Bathroom Reveal and Some Happy News

Remember the bathroom I was planning a while back? It was a tight Jack and Jill, with lots of doors, cramped spaces, and in desperate need of a fresh new look.  You can read about the plan HERE, but today I am happy to report that the bathroom is finished!

Here is what we started with, below:

The BEFORE: Builder grade standard oak cabinetry, corian shell sink, beadboard and plate glass mirror. Notice the door separating the sink area and the wc/shower area. We knocked that wall out, making one large space for the two growing teenagers.

BEFORE: The white tile and grout was showing it's age.


A custom vanity in high gloss blue was designed, and topped with honed Carrara marble. We added a modern rectangular sink, square fixtures, and utilitarian hardware for a cool factor, and woven baskets and framed photos for warmth.  The walls were planked in 1 x 6 boards two thirds of the way up, and painted BM Gray Owl on the top. Galvanized depot lights, monogrammed fringe towels on hooks, and a custom barn wood mirror add personality.

Glossy finish.

We installed a new sliding glass door, tub, and shampoo niche in honed Carrara subway tile in the shower area. One of my favorite elements in the room is the vintage inspired  luggage rack-and hooks for easy access towels.

The same tile was laid in a herringbone pattern on the floor. The wool striped rug is from West Elm.

Sink and fixtures from Lowes. Chalkboard containers from Target.

Kids love cool, modern fixtures! These are from Delta.

Hey there;)

This was a fun space to plan! You may remember the clients from a kitchen project that received a little bit of attention.... No doubt: they have great taste! I am happy to report that their kitchen is now a covergirl on news stands nationwide:

THANK YOU, FRIENDS, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY...once again.  And a big shout out to photographer Lauren Rubinstein for landing the deal, and making this baby shine.

Please let me know if I can help you design the bathroom of your dreams. I would love to hear from you at

Have a wonderful week;)

Our Collected Home: Part Three

Hi guys!  Rainy days make for good blogging days. So, alas, our home tour continues upstairs.  If you missed Part One, here it is. Part Two is here. I hope you enjoy the tour. Your readership, and feedback are always greatly appreciated. Thank you so much! Photography: Lauren Rubinstein.

The Master Bedroom. The antique iron headboard was an anniversary gift from my parents from the antique market in Arezzo, Italy in 1998. The linens are a mix of antique French, Italian and American, and a few Target throws for texture. 

The family heirloom Italian dresser was a gift from my mother-in-law. The chair and ottoman came from my parents, as did the needlepoint Aubusson. The walls are BM Winter Wheat. Embroidered draperies from Tuesday Morning.

The Guest Room. I covered a garage sale find headboard and window cornice in matlasse, burlap and gauzy drapes. The silk check bedspread and shams belonged to my parents in the early 80's...still a classic! The pillows are a mix of custom with antique linens, crewel, and embroidered dots (also a garage sale find). The walls are BM Navaho White and the ceiling is SW Topsail.

Luca's Room.  He insisted on red even though I had another plan.  The kid has a good eye, and the room turned out alright in the end. What do you think?

Bianca's Room.  

A pitched silver ceiling with wide horizontal stripes visually increase the size of this tiny room.

Every budding fashionista needs a mannequin... and a full length mirror.

 A glimpse of the garden.  Hoping to get out there this week to plant and spiff. Rain rain go away!

Have a great week!

Firenze in Color

Ciao a Tutti!  Lorenzo and I just returned from a trip to Amsterdam and Italy. We love returning to Florence as tourists and each time we do, I try to capture the city from a new angle.  As luck would have it, we arrived in Firenze for the first beautiful week of the year. We spent days on foot, discovering little known corners of our beloved city.  This time I was struck by color in architecture, fashion, food and art. I hope you enjoy the visit through my eyes.


 Cibreo Cool.

Porta Rossa at Badia a Coltibuono

Wisteria in its prime.


 Atelier a Radda


 Radda in Chianti

S. Maria Novella

 Piazza di Radda

 Il Mio Marito

 La Mia Passione

 Vignamaggio, where we were married.



 St. James. Our church.


Santa Maria Novella door detail.

 Fresco detail

 Crypt ceiling with gold stars on blue.

Bicicletta Viola.


 Raspini-a Florentine institution.

 Il Duomo

If I could live anywhere...

 Pretty pastels on ancient crypt frescoes.

 Via dell'Erta Canina


Lorena's fountain

 Vespa Rossa in S. Niccolo'