Senior Citizen Apartment

February 2, 2023

This past summer, I was hired to design a senior citizen apartment. She was moving from her current home into a new senior development and wanted a “WOW Factor!”. Her words, not mine.

I met with my client and her daughter and went to work. First, I went and measured the space and took pictures. Then I made a floor plan. This is important because it allows me to see what items are going where and, most importantly, the size it requires. After that, we set a date and went shopping. Sometimes my client does come with me when I shop.

Here is the floor plan. I estimated what size would work. This way, when I shop for the item, I know the size of the item. We were shopping for a living room, dining room,  and kitchen.

We bought all the furniture at Raymour and Flannigan since she wanted fast delivery and had a budget she needed to work with. So we did the complete shopping all in one day.


Safe to say she definitely got the “wow” factor!



Living Room Remodel in Malverne

January 19, 2023

This living room was a design remodel I did for a client. I’ve known Lisa for a few years now and have done just about every room in her house.

It was beautiful in its glory day but sadly, not so much now. The sofa was worn out, and the area rug and coffee table were dated.

It was time to update. Lisa wanted a more contemporary look with some traditional elements. I also wanted to add some rustic features to the design.
It turned out beautifully, and the client was pleased with the results!

We had already removed the drapery which was very heavy.


It had an unusual Juliet balcony.

The accent chair had seen better days as did the ottoman!

What a difference! Light, bright and airy. With contemporary touches as well as rustic and traditional elements.

Living Room Design

January 5, 2023
I recently did a living design for a client. She hadn’t purchased any furniture in a few years, and it showed. When I walked into the space, I noticed that the sofa’s back was exposed; that was the first thing I saw.

I knew I had to change the layout of that space. She had a piano that she didn’t use, so with some convincing on my part; she gave it away. This allows me to extend the space further. I intended to put the TV  where the piano used to be, opening up the room. 

We decided on a color theme that she liked, navy and taupe, and off to shopping, we went.

This area is where the piano used to be; now the TV and the fireplace console reside. It ties the two spaces together, creating a much larger living space.

We also touched upon the dining room. I’ve seen this happen quite enough. Once the space is complete, my client winds up doing more because the area adjacent to it usually needs to be updated as well. We kept the table and replaced the chairs and credence. 

Decorating for the Holidays

December 8, 2022
Decorating for the holidays is fun but can also be stressful. So I’m here to give you some pointers on how to decorate for the holiday.

The first thing you want to do is decide on a color theme. The color theme doesn’t have to be green and red. I chose Turquoise, White, Pink, and Chartreuse Green. It coordinates nicely with my color theme for the home.

I tell my clients to make it look like it was done by a professional, create vignettes, and not line it up. My famous saying is don’t decorate like, “Ducks in a Row.” Vignettes create a better design.

I start by layering it and keep building it. It creates depth.
Add some whimsical elements. My tree topper is not your standard topper. Instead, it reminds me of Dr. Seus, Whoville.
Even your wrapping paper should match your color theme.

Here is an excellent example of vignettes. I also use a lot of pine cones and flowers to fill in the gaps.

Brick Patio Remodel

November 10, 2022
When I bought this home, I knew it would need work. The outdoor patio was a disaster but also a hazard. They use indoor tiles outdoor. Who does that? Not only did it not withstand the cold, but it was also very slippery when wet—causing a tripping hazard.

I needed to address this immediately! Just look at all those cracks and loose tiles!!

It’s a nice size patio. And once the bricks were installed, it was more functional.


Black Gutters

October 13, 2022

As you know, black seems to be the hot trend these days, from windows to door. But how about gutters? Yes, they are trendy.

I recently did my gutters and decided to go black. Black gutter will not show up dirt like light-colored gutters. If you want low maintenance option, try going black.

I love the way it looks!

I needed to get gutters since my house did not have any gutters. I also needed to replace some of the fascia boards as well. My shutter was red at that time.

All done, including painting the door and shutters black!

What do you think?


Creating Storage/Work Area Outdoor

September 29, 2022

When I added my new tool shed, it created an area that wasn’t being used behind the shed. So I thought it would be an excellent area to store some hidden items from view and easy access.

I wasn’t sure how to handle that area, but I knew I wanted a clean look. Putting grass behind there was not feasible. Hard for the landscapers to get to. I didn’t want to use gravel, weeds would grow there, so I thought, why not astroturf. Looks clean, is easy to install, you can cut it with scissors, and best of all, there are no weeds!


Wasted Space!

I hang up my hoses, ladders, and shovels

A great place to do my projects.