Archive of ‘Entertaining’ category

Not Your Grandma’s House Anymore: Family Room Makeover

There’s nothing I love more than helping clients, friends and family bring a vision to life and help them realize that a tired house really can be updated for a modern and family-friendly lifestyle. So when my client Rebecca came to me with pictures of a house that she and her husband Matt bought through a family friend […] Read more…

Patterns, Paint, Poufs and Porches.

This week my good friend from college and her daughter are coming to visit the cottage for the first time. I wanted to make their short stay as comfortable as possible. The weather forecast is a good one and we’re sure to spend most the time outside on the water or inside the screened in […] Read more…

The Itsy Bitsy Cottage Kitchen Makeover

I will never forget he first time I walked into the cottage I said to my husband  “These cabinets dividing the kitchen and the living room have got to go!”  And on closing day we remove the cabinets under the soffit and it immediately made the kitchen seem more spacious. Aside from removing the curtains and blinds […] Read more…

Farm Table for 14 please

As most of you know I come from a big Italian family.  My sister, her family and my niece and nephew live on our street. My aunt lives one street over from us. My parents live in walking distance from us in addition to having cousins and other family members so close it’s a given we […] Read more…

The Itsy Bitsy Cottage No Wake Zone

It’s hard to believe that just over 9 months ago we started this remodeling rollercoaster!  And although the cottage is so small the project ride never seemed to end. The great room was one of the reason why we bought this cottage.  It’s open space and vaulted ceiling gives the illusion that the space is so much larger than […] Read more…

Ikat Love: Finding color inspiration for the Itsy Bitsy Cottage

Often at the beginning of a job I began with an inspiration picture, artwork or piece of furniture that I use that as the diving board for the rest of my design.  Last year, I came across these super fun  Lakeside Swivel Chairs ( yes I said swivel! Click on the link for all the great […] Read more…

We call them Lower Levels now…not basements or cellars.

When I think of basements I think of my grandparent’s stone and pitched walled cellar that was covered with cobwebs and dust and had a rickety ladder going down.  With the exception of a few canning jars the basement was bare and not visited very often. Well, the basement has come a long way and […] Read more…

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