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In honour of mothers on their special day, I asked myself what decorating secrets did I learn from my Mom…

mom carol and I

She made our home beautiful, chic and inspiring while juggling both a full-time job and being a mother. I learned about fabrics and sewing from my mom. She was an extraordinary seamstress. When I was little, I loved going to the fabric store with her — it was a world of imagination and creativity. She taught me to appreciate quality, natural fibers like wools, silks and fine cotton. Now working with fabrics is one of my favorite parts of decorating.

Another important lesson she taught me,  never to buy what I don’t need: a bargain is only a bargain if it’s something important. I also learned all about color selection and furniture arranging from her. We lived in Brooklyn NY in a 6 room apartment, she always kept it fresh, ever changing.. and I firmly believe that had this wonderful woman been any less interested in our family home as I grew up, I might not be where I am today.

My mother taught me that it’s important to develop personal style,  buy the best quality you can afford and mix family pieces, antiques and comfortable upholstered furniture– eat in the dining room, use your china or better dishes on Sundays.. I learned to respect our home and everything within it, including my mother.

My mom used to rearrange the furniture a lot — it’s surprising how furnishings can look completely new when viewed from a different angle or in a different room. She also taught me that every window looks empty and cold unless softened by a window treatment, she changed hers often.

She was never afraid of bold patterns, I remember her sewing room or the SPARE ROOM, we had large orange and yellow wall paper, and smaller floral wall paper on the ceiling.. It was cutting edge at the time..

When I was little, my mother always dressed — she was glammed up even when cleaning the house. From her, I learned to dress and decorate with the intent to be gorgeous, having no fear of color.

I will end here with a couple of ideas for what to do for your mom..

Source and pay for a house cleaning service for a few months. A house cleaning every two weeks, I’m sure all moms would appreciate the break. That being said, do not buy her a vacuum, cleaning supplies, or tools unless she specifically asks for them. I’m looking at you Dad.

Brunch was always a favorite of mine.. I loved to go to a special Italian place locally that served cured meats..fresh fruits..baked delights and my family would all laugh and enjoy the meal together…

table scape

Spend time, yes…time… take the day and pull out pictures, family vacations reminisce with her, make cookies sit and have a cup of coffee.. Love her and let her know that she is the most important women in your life.

Mom and Dad

 

Miss you Mother Theresa…All my love

 

XOXO

 

M

 

 

 

 

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I enjoy entertaining, one of my favorite things to do is to create a beautiful tablescape, I feel so great when guests come into a room and that look of delight comes over them.

This coming weekend is Palm Sunday, so the thought of how to decorate my table was on my mind. I have a beautiful Forsythia bush in my yard that is so beautiful this year, we have had warm weather and it has bloomed early so I thought I could start there.

Color???? Well I usually use a green china that I have for spring, but this year I will not be home for Easter Sunday, I thought we would really set an elegant table with Mother Theresa coming for Palm Sunday dinner. Tradition and faith are a big part of this household (as I’m sure you’ve discovered, if you read my blog), I have my menu planned, and my tablescape already decided.

 To begin, you must make the decision that the iron is your friend, I know, I know we don’t really feel that way but in this case your table should start off with clean crisp linens that are flawlessly ironed. It’s kind of like cooking a great meal the freshest ingredients make the dish, so it goes with a table the linens will shine through all the glamour that will adorn your table.

My choice of plates, black and white china for this occasion I decided to do gold chargers, I love to use chargers I feel that they pull everything together and really add a sense of elegance or whimsy (depending on the occasion).

So here we are Mother Theresa’s silver and a touch of crystal. Wella!!! We are done!!

Now for a full view!

What will you do with your table for Spring. I hope I’ve given some inspiration to you, enjoy the holiday!! As always stay tuned…

XOXO

M

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From the moment I started working on a design for my home I knew that this was something I was passionate about. I enjoyed exploring ideas, letting my imagination take over, no limits to what I could create in my mind. Of course my husband (who has been in construction for 30 years) is a great source of information for me. He always listens to my ideas and with his background in engineering and construction helps me bring my ideas to life!

I could only imagine…. That is how every design has started for me. My husband and I are soul mates, we dreamed of the home where we wanted to grow our family and somehow we were able to bring it from our mind to fruition. This was by far my biggest accomplishment in design, both my husband and I still sit every day in awe of what we have created.

Recently I have been working with Ted and Terri Gargano. They are a young couple who own a franchise called Certa Pro Painters, I was pleased when they asked me to come aboard as their interior design consultant. I have worked with them in the past and I appreciated their offer to use my talents to grow both Certapro Painters and my own deisign business. I love Envision Magazine, a publication that Certapro Painters puts out to inspire you, and also their blog, here is one of my favorite entries:

Colors for Fashionistas

Whether your home is a castle or condo, you can raise your status with these high society paint colors. Pamper yourself in decadent colors like Exclusive Plum or Gala Pink. Indulge in hues of Daring, or treat yourself to Champagne and Caviar- paint colors that is. What better way to live the dream than surrounding yourself with the colors of success.

CertaPro Painters is your home painting expert

We are professional painting contractors with an outstanding customer satisfaction and referral rating. That means our future is on display every day — in how we paint every type of house and building: interior, exterior, residential, commercial, office, and condominium.

Call 1-800-689-7271 for a FREE in-home house painting estimate.

I am so very excited to be associated with this great company!! We are now offering decorating services, from color consultations to room planning, we offer window treatments and all your design needs. Call if you would like to have us help with your project. Our office number locally in Albany is (518) 631-4116 or you can reach us at (518) 852-4185. Call today for an appointment!!

As always stay tuned…..

XOXO

M

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I have been doing alot of window treatments lately!! I just love seeing all the fabrics and creating such beautiful window dressings. Some of my favoite windows are Roman Shades and beautiful panels. Panels have been around since the beginning of time, but Roman shades have been extreamly popular lately. They are so versitle, they can be dressed up or made in a casual linen or cotton duck. They go in any space wether formal or casual living. Shades are ther way to go !! Here are some windows I love, Please Visit my Etsy store for ordering!! or call (518) 852-4185. Enjoy the pictures!!

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