Beautiful Mill Work…and Our Renovation

Our renovation starts in just a couple of weeks and, honestly, I’m somewhere between jumping for joy and having a panic attack.  I can’t believe, after waiting four LONG years with a kitchen from 1935 (yep, you read that right), we’re finally getting it done.  Needless to say I’ve been spending some time obsessing over researching everything from lighting to stone to cabinetry…you name it.  While I still have a million decisions to make, one thing I know for sure is that I want to add some great mill work to as many rooms as possible (meaning as many as my stretched to the max budget will allow).

Here are some examples of how molding can take a space from ordinary to extraordinary:

Beautiful Mill Work in Foyer

Elegant Foyer

Tiffany Eastman Interiors

Elegant Foyer Decor

Green Couch Interior Design

Part of our plan is to add a new family room onto the back of the house.  It will flow directly into the kitchen but will also connect to the formal living room which is our current family room (here).  I’d love to have a beautiful arched doorway like one of these below to connect the two spaces.

Beautiful Mill Work and Chevron Floors


Arched Doorway with Custom Mill Work

Ann Decker Architects

Black and White Decor

Better Homes & Gardens

No arch here but this is pretty too.

Dark Walnut Floors


Another great example of beautiful mill work – the coffered ceiling.  I love the way they’ve trimmed this one in black.

Coffered Ceiling

Architectural Digest

Coffered Ceiling in Living Room

House Beautiful

I don’t know what I’m drooling over more here…the walls or the floor.

Astrigal Moulding

House Hotel, Istanbul

Elegant Dining Room Decor

Architectural Digest

We’re planning to add some molding above the fireplace in our current family room and I think it’s such a great way to frame a painting or sculpture.  Must add some sconces too.  These (here) are my faves so far.

Built in book cases

Stephen Fuller Designs

And I might have to figure out a way to incorporate it into our powder room and master bath as well.

Wishing you all a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Can’t wait for Marathon Monday!!!!

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Designers Who Inspire – Nam Dang-Mitchell

I’ve admired the work of Canadian designer Nam Dang-Mitchell for quite some time now.  I first came across her work in House and Home magazine a few years ago and have been a huge fan ever since.  Here’s why:

Her spaces are elegant, timeless and insanely sophisticated.

nam dang-mitchell living roomWhile she tends to lean toward neutral color palettes, the results are anything but dull.

nam dang-mitchell living roomHer use of luxurious fabrics and interesting woods, stone and metals keep each space feeling rich and interesting.

elegant foyer by nam dang-mitchellHer spaces are always (I mean always) sophisticated…even when designing for a young child.

sophisticated girl's bedroom by nam dang-mitchellsophisticated boys bedroom by nam dang-mitchellInsanely gorgeous cabinetry, beautiful marble, killer range hood and great lighting.  Perfect.

kitchen design by nam dang-mitchellThe beautiful grass cloth wallpaper, large tufted ottoman and fluffy foot stool in this den help to create a space that’s both stunning and completely cozy at the same time.

sophisticated den by nam dang-mitchellMore rich wood, gorgeous velvet and hits of gold.

neutral living room by nam dang-mitchellWho wouldn’t feel fabulous sitting in this room?

airy living room by nam dang-mitchellAs someone who’s about to renovate a master bath, this one is KILLING ME!

Elegant master bathroom by nam dang-mitchellHaven’t seen enough?  You can check out more of Nam’s incredible work on her website (here).

That’s it for today, my friends!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Client Living Room Reveal!

My client Michelle has a beautiful home, fabulous taste and knows exactly what she likes.  When we started her living room project back in November the room was completely empty.  A blank slate.  My favorite way to start a project!

The room had been painted a lovely, fern green color and I knew that navy would work beautifully with it.  We then decided to bring in some brass accents and pops of yellow and voila…it all came together!

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We budgeted wisely by focusing on the furnishings.  They are gorgeous, quality pieces that will stand the test of time and never go out of style.  The sideboard was a One King’s Lane find and I absolutely love the wood grain and the shape of it.  It fills the wall perfectly and allows for some nice storage as well.

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We found fun, colorful ready-made drapery panels and pillows to add pops of color and pattern to the space.

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And what room is complete without a sunburst?

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A big fiddle leaf fig fills a corner of the room and the navy tufted chairs are perfect!

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You’ll have to forgive my horrible photography (again!).  I may need to go back and photograph this one day with someone who actually knows what the hell they’re doing!

A huge thank you to Michelle for being so much fun to work with!

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Ten Fabulous Powder Rooms

As I may have mentioned about a thousand times already, we’ll be renovating soon (as in a few weeks…EEEKK!!)

Part of the reno includes adding a new powder room.  It’ll be the smallest space in the project by far but I’m pretty freakin’ excited about it for a couple of reasons:

1. I’ve always loved a fabulous powder room

2.  It’s the one room in the renovation that I can make beautiful without spending a stupid amount of money (and this is really, really important)

Here are some inspiration pics I’ve pulled from the web lately.  They’re tiny, gorgeous, jewel boxes and who wouldn’t look amazing in any one of them?


I’m nuts about the wallpaper and black ceiling in this one…not to mention the brass.  Aaaah!

Glamorous Powder Room

Style At Home

The pop of red in this one is fun and unexpected.

Wallpapered Powder Room


The paper… THE PAPER!!!!

Gray and White Powder Room

Architectural Digest

Wallpaper in Half Bathroom

House Beautiful

 Over-sized art and a great rug.  Why not???

Art in Powder Room

Photo: Liz Daly

Green Wallpaper in Powder Room

Via Shelterness

Love this thick slab of marble.  So rich…

Aqua Powder Room

New England Home

This is tile.  TILE!!

Mosaic Tile in Bathroom

New Ravenna Mosaics

I just fell over…

Glamorous Powder room

Architectural Digest

Beautiful detail on the floor in here and the grass cloth is killer.

Marble Powder Room

Amy Miller Interior Design

For more scoop on our upcoming reno click here, here and here. You know you don’t want to miss anything!  ;)

Finally, hope you all like the new look of the blog!!


I need to give a huge shout out to my tech/ WordPress guru, Fan, at BBDS Design for walking me through it, making a million changes and answering all my lame questions.  Thanks, Fan!

Be back tomorrow with a client living room reveal!  I LOVE THIS ROOM!


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Introducing SCG Interiors …. and some other changes!

Hey!  How the hell are ya?!?

I know I’ve been MIA for a few days but I wanted to check in before the weekend to share some exciting news!


Newton, MA Interior Design

It’s official!  I’m a small business!  Hooray! (Of course it’s only taken me a full year to get off my butt and get it done, but at least I did it, right?).

So, anyone want to decorate something?


In addition to the new business thing I’ve been working on creating a new look for the blog.  Something a little more modern, graphic and, well, just prettier to look at.  You’ll be seeing the changes next week (hopefully by Monday) and I’d love to hear what you think.

That’s it for today.  Have a great weekend, everyone.  The weather is supposed to be downright balmy here in the Boston area (that means mid 5os)!  We’ll take it!

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