Tabletop and Bar Cart Decor at The Boston Design Center

masquerade inspired bar cart decor
Michelle Cortizo of Cortizo Interiors.

A few of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining my design friends for a first of its kind event at the Boston Design Center. Before I get event specific, allow me to mention that the Boston Design Center is an event destination not to be missed. I first fell in love with BDC for its floors of fabulous design showrooms and now it’s becoming a go-to spot for cool events too. Honestly, I get so excited for my field trips to BDC, I should just pop a tent in there and call it my home away from home. Keep an eye out for future BDC events.

The Event

OK, now onto the event. It was called Heading Home to Dinner and featured tabletop and bar cart decor by our area’s top designers. The barren fifth floor space of the Boston Design Center was transformed for a sold-out evening of music, schmoozing and decorative inspiration. Proceeds went to the non-profit Heading Home.

With the holidays upon us, enjoy these exquisite photos by my friend Emily O’Brien of Emily O’Brien Photography. Let them spark ideas for your own festive tabletop or bar cart decor. Follow Emily on Instagram: EmilyOBrienPhoto or EmilyOBrienPhoto_Design. Keep an eye out on Emily’s blog for more great photos from this event.


Tabletop Decor

This tabletop was named Compass Rose-Putting Boston on the Map and was a wonderful nod to the Boston Seaport. It was designed by Renee Rucci Design and Julie Wood of The Leading Edge Drapery.
A tabletop by Pamela Copeman Design pays homage to Claude Monet. I love the centerpiece of paintbrushes and the use of framed art.
I’m mad for Duffy Design Group’s,  Alice’s Acid Tea Party table. So fun and colorful!

Bar Cart Decor

Looking down! New Year’s Champagne, a masquerade inspired bar cart by Michelle Cortizo of Cortizo Interiors.
Nantucket inspired bar cart decor by Linda Holt Creative
Linda Holt of Linda Holt Interiors brought Nantucket to Boston with this pretty bar cart.
Summer inspired bar cart decor
Kim Macumber of Kim Macumber Interiors created The Summer Cart complete with plantlife, artwork and, of course, cocktails!

Bonus Photo Courtesy of Yours Truly

I couldn’t resist adding this photo that I snapped of Wendy Ditcham Interiors’ Springtime in Paris. So lovely!


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Junior League of Boston 2017 Designer Show House

Oh, how I love this event! I recently attended the 2017 Boston Designer Show House press day. Last year, I blogged about Boston Show House 2016, so couldn’t wait to indulge my every interior design fantasy yet again.

Emily O’Brien Photography

Accompanying me again was friend, photographer and fellow blogger, Emily O’Brien, of Emily O’Brien Photography. Check out her blog for even more fantastic photos from the 2017 show house and follow her on Instagram. Enjoy all of today’s photos courtesy of Emily O’Brien Photography.

The 2017 Designer Show House

This year, the Junior League of Boston partnered with the Belmont Women’s Club to transform their headquarters located at 661 Pleasant St. Belmont, MA. The historic building, the 1853 William Flagg Homer House, is set picturesquely on a hill overlooking the Boston skyline.

Boston-area interior designers and landscapers from as far as New Hampshire and Maine came together to transform over 20 rooms/spaces. Their elegant, eclectic and even edgy results are now on display through November 5, 2017 -Wednesdays to Sundays.

If you admire fine design, this is a trip worth making. It is a full experience of color, texture, style, innovation and pure decorative pleasure.

Tickets are $40 at Proceeds support the mission of the Junior League of Boston.

While each and every room of the Designer Show House is unique, one trend I noticed was the presence of highly stylized bookcases. The featured photo and two below are perfect examples.

Kim Macumber Interiors

Kim Macumber of Kim Macumber Interiors did an incredible job turning a tiny pantry into a Parisian garden-inspired environment. From the hand-painted floral ceiling to the copper, flower petal sink, I’d be happy to prep dinner in “Le Petite Pantry” any time.

Designer Show House Pantry
Le Petite Pantry by Kim Macumber. Photo by Emily O’Brien
Designer Show House Pantry
Le Petite Pantry by Kim Macumber. Look at that ceiling! Photo by Emily O’Brien.

Boehm Graham Interior Design

To my friends in Bedford, NH you’ll be interested to know that mother-daughter design team Kacey Graham and Micheale Boehm of Boehm Graham Interior Design took on the transformation of “The Toasting Room.” This bright and beautifully styled room was one of my favorites featuring white and gray tones with pops of orange.

