Spooktacular Day!

In honor of this bootiful day I thought I share some fang-tastic images!

My Childhood Home is a few blocks from the chalet - our neighbors have been going all out for over 20 years!

My Childhood Home is a few blocks from the chalet - our neighbors have been going all out for over 20 years!

Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone is an amazing creative and one of of the first people I followed on both Instagram and her Blog. These images are from a few years. I love this portrait with the spooky eyes.

I love these pink loving ladies and how they’ve introduced the spirit of the season.

Hoping your Halloween is ghoulishly fun and a real treat!

Til next time! Eat, drink and be scary!

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Always Art

Since the Chalet is chockablock full of Art I am often asked for my sources. Now, I won’t go piece by piece through all the rooms… because that is way more than a single post that’s a book unto itself my friends - but, I thought I would pick a few spaces around the Chalet and share where I found them.

Master Hall Gallery

Master Hall Gallery

The hallway has been curated in various ways. Through thrifting - the Steamship, The Arc de Triomphe, The Chalets and more. I purchased through Retailers - Painting of Camille Monet La Japonaise. The photograph of Central Park was bought on the street in NYC. I’ve been fortunate to acquire works directly from the Artists - Bright Floral by Renee Gibson, Pink Flowers by Anna Nord, Sunset Fog by Leigh Viner. I’ve received delightful gifts - the Bermuda watercolor, the Chalet drawing, the Kings Highway Label a beautiful Irish landscape. And there’s more…pieces I photographed/printed and framed, pieces that belonged to my mother, a photograph of my husbands ancestors farm, a piece my son created.

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The Art in the Master is a mix - The Eiffel Tower is by Leigh Viner, The Paris Map a gift, I purchased the wonderful pink Cherry Blossom Grove during a local Art Festival. The bird is one of two paintings that belonged to my Aunt. The small drawing at top right is a post card of a James Abbott McNeill Whistler work The Little Mast I picked up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The other Paris scenes were thrifted in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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This grouping in my sons room is from two places: Society 6 and my brain. Lego Batman and the Dinosaur were brought through the on-line retailer. The clipper ship is a photograph I snapped on my iPhone while shopping - it is actually the carved top of a box. I liked it and since my son didn’t need a box - I turned it into wall art.

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The Portrait gallery started with Rembrandt’s painting The Man with the Golden Helmet. It is a canvas my father received for opening a bank account in the 1960’s. It’s an honest to goodness painting my friends - a copy of a master. He has always hung in this spot in the Chalet but, once we painted the hall last spring I needed to decide what this wall would become. I am thrilled every time I walk by this group that includes family photographs, a print of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, a modern print of George Washington, a print of an auburn haired young lady my Grandfather gave me and a print of the painting of newsboy Jimmy O’D from the Montclair Art Museum. Nothing here is thrifted.

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In the Livingroom is where you’ll find one of my favorite pieces; a collage of blue on the mantel by artist Allison Ford.

You can also see the corner gallery reflected in the mirror. This gallery is made up of mostly thrifted items, I do have another piece in that mix by Leigh Viner a one-of-kind original painting of Hermes store front, the London scene of the Double-Decker bus was purchased on Art.com as was the Empire State Building print, there is a small piece of the York Cathedral Church I purchased through the Etsy site Milras and quite a few pieces were gifts.

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The art at the top of the Diningroom wall is by artist Lisa Congdon Birch Forest No. 7. I purchased it years ago through 20x200 this incredible site has been offering affordable art directly from the artists who create it since 2007. Leigh Viner created these beautiful pink flowers and I love how they pop. I thrifted other works or created them myself. A snow scene was a gift from my Mother-In-Law. The Davos print from All Posters.com. My Uncle created the sketch of the tree top view from our neighbors home. Just out of view there is a lovely floral watercolor by artist Erisha - A Thing Created. I also own an amazing modern pointillism by my dear friend and talented artist Ekaterina Ermilkina.


Here’s a list of my thrifting haunts:

New Jersey:

Black Rose Antiques & Collectables - Phillipsburg Mall 1200 Rt 22 East Phillipsburg NJ 08865 - 908.859.6083

Cape May Antique Center - 1228 NJ-109 Cape May NJ 08204 - 609.898.4449

Days of Olde Antique Center - 110 S New York Road Galloway NJ 08205 - 609.652.7011

Hamburg Antique Center - 1 Main Street Hamburg NJ 07419 - 973.823.9700

Lafayette Mill Antique Center - 12 Morris Farm Road Lafayette Township NJ 07848 - 973.383.0065

The Antique Center of Red Bank - 2 locations: building II 195 West Front Street 732.842.3393 / building III 226 West Front Street Red Bank NJ 07701 - 732.842.4336

Tomato Factory Design and Antiques Center - 2 Somerset St Hopewell NJ 08525 - 609.466.9833

Scranberry Coop - 42 Main Street Andover NJ 07821 - 973.786.6414

Valley Vintage - 168 S Valley Road West Orange NJ 07052 - 973.323.1711

Pennsylvania:

the Olde Engine Works Marketplace - 62 N 3rd Street Stroudsburg PA 18360 - 570.421.4340

Pocono Peddlers Village Antique Mall - 246 Stadden Road Tannersville PA 18372 - 570.629.6366

New York :

Gristmill Antiques - 2250 NY-7 Troy NY 12180 - 518.663.5115

Pretty Funny Vintage - 80 S Broadway Tarrytown NY 10591 - 914.631.3368


Happy shopping and remember to #saynotoemptywalls !!!

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Awe Inspiring...

