Home style. The idea of it gets me all excited! I don’t have a degree or certification in interior design or anything like that, but I do love wrapping my head around interior style and spatial design. I have a knack for arrangement, symmetry, and color play.

For many years before my real estate career, I worked in the digital design space in many capacities. The string that tied each together was the goal of creating engaging products based on thoughtful design decisions that would mirror typical or even influence user behavior. It was a great way to hone my inner home stylist.

The similarities for great home style and spatial design are many. For instance, the minute you arrange furniture in a certain configuration, you are setting the stage for how the room will be used, how folks will chat and interact with each other…or not. Design calms in your bedroom, sits comfortably on your patio, warms up around your firepit, plays safely in your garden, and feels homey in your summer beach rental.

While I’ve always enjoyed interior styling, like pairing different fabric colors and textures and pasting them to my college dorm room walls, there was something about becoming a homeowner that made my passion blossom. My home was mine and I suddenly had all these rooms, canvases, if you will.

Here, I share some thoughts, inspirations, project successes and even disappointments.

Great Interior Design is An Expression of Who He Was, Even Harvey Keitel Thought So

Great interior design is anything but static – it morphs with the ever-changing needs of the inhabitant/s. It is the exploration of space and the quest to fuse comfort, utility, and aesthetic. Our homes can be the greatest expression of who we are.

Imagine the home of the unconventional artist. (Is there really any other kind?) Surely a space that can inspire is a must-have, but that is largely of the artist’s own making,

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10 Tips for a Killer Outdoor Party

If you’ follow this blog, you know that Gary and I like to throw parties – like the 4th of July Pig Roast. In the beginning of October, we host an Oktoberfest aptly named, McTomberfest. My husband’s name in McDaniel. Get it?  Moving right along…

We have this outdoor thing down to a science. Here are a few tips to help you master your next party.

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How to Hunt for Flea Market Finds

I have two gallery walls in the parlor of 139 Maplewood Avenue. I often get asked where I found the art that created them. They are nothing fancy, in most cases, each piece cost less then $50, some as low as $5.  I found these pieces from a variety of places, Pennsylvania and New Jersey flea markets, independent sellers on Ebay and Etsy,

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Four Chairs and a Pot of Annie Sloan Paint

When we bought our first home, my parents gave us their kitchen table, a dark-wood, colonial type.I grew up with that table, just like my kids are – hours of homework, family meals,arts and craft projects, telephone chats with my girlfriends, coffee conversations with my nana and aunties – it even saw my mother’s friends enjoy their smokes. (It was 1

A pot of Annie Sloan paint in "Pure White".

A pot of Annie Sloan paint in “Pure White”.

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Successful Landscape Design is Child’s Play

When Carla approached me to write about landscape design, I was unsure of an approach. I could discuss Aesthetics, Function, Feel, Grading and Drainage, Privacy,  Lighting,  Water, Trees/shrubs/Perennials, Native Plants,  Sustainability, Play structures, Garden furniture/Ornaments, Firepits, Outdoor structures,  Vegetable Gardens, Decking/Patios, Retaining walls, Water features, etc.  I started writing down some ideas and then quickly scrapped them all.

While Landscape Design encompasses these topics, yesterdays visit with a client reinforced for me the importance of combining  children’s safety with the above. 

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