Kathleen McGovern

Designing a Happy Home

A happy home is paramount for overall well-being, and our decorating decisions can help set the stage for a brighter outlook. A few of the area’s top designers reflect on past projects and share their thoughts on how interior design decisions can positively affect a homeowner’s mood.

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Rest Easy

In September, as vacations wind down and our work and school schedules become more structured, getting a restful eight hours of sleep is important. But a good night’s slumber isn’t only about a comfortable mattress and high-thread-count sheets. The whole ambiance of a well-designed room is crucial, as this room by Kathleen McGovern shows. She and two other respected designers offer their advice on how to dream big and catch your Z’s with ease.

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Designer Horror Stories

From unpleasant surprises in a newly purchased home to DIY projects gone wrong, we’ve all heard (or experienced) horror stories about design projects gone awry. Luckily, interior designers encounter problems like these every day and have the resources and experience needed to conquer all sorts of challenges. Some of the area’s top designers share stories about how they were able to solve tricky problems and treat their clients to a beautiful space.

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Outside Interests

After a long winter and chilly spring, it’s high time to let the sunny outdoors take center stage – even if it’s from an indoor vantage point. Whether it’s a sunroom bathed in light, a veranda to enjoy soft breezes, or a true indoor/outdoor space, some of the area’s top designers have their own unique ideas for making the most of the summer sun.

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Window Treatments

With spring right around the corner, windows take center stage as our thoughts turn to balmy breezes and the sun-filled days ahead. Top designers share their tips for creating window treatments that frame the view and finish the room beautifully.

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Open Floor Plans

While prior to World War II, most homes had a central hallway that provided access to separate rooms with specific functions, innovations in construction materials and a more casual lifestyle have given way to homes with more open concepts. Several of the area’s top interior designers share their tips for creating functional open floor plans for their clients’ homes.

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Color Gets Creative

While neutrals have a definite role in decorating, it is a refreshing change to see spaces that effectively use vivid colors. Whether through repeating vibrant colors from a painting throughout a space or incorporating a daring color scheme, when done correctly, unusual color combinations can make a stylish statement. From intense yellow to eggplant purple, several top designers share how they integrated color in striking ways.

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Outdoor Small Wonders

An expansive outdoor space may be alluring, but a well-designed small space can create an intimate and cozy environment when hosting guests outdoors. Whether it’s a welcoming front porch connecting a homeowner with their neighborhood or a secret backyard oasis, these small outdoor spaces are sure to please.

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In the Dark

Light and airy rooms are very welcoming and accommodating, but they sometimes lack the warmth and sophistication that a well-done, dark and moody space offers. Read more about how several of the area’s top designers incorporated these dark hues into their clients’ spaces.

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It’s a Picnic

Whether you’re enjoying a late summer evening on the patio or having a pool party on a hot July day, our outdoor spaces are ideal when hosting family and friends during the warm summer months. We asked some of the area’s top designers to share their top priorities when creating outdoor spaces their clients will love for many summers to come.

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