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 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!!