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Friday, June 29, 2012

cmi in the news: two featured spaces on houzz.com!

It's always exit­ing to be cho­sen for someone's Ide­aBooks on Houzz.com, and to be cho­sen twice in one day is twice the fun!!

In this ide­abook from Charmean Nei­thart, she explores some glam home offices for work­ing women. My room is the first one featured!

glamorous home office for a hard-working woman

glam­orous home office for a hard-working woman

And in this ide­abook from Rachel Grace, this room is fea­tured for its blue/gray wall color that works per­fectly with other shades of blue and gray!

glastonbury glamour living room barbara barry sofa

liv­ing room with a har­mony of blues and grays

Thank you houzz.com for all the great rooms you fea­ture on your site!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

cmi in the news: color me daring!

Many thanks to New Eng­land Home Mag­a­zine and edi­tor Paula Bodah for fea­tur­ing me in the Designer Snap­shot seg­ment today on the New Eng­land Home Mag­a­zine blog! If you know me, you KNOW I love color!

Spe­cial thanks to pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Parte­nio for tak­ing such beau­ti­ful pictures!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

before & after: the blank slate

Ask any inte­rior designer this ques­tion: "Which is harder — to start with an empty room or to start with some­thing a client already owns?" I would answer that a blank slate is often the more dif­fi­cult assign­ment. When start­ing with a piece that a client already loves, be it art, a rug or some­thing else, the designer has clues. And clues are always help­ful in deci­pher­ing the mys­tery of someone's taste and style! Color pref­er­ences and styl­is­tic ten­den­cies can be read in a well-loved piece.

But some­times you don't get clues — you get a blank slate. In this case, a large beige box. A per­fectly ordi­nary room with absolutely no char­ac­ter whatsoever:

the blank slate home office
the blank slate home office

The charge for this space — cre­ate a home office for the lady of the house. She wants a com­puter work­space, sump­tu­ous fab­rics, lush col­ors and a place to put up her feet and chat with a girl­friend. Oh, and there needs to be some glam!

As I final­ize the design, the client and I do a lit­tle gallery-hopping and bring home this fash­ion­ista from local artist Sandy Welch:

Sandy Welch painting

Sandy Welch painting

Although she's out of frame in this next pic­ture, you can visu­al­ize how she now takes pride of place in this glam­orous home office:

the blank slate home office - transformed.

the blank slate home office — trans­formed. photo by Michael Partenio

The Bar­bara Barry desk is the state­ment piece for this room, with the Robert Allen ottoman in a divine blue vel­vet a close sec­ond. Creamy whites, deep blues, char­coal walls and sil­ver silk drap­ery are the per­fect com­ple­ment to the fash­ion­ista who lives here!

 

 

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

cmi in the news — featured again on houzz

It's a sweet lit­tle gift to receive an email say­ing "We Fea­tured You on Houzz…Again!" Thanks so much Shawn Gau­thier for includ­ing one of my rooms in your ide­abook "Every­day Items Go Glossy and Glam". I def­i­nitely love the trans­for­ma­tion one can achieve with glossy paint and lacquer!

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