Entrance Hall Arrangement, December 2013

December 10, 2013
IMG_6558FOR ME, December is all about drinking decorating. The Christmas tree is set up (pictures soon!), the parlor mantel is dressed for success, the dining room features a pair of homemade boxwood trees, and now, thanks to floral-designer Erin Brady, a big bouquet lights up the entrance hall table. Here's an intimate look at this pine-scented poetry: Read more »

How to Make a Boxwood Tree

December 7, 2013
IMG_6674FLORAL DESIGNER ERIN BRADY stopped by the other day, armed with scissors, floral foam, and a box of fresh greens. Her mission? To show us how to turn stems of boxwood into magnificent trees. The fun procedure: Read more »

Mantel Magic!

November 30, 2013
IMG_2953WHAT'S MY FAVORITE DECEMBER CHORE? Decorating the fireplaces in this 19th century house. For a Victorian look, I cloak the mantels with evergreen boughs and lots of fresh, colorful fruit. The procedure, which could also work for a dining table or a bookcase, goes something like this: Read more »

Tips for Decorating a Turkey Platter

November 26, 2013
IMG_6205DO YOU BRING YOUR TURKEY TO THE TABLE already sliced up -- or do you present the roasted bird whole, on a decorated tray? I'm in the latter camp. Watch me create a frame for the turkey you see pictured above, and then join me in the parlor for a fireside feast: Read more »

Painting the Music Room Arch

August 27, 2013
IMG_5069BECAUSE IT WAS PAINTED WHITE -- and a glaring white at that -- the arch above my Music Room bay has bugged me for a long, long time. But how to select a new, more suitable color? And how to paint this 19th century architectural detail without damaging the wallpaper around it, or worse -- the draperies beneath it? I sought the advice of a higher authority: Read more »

House Tour Part 6: My Bedroom

July 13, 2013
IMG_5815YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN the recently-restored downstairs rooms of my 187-year-old house. Shall we head upstairs? Here, in Part Six of our house tour, is the "master" bedroom: Read more »

Music Room Restoration, Part 2

April 1, 2013
IMG_6976I PROMISED to keep you up to date on the restoration-work in the Music Room. This is the 1850 wing of our house that had been built atop a dubious -- and downright dangerous -- foundation. Crumbling stone had caused the floor to sag, resulting in cracked walls and floors. Now, one month and 4,000 pounds of cement later, the room, for the first time in over 100 years, is secure. The dusty details: Read more »