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Archive for November, 2008

Inhabit /Spotlight on a Website




I came across this site a few months ago while I was searching the web for sustainable bedding and pillows for a client . My client found a stunning, but WAY overpriced duvet cover made with recycled content and was dying to find affordable options.  Inhabit surely fits that bill! Most if not all of the items on their site are Made from 100% sustainable recycled polyester and or other materials.  They Handprinted and handmade in the USA with environmentally-friendly inks with no chemical waste or disposal generated. All paper waste from this process is repurposed as shredded packing material. Product is recyclable at the end of its life-cycle.  Check out the “about” page on the site, it has a great story about the husband & wife run company!

I’m sure most of you just said “What?” and “I’m so not going to read this.”….Now just wait a minute. I know this sounds booring but I think we should all try to learn one new thing a day. Plus, what kind of designer would I be if I didn’t share my fabulous find with you all?

What is sustainability and why care?   Sustainability can be many different things – a motto, an ideal, a way to do business or a way to live your life. The term “sustainability” is often misunderstood and misused, and not everyone agrees on its definition.  Generally, however, there is a commonly understood idea of sustainability – that is, the capacity for continuance into the long term. Think ……
Forum For the Future recently defined sustainable development as ”a dynamic process which enables all people to realize their potential and improve their quality of life in ways that simultaneously protect and enhance the Earth’s life support systems.”

Did you get all of that?  I’m sure the best way for you to relate is to the term “Green”.

What does it mean to go green?  It means you accept the job of caring for the planet. There are many ways to go green. It can mean that you recycle and use recycled goods. It may mean that you drive a hybrid car or ride a bicycle everywhere you go. These are just a few examples of going green. In order to lessen our footprint or impact on the planet, we must go green every way we can!

Now I’m not what you would call a “tree hugger”, but I do believe that we can all do our part!  Inhabit brings style and a unique creativity to everyday household items.  Now that deserves a Hug! Check out the site, even if its not up your alley, your can walk away knowing a bit more about what’s out there in this big ole world!

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Hit me with your best shot!

Melanie was referred to me by a friend and I have been fortunate enough to have her photograph a few of my rooms.  You name it and she can cover it! Dynamic children, Baby and family images are just the beginning. Latley, she has been busy with wedding shoots too and the images are enchanting!  Thankfully I was able to snag her for a shoot before she became swamped with holiday bookings!  She is a sweet, calm soul and a much needed balance to my non-stop crazy world! Keep an eye on our blog for more  postings featuring Melanie’s work over the next few months. You may also visit her site at


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Peaceful Asian Guest Room

Our homeowner asked us to create a tranquil & peaceful retreat for their guests.  We took inspiration from the gorgeous linen Asian-toile fabric and based our color palette around it.  We selected “Timothy Straw” from Benjamin Moore for the walls to carry the colors from the bedding throughout the room. With the bedding selected the compilation of unusual items came together effortlessly.  These unique items include a lounging Buda,  plush window seat and glass bowls housing small fish, we now have a peaceful Asian guest room!

Photographs: Melanie Johnson Photography

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Oh No….Not my new pillows!

After we have spent so much time and money to make your new space perfect we want to keep everything looking as beautiful as it did the day we installed it.  Need help avoiding those disasters and want to stop your pup from tearing up your new furniture, drapery or pillows? Have Anne O’Neil from Specialty Pet Training over for customized in home dog training! She is fabulous!

Although our dog Cricket thinks she owns most of the furniture in our home,  she now knows we mean business when we ask her to get “down” and “off”. Here she is below minding her manners, Thank you Anne!

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Brilliant Blue Master Bedroom

Our Client asked for a master bedroom in his favorite & chocolate.  We painted the walls and ceiling “Aegean blue” from Benjamin Moore and pulled it all together with handmade matching silk dupioni drapery.  The custom bedding mixes a variety of textures perfectly by combining velvet, silk and satin. The room’s vaulted ceiling reaches over 40 feet and adds a significant amount of light to the already large room.  This master bedroom also provides a lounge area which is tucked in next to the fireplace for a cozy place to watch T.V.  A HUGE THANK YOU to Melanie Johnson Photography for taking these beautiful photographs! The detail shots of the lamps on the night stand and sparkly candle holders are stunning!