This holiday season I wanted to find a way for my family to bring holiday cheer to someone in need. We made a list: we could bake cookies, volunteer or help a neighbor with yard work. Nothing felt quite right.
Our idea came to us as we opened our mailbox and found our first holiday card of the season this week!
Cards! Let’s make Christmas cards!
(We celebrate Christmas.)
Think of how much joy they bring you each holiday season!
And what an simple creative way to get kids involved!
Paint Chip Christmas card via: One Little Project
Holiday Cards it is! And we would LOVE for you to join us.
I reached out to the North Attleboro Council on Aging and found that there are 90 seniors in the area that utilize Meals on Wheels and the various programs run by the Council and they can distribute the cards for us on
Please join us in helping the seniors in our area this year have a little extra holiday joy!
Cards can be dropped off at Hope + Bay until Monday December 17th.
Please feel free to make them at home or join us at one of our Open Studio times listed below.
Hand Print Card via Fun Squared.
Open Studio Card Making
Tuesday December 11th 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday December 13th 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday December 15th 12pm - 2pm
There will be 2-3 card ideas for the kids to make or they can use the supplies to create their own original card.
If you’re planning on attending an open studio time please consider a $5 donation to cover supplies. Donations over the cost of supplies will be used to purchase items in need to for Lenore’s Pantry.
Please share this idea with your friends and neighbors!
Our address is: 27 Sumac Lane North Attleboro, MA 02760
Cards can be dropped off until Monday December 17th!
Thank you again! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! And Happy New Year!
If you’re unable to attend an open studio time here are some fun DIY card suggestions to make at home.
Is anyone else walking around their house hating EVERYTHING this time of year? You know that decorating void between the Halloween decorations and Christmas.
This is the time of year before I begin decorating for the holidays that I get this feeling inside. It starts as a slow rumble and quickly crescendos into me wanting to shout from the rooftops “I hate everything in our house, nothing works, let’s throw everything out + start over.” Not at all rational or practical but you get the point + I feel much better getting that off my chest.
Surprised that this happens to us interior designers too? I don’t think I’m alone when I say designing + decorating my own home is way tougher than helping others with theirs.
Back to hating everything…So this morning I grabbed my coffee mug, took a deep breath + a step back.
What would I do if a client came to me with these feelings? Would I tell them to toss it all + start from scratch? Um, no not if I wanted the job. So where would I begin? How would I help them formulate the plan for their lovable + livable + happy home?
By capturing their whole house color palette!
Huh? You just said you hated everything + want to start over.
Let me explain.
All good design starts with an evaluation of the current space. It starts with a survey of your home with objective eyes; slowly working your way through your house evaluating paint colors, observing the accent colors you’ve brought in. The stuff you have that you might not want. (hello kids!) We could go step further + capture your metal finishes + textural accents too. But let’s keep it simple for today.
Now that we’ve gathered the colors we take another step back to evaluate:
How do they look together?
How do they travel through your house?
Does it feel cohesive?
How does it make you feel?
Personally, I love when the color + character of the home is sprinkled throughout; throw those colors + textures + elements around like confetti!
And there’s a REASON you chose what you chose to put into your home:
Maybe it was is something that you HAD to have.
Maybe it was something from your grandmother and brings back wonderful memories.
Maybe it’s something that brings you joy when you walk past it or sit on it.
Maybe it was an impulse buy - hello Target!
Maybe you just needed to fill the space.
OK, now what? Well, that’s where an interior designer can help. It’s our job to listen, observe + interpret our clients vision + bring it to life.
Here’s what I would do. I’d put all of those colors into one place so you can see them all together to be able to evaluate what you see + if it aligns with your vision.
Once I did that for myself I was able to see my whole house color palette:
And guess what?
I DO have a plan for the house; a COLORFUL plan; a plan that I LOVE. No need to start over.
Base colors + accents that all speak to each + speak to me!
Now what am I going to do with this image? First, I’m going to print this out + go through my house to see how well the color is sprinkling through. I’m also going to keep a copy with me in my car for when I’m out + about looking for things to bring into my home. I’ll ask myself the question does this new item help me achieve my lovable + livable + happy home? If not I’m going to move on.
