Holiday Drinks

A sassy ,classic way to cheer the holiday season is what I call my Ultimate Pink Drink!

4 servings

4 cups of Ocean Spray cranberry pomegranate cherry juice

1/3 cup of orange juice

1/2 teaspoon of orange zest

4 to 5  jiggers of citrus infused vodka

Combine all ingredients in […]

Guests in your home

You can create a comfortable space in almost any room in your home to accommodate guests.

Just ask yourself what you would like if you were on vacation, and try to create that feeling of comfort  for your guests.

Take some clues from hotel and bed and breakfast proprietors and think about the accommodations […]

Mural Painting

Anatomy of a Mural

This is the look of a mural in progress. This mural was hand painted on canvas in my studio to be installed in a Victorian home in New Jersey.  When these homeowners decided to remodel their master bathroom, a plan and design was developed along with an interior designer to have […]

Kitchen Cabinetry

There are some things you should know when choosing kitchen cabinets for your home , whether you are remodeling our starting from scratch.

Kitchen cabinets are available in 3 configurations: stock , semi custom, and custom.

Stock cabinetry is referred to as “off the rack”, these cabinets are mass produced and pre-assembled. The […]

Decorating a Ceiling

One of the of the forgotten places in your home to decorate is the ceiling. Throughout the ages ceilings have been adorned with designs or color, even gold leaf. Many new homes have trey ceilings, that are crying out for attention to detail!  In as much as the different levels that many trey ceilings […]

Outdoor Grilling

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Juicy burgers on the grill. Vegetables cooked until they are crisp. Shish kabaobs over an open flame, that’s summer!  Whether enjoying a meal at home or inviting friends for a spur of the moment cookout, simple maintenance will keep your gas grill at optimal performance levels. Proper maintenance not only […]

Decorating Children’s Rooms

I have been decorating and painting murals and artwork in children’s rooms for many years and I don’t believe in a lot of fantasy.   The more realistic the painting or mural is, the longer the life of the painting and it grows with the child.  This picture is of a painting I completed […]

Quick and easy bathroom remodeling

You can make some quick and easy fix-ups to your bathroom to improve the look and functionality without calling a contractor.

The easiest fix is to add a fresh coat of paint. Color in itself can dramatically transform a room. To achieve a professional look ,success is assured if you take the time […]

Shopping at a Flea Market

The Ocean Grove Flea Market is a huge event in the area. People come to shop there from all over the tri-state area. There are over 300 vendors that set up their treasures and great finds at daybreak when the dew is still on the grass.

As I strolled through the flea market this […]

Painting a Floor

There are many samples of painted floors throughout the ages with many interesting patterns and looks that have decorated the simplest  to the most elegant of homes. Painting or staining your floor at home can be a daunting DIY project, but if you take the time to  plan and design it well, you will have […]

Earth Friendly Home Remodeling

Think of remodeling your home as if you had no power or water and no food that could be purchased at a nearby store.

Decide where to put your garden In summer  to keep your house cool – prevent sunlight from hitting the house directly, plant -trees, trellises, plants, bushes. This measure is 7 […]

ASID Green Interior Design

The American Society of Interior Designers has come up with 10 re-green,  guidelines for the home.

In conjunction with the US Green Building Council, it has issued it’s REGREEN Guidelines , organized into 10 m0st common remodeling projects and designed to provide professionals and homeowners with resources and tools to green their […]

I Live in Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore

Ocean Grove is one the finest year-round family seashore resorts, with a square mile of natural beauty and has welcomed vacationers, including US Presidents, for over a century. In 1869 a group of spiritual lay leaders assembled as The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to form and incorporate the town of Ocean Grove. On […]

My Home on Block Island

Block Island, Rhode Island, located in the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 3 miles south of Rhode Island and can be reached by plane or ferry. It is rose-strewn sand dunes, National Wildlife Refuge, clay head cliffs, coves and beaches. Where the Manissean Indians lit fires that were noted by Italian explorer Verrazzano, when he passed […]