Small Chic Spaces


Small spaces can be quite chic with the use of art, pendant lighting (or any great cohesive lighting) and a sense for design and detail. In fact, it’s all in the detail as you will see with this super cute small condo.

Baby Boomers Finding Freedom in Retirement


Within the next five years, Baby Boomers are projected to have the largest household growth of any other generation during that same time period, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard. Let’s take a look at why…

In a recent Merrill Lynch study“Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices” they surveyed nearly 6,000 adults ages 21 and older about housing. 

Crossing the “Freedom Threshold”

Throughout our lives, there are often responsibilities that dictate where we live. Whether being in the best school district for our children, being close to our jobs, or some other factor is preventing a move, the study found that there is a substantial shift that takes place at age 61.

The study refers to this change as “Crossing the Freedom Threshold”. When where you live is no longer determined by responsibilities, but rather a freedom to live wherever you like. (see the chart below)
Crossing The Freedom Threshold | Keeping Current Matters

As one participant in the study stated:

“In retirement, you have the chance to live anywhere you want. Or you can just stay where you are. There hasn’t been another time in life when we’ve had that kind of freedom.” 

On the Move

According to the study, “an estimated 4.2 million retirees moved into a new home last year alone.” Two-thirds of retirees say that they are likely to move at least once during retirement.

The top reason to relocate cited was “wanting to be closer to family” at 29%, a close second was “wanting to reduce home expenses”. See the chart below for the top 6 reasons broken down.


Not Every Baby Boomer Downsizes

There is a common misconception that as retirees find themselves with fewer children at home, they will instantly desire a smaller home to maintain. While that may be the case for half of those surveyed, the study found that three in ten decide to actually upsize to a larger home.

Some choose to buy a home in a desirable destination with extra space for large family vacations, reunions, extended visits, or to allow other family members to move in with them.

“Retirees often find their homes become places for family to come together and reconnect, particularly during holidays or summer vacations.”

Bottom Line

If your housing needs have changed or are about to change, call Linda so I can help with deciding your next step.

Furniture Trends from High Point Furniture Market

DISPLAY-Elizabeth - color - Mirth Studio family room

I’m seeing more color, more mid-century modern and just more…

Metallics are huge, especially brass and rosy gold. Bling is showing up in bedding and pillows. Neutral colors are moving from walls to furniture. And oversized furniture is out, replaced by low-slung or sleeker profiles.

Those are some of the trends spotted at this year’s High Point Furniture Market, which ended last week.

Home Shopping

A shop of one’s own; digital storefronts – using your home to feature your product:


“We like to use our beach house as a showcase for our products,” says Hampshire. “We always say, if we can’t live with our designs, we shouldn’t produce them. Our benchmark is always: would we have this in our own home?” On their Instagram feed you can see their wallpapers, fabrics and other objects in domestic settings, as well as the occasional snap of the Dungeness coastline.

Rural aesthetic: Fforest General Stores.
 Rural aesthetic: Fforest General Stores. Photograph: James Gardiner

Personal investment and a strong sense of identity are what characterise this new category of online retailer. “They don’t attempt to compete with bigger brands, who can buy in bulk, but instead do their own thing and create inspiring online ‘destinations’ with loyal communities of customers,” says Ellie Tennant. “By sharing photos of their products in their homes on Instagram and Twitter, they offer their customers much more than a bigger high-street brand ever can. Part of their strength is that they are genuine – living, creative lifestyles.”

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Designer Faves: 10 items Every Home Should Have.


When you look at chic home after chic home, a few pieces pop up again and again. Not because they’re cliché, but because they’re utterly classic—and wildly useful to boot. With that in mind, we pulled together a top 10 list of tried-and-true pieces that should have a spot in every home. How many do you have?

1. Gilded mirrors. Grand, romantic, and timeless—what’s not to love? A glint of gilt dials up the drama in any room, and all mirrors add the illusion of light and space.

2. Simple tumblers. Effortless entertaining in a glass. Someone drops by unexpectedly, and you’ll want to have a sleek set of these on hand so that you can quickly grab a couple and mix your guest a cocktail (while hoping you picked up that dirty laundry in the bathroom—eek!).

3. Rush baskets. The question is, what can’t they do? They can hold wood near a fireplace, clothes in a laundry room, blankets in the living room, or toys in your tot’s room. In other words, they help your chaos appear under control.

4. Lacquered trays. Trays might just be the ultimate decorators’ trick. Those finished in lacquer elevate everything corralled on them, from perfume bottles in your bathroom to liquor on your bar.

5. Linen napkins. Ditch the paper, people. When setting your table, those pretty plates need chic cloth sidekicks to match.

6. Garden stools. They can tuck under a console table to be pulled out when you need extra seating or stand in for a side table.7. Cashmere throws. The opportunities are endless: Leave a couple rolled up in a basket in your living room for easy access when you want to cozy up during movie night; drape one over the foot of your bed for added oomph; tuck one around the back or seat cushions of your sofa to switch up the look sans a reupholstery job.8. Hurricane vessels. These sleek vessels (which protect your candles from wind but can also hold flowers) add height to vignettes, can frame a piece of art on a mantel or a console, and have centerpiece written all over them.

9. Silver picture frames. Some things never go out of style. Sticking disparate photos of friends, family, and past summer vacations in silver frames gives them a chic, cohesive look.

10. Coffee table books. They can riff off organic shapes like shells or potted plants in a vignette, and they give guests something to page through after plopping down on your couch.

You can never have too many books. They’re beautiful, personal, interactive, and always make a room feel cozy and finished.

— Designer Michael Smith