Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dreaming about a sparkling New Year filled with glamour?
"This is Glamorous" and so are my wishes for you!

Holiday prep and primp!
Create sparkle via BijouandBoheme

Saturated, relaxed, luxury...nothing to prove...the palette says it all.  Pia Ulin photography via Henry Road.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Love this mirror!

The Bella Star Burst mirror is stunning! The perfect shape for the holiday season!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Minimal for the holiday

I love decorating with organic material. A simple branch I found in the woods adds texture and a bit of whimsy. I used my tree friendly ornaments like glittery maple leaves, frosted pine cones and a crystal birds nest to decorate my branch.
 A few ornaments hang from the window.

I like to keep my holiday decor clean and simple.

I hope your decorating in a way that makes you happy. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Zimman's a fabric retail icon in New England.

It's the weekend and I'm in the mood to be inspired and visually stimulated. So I go to Zimman's! I know I won't be disappointed! If you wish to quench your tactile thirst and awaken your senses, browse through the many isles of the historic fabric retail gem.  Located in Lynn, Ma. since 1909 Zimman's is known for not only it's fine fabrics but it's wonderful furnishings and accessories. A great place for a Saturday morning jaunt!
 So many beautiful silks to choose from!
 A great assortment of urns!! Great for the holiday or anytime...I secretly wanted them all!

 Love this funky sofa!!
 So many goodies!
Go to Zimman's and let your imagination do the rest!
Congratulations Zimman's for winning the "Retailers Association of Massachusetts" award 2010!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Design advice on a budget

Kathi Delrose like so many home owners wanted the guidance of a designer before tackling her living room project. Kathi realized that with a plan and direction she could avoid costly mistakes. However she had to find an alternative to full service design fearing she would blow her budget. After receiving an email from Kathi we discussed the option and flexibility of design by consultation. Together we would customize a plan to integrate my services. This was the perfect solution allowing Kathi  creative input and affordability...and so we began. We decided that I would devise a floor plan using existing pieces in addition to new purchases. Basically I would present a color schematic, a space plan and she would shop for specific items based on my advise on furnishings and accessories. 
Before making final decisions I would assist Kathi on a shopping trip to confirm  purchases.
 The before...
                  After! Newly painted walls and recessed lighting set the stage. The fireplace was originally brass. A pewter high-heat resistant spray paint was applied to give it new life. Kathi gave the bar cabinet a few coats of ebony stain and now it looks amazing! It still sits to the right of the French doors.
The silk striped chairs are Boston Interiors clearance items...amazing find!

Kathy already had this table, she just gave it a new vase a made a new floral spray for it!
 Love the new mirror! It adds lustre to the room and cast a great outdoor reflection. The bookcase was a "Fiddleheads" consignment find! They always have something for my clients!
 Love this piece!! The silvery metallic finish is beautiful and solved Kathi's storage problem.
 The new oval glass coffee table keeps the space feeling light and airy. The non-angular shape eases traffic in limited spaces. Milk chocolate draperies highlight the chocolate stripe in the chairs giving the room a more cohesive look. Finally...the starting point and anchor of the room. A new rug adding texture and warmth to the space.
Kathi is still working on some of the final touches of her room and having fun doing it. I think the room looks beautiful and I will always remember all the laughter and fun we had pulling it together!!
Here's to a new space to enjoy with family and friends this holiday season!

 Enjoy Delrose family! And thanks for letting me help you with your project! Happy Holidays!
~Michelle xo~

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Making dead space work for you!

Need more storage solutions for a small space? Create additional shelving with enclosed storage by borrowing space from the wall interior. Here I had the good fortune of working on new construction. However this can be achieved anywhere there is ample dead space. A built-in will not only provide storage but can add value as well as beautify your home.

Beef-up your crown molding by dropping down 4"- 6" and then add a smaller piece of mill work directly to sheet rock to create the illusion of a larger crown. I matched the back wall of cabinetry to the sheet rock flanked by the molding making the palette more cohesive. To make the molding more cohesive, paint all three sections the same color and you will have a grand crown molding for very little cost. Finally two 3" task lights were added to illuminate the interior!

The "abalone" platter displayed and the charcoal chair are both from Crate and Barrel. Everything else is from Pottery Barn.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


From my table to yours...safe travels and a bounty of blessings this Thanksgiving holiday and always!

May you have a day filled with family, friends and lots of love.

                                                  -Michelle XO
P.S. Just found these place tags this morning!! Little decorating elves were busy last night! Thanks Amanda!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Is your bedroom a place to retreat?

