welcome 2016

December 31st, 2015

Here we go again!  Time to reflect on the year that’s past and look ahead to the possibility of tomorrow.  Wishing you health, happiness, and abundance in 2016.

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merry merry

December 24th, 2015

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday!

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giving thanks

November 25th, 2015

Just when I think each year couldn’t possibly be busier or more wonderful than the next…  There are many things I’m thankful for this year – my perfectly imperfect house, the opportunity to work in a job I am passionate about, and most importantly the health and happiness of my family.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you hold most dear.

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many hands make light work

November 6th, 2015

You may recall that Lavender & Lotus participated in Building On Hope’s 2012 extreme makeover to benefit the Girls, Inc. facility in Manchester, NH.  Well, we’re at it again!

Building On Hope has selected the Manchester Police Athletic League’s Beech Street location in downtown Manchester, NH for their 2016 project.   This organization, otherwise known as MPAL, provides free after school activities including aikido, judo, wrestling, boxing, rugby, and lacrosse as well as academic support from Manchester Police officers.

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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of our at-risk youth.  There are about 8,600 youth living within a mile of MPAL – one fourth are minorities and one third live below the poverty line.  With new space and improved facilities, MPAL will continue to build trust between law enforcement and young people, contribute to making a stronger community, and stop problems before they start.

To learn more about how you can help support this project, either with a financial contribution or as a volunteer, contact Aimee here.  To learn more about Building On Hope and see previous projects, their website is available here.

falling for Fall

October 20th, 2015

Every season has it’s share of awesomeness, but I think that Fall is probably my favorite.  Cooler weather and local harvests make Fall a great time to bake, dust off that trusty crockpot, and swap out summer attire for warmer alternatives.  While you’re at it, this change of wardrobe also creates a perfect opportunity to bring order to rebellious closet.

But before the tidal wave of Pumpkin Spice this-or-that carries you right into Christmas, here are 3 things you may not have considered for Fall:

Energy audit – now is a great time to have a professional evaluate the efficiency of your home and make suggestions to help you save money.

Chimney/heat maintenance – be sure to have your heating system properly cleaned and serviced before temperatures drop too low.

Homework zone – help support your kids with an appropriate space for them to study and focus.  Light, color, furniture, and noise should all be considered.

Take a walk – “Leaf Peepers” come from far and wide to appreciate the beauty we call home.  It’s astounding to me how infrequently people actually get out in nature to enjoy it.

That’s it for now!  Happy Fall to one and all :)

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a recipe for change

September 2nd, 2015

Hello, hello!  Wonderful to see you again :)  And just like that – it’s September.

A popular project this time of year is what I like to call a redesign.  This is when we give an existing space a new look or function.  Examples may include breathing new life into a living room, turning a guest room into an office, or improving the organization of a mudroom.  A redesign may include new furniture, a new color palette or accent color, flooring, lighting, window treatments, accessories, and possibly minor construction.

Contrary to popular belief, not every designer is bound and determined to reinvent the wheel that is your home.  I love to incorporate existing pieces and achieve the desired results as efficiently as possible.  Most importantly, I work with each client to develop a recipe for change that best fits their needs and goals.

So what project are you looking to tackle in the coming months?  Fall is an excellent time to create order after a chaotic summer as well as plan ahead for holiday entertaining.  Let’s start the conversation – call or write today!

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color me rad

July 6th, 2015

…  or sweet…  or tranquil…  or sophisticated…  or cheerful…  or sporty…  (felt like I was naming off Spice Girls or the 7 Dwarfs for a second there…)

Summer is an awesome time to paint.  But when contemplating the options feels a bit like counting stars in the night sky, it’s no wonder that many are overwhelmed with the thought of it.   Regardless of whether you love or hate to paint, color can have a remarkable affect on us – not just psychologically but physiologically.

Few people realize that color affects our mood, our appetite, even how well we are able to concentrate or relax in a space.  Literally, color can make or break a room.   Need I also mention that 1 in 10 men are also color blind?

Because color can be so complicated, and because I know the difference the right color can make, a color consultation is one of my favorite services I offer.  I love being able to work with someone for what could be as little as an hour, and be able to provide them with peace of mind and confidence that they will love their color selection.

Is there a painting project on your To Do list this summer?  Call or write today to schedule your consultation.

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snippets of summer so far

June 29th, 2015

Holy moly – what a month!  I feel wonderfully blessed (and slightly delirious) after such a crazy start to summer.  Here are a few snippets so far:

It all began with the installation of a restaurant remodel I have been working on.

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Followed by a brief camping excursion celebrating my 2nd anniversary with my beloved.

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But there is little rest for the weary!  Catching up from any time off can be a considerable task -

especially when you work two jobs!!!

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Throw in the highs and lows of a bachelorette party, the loss of a friend, a birthday, Father’s Day, and my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary…

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And to top it all off, my little sister was the most beautiful bride only days ago <3

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That’s a wrap for now – stay tuned for more to come :)

lovin’ those outside spaces

May 29th, 2015

Once upon a time, outdoor furniture looked like this…

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this…

old outdoor 3and this…

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Jump ahead to summer circa 2015, the options for outdoor awesomeness are virtually endless.

Here a few of my favorite finds this year.

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outdoor bench outdoor pillow 2

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outdoor pillow 1 outdoor table 1 outdoor lantern

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spring is in the air

April 11th, 2015

After a particularly tough winter here in New England, I don’t think I’m the only one who is READY FOR SPRING!   Give me sunshine!  Give me flowers!  Give me color!  Give me pleasant weather and cute sandals and iced coffee and spring cleaning!  Really?!  Spring cleaning?  You betcha.  I am ready to sweep away this filthy winter and make room for the inevitable mud and bugs of spring.

So what is on your To Do list ?  Here are a few springtime suggestions to consider:

Check for damage – how did your deck, siding, and roof fair the winter?  The endless onslaught of snow required many homes to have their roofs shoveled, possibly damaging shingles in the process.  Be sure to repair these areas sooner rather than later.

Wash your windows and treatments – let’s face it, washing windows is not what most consider to be a good time.  But it’s worth it!  Partner up and check it off the list – you will be glad you did :)  Take a moment to wash/vacuum your treatments too.

Declutter - I’m not sure any household is completely immune to stuff building up, falling where it may, quietly creating chaos in our lives.  Spring is an awesome time to tackle all that STUFF.  Trash, recycle, donate – you know the deal.  If it’s a keeper, put it where it belongs.   Overwhelmed?  Break it into baby steps by starting with just one closet, or set a timer to see what you can accomplish in an hour.

Add a splash of color – sometime around January I noticed that I was absolutely CRAVING color, but the answer doesn’t have to be paint.  A splash of color can come with an accent pillow on your living room sofa, a new hand towel in the bathroom, a flowering plant for your kitchen window, or a happy wreath to hang on your door.

Thanks so much for tuning in.  Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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