Meet Janie

A Client’s Love for Blue

My client came to me with many great attributes- good taste, decisiveness, and a love for all shades of blue. Her favored palette choice ranges from dark indigo, sapphire, cobalt, to sky blue. (In this case she’s a North Carolina native so it’s a clear Tar Heel sky blue).


Blue and white was our jumping off point for several rooms. In the living room we started with an extensive, albeit unorganized, collection of antique blue and white delft pottery vases and urns. We grouped disparate styles of display brackets over the sofa and washed them in milk paint for continuity.


Generous blue taffeta curtains accented with cut crystal curtain finials add more glamour.


The garden room has a neutral backdrop accented with blue ombré velvet pillows and tie dyed glazed table lamps.

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A grouping of antique blue delft plates and delft lamps mixes with antique table and chairs (side chairs upholstered in blue and white linen ticking).


Festive fabric covers a slouchy sofa in the Family Room with color blocked pillows and a blue geometric rug.

Our favorite blue paint colors:

Benjamin Moore: Alfresco, Glass Slipper, Palladian Blue, & Mill Springs Blue

Farrow and Ball: Dix Blue and Oval Room Blue


Simple Tabletop

I have very talented friends whose brains I pick about flower design on a regular basis. To me it is as if they step into the backyard or garden, clip some errant branches and voila, an uncontrived tablescape masterpiece appears. I have to put a little more thought into these things, but I always look […]

My Christmas Tree

A few times over the years I have tried to have a simple thematic Christmas tree…one color of ribbon, all the ornaments unified by style or color with coordinated presents wrapped below. I put up a second tree for handmade kindergarten ornaments and those other ornaments of questionable good taste. I quickly realized that the […]

Sneak Peak of a Work In Progress: Thoughtful Renovation of a Chesapeake Bay Farmhouse

FOYER Love the willy nilly pattern of the horizontal striped stair runner installation: OFFICE Mix of blue patterns, vintage rug and a swirly rope lamp: GUEST SUITE Pretty in pink with a vintage iron bed: Petite antique secretary with painted floors and pink trimmed sheer linen curtains:   Pristine pleated curtain heading: Detail of custom […]

We have been SCOUTED by The Scout Guide, Richmond VA

“GOING GREY” “Always sophisticated and far from gloomy, grey is a perennial favorite of ours. Able to be paired with anything, the color is a versatile chameleon we can’t imagine tiring of, whether when used in our rooms or incorporated into our wardrobes. In fashion, a stylish grey sweater shares must-have status on par with […]