A few weeks ago, I donned a pair of pink ballet slippers and headed off to my very first ballet class – ever.

In doing so, I crossed the line from an observer of Ballet to a participant.

It was an exciting first step!

Later, it occurred to me that I’d been playing the same side-stepping game around my passion for food – always the observer, never the participant.

Well, all that’s about to change.

I, for one, find it impossible to envision a vibrant, nurturing home without also focusing on food, and the kitchen, thus bringing our range of sensory experiences full circle.

This is, in part, why I’ve introduced a new tagline to my Harmony Design Studio website – “Healthy Home, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”.

I believe in approaching client projects from every angle, and have long embraced a more holistic approach to interior design.

I also believe in nourishing ourselves in every sense of the word by celebrating beauty and enjoying the bounty on our tables.

And when it comes to nourishing ourselves, I am also an advocate for that segment of our community dealing with food allergies and Celiac Disease.

For this reason, I’m excited to announce my new Blog and website, titled “The Gluten-Free Designer”.

While the new Blog is an off-shoot of my primary business – Harmony Design Studio – it has been established with your health in mind.

For anyone wondering what a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind have to do with interior design and your home, the answer is simple.



As you probably know by now, I recently upgraded my home office.  

As you may also know, if you follow this blog regularly, I’m a big advocate for protecting the environment and the health of my clients.

My motto is “Healthy Home, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.”

That means low-VOC paints, eco-friendly fabrics, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) woods, and water-based finishes – in other words, zero toxins wherever possible.

This remodel was no exception.

For this very reason, I took the extra step of ordering ‘green’ cabinetry – manufactured to my specifications, to ensure a non-toxic environment.


Standard cabinets are made from formaldehyde-containing particle board that typically will off-gas formaldehyde for up to five years.

Needless to say, this can contribute to significant health problems.

(In today’s market, there are a wide variety of sustainable options for cabinetry manufactured with water-based glues and adhesives, and particleboard that does not contain formaldehyde).

Which brings me to the countertop.



Are you familiar with the term trompe l’oeil, French for ‘fool the eye’?

At some point, you’ve probably seen a painting, or wall finish, such as the one to the right, which looks so realistic you’d swear it was the real thing.

In this case, the life-size statuary and carved moldings, appear to be the classical edifice of a building.

Except that it isn’t.

Paintings such as this can be especially deceiving. You think you are looking at statuary, or a still-life arrangement of books that are so convincingly 3-dimensional you feel you could reach into the painting and pick them up.

It literally fools the eye.