Interior Design

Home for the Holidays: Elegant Entertaining

November 6, 2012

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin interior designer Hilary Sessions of Quarry Hill Design.

The big challenge this Holiday Season is how to entertain with grace and style without losing your cool. The key to stress-free entertaining is prepping your home in advance, so you can relax and enjoy your family and friends. Here are some tips on how to pull off elegant entertaining.

Step one: make sure everything is clean and tidy. Banish those dust bunnies and pick up the clutter. Stash a few large baskets and bins in each room where you can dump all the clutter.

Dress up your entryway in the spirit of the season. Add a wreath, large bouquet of branches, a basket of pumpkins or fruit and scented candles. Something as simple as a few votive candles on the hall table makes the space feel special. Designate a place for guests to stash their coats and jackets, or make it a fun job for the kids.

The Secrets to Creating a Harmonious Home

October 3, 2012

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin interior designer Hilary Sessions of Quarry Hill Design.

The kids are finally back in school and fall is here. Leaves, pumpkins, football and little ghosts and goblins will soon appear. This is a great time to spruce up your home for entertaining friends and family.

I often work with clients to see how we can make their homes more livable. Sometimes it is as simple as purging, organizing and reconfiguring furnishings. I recommend investing in good storage solutions, quality furnishings and well-edited accessories to complete the look. Here are a few ways to make your space feel more like home.

A set of matching baskets or storage bins is a great way to manage clutter.

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