It’s become customary to celebrate holidays by outfitting our homes with their markers, by creating vignettes to pay homage to the first pilgrim. So, it should be with Easter and Spring. The homestead could use a refresh.
The house doesn’t need to be ornament-laden like it was in December. Spring is clean, simple and pretty. I don’t own nor want 20 ceramic bunnies and chicks. I rely on pieces I already own and then pair them with the best thing Spring has to offer us: nature. (more…)
When it comes to home improvement, there’s what you need to do, what you want to do, and the biggie – what you can afford. (Spoiler: if you can afford to do everything you want to your house – congratulations, this post isn’t for you.) But, if you’re like the rest of us who have to weigh the pros and cons of making improvements to our homes, read on!
When considering where to spend your hard-earned dollars (or tax refunds), how do you decide which remodeling project is worth it in the long run (read: resale value)? Maison Mass looked into it and we found five home improvement projects with real payback. (more…)
Space and Storage. Everyone wants it and no one ever seems to have enough of it; excepting for the small, small-house contingent, who’ve made their tiny Murphy bed and can now lie in it. The rest of us relish our personal and family space, our work and storage spaces. Messy lives crave order in some capacity, even if only in our garage or our pantry. And no matter the Facebook impression, everyone’s got a mess. (more…)
Do you have the fever for the flavor of a farmhouse? You’re not alone. The fervor has swept the country. And why not? The farmhouse mood is easy and relaxed.
The historic farmhouse may, however, be a far cry from the image your mind conjures with its open floor plan and shabby chic flourishes. Farmhouses were historically small in scale and designed for practicality. As families and needs changed, small rooms were opened to allow for more family and multi-purpose space. Perhaps, our love of the farmhouse is a nod to our past, to a simpler time, when the home was considered an adjunct to the land. The wrap-around porch, still synonymous with the farmhouse, illustrates that love of the land and the timeless charm of country living.
Though my family lives in an authentic antique farmhouse, I find myself feeling out-farmhoused after only one episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. After a marathon, I’m packing my bags for Waco. The fact is we can’t all demo our homes and start fresh, nor would we want to, when push comes to shove. Most days, I love my home, quirky charms and all. So, what can we do in our own homes to add some of the farmhouse feel without undertaking a major renovation? These are features you can add to the home itself, without breaking the bank. The list does not include furnishings or decor suggestions, as that is a list unto itself. (more…)
I am so excited to share with you that we have a new face at Maison Mass!
My friend and fabulous person, Lisa has joined the team. Lisa has a keen eye for great design and loves all things home as much as I do. She’ll be sharing some of her good taste with us going forward! Read more about Lisa here.
If you are a coffee junkie like my husband, there is an optional piece of kitchen equipment you may want to consider for your new home or kitchen remodel: a built-in (or integrated) coffee machine.
My husband is a German, and likes his coffee strong and often. So when we were planning our kitchen remodel back in 2011, he started looking into built-in coffee machines. Being a good Irish girl from Massachusetts, I grew up drinking tea with milk, so I wasn’t sold on the necessity of the purchase. But, my husband persisted – making a case for how important his morning (and afternoon and sometimes evening coffee) was to him.
We also had a huge Italian automatic espresso/cappuccino machine he had purchased in Germany and lovingly transported back to the States that took up about half the real estate on my counter tops. So in truth, I wasn’t too reluctant to give in, giddy with the idea that I would regain some much-needed counter space. And I have to say, even though I don’t use it for myself, it has been a great addition to the kitchen for guests and entertaining.
Who is a good candidate for a built-in coffee machine?
First, you need to like a stronger, espresso-based coffee. (more…)
The other day, I was at my local T. J. Maxx / HomeGoods store browsing and ran into a display of fun Massachusetts inspired decor for the home. We had just created a Pinterest board for exactly this kind of thing, so I was uber-excited to see we were on trend :). (more…)
Even though it may not feel like it outside, the calendar says spring is here!
One way to get ready for the warmer weather (even if it isn’t that warm outside yet) is to visit the Boston Flower & Garden Show which starts this Wednesday. (more…)
Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we’re highlighting six historic green paint colors for your Maison Mass!
I will admit it, I hate making decisions about paint colors for my house! Don’t get me wrong, I love color, its just that committing it to the walls of my home terrifies me!
My Maison Mass is a pretty standard center entrance colonial-style house built in 1989. Several years ago, I decided to have my foyer painted. Since it’s a two-story number, that meant I was choosing a color for not only my first floor hallway – but for our second floor landing as well. Too big of a job to get the color wrong!
Anyone who knows me, knows I naturally gravitate to muted shades of yellow, because they are cheery (and safe!). But the exterior of our home is yellow, and I had recently painted the connected living room and dining room in yellow, as well as one of the boy’s rooms. Too much? My husband thought so and put his foot down :).
All About Green
So, I started thinking about green as a viable option. Green is second only to blue as a favorite color. Scientifically, the human eye is more sensitive to green than any other hue – in fact we can see more shades of green than any other color. Green is ubiquitous in nature and signals spring, renewal and growth. From a psychology perspective, green relaxes and soothes and is thought to promote balance and harmony. What better characteristics to bring to a home? (more…)
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