Blog Posts - Modern Country Interiors



The Country House {From My Perspective}

Late last Summer – before we bought the New Old Stone House – I started a series of blog posts about different rooms and the decorating decisions I had made for The Country House. I had some ‘before photos’ and lots of ‘...
by ABCD Design on Aug 11, 2015

The Country House {From My Perspective}

Late last Summer – before we bought the New Old Stone House – I started a series of blog posts about different rooms and the decorating decisions I had made for The Country House. I had some ‘before photos’ and lots of ‘...
by ABCD Design on Aug 11, 2015

Domaine and Sketch 42 Blog {ABCDdesign Feature}

Do you remember earlier this Summer when Nicole Cohen came to visit the Country House? When she pulled into the driveway she said “I knew you lived in the country…but holy $!%# THIS is remote.” We ate, drank, went antiquing, and she...
by ABCD Design on Oct 16, 2014

The Country House: Wall Street Journal House of the Day

To my great delight, The Country House has been named Wall Street Journal’s House of the Day! This is a huge thrill for me and our real estate listing! You know the only section of the WSJ that I never miss is Mansion, right? I am obsessed w...
by ABCD Design on Sep 8, 2014

Kitchen and Interior Design {New House Inspiration}

I was pretty much over life in The Country House as of last Fall when I allowed myself to imagine us in the Barn to House Renovation project. It’s a bummer that one didn’t work out – I bet we’d be moving in by now! After missi...
by ABCD Design on Jul 11, 2014

BHG Photo Shoot {Packing Away The Pinecones: Spring is Coming.}

In the last few days I have seen signs that Spring is on it’s way. The Crabapple Trees outside the wee-red TV house in the back yard have dropped their Winter berries and the Robin Red Breasts have arrived to gobble them up off the snow! Each m...
by ABCD Design on Mar 1, 2014

ABCDDesigns Home {featured in} New England Home Magazine

At long last, the snow flies again in Northwest Connecticut. You know what that means, right? Our house is published in New England Home! I received a copy in my mailbox yesterday – which was completely and totally thrilling. To be honest, u...
by ABCD Design on Jan 17, 2014

{Moss Winter Tabletop Decor} Our Scandinavian Inspired Mudroom Design

After I posted about packing away my Christmas decorations and how I left pinecones and moss in my wake, there was a flurry of questions on my social media streams about how I care for those moss displays in my house. To be honest I don’t do AN...
by ABCD Design on Jan 14, 2014

{Northwest Connecticut} Barn-to-House Renovation

We just went through a 10 day exercise in letting go. After all my talk on this website about putting an addition to our house (to make it into a 3 bed, 2.5 bath) and about adding a party barn/pool house to fulfill our longing to store lawn and cycli...
by ABCD Design on Nov 14, 2013

{What’s on?} Kyle Bunting Sample Sale

If my memory serves correctly, the first time I mentioned dream decorating with Kyle Bunting’s gorgeous cowhide rugs to you was back in 2009. Gosh, how I loved living in that apartment at the William Beaver House. Tall ceilings, tons of buildin...
by ABCD Design on Sep 12, 2013

Gregory Marks Estate Sales {Northwest Connecticut} Pop-Up Design and Decorator Sale!

Gregory Marks is known for throwing some of the most intriguing Estate Sales in the Northwest Corner. So when the fellas from Hunter Bee told me that this event was coming up (with a line-up that included Privet House and many of the area’s fin...
by ABCD Design on Aug 6, 2013

Snapdragon Flower Arrangements {Decorating & The City Apartment}

These light fixtures are an inexpensive option (a place holder of sorts) until I figure out what I really want in the dining room. Truth be told, I am not thrilled with the lighting scheme in our dining room. As you may have seen from other photos, t...
by ABCD Design on Aug 2, 2013

{Outdoor Entertaining} Wood + Metal Serving Tray, Ice Bucket, Ice Scoop

I’ve been totally digging galvanized home accessories lately. Last Fall, I dug out a couple of tall galvanized containers (that had previously been used for tall flower arrangements – mostly collections of seasonal branches) and have been...
by ABCD Design on Apr 10, 2013

THAT was fab! {Thanks Michael Partenio & Karin Lidbeck-Brent}

Yesterday was a ball – New England Home Magazine sent over interiors photographer Michael Partenio and their photo stylist Karin Lidbeck-Brent for some pretty making at The Country House. (Both had assistants in tow too – big thanks Dave...
by ABCD Design on Mar 21, 2013

{Upstairs Update} Painted Black Window Sashes, Chandelier Installation, Vintage Crewel Fabric Pillows

Guess who is working to put the finishing touches on the upstairs before a magazine shoots The Country House next week? Yep, you heard me right! I know I have been a complete tease by only showing you detail shots and little snippets of each room for...
by ABCD Design on Mar 14, 2013

Mally Skok Design {fabrics hand-screened in Great Barrington MA}

Have you heard of Vine? It’s a new app for your mobile device that allows you to create a six second video loop. In short: it’s like those animated GIFs you see on Tumblr, only they make it super easy to create them on your cell phone. Tw...
by ABCD Design on Feb 1, 2013

Master Bedroom Chandelier {Selecting Light Fixtures}

When we first started our renovation of The Country House in June of 2010, we combined the Master Bedroom with a child’s bedroom that was situated next door to the master. During that time, I was trying to get the biggest bang for our buck and...
by ABCD Design on Jan 29, 2013

Rustic Modern Fireplace Tools

On my dream decorating wish list: Ferro & Fuoco – 3 hand-forged fireplace accessories by Marco Ferreri. They are just the right balance between rustic and modern that I am looking for! As luck would have it, they are easily found all over t...
by ABCD Design on Jan 24, 2013

Master Bedroom Addition {The Drawings: making changes, sourcing materials, solidifying priorities}

Yesterday we got together with our builder to discuss ideas for the master bedroom addition. As you can see above, we have the key elements I spoke to you about last week. A fireplace, a walk-in closet, and an ensuite master bathroom. Omgosh, (she ru...
by ABCD Design on Jan 22, 2013

Master Bedroom with Ensuite {a home addition}

Once I feel I am all done with the house – I am ready to move on to the next project. Don’t get me wrong, I like so much about our home in Northwest Connecticut. I feel it is just the right size for us (I’d say it’s 1,000 sq f...
by ABCD Design on Jan 11, 2013


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