I hope this helps you in your home + brings some color to your day!
If you’d like help creating your whole house color palette or need help with any other design services please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you + helping you!
It's that time of year again to shower all of your favorite Mom's with extra love and some special gifts. Here are some ideas.
1. New pajamas. New CUTE pajamas. Whether she likes shorts or pants - long sleeves or short they have something for everyone. And new pajamas are always a good idea.
2. A GIANT key ring. It comes in a bunch of beautiful colors and textures. It fits around your wrist and with a bright enough color almost impossible to lose. Hint Hint.
3. Fresh Flowers. And you don't have to go crazy. If you have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods near you you can get some gorgeous bouquets.
4. Meaningful Jewelry. This sweet necklace from Mark and Graham allows you purchase your necklace and first letter and add additional ones as well.
5. A new cookbook. I'm always looking for new recipes and a little Magnolia in your life never hurt anyone.
Give yourself a gift year too. Maybe it's a few minutes of quiet time alone or a manicure or putting down your to do list and ENJOYING your family.
You're probably thinking - why are you showing me a picture of journals? What does this have to do with Mother's Day.
Before I had kids I read a magazine article written by a Mom who had set this up for her children. Every Mother's Day they would write her a letter and draw her a picture and when they each moved out of the house they had this beautiful keepsake. It was the only gift she asked every year and that story struck a cord with me.
This is going to be my gift to myself this Mother's Day. I'm getting a journal for each of my kiddos so we can write notes and draw pictures to each other throughout the years.
And why are you showing me a picture of a minivan you ask?
It's because gift I've asked for this year is to get "The Toaster" detailed and I'm ecstatic!
No more goldfish or sand or dog hair!
At least for a few days. Who am I kidding?
"The jolliest bunch of elves this side of the nuthouse." Clark Griswold
Gift Guide for Him 2017
Husband tested - wife approved. Prices range from $29 - $325.
1. Google Home Mini While I'm an apple girl my husband is a Google guy...OK Google...$29.
2. Norlan Glass VAILD Black Edition Cool glasses from a brand modernizing whiskey drinking. Set of two glasses for $58.
3. JCrew Factory Shawl Collar Sweater looks great with a dressed up with button down or a dressed down with a tee shirt and jeans. On sale right now for $34.50.
4. Home Brewing Kit because who doesn't love beer? (besides me) $49.95.
5. LLBean Wicked Good Slippers are a staple in our house. So comfy. $79.
6. The Food Lab is the only cookbook needed according to my other half. On sale for $31.56.
7. Cast Iron Skillet is a thing I didn't know we needed in the house until we had one. The 13.25" skillet is $64. There are other sizes to choose from on the website as well.
8. Filson Original Briefcase it's classic - a great commuter bag. $325. Sounds high but there are pocketbooks that cost that much that I'm sure some of us have.
9. JCrew Pajamas because everyone likes getting new pjs at Christmastime. Pants are $49.50.
On deck for tomorrow...Gifts for the Kiddos.
"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone." Charles Schulz
Gift Guide for Her 2017
After enjoying Thanksgiving with family I'm putting together Christmas gift ideas for the people on my list I thought I'd share some with you this week. I know I missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday sometimes it's ok to take a step back and be in the moment.
First up is gifts for her. Gifts range in price from $28 - $125.
1. Amira Rahim is one of my favorite artists to follow on Instagram. Her paintings bring me great joy. Imagine taking one with you on the go? IPhone case: $35.
2. Minted's Custom Silhouette Artwork. Get your kids and your dogs up on that wall! Prices start at $58 for unframed art. There are a variety of frames you can add on for an additional price.
3. Lindsay Letters O Holy Night Canvas. I'd go with Holiday Red. Check out her beautiful lettering. Prices start at $125 for unframed canvas size 18" x 20" and go up from there. Like Minted you can add a frame for an additional cost.
4. Kate Spade Initial Necklace. Comes in (3) finishes you can't go wrong and you can't beat the $58 price.
5. LLBean's Wicked Good Moccasins. If I'm home my feet are in them. I'm wearing them now. I've had UGGs too and love these even more at $79.
