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I have a new mantra…



This is a picture I took several years ago on my “trip of a life time” to Italy with my dear friends (thanks Joe and Kathy!).  This was my room and I had truly sweet dreams there.  Sigh…..

This is a picture I took several years ago on my “trip of a life time” to Italy with my dear friends (thanks Joe and Kathy!).  This was my room and I had truly sweet dreams there.  Sigh…..



I had some one ask about this photo that I used for one of my clients (you can see more pictures of this project on my website at Lord Design).  The photo is by Steve Eltinge my dear friend and photographer.  I gave him an idea of what I wanted, he took some shots that fit the description of what I was looking for and let me chose just the right one.  He then had it enlarged and made into a giclee to fit what I had designed in for the wall in my elevation (that’s the little drawing shown here).  It’s an awesome way to get original, local art for my clients!  Thank you Steve for being so great to work with!



2013 color of the year is Emerald! It’s always fun to see how the color of the year is used from fashion to interiors. I like it. I liked the tangerine of last year better but I do appreciate the lush, freshness of this color.



My talented and sweet friend Jim Staicoff has created a really cool, locally made, line of wall papers.  An awesome article was written in the Oregonian.  You can contact Jim and see the designs by local artists Amy RuppelStephanie Dyer  and Dardinelle Troën,  on his website:http://paperpaintpress.com/.

So excited to see where this leads for you, Jim!  I am also excited for these artists and any future artists who get to be on this journey with Jim.  I’m rooting for you all!!!



I love this blog: Desire to Inspire!  They show some really beautiful design work (especially midcenturyjo) and I have a mad crush on the photography work of Hector Sanchez…although I had no idea who he was until today.  Check out the blog it’s worth the time suck. :-)

I love this blog: Desire to Inspire!  They show some really beautiful design work (especially midcenturyjo) and I have a mad crush on the photography work of Hector Sanchez…although I had no idea who he was until today.  Check out the blog it’s worth the time suck. :-)



I am so fortunate to have people in my life who inspire me. Michael and Lynn Madigan, the owners of KitchenCru and now The Bowery, are dear people who have provided me with so many opportunities to spread my wings and just design. (Previous collaborations include interior design for KitchenCru.)

Here are pictures of the latest venture we worked on together. The space provides a quietly vintage yet modern setting (if I do say so myself) to sell their hyper-local products. They are produced by in house as well as by the clients of KitchenCru. You absolutely must try the bagels and all of the other treats they have. You will be back and perhaps you too will be inspired—at the very least you will be well fed.

The lighting and stools were local too! Thank you Schoolhouse Electric Co. for the cool pendant lights and thank you Rejuvenation for having the perfect stools in stock!



A great example of interesting simplicity.  This kitchen design, which I found on Freshome, is  not at all boring despite its quiet palette.  It has pattern and color and a whimsical mix of styles which all work in balance with each other.  The kitchen is so much a part of our lives. Whether we cook a lot or not, it’s often where we gather and I am a firm believer that it should be functional and reflect of who we are and how we live.  Who cares what the “Jones’s” have. Create a space that is yours and enjoy every inch of it.

A great example of interesting simplicity. This kitchen design, which I found on Freshome, is not at all boring despite its quiet palette. It has pattern and color and a whimsical mix of styles which all work in balance with each other. The kitchen is so much a part of our lives. Whether we cook a lot or not, it’s often where we gather and I am a firm believer that it should be functional and reflect of who we are and how we live. Who cares what the “Jones’s” have. Create a space that is yours and enjoy every inch of it.



It’s time to warm things up and cozy in, which is why I love autumn. Here is an example of how much a few small changes can make a room more approachable and in turn, used more often. 

The new chair, built by Castellano’s Custom Furniture, and its fabric was the color injection that brought this room up a notch. This client, who I first did custom furniture for back in 2003, loves things to be casual and timeless. This chair can move to any room in her house and fit right in with it’s decor making a very good investment. 

I suggested we pull the sofa away from the wall and place a table behind it with some lighting. I also suggested a larger area rug to help anchor the furniture and make the room feel a little bigger. She made these changes along with adding a new lamp shade and pillow. Now she loves this space. It’s such a pleasure to work with you Kim! What room do we get to do next? :-)



It’s easier to find a public bathroom in the Chianti vineyards of Italy than it is to find a public bathroom in Massachusetts.  I’m just sayin’!  Anyway, on our never ending quest to find a bathroom that someone would let us use we came across an AMAZING antiques and salvage store called New England Demolition and Salvage in New Bedford, Mass.  Seriously, we could not believe our eyes.  The East Coast has the West Coast beat, hands down, with the availability and variety of antiques and salvage.  Check out their website!  And hopefully, if you find yourself heading to Cape Cod, head south off cape a bit and check out Fairhaven, New Bedford, Mattapoisett and all the great towns in between.  It’s simply beautiful there.  In fact it would be perfect if there were more public bathrooms.