Do you have a bedroom that calls you at the end of the day? A place that is calm and void of distractions? Your bedroom is the most important room in your home. It should be a restful healing space to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Take good care of yourself. Make your bedroom a sanctuary where you can leave the rest of the world behind.

In this room I chose to paint the ceiling robin's egg blue to mimic the sky. The walls are matte china white and everything else resembles a beach palette. Clean, not fussy and most of all inviting. Make a walk to your bedroom feel like a returning trip to your favorite resort.

                                                                       Sweet dreams...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Canton, Ma. Project

Here's a little inside look at a current project I'm working on. I thought I'd share the journey that started almost a year ago. This home is in the process of adding on a new kitchen, family room, laundry room, powder room and an in law addition. Since the last photo the lawn was leveled and reseeded. The oil-rubbed bronze exterior light fixtures are on order and the awning post are soon to be installed. Once the door is stained I'll post the exterior transformation!

The Before image after excavation and the new foundation to support the in law addition. Framing it up!
Old awning removed, new copper barreled awning installed. New supporting post will be custom built on site.

New Craftsman door!! Love Simpson doors, I have one of my own:) Will be staining this with a combination of English Chestnut and Sedona Red.

Ben Moore's Briarwood on top is the chosen color. Will also be doing shutters in the warmest deepest bronze to compliment the Murray Feiss oil-rubbed exterior fixtures on order.

New steps for both entryways.

Since this image the lawn has been leveled and reseeded and the new driveway for the in law residence has been paved. Now waiting for awning supports and exterior lighting. Next time I'll show you the rear of the house and it's stunning new deck. Will keep you posted!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Nemetz Family Kitchen

The Nemetz Family Kitchen is warm and welcoming in Canton, Massachusetts. Highly functional this family hub shows plenty of style, detail and personality. The central island is well designed with an angled counter top conducive to ease and function. In addition to ample seating, the massive island surface will accommodate the largest baking project or dinner party!! Classic ivory cabinetry help to set the stage for a pop of apple green throughout. Adding texture and depth are Roman shades fabricated from Amy Butler’s textiles. Great job Sarah!

Love the honed soap stones subtle vain.

The window seat provides extra seating and a place for reading or a cup of tea. How great is that!

With the kitchen located off the rear entrance this extra closet is a welcome addition!

A hood that serves a dual purpose.

                      French doors were added to provide easy access to the screened porch.

Beautiful turquoise urns adorn the island and add intensity to the palette.
Happy fall everyone!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Emily Gilbert Behind The Lens...

Raised by the influence of two artist teachers, Emily Gilbert grew up in a creatively rich environment. Home was an old blue farmhouse in northern N.J. that Emily lovingly refers to as her, overloaded prop shop where her journey into multi-mediums began. Beyond her artfully honed childhood, Emily explores sculpture to graphic design while attending college, ultimately receiving a Degree from NYU in experimental theatre. Emily then went on to intern with the renowned Julie Taymor, Director of “The Lion King” and “Frida.” As a result, Julie introduces her to the world of film and television which led Emily to life as a Set Dresser and Prop Stylist. Although grateful for the opportunities afforded her, Emily found herself searching for professional stability and consistency. Little did she know that the advice of a family member would soon take her back to a birthday gift she received in high school…“Emiliy, you should be a photographer!” Those words resonated with Emily and now she is capturing her various interests and fascinations with the lens of a camera. Her passion for interior and exterior environments coupled with a history as a Set Dresser naturally evolved into the art of Interior and Architectural photography.

How I love a planked ceiling, especially with this stunning light fixture dancing below it. This space is so inviting with a sofa that's easy to climb into!

White on white and easy on the eyes!

Al fresco is always a lovely option, especially when the space looks like this!
A room with a view and a palette that brings the outside in!

Photographing spaces for Elle D├ęcor would be Emily's short term editorial goal. As a long term goal she dreams of traveling the globe with a writer to create a page turning work of art in the form of a well versed, beautifully photographed coffee book. I personally look forward to making that purchase!

                                                       Symmetry at it's best!
 The beauty of the architecture is perfectly framed in this image.

“Assuming all the structural elements are in place during a shoot and you’re following the laws of exacts, how do you know when the image is right?” Emily responded, “When I’m shooting a room or client it is a real guttural thing…a feeling. Sometimes all I need is a subtle small difference to know its right.”

Love these potted feathers! A lovely autumn accent.
Carved carrera mable! It doesn't get any more luxurious than that...Oh lala...
                Always a dramatic statement in black and white!
Today Emily Gilbert is a successfully New York based Interior and Architectural photographer with an impressive client list. Established and living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Emily Gilbert’s layered experiences will undoubtedly lead her on her global journey and I’m sure Ollie her Boston terrier will be with herJ