6. Emily Ley's A Simplified Life. Run don't walk to get this book. Get two. Once you read it you'll know someone you want to send it to. Check out the planners while you visit her site too. Happy Stripe is my jam. Currently $12.93 plus shipping and handling.
7. Hand Lettered Design's Creative Lettering Journal. Looks like a fun hobby to to take up or continue during these cold winter months. Give someone the gift of a creative outlet. Journal is $28.
8. Mark and Graham's Power Up Tassel Keychain. Keychain and phone charger in one enough said. Comes in 7 colors for $59.
9. JCrew Tartan Plaid Pajamas. Everyone wants pajamas. We always got a new pair to wear Christmas Eve from our parents and now my husband and I do the same for our kids. These JCrew pjs are $95.
Up tomorrow...Gifts For Him.
Somehow my baby girl is big enough to need in her words "a big girl bed!!!" How is that even possible?!?
We left her in her crib as long as possible. She's been happy and sleeping well in her crib and she hasn't tried to escape from it yet (some of our prerequisites for transitioning to a bed).
Here's the board that I put together for her when I designed her nursery three years ago. The inspiration for her room came from the fabric that my Mom and I picked out for her quilt; the same way the inspiration came for my son's room a few years prior and the same way my niece's room came together.
When she was 10 months old we moved (more on that some other time) and I transitioned what we had in her nursery at Big Red (our old home) into the House on the Hill (our new home). Her room at Big Red was SMALL I'm talking the size of a master closet in some homes and a twin bed was never going to fit; hence the move.
Here's a shot of her room when Big Red went on the market:
I wasn't kidding when I said it was small.
Here are some shots of her room as it stands now:
You can see that I used her inspiration board as a template. Some of the things made it into the room while others were discarded for objects or finishes that worked better. The flush mount light fixture is in her closet which was painted pink thank you Sherry from Young House Love for the inspiration.
My little lady was hiding in her closet as I was taking pictures. The mobile will be moved from over her crib and either put into her closet or over her reading chair.
Now as I sit and develop her big girl room I would like her space to be one that she'll grow with not grow out of. I see a lot of things remaining - the same since she had a nursery full of color and not "baby" things. The paint, window treatments, dresser, chair and some of the decor will stay. She's going to get a big girl bed, which happens to be a family heirloom that we'll sand and repaint. It's a piece of furniture that is very special to me. It's a bed that my grandmother slept in as a child, my Mom slept in as a child and so did I.
Oh and it's a twin. I'm going against a lot of what you might be seeing for kids rooms these days but I know she's going to be just fine.
Two options for her room:
Even though she's just three, she's been part of the design process like any client. I'd show her a couple of options that I thought would work for the room and let her help make selections.
We'll be updating this post as we decide which way to go with the room and start to make the changes. Which would you choose?
This is a special project for me. I got to help a friend make her dream become a reality.
A little background... I met Marisa when I moved up to Massachusetts 12 years ago. She's been a good friend, mentor, and my favorite esthetician ever since. She's one of the most dedicated, hardworking, loyal people you'll ever meet. My children are welcome in her home and business and we adore her and her two gorgeous, smart, funny and hardworking girls. My life is richer with her in it and I'll be forever grateful for her trusting my abilities.
After she secured her new location we met and discussed what she needed in the new space and what she wished for in the new space along with what she loved about her old space and what it's limitations were; with that knowledge and her inspiration images I helped her carve out the space, design a floor plan and helped her select finishes.
The +/-1,300 sf salon allows for three treatment rooms, a makeup area (with natural lighting) a large reception area/product display area, a separate tanning room and plenty of back of house space for Marisa and daughters to work their magic.
If you've been to their previous location in the round building in North Attleboro you'd know how warm the rustic wood ceiling was and how there were no windows or natural daylight in the space. Not wanting to lose that warm rustic feeling wide plank wood flooring was installed throughout and her signature dark blue and shaker beige paint followed to the new space. The interior is only enhanced with all of the natural daylight that floods in. The interior is warm, inviting, inspiring and uniquely theirs.
If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting their salon for a treatment or had a chance to visit them at their new location please do.