Thanksgiving Tips 2015

Matt’s Top 10 Tips For Thanksgiving 
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With Thanksgiving less then two weeks away, I am sure many of your are bustling and trying to make the holiday less stressful. Here are a few easy tips to help keep you sane through and after the big festivities.

  • Don’t forget to defrost the turkey well in advance. This may sound silly, but even the best of us have forgotten to do this until the night before!
  • Don’t forget to remove the insides of the turkey. I would share the full story, but my sister would kill me!
  • Buy extra to-go containers for sending leftovers home with your guests.
  • Create some extra countertop workspace in the kitchen. You will need plenty of surface area for large platters and prepping.
  • Buy plenty of wine! for treating yourself to a glass while cooking and doing last-minute household tasks and decorating.
  • Take lots of photos! Sometimes we get so caught up we forget these little but important things. 
  • Have everyone write on a card one thing they are thankful for and read it before or after dinner.
  • Make a small party favor to send home with your guest.  This will allow your guest to remember what a fabulous time they had. You can place favors on a tray or in a basket by the door.
  • Light the path or porch with luminaries leading up to the door.
  • Buy plenty of wine! for relaxing after in the quiet after your guests have gone home. Recall with gratitude all the good moments from the day’s celebration.
If you have helpful tips to make this Thanksgiving stress free please share them on my blog. I hope everyone has a delicious and warm Thanksgiving however you spend it.  – Matt



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Let the countdown begin!  120 days until Christmas. Call Matt if you need help preparing your home for this Holiday Season. Whether you are planning a holiday function(s), need help decorating the perfect Christmas tree, revamping your home with custom furniture or window treatments, or floral arrangements for a specific event, it is never to early to start planning. Call to schedule a consultation and minimize some of that holiday stress. With over 10 years of experience in the interior design industry, with Matt’s planning, creativity, and  team, you can be rest assured that every detail will be attended to.



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Achieving ample seating and maximizing your total living space can sometimes be a challenge in smaller apartments. Whether you have an industrial studio or a charming brownstone in the Back Bay, seating does not have to be cookie cutter. There are many frames on the market that have wonderful curves and shapes. These sofas are perfect for “floating” in the middle of a room to divide up a a large open space. A sofa with a track or roll arm will also give you a larger seating area and take up less space in the room . In addition, smaller scaled arms on sofas are easier to fit through narrow stairways, which tend to be a problem in some Boston brownstones. Below are some of my favorite sofa frames perfect for city living.

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Celerie Kemble for Henredon ” Serpentine Short Sofa” 84″ W X 32.5″ H X 43″ D

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Tomlinson Furniture “Gracie” Sofa 118″ W X 58″ D X 37″ H

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Henredon Furniture ” Madeline Short Sofa” 84″ W X 34″ H X 31″ D

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Thomasville Furniture “Surrey Sofa” 85″ X 30″ H X 34″ D

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Thomasville Furniture “Devereux Settee” 71″ W X 38″ H X 37″ D

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Henredon Furniture “Refinements Sofa” 86.5″ W X 37″ H X 37″ D



Spring is officially here and that means it is time to gear up for another busy and competitive real estate market season in Boston. There are a few easy ways to make your home more appealing to buyers before it goes on the market. The same tips can be applied to all of you homeowners just trying to spruce things up for the spring and summer.