The Toasting Room by Boehm Graham Interior Design. Photo by Emily O’Brien.
The Toasting Room by Boehm Graham Interior Design. Photo by Emily O’Brien.

Bonus Photos

Two more of my favorites.

This living wall of gorgeous greenery is part of Paige Lewin’s:Tess & Ted’s Interiors and Ana Bonilla’s: AnaVera Design “A Room of One’s Own.” Love!


Designer Show House Living greenery
I adore this! Living greenery wall by Paige Lewin of Tess and Ted Interiors. Photo by Emily O’Brien


The Grand Foyer blew me away! The pink stairs, the stained glass, the flock of birds…spectacular. Cutting Edge Homes, Inc.

Designer Show House Foyer
Now that’s a staircase!


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Original Art For Your Home – What’s on Your Walls?

Black and White Design by Angela Nannini


I have long been a fan of original artwork. I like a pretty picture, but I also like the story behind a painting or photo that has been selected with purpose and feeling. Maybe the art features a place close to your heart, maybe the artist is someone you admire or maybe the art just speaks to you in a special way.

Whatever the reason behind choosing original art for your home, you’ll likely find it an invaluable conversation piece.

On Sunday, I was happy to attend a pop up art show highlighting original art for your home.

The event was held at Painting with a Twist, North Andover’s newest BYOB painting studio. What a great space!

Darlene Allen of D. Allen Design hosted several talented artists whose work was on display.  Darlene is an interior architectural designer and when I first met her she told me she was working on a project creating tissue box designs. I thought that was incredibly cool since I happen to be a bit fussy about my tissue box choices.


Darlene Allen, Art 2 Inspire artists and owner of Painting with A Twist
Darlene Allen’s message – Let Art Inspire the Design


Elizabeth Pogor, whose art I posted about not long ago (see it here), was showing her work and I was happy to be reminded of her solo art show  coming up soon at the Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, MA.


Art by Elizabeth Pogor


I was also happy to meet and speak with:


Rina Naik

Rina is a multi-disciplinary visual artist.


Art by Rina Naik 


Angela Nannini

Angela specializes in graphic and print design. I learned that she, too, was part of the tissue box design project – fun!


Designs by Angela Nannini


DJ O’Connor

A resident artist at Painting with a Twist, DJ was busy at work during the event creating colorfully impressive cartoons and comics.


Art by DJ O’Connor


Each artist brought their unique perspective and talent to the event and made me realize more than ever that, when possible, original art for your home is an investment worth making.

About the Venue

Painting with a Twist’s bright and open mill space was quaint and welcoming. Chatting with owner Dee Dellovo was a pleasure – I can’t wait to take part in a painting party. Count me in for a “Paint your Pet” night when my Oscar will be my muse.


Paint Your Pet at Painting with a Twist


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My Article in the July/August Issue of Design New England

My article in Design New England


I recently had the pleasure of writing an article for Design New England – The Magazine of Splendid Homes and Gardens. Design New England has been one of my favorite shelter publications for years. In fact, I like it so much, I keep every copy I receive and now have an inventory dating back to 2009.

When I was asked to take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard to write about a home addition and renovation in Edgartown, I jumped at the chance. Despite a rainy day, it was a pleasure meeting with the architect and interior designers who transformed this traditional Cape-style home.  The professionals at Hutker Architects and Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design did an amazing job infusing contemporary structure and design into a 1950s home that was comfy and cozy, but not modern. My enjoyment continued when I had the opportunity to talk with the London-based homeowners by phone. The wife was an absolute treat to speak with and she was extremely helpful in working with me to get all of the details of this unique project straight.


If you happen by a copy of Design New England at the newsstands, I hope you’ll pick up a copy. Otherwise take a peak at my article, Expansion Plan, at the Design New England website.


So excited to see my name on the Contributors page.








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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

coming up roses
This one is shaped like a heart.


I was so thrilled to see my rose bushes in bountiful bloom this year. Then I noticed that the roses all around town were looking spectacular. Everything’s coming up roses, I thought. Whatever bad weather we’ve had this past winter and spring, it sure seems the roses didn’t mind. When I first bought my knockout roses, I had trouble with pests and I struggled to find a solution. I almost gave up on them, but now I am so glad I didn’t. Rose bushes remind me of my grandmother – she had the most beautiful mound of them near a massive rock in her yard. She took such pride in her roses. It’s a nice memory that I now relive every time I look at my roses.

I hope that everything keeps coming up roses this summer. For now, I’ll stop and smell mine as much as possible.


coming up roses

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