Coastal Maine…this is the good life

Look at this incredible transformation. We took a coastal Maine home and matched the house to the view!  Look at the before shot of the living room, all the walls and ceiling were covered with natural wood paneling, and a beehive wood stove blocked the corner view of the ocean.

Uhg what an ugly roomwow

Wow look at the room now! We have highlighted the view by painting all the woodwork white, enclosing the wood ceiling beams, and replacing the carpet with sisal. We kept the tone in the room neutral and added a pop of color with a touch of blue.  All the furnishings have simple lines as to not distract you from the stunning view.

This room is truly breathtaking you are drawn into the space and once you are in you never want to leave. I loved working with these home owners it was a pleasure, and I love how this room and home turned out.

Wow look at the after shotAfter says it all

Photos by: Liz Donnelly

Your couch is the corner stone of your living room decor

I want to thank you all for your questions and comments, I love to hear from my readers.

I have been asked by several readers to give suggestions for reasonably priced sofas. I was not given any parameters so I am giving you a smattering of ideas for well made couches at good prices.

The Barrington Sofa below from is a great classic sofa. This couch would look good in many homes and can be made to look modern or traditional. The price is $1,700.Classic couchClassic

The Greenwich Sofa above from is another good choice for transitional homes. This sofa’s price range is $1,400-$1,900. I have used this in a few homes and the only feedback is that it is stiff at first. Good choice for kids and animals.

Coolio Sofa

True Modern Circa 84” sofa above from is a classic mid-century modern design. This is a great modern couch for $1,600.

Very Hip Sofa

The Blake Sofa above from is a very good choice for those of you who have a transitional style. The price for this sofa runs between $1,100 and $1,700 depending on the grade of fabric.

Tufting is in

Anne sofa above from is a great traditional couch. It retails for just under $2,000.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions or design dilemmas.

Happy Spring,


Put Your Feet Up…Poufs & Ottomans are Trending

Poufs and ottomans are trending in a big way! This is a trend I wholeheartedly embrace. Who doesn’t want to put their feet up? But, ottomans, cubes, and poufs are not just for resting your tired feet; they serve as extra seating too. They are small-scale and can be stashed under consoles,dining tables and coffee tables. These are wonderful in small spaces. Here are some great options! These range in price from $199-$599.

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