Alison Sheffield

Alison Sheffield

Hi Gang! This week I want to introduce you to a lady who inspires me daily - not only through her Interior Design work but, with her zest for life and wonderful endearing nature.

Alison Sheffield shares a glorious Bow Roof Cape in Cohassett, MA with husband Stephen Sheffield a talented Artist and Photographer; sons Milo, 14 and Finn, 11; and some sweet furry family members - their adorable pup Evvie and cats Otto & Puck.

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Family Room

I’ve been following Alison on social media for years … and over that time we’ve become friends. This greater Boston area designer has been working in the industry for over 15 years. I know you will enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.

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Dining Room

Alison grew up in Wellesley, MA in a home filled with antique furniture and rugs, many with an Asian influence. She always loved rearranging furniture and decorating growing up and remembers three distinct incarnations of her childhood bedroom. Her mother wallpapered every room in their house at least once; so using wallpaper doesn’t feel permanent to Alison and its why she embraces it so effortlessly in her own home and with her clients.

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Living Room

Both sets of grandparents decorated with antiques. Her paternal grandparents foyer and upstairs hall walls were covered in Blue & White Toile. It was a huge influence on her.

“Before I even knew what Chinoiserie was, I was smitten with it.”

A Peek into the Butlers Pantry from the Kitchen

A Peek into the Butlers Pantry from the Kitchen

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Alison told me decorating her freshman college dorm room was a summer-long activity, involving custom pillow shams and lots and lots of Laura Ashley.

“Decorating every space I’ve lived in since has been as much of a thrill.”

Recently Alison’s Home which she designed was published in Erin Gates newest bestseller: ELEMENTS OF Family STYLE. As an example of how to live stylishly with children and pets. During her career she has also been featured in Better Homes & Gardens and Boston Globe Magazine.

Sun Room

Sun Room

Family Room

Family Room

While living in that dorm room she studied English, Art History, and Women’s Studies and remarked that all these disciplines have been helpful and relevant in her life since.

After college she worked for John Hancock in their major events department. Which ran events surrounding their corporate sponsorships of the Boston Marathon and the Olympics. From there she ended up at The Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, running smaller fundraising events. That morphed into managing the Stewardship Events for the hospital’s development office - which included naming dedications and thank you events for very large donations.

Alison decided she really wanted to try her hand at interior design. She attended design school where she focused on - the history of furniture, architecture, color theory, lighting and the decorative arts. While attending The New England School of Design she worked part time for the - then regional editor for Traditional Home and Better Homes & Gardens. Alison did research and interviewed designers about their spaces and she would write up the first pass for her boss. Her boss pitched she and Stephen’s home in Boston to BH&G for their First Home feature and it was published in the September issue just before their oldest son was born that December. The article was called A Marriage of Styles and described how they’d meshed their different aesthetics in their first home.

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Kitchen

Alison added that she wasn’t exposed to anything very “modern” or “contemporary” until she met Stephen, an artist whose Father an architect is a fan of the Bauhaus movement, and whose Mother is a master of all the home arts (cooking, sewing, knitting, quilting, gardening, etc.). The home he grew up in had a much more modern slant, and its what he was surrounding himself with when they met. She shared that he doesn’t have bad style and that he’s actually very good at putting a space together. He leans toward the utilitarian (especially when he was in art school – think sawhorses and hollow-core doors) with a bit of an edge. At the time they met her style was still entirely traditional – mahogany furniture, Persian rugs, toile wallpaper.

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Sun Room

“Incorporating his style with mine was a tremendous learning experience for me. Figuring out how to balance the different silhouettes, styles and materials and make each sing in its own way, 100% changed how I approached design.”

Their son Milo’s nursery was featured in Boston Globe Magazine. With that exposure she was able to cobble together enough work to start Sheffield Interiors. Over the years she’s done primarily residential work, with a few commercial/hospitality jobs in the mix.

“Homes really are my passion. Creating an environment a client loves is so important to me. To be able to give them a space that reflects who they are and what they love brings me joy.”

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Living Room

Alison shared that her style still definitely slants toward the traditional. She’ll always turn toward antiques and vintage rugs, but offset them with clean lines and more up-to-date textures or finishes.

“I use a lot pattern and color because I LOVE them. I consider jewel tones and animal prints pretty much a given in most designs I create. And there’s nothing more important in creating a timeless and classic room than layering. And art, always art.“


I asked what the rest of 2019 held -

Bar Cart Concept

Bar Cart Concept

Alison is thrilled to be participating in the 3rd annual Heading Home To Dinner event in October. The event works to raise funds to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless and formerly homeless families and individuals in the Boston area.

This event brings members of the local design community together to support this incredibly important organization. Tickets are sold to a cocktail reception, as well as a formal dinner, during which bar carts created by local designers are auctioned off. You can see her concept for the bar cart she’s designing - the inspiration is a collage created by her husband Stephen Sheffield.

She wants to expand her client base, and continue to create and collect beauty!

New Logo

New Logo

Alison will be updating her website, in the meantime she’s using Instagram as a portfolio of her work. She loves the connections she’s made both professionally and personally as well as the inspiration she gets from the creative community on the app.

“I’m currently working with an artist on my branding.”

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Living room

Her next-door neighbor was a decorator and the most glamorous person Alison knew and she wanted to be her when she grew up! Well, Alison you’ve succeeded in Spades!!!

Pop over and check out Alison’s feed and follow along, you’ll be so happy!

Til next time - have a terrific week and I’ll see you on the Gram!

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All Images by Alison Sheffield