I find it inspirational and transformative to experience the holidays in different regions to see firsthand how others celebrate. Read about my Christmas celebration in New Orleans!Read More
We live our lives. Kids grow up and leave…. their stuff, and stuff, and more stuff behind…, and never seem to pick it up, or even care about it anymore. In this case, it was the son’s drum set that had been sitting and occupying a large part of the living room for years…the kid long gone and grown up, and the drum set forbidding anyone from using the room.
Ready to dump the drum set and reclaim her living room, and a few other rooms in the process, my client wanted to remake her home into a comfortable and inviting place for her and her husband to enjoy.
When we get the opportunity to sort through the leftovers in our life, it is amazingly freeing to let these old things go. When the old and unused are discarded, that is when the truly meaningful rises to the surface. This is certainly true for this client, who has many exquisite collections of intricate German crystal glassware, Llardo, and Hummel figurines that now could be showcased.
It is a remarkable experience, and a privilege, to transform a home that hasn’t been updated in 30 years. There is so much satisfaction in breathing new life into a space and knowing how wonderful that makes the people I work with feel.
Read about this design transformation from heavy dark, traditional furniture to fresh, updated, open and airy.Read More
I am so excited to share with you that the online design magazine Rue Daily loves our latest design project that is an “elevated shabby chic, white, clean home with a fun comic book room” as much as I do.
I remember the first day I met with the clients. Walking into their stunning Cape Cod home, in a beautiful established neighborhood, she described her love of “shabby chic”, her husband’s of “clean lines and symmetry”. It can be a challenge to unite partners differing styles, and the kicker of the project was that she wanted a special room created for his extensive comic book collection! I had no idea what I was getting into but it ended up being so enjoyable to watch it unfold during the process of the project, and to see the clients joy and love of their home when all was said and done.
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When people find out that I’m an Interior Designer the first question they ask is what style I do. I find this a hard question to answer, as I don’t design in only one particular style. I find I like aspects of many various styles and don’t think any one project is confined literally to a defined, singular style. What I love most is collaborating with my clients to glean what styles resonate with them, be it traditional, transitional, or contemporary. When all is said and done, and the project is complete, I want the home to be about who the people are that live in the space. I want them to love coming home and to enjoy where they live. It gives me great joy to see my clients comfortable, relaxed, and visually stimulated by their environment.
Let’s listen to Nicole tell us about her experience.
What is art and what is not?
This is a very difficult question to answer. And is one that encourages us to dig deep and pay attention to what really moves us. I have found as an interior designer that placing art for my clients is a very personal experience and belies expectations. I can show piece after piece after piece of art that “works” in the space, has the right colors, proportions, subject matter etc… However, more often than not, I find my clients gravitate to the piece that moves or speaks to them…and that is hard to predict.
Case in point, I was working with beloved clients to place art in a newly decorated dining room. I knew they favored traditional art. Working with a favorite local gallery, we gleaned several pieces for our presentation and then, at the last minute, we threw in a few contemporary pieces “just in case”. It was an amazing experience to talk with the clients about the art and watch how they were compelled and surprised by the contemporary pieces that ultimately moved them most. It was a wonderful surprise to me. For the clients, it was the conversations that the piece stirred up in their dinner guests that were so intriguing to them.
Art can be found in the every day, in the use of ordinary items in an extraordinary way. It can be in the conversations it creates, the soul it stirs. Art can be a flower, a pebble, a stone. Art can be a golf tee and other found objects that fuel the imagination. Art can be BIG, art can be small, humorous, it can make us smile, recall a memory, be seductive, be ordinary, prehistoric, studied, intricate…art can be anything.
As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is art…what do you think? What moves you?
Since moving to the Monterey Peninsula several years ago, one of my favorite ways to get involved in the community and meet new people is as a docent at the Monterey Museum of Art.Read More
I consider bathrooms the jewelry of the home. By that I mean they are a chance to make a splash, add some flair, and take some calculated design risks that pack a punch.Read More
Remembering the life and work of Kate Spade.Read More
The opening night party for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase is an event I look forward to every year…dressing up, seeing my design pals, viewing great design, what could be better?Read More
I am fascinated by the transformation of a space, often going from outdated and drab, to lively, inspired and personal. Interior design projects, such as a recent property purchase, where the home might not have been touched for years, suddenly is given a new lease on life. The changes don’t always have to be major to be utterly transformative.Read More
Read about my new website launch and what inspired its creation!Read More