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Six Things I Learned Hosting My 50th College Reunion Kickoff Party

Planning a party is a great motivator to make improvements that you have been putting off.  We were expecting about 50 people on June 8, so in late May we asked our gardener to spread a coat of fresh mulch over all of our flower beds, and to power wash our driveway, upper deck, and lower deck, which were covered with a […]

Combining Households–How to Make It Work

Susan Bach and Doug Egan combined their households some years ago. When they asked Emery & Associates for help redoing the entire house, it was apparent that what they needed help with the most was integrating Susan’s family pieces and whimsical country style with Doug’s more formal, traditional French style.  We began in the TV […]

High Summer Dining–Bon Appetit!

My clients are having some friends over for dinner tomorrow evening, and I told them I’d bring the flowers for the table since the room is now completed and I wanted to photograph it.   The hostess is using her mother’s Spode china (“Buttercup”), and her own coral red place mats and napkins.  This space […]

Cats Rule!

As anyone who lives with cats knows, we don’t own them–they own us.  Pictured above is Callie, who came from Holland with my husband and his daughter nearly eight years ago.  Callie, and her sister, Cassie, think that the living room sofa is their personal boudoir.  The soft, down-filled sofa cushions are just purr-fect.  We […]

Penthouse in the Pearl

When the new owners of this penthouse condo at Tanner Place contacted Emery & Associates, they told me that their taste was very contemporary, but they had fallen in love with this rather traditional space because of the high ceilings and large walls where they would be able to showcase their collection of art.  They […]

Moving! Where do I begin?

Nathan Cogan’s phone call to Emery & Associates was straightforward. “I need to hire you because I’m moving from a furnished condo to an unfurnished one in the same building, and need some help sorting out my stuff that’s in storage and also figuring out what new furniture I’ll need. I have a lot of […]

French Dressing for Kitchen Nook

When Sue and Bob Van Brocklin first contacted Emery & Associates about some help for their family room, they also mentioned wanting to re-paint the kitchen. After talking with them at length about their interests and their favorite colors, it became clear that they were passionate about travel, especially in France, cooking, entertaining friends and […]

East Meets West

Asian furnishings and objets d’art have been in demand by Westerners since Europeans discovered the magical, mysterious East in the 1600s.  My personal style has always run toward 18th century European furnishings, with the occasional Asian accessory thrown in.  I have resisted becoming committed to a single palette, because I love changing things seasonally.  After […]

The Upside of Downsizing

Our client had sold her home and most of her furnishings several years ago, when she first moved to into a one-bedroom apartment in a retirement community.  She called me when she had the opportunity to move to a two-bedroom unit so she could have an office space.  She wasn’t happy with the furniture she […]

Turkey and Dressing

Less than two weeks to go till Thanksgiving, and I haven’t even done a single post about holiday decorating!  I’m talking now about dressing your dining table for Thanksgiving. If you are as mad about “table top” as I am, you probably own more than one set of dishes and a variety of table linens. […]

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