniture line has really taken off. Vanities seem to be the most requested item in my line. We build each vanity to order, so we can make whatever size, color, or finish you can dream up! We make our entire line by hand in Maine.
Here are some of the many vanities styles that were purchased in 2013.
We have loads more designs but unfortunately we have not photographed all of them! That is one of my many new years resolutions, take photos!!!
Mason Jars are hip these days. They make wonderful vases, lights, votives, storage containers and, of course jars for canning. Here are a few of the things I have done with mason jars. All photos by Liz Donnelly.
I hope this inspires you to use mason jars! Thank you for stopping by to see me. If you like this post let me know by commenting or liking it.
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Dwellings is a special shop located at 251 US Route 1 in Falmouth, ME.
The idea behind this home décor store is instant gratification; anything in the store can be purchased and delivered within a day or so. I love the look of this chair and I could have it in my home today. I love that.
When we stopped by, owner Louisa Routh had just returned from the Atlanta show. She told us calm colors were in, and bold colors were being phased out. She saw a lot of soft gray and soft pumpkin paired with cobalt and navy blue.
Ocean colors & themes are always popular with Dwellings customers. The mirrors below are one of the hottest items at Dwellings, made in Maine from vintage windows.
Below are some of the other things that caught my eye…
Dwellings is also a great place to get a wedding or baby gift. They carry Italian pottery by Vietri , Glass by Simon Pearce, Mariposa service ware and several other options for brides. You can also register for your wedding or baby shower.
As you know by now, I love all things coastal, these fish platters and bowls are fabulous and they are so reasonably priced $19 for the platter and $12 for the bowls.
If you want to find that special something to finish a room, or you need to design the entire room Dwellings can help.
Dwellings ships nationwide, so if you need that special gift and you are not local call them at 207-781-3711 and let them do the shopping, wrapping & shipping for you!
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Summer is finally upon us. I love the sun, garden, beach,and sea. In the northeast we need to take advantage of this season, because it is so short. I take the time to change my house over to a summer home.
I start this process with my bedroom. This year I invested ($40) in a cute graphic quilt for the bed; I purchased this at Home Goods. Home Goods is a great place to shop for summer décor, as their buyers tend to go for trendy inexpensive items.
Aside from the quilt a summer rug is a must for me, I like a wool rug most of the year but they are too hot for summer. My wool rugs last longer too, as they are cleaned and stored during the sand and mud season! I love Dash & Albert rugs for summer they are inexpensive and very durable. Ballard Design is another great resource for summer rugs.
I also recommend taking down window treatments for the summer. If you have shades you can leave them up. I replace my chocolate-brown silk curtains with white linen for summer. I love this look it is very light and airy.
I put this idea board together for one of my clients’ this is a clean and simple summer bedroom.
Yesterday, we did a mini makeover for my favorite client. I know I am not supposed to play favorites. If your read this blog religiously (as you should), you know I really do love all my clients. This particular client has been with me for years and has become a dear friend.
Our mission was to spruce things up and take some of the formality (or “old lady” look as she put it) out of the home. A fresh makeover that adds a coastal feel to the home, this was right up my alley!
We had already purchased the new French linen chairs (see pricing below) for the space, and we replaced the original rug (which I never liked).
Yesterday, we added the little tufted linen chair (see pricing below), Pottery Barn pillows which we moved from her bedroom (free), lamps from the basement (free), and we removed the (“old lady”) window treatments!
After: Still formal but less stuffy!
We added this cute little chair $500…great deal!
I hope you are all having as much fun as I am! Do you have a room that needs a makeover? Feel free to send me photos with questions.
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Data shows that homes that are staged sell much faster than un-staged homes. Professional stagers and designers know how to arrange your rooms to highlight the assets of your home, and camouflage the flaws.
Here is a home we just staged for clients of ours.
To stage this room we…
Painted the room (Farrow & Ball: Borrowed Light)
We removed most of the furniture
We replaced the coffee table with a larger table that grounds the space
We re-hung all the art to the right height and coordinated the subject matter (all art about the coast of Maine)
We added coastal touches as the home is a block from the water and people want to buy the coastal feel! The Barn Pottery pillows add a lot to the space without a spending a lot!
We had a great time doing this project. We are working on the home owners new house and it is going to be spectacular!
Stay tuned for more before and after projects.
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This project was such a pleasure to work on. I adore these clients, I know, I always love my clients, but this time it was different. I just feel so lucky to know them, and I have learned so much working with them!
This hallway’s dark floor and gray walls make it so chic! The Hubbardton Forge light was made in a custom length to fit the space and it adds another artistic layer to the room.
The light pours into this home! We wanted to keep a bright and airy feeling in this open concept home, so we used one large Mitchell Gold sectional rather than two smaller sofas. The result is a very appealing space. I love the big print fabric we choose for the drapes they add such drama to the space, without distracting from the home owners incredible collection of Maine art.
Originally, we planned on making this room the dining room, but as construction neared the end, the home owners realized they did not need a formal dining room. The room is now one of my favorites, it is a den/office.
One of the most fun parts of this project was the kitchen. I grew up in a modern home and I love modern design, but most of my work is transitional or coastal. I loved tapping into the modern side of design for a change! We used Brookhaven Frameless cabinetry, they are really slick!
River White Granite counters add movement to the room but do not take away from the overall feeling of calm in the kitchen.
The Master bath is a masterpiece! I love the bleached plank wood-look floors. The Breccia Paradiso marble is amazing, and it looks wonderful on these dark wood Brookhaven cabinets.
I feel so fortunate to have worked with such a great team on this project.
Special thanks to Eliot Hull & Rich Gallo at Paul.G.White in Portland, Maine for their fantastic cabinets, counters and tiling.
Special, Special thank you to Rachel Ambrose and Lisa Hincher from Home Remedies in Portland, Maine for their help with furniture, fabric and upholstering!
I hope you all enjoyed seeing this project,
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