  1. Curb Appeal: Your entrance is the first impression (whether it is your home home or a storefront).  If you have a sidewalk that leads to your front door, make this inviting for home buyers or guests. Clean and get rid of any clutter on the path or porch. Make sure the front door has a fresh coat of paint. Do you have plants on each side of the door or entrance?  If not, consider adding attractive planters and plants that will work with your home’s exterior design. Also, make sure you have nice, clean and working light fixtures, whether you have a ceiling mount fixture on the porch or sconces on each side of the door. On the other hand, if you own a condo in the city, you probably do not have a front porch, but may have a roof deck or porch. In these cases, the same curb appeal rules can be applied. If you have a deck, patio, or porch and have outdoor furniture, you want to make sure that this is also nicely arranged and looks appealing. In Boston, outdoor space is a good selling point to buyers.Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 2.57.20 AM
  2. De-Clutter: Another easy task and sometimes we get busy and forget or just don’t have time is to de-clutter. If you are putting your home or condo on the market, you do not want things just laying around everywhere. If you children have toys out, put them away or create a little play area just for them. Do not have mail, paperwork, newspapers covering your dining table. I know this can be hard even for myself because I spend a lot of time working from home. But if you have buyers coming over, you want your home to look as spacious as possible. Clutter and papers everywhere will not achieve this look. Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 3.05.09 AM
  3. Staging: As a real estate agent and residential designer I have learned that home staging is one of the most important things that will help make your home sellable. It’s all about PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION! Organize and maximize your living space and layout with furniture that fits each room properly. This does not mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture. More often, homeowners have too much furniture and need to move furniture out and organize the flow, rather than buy new pieces. Remember: The space in your home is the real estate you are selling, so make sure potential buyers see your home look as spacious as possible, with the room uncluttered and inviting. DO NOT over-accessorize. I can not say it enough, but my clients will tell you that I believe less is more. Lighting is very important as well, so make sure all your lamps and overhead lighting work properly to add to the attractiveness and the look of spaciousness.Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 3.16.00 AM



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Enjoying the celebration with Calla Gilles and Siu Lau

Siu enjoying cake pops and checking out fabric swatches

Siu enjoying cake pops and checking out fabric swatches

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Whether your style is modern or traditional there is definitely room in your space for one piece from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams . Four Of My Favorite Spring Arrivals At the MG+BW Showroom (below). Everyone was loving the Ansel Chair W/ Tibetan Fur.

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Above: Ansel Chair Brass W/ Tibetan Fur and Vega Cocktail Table

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Above: Banks Metal Bed and Bennet 90″ Sofa




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Screen shot 2014-04-15 at 1.05.23 PMFinally, spring has arrived after what has been a very long winter. As Passover is underway and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite dinnerware and table top accessories that are out in stores this spring. I love all of the bold and cheerful colors, from floral plates and bird linens go all out and impress your spring dinner guests. Don’t forget fresh spring flowers for your table; some of my FAVORITES are: Hydrangeas, Tulips, Irises, Orchids, and Peonies. Screen shot 2014-04-15 at 1.45.52 PMI love Waterford’s Mixology Collection. It is perfect for a spring cocktail or champagne over brunch.

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Screen shot 2013-10-12 at 2.36.08 PMFrom runway shows to new furniture introductions, animal print is hotter then ever this fall. Many manufactures have gone bold and have introduced large case good pieces in animal print. One piece that I love is Ferguson Copeland’s “Sanibel Chest”. It is available in any choice of Hair on Hides, featured below in Zebra Brown Beige. You will also find a large variety of designer fabric in animal print from different furniture and fabric manufactures. If a large piece of animal print is to much for your space, you can always introduce throw pillows to accent your room. As a designer, I like to think that animal prints can compliment any environment. This season let your wild side out and consider introducing a print you normally would not. Don’t we all need a little GRRR… now and then?
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Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 1.01.27 PMScreen shot 2013-03-11 at 11.06.36 AMThis spring look for bold colors in retail stores. Yes you will still see beige and brown which have been used for so many years but I am finally getting tired of them and craving bold colors. I am lusting over some of the hot new colors that are out this spring. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for instance is one of many retailers introducing bold patterns, yellow hues, and crisp modern colors that I have not seen for a while in stores. You will also see gorgeous teals, turquoise, oranges, and wonderful magentas. These bold colors will be seen in many fashion retail stores as well. Gucci for instance has killer sapphire blue patten leather pumps out this spring.

Also, look for tailored upholstered frames in stores that are functional and that work with many design styles. I have put together some of my favorite fabrics and paint samples that are out this spring and three killer transitional sofa frames from Ralph Lauren and Thayer Cogan. If you are uncertain about sprucing up your home with color this spring pick a gorgeous print, like I did with the fabric swatches I put together, and use it on a chair or throw pillows. Also, try fresh flowers, bright accessories, or even a hand painted piece of furniture. Remember design should be fun so let loose and be bold this spring! I’m off to order some “Charmeuse Magenta” fabric by Tomlinson, as featured on my first row of swatches, for my own place.

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