Category Archives: Design

Holiday Inspiration in Essex

by Categorized: Decorating, Design, Holidays Date:


Make a date to get inspired about the holidays: The Essex Holiday House Tour, which benefits the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, is on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Deanna Pinette, who owns Gather in Ivoryton, is helping several of the Essex homeowners who are opening their homes this year. The tour, Deanna says, “is a great girls’ day out. At that time of the season, most other people don’t have their houses decorated yet. So it’s kind of a jumpstart. You go home and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to do this!’ It inspires people.”

Here’s a link to my preview of the tour in this month’s issue of Hartford Magazine.




Essex-LisaPhotos by JOHN WOIKE, including Lisa Frese, above, with Charley and Walter.

Caution: These Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes Are Killer

by Categorized: Children, Design, Do It Yourself, Furniture, Historic Houses, Home Design, Mid-Century Modern Date:

I just happened upon a very amusing blog called Projectophile — written by Clare Fauke, a married Chicago mother of three and passionate do-it-yourselfer who describes her style as “Mid-Century Modern meets keeping-dangerous-things-away-from-small-children.”

Hence one of her particularly hilarious posts: “15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children.”

Here’s a sampling, with Clare’s comments:


— That’s going to require at least ten stitches.


— This stylish modern mother is too absorbed in her reading to notice that all her children have fallen into the living room garden.


— For goodness sake, don’t send your kids trick-or-treating near a mid-century modern home.

And if you do a lot of your furniture shopping on Craigslist, as Clare does, you’ll appreciate her Projectophile post titled “25 Most Dangerous Craigslist Adjectives Exposed.”

As in:

Fun: You can’t actually sit on it; you can only look at it, or fall off of it.


— What a FUN chair!