Saturday, September 24, 2016

Top 5 Interior Design Trends for Fall 2016



For the next few weeks you will most likely find me rambling on about fall. After all it is my favorite season! Next week is my birthday so I'm partial to September, but truly, I am absolutely in love with the changing of this season. Leaves are beginning to fall, and I am in awe starring at their amber and gold hues sparkling in the treetops come evening. It's the perfect time to break out your DIY skills and tackle those seemingly endless weekend projects. Winter's approach will give you a solid deadline and the perfect fall temperatures will yield great painting results! Even if you don't live in a seasonal climate, mentally this time of year can invoke change, the year is wrapping up

Friday, September 23, 2016

Product Review - Harry's Razors


Last week, fairly broke and fairly irritated I went into Target with list in hand. 90% of the list were household items, such as, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper and then (ominous clouds cover and scary music plays) a razor. Yes, it was time for a new razor. I can't tell you with enough expression just how much I hate shaving--and more than likely, if you're a woman, or even a man reading this, you probably understand my frustration. So today, reluctantly but necessarily, we will talk about my experience with "Harrys"-- (laughs aloud) literally, that name is intentional right?Best part? It's not made in China!

Homemade Applesauce & A trip to Hayward Farm - New Hartford, CT


Fall is FINALLY here and I can't contain my excitement any longer! There is no better place to be this time of year, than in New England, and nestled right in the heart of my home state, Connecticut, is the breathtakingly picturesque Hayward Farm (New Hartford, CT) Ironically enough, when I first started this blog over 5 years ago; applesauce was one of the first things I posted about! (I think i'll have to go back and re-read that!) a trip down memory lane for sure!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Functional & Fun Design for Growing Children

The inevitable has happened, no longer does your child love the overwhelmingly bright and cheery paint color they chose when you last re-painted their room. Maybe the Elsa bed sheets are no longer age appropriate or an abundance of plastic toys and stuffed animals are no longer necessary to keep the monsters at bay in the darkness of the night. For a child, their room is their haven, and keeping up with their changing tastes in style is just as important as sending them off for the first day of school with all of their supplies

Saturday, August 6, 2016

A "dumpy" side table revived

Last week at the town transfer station, (i.e the dump) I found a gem. It sure didn't look like much when I picked it up but I knew it had potential! I brought it back and decided to get straight to work.

First I sanded the top down to the bare wood. I gave a light sanding to the entire piece, cleaned it off and began painting it. It's not perfect, but it was the perfect project for a lazy Saturday morning.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Brass is Back! Modern Ways to Incorporate Brass into Design

Sometimes it's difficult to keep up when design trends are constantly changing! Not to mention, expensive. It's not cheap to buy a nice brass fixture but there are less expensive options to update your next diy project or home renovation! 

You guessed it! Today's post is all about Brass!!!! Remember those heinous knobs and sink faucets that came factory in every standard 90's home.....?..... we aren't going to be talking about those.....we're talking sleek and chic, vintage french style faucets, drawer pulls and lighting fixtures, made for modern life and design....lets take a look!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Design Inspiration for Lofty Living

Naturally we all have our own "personal" style and taste but being a good designer means being able to work with any type of space and any style. It means being comfortable stepping back from your personal style and listening to the needs and wants of the client and the building or structure. For example, you wouldn't want to make an ocean front cottage into a dark, rustic bachelor pad....it just you can't cram a square into a circle. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sell it, Trade it, Throw it out!

There doesn't seem to be a word to describe it, because a simple google search for the term "reverse hoarder" produces the term declutter which is certainly not what I'm doing. Running an antique business sometimes makes me feel like I am only ever "the keeper of the stuff" I have all of these amazing things in my home, but they're all for sale, therefor making me feel like I have everything and nothing, all at the same time. You're probably thinking, "so just keep some things then"....but the truth is I really want to, and don't want to; at the same time.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Where it all started

It's been 4 years since I started this blog, The New England Girl. It hasn't been easy, but I can say it has evolved into a lot more than I ever expected it to. It's certainly not perfect, but it's changing and change is good. I will admit that sometimes I want to throw my hands in the air and say "I wish I could afford to just hire a web designer"! There are many quirks and flaws that stand out to me like a sore thumb, but after my tantrum is over, I realize how proud I am for getting this far on my own. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

First time at Meissner's Auction

Due to an inclement weather forecast for this weekend (which was accurate because there is snow outside right now) my beloved flea market, The Elephant's Trunk had to postpone their opening day. Bummer! I have to admit that while I was beyond excited to start selling the extra time will allow me to get my ducks a row and hopefully the weather will be good for next weekend. So what do we do on a terrible rainy day? Go to an auction of course! Vinnie wasn't exactly thrilled to go but at some point during the end of the auction he got really excited about it. ( I think that was before I bid on the sad sofa....) he's still giving me a funny look over that decision. Yikes! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Ugly Stage of Your Next DIY project

Today I am going to show you what the inevitable "ugly stage" is. It's the part of your DIY project when you've just put the first coat of paint on and you're starting to regret your decision. The paint may be thin and streaky, or rough to the touch. Typically at this stage the project becomes overwhelming and you may think the piece is destined for the fire pit. But don't fret! You have to force yourself to see the end result, and keep going! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tiny House Living | Would you?


Over the last few years I have talked "loosely" about tiny house living. A few years ago we put some effort into thinking about it, and decided it wouldn't work. Now, i'm looking into it again. Have you thought about Tiny House Living? Do you know someone who lives tiny? For me, space isn't the issue. As long as I can pack high style into my tiny home, I know I could be happy. Of course there were a few things that worried me, such as having a microscopic size shower, and feeling claustrophobic in the sleeping loft, but after doing a little research and drawing some concepts for layouts, I realized I can address those concerns in the planning stages.