Deck Refresh

Recently I had a ton of fun helping a client with the redesign of the massive deck she shares with her husband and three small children. This is where we started. They had the furniture we just needed to get busy bringing this space to life!

May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019

The client and I are IG friends. When she posted the above image - I sent a message suggesting she reorient one of the couches and pull in the two chairs to make a cozy lounge area. The next day she told me she and her husband had sat out there the previous evening and how much they enjoyed the new vibe.

May 28, 2019 Just having pulled the lounge area together

May 28, 2019 Just having pulled the lounge area together

We kept chatting about the design - the different zones. The lounge, the dining, grilling and kid zone and that’s when she hired me. The next steps included making a plan, a shopping list and then getting a date to meet at the At Home Store in Wayne, NJ.

June 10, 2019 At Home Store purchases.

June 10, 2019 At Home Store purchases.

It’s important when working with a client that I keep their design sensibility and budget in mind. As I mentioned my client already had the furniture she just needed my help to finish the space. She is a lover of a classic aesthetic - and wanted this area to be grounded in neutrals.

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

As we chatted I asked: do you need cushions? do you need an umbrella and base? do you have a large tray for the table? do you have lanterns? do you have battery operated candles? do you have real candles? do you have melamine dishes and glasses? Remember this is a room that just happens to be outside - you need all the same things you need for inside!

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019

I wish I had thought to take the cover off of the grill but, you all get the idea…the grill now has it’s own area instead of being next to the seating area. It’s actually closer to the kitchen door. now.

I suggested an AstroTurf rug for under the kiddos play table which is behind the lounge area. Something fun to do is to fill a large plastic bin with bubbles and water pistols. This way the kiddos have access to them and Mom and Dad will know where they are too! You want to enjoy your deck and your children do too - so set them up to have fun so you can relax!

For less than $400.00 we purchased:

  • One 7 x 10 Rug

  • A 7-1/2 foot Crank Umbrella

  • Umbrella Base

  • Three Throw Pillows

  • Two Chair Cushions

  • Three Decorative Bowls in various designs and material all good for Outdoor Use.


The clients are enjoying the space both day and night!

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Til next time!

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My Dream Day

Since I’ll be celebrating my Birthday this week - I was thinking about - well Me - and that led me to think about….

My Dream Day!

with Aunt Marion a few weeks old.

with Aunt Marion a few weeks old.

I could certainly go all fancy fantasy - Paris, Hong Kong - maybe revisit a favorite haunt Bermuda, Chatham, MA or pop down to visit my BFF in Turks and Caicos but, my thoughts quickly fell to

New York City

and some of my very favorite places.

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First stop would be the Metropolitan Museum of Art of course…

All my Met trips have been with my sister; from the first to see The Treasures of Tutankhamun in 1979 through our most recent in December. Liam was only 3 the first time he accompanied my sister Noreen, my niece Christina and I. I’m thrilled to say it’s one of his favorite places too!

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After a little walk - into Central Park maybe to take in the view of the Boat Basin.

Then off to drinks at Center Bar Yum! Maybe I’ll enjoy a BFF cocktail that I had last month.


In my dreams we would be going to dine at Picholine but, alas Picholine is no more…I scoured the Internet for images of this extraordinary West 64th Street dining experience.


We are headed to The Whitby Bar & Restaurant for dinner.

* an addendum - due to the massive 7/13/2019 Power Outage we ended up dining at Del Posto

I found a few birthday images… My BFF Roschellie is featured in a few and in the last I’m giving my cousin Donnie his bottle of La Marca Prosecco as a party favor for a recent milestone birthday.

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For my birthday it would be terrific if you could follow along on all my platforms and I hope you’re signed up for the weekly emails. It would be so lovely if you would get a friend to sign up for my emails too! I work really hard on my blog posts and the Internet is a vast place my friends!

Til next time! This crab says thanks a million for being here! xoxoxo🦀

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Hello Summer 2019!


We’re currently at the beach! We decided Liam needed to experience fireworks while sitting on the beach and if we say beach we can only mean one place my friends - Ocean City, NJ. We know he will be thrilled. For years my sister and her family came to the beach that week and I was always lucky and blessed to be able to join them - as long as I brought a case of Heineken I was welcome! Ocean City is a dry town - a stop at Circle Liquors in Somers Point is mandatory before crossing the bridge!


This is the Lifeguard stand on our stretch of beach. We’ve been staying on St. Charles Place for years! We love being doors from the sand and Browns Restaurant - the makers of the best donuts in the entire world!

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This week is about reconnecting with family. Relishing hours on the beach, playing card games, enjoying beautiful beach views while eating a ton of Manco & Manco pizza, walking the boards, getting delicious chocolate treats from Shriver’s, enjoying rides at Gillan’s Wonderland, shopping for a new T-shirt or two from Ocean Treasures, seeing how many rounds of Mini Golf we can fit in, dinner at the Crab Trap in Somers Point and doing our best not to get sunburned while savoring every minute!


Nothing beats Gillian’s for funnel cake, Kohrs ice cream, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Scrambler, Bumper Cars and more!


Happy 4th of July everyone! Enjoy this wonderful Holiday celebrating America’s Birthday!

Til next time - I hope the weather is wonderful wherever you are!

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