National Painting Week

May 11, 2015

Color is so individual. Some of us like the earth tones, some of us like the cooler tones better. Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week is the perfect opportunity to discover you inner designer, as there are so many incredible ideas to inspire you! Visit for more details. Our taste in color represents our current style and state of mind. I always like to make a room feel fresh and want my clients to feel productive in the spaces I design. This room was a muddy dim color that didn’t bring out any of the natural beauty of the space. My first step? I head straight to and checked out all my options using the Color Visualizer , and I can actually see the room done! Genius!  The simplicity of black and white that I chose can make all the difference in the world, and yet it has to be the right black and the right white.  I used Sherwin-Williams Caviar (SW 6990) in a high gloss for the moldings and doors and Sherwin Williams Luminous White (flat) to create light and depth in the space. I wanted to choose the perfect dark flooring color so we used Minwax, sold by Sherwin-Williams, in Ebony 2718 to make the floors as modern as the rest of the space. The end result? I created a space that feels fresh, modern, and yet cozy at the same time.

So how do you start? Here are 5 tips that can help you create your perfect space:

1. What is your favorite season? Knowing the time of year and the colors associated with it will help indicate the colors you are most attracted to and make you feel at home.

2. Lighting is everything! Do you have a lot of natural light? If so, lighter colors will expand your space even more, and darker colors will help it to feel a bit cozier. If you need to create a lightness in the space, use cooler tones on the walls and lighter furniture.

3. I am always asked “How do I accessorize properly? How do I get the room to feel ‘done?’” The art of knowing just how much to have in a room and where to stop is a delicate balance. I would suggest using books as a platform to showcase a few special collectables and or objects. You want to layer the room just enough and include a little bit of each family member’s personality.

4. How to choose a pop of color:

What is your favorite fruit or veggie? Sounds crazy, right? Just try this: Go to the grocery and pick up your favorite item from the produce section (I love pomegranates) cut it in half and notice all the incredible colors inside. From a pomegranate I would find raspberry, red, ivory and yellow, and they all match perfectly. Then go to and find those exact colors. BAM! Perfectly matched pops of color.

5. How do I place my furniture? I always design a room imagining a party. When people are over you want to make conversation as easy as possible. NEVER put all your furniture lining the walls. How could you talk to the person across from you? Impossible! Make sure to place all the items of furniture facing each other and close enough to have a chat with a great friend.

I received compensation from Sherwin-Williams for this post. All views, imagery and opinions expressed in the post are my own.

Before & Afters

designer showhouse of nj

October 12, 2014

My goodness this was a fun challenge! Heres the deal: I had three weeks to create, cultivate, and complete my design for the ‘Ladies Lounge’ room in the 10,000 sq. ft. French manor in Saddle River selected for the Designer Showhouse of NJ (benefitting Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation).

The ‘before’ could not have been farther away from my style:



First things first, those drapes had to go. Simply removing them instantly helped! Time to get started on the design of the room…



Since time was limited, I sketched up my idea on the spot and got started…




I dove into choosing the perfect fabrics and paint…


Then me and my amazing crew got to work! They spent days removing wallpaper and prepping walls (which finally gave the room some life!)



While they were prepping and painting, I was out and about carefully selecting the perfect furniture, lighting, and accessories from my favorite stores in New Jersey and Manhattan. After 10 days here is our end result!!

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Room Credits:
Mirrored Tiles: Artistic Tile
Chandelier: La Murrina Italy
Chairs: Thibaut

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10 ideas to make your home pop and look current

July 22, 2014

Whats the best way to keep your home looking current and not break the bank every few years? Use pops of color that are “in” . If you updated your home 10 years ago I am sure you used mustard,sage, and burgundy. Those colors are SOOOOO yesterday and now your are stuck right? Wrong!  I would strongly suggest doing most of your home in simple neutrals(whites and grays) and adding on/taking away as the times change.  Here are some color/pattern suggestions that will work for the next few years….happy decorating!


Pretty purples….

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Pale pinks…

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Royal blues…

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Royal and Zebra…

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Tangerine orange and zig zag …

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Diamond patterns….


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More zebra…


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Zig zag….


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Concrete, my new obsession…

June 26, 2014

Its not just for sidewalks and garage floors anymore! Honestly could this material be more versatile and look more polished?  Perfect for fashionistas and families alike, and its totally indestructible.  I have included some beautiful examples below , soon you will be obsessed too! images-3 white-island-kitchen-hard-topix_57796 images-2 else images images-4 images-1


How do I display my collections with out a big old mess?

June 24, 2014

Dear Emily,

My Husband and I both love to collect trinkets and photographs, but every time I walk into my home all I see is a big mess and the small items end up getting dusty.  How do I show my collections off with out the mess?? HELP!



Malibu CA


Hello Abby,

Now this is a great question! Most of us wonder the same thing. I love being in someones home where I can easily see what they love, however, clutter is awful! Here are some great ways to show off the goods with out looking like a hoarder.

Keep in touch,



Look how cute these tiny toy collections become in a metal mesh letter!

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A great way to show off tiny items like thimbles, shells, rocks, fortune cookie fortunes, tiny figures etc…


This works because they are all organized by color.


If you have the space, this is an idea I LOVE for your photography.



And this works because its containerized…