Being A Mother...

I've always thought FLEXIBILITY was one of the necessary qualities of being a full- fledged mother (and now a grandmother).

Mother's Day 2017 was a study in "flexibility", and it was a wonderful day!

The saga all began with Cinco de Mayo. On that day, I got in the mood for Mexican food and decided to center my plan for a Mother's Day lunch at my home with my two daughters, Anne Marie and Elizabeth, and two grandchildren, Jay and Alice around that fare. I should explain golf pro Jack was working and Steve was in a wedding out of town (both good "reasons").

Mary Hickey Interiors Mother's Day

I'm going to try to make a looooonng story short. 

  • I planned the menu... chicken enchiladas, the girls' favorite guacamole, salad with fresh oranges and ice cream with hot fudge and Mexican tea cakes. 
  • I made the grocery list
  • I shopped
  • I ordered two rotisserie chickens from Kowalski's to be picked up on Sunday a.m. because they truly are the best I've ever had. A good short cut!
  • I picked up the chickens early Sunday morning... ready to create my fiesta when...
  • I received a text from Elizabeth saying she had been sick all night long.
  • I realized the menu didn't really "speak" to a lunch with one other "grown-up" and two small grandchildren.
  • I revised (see ingredients) from my pantry cupboard and ended up make the best chicken soup I have ever made. Yes, lemon is the SECRET ingredient. 
Mary Hickey Mother's Day
  • Set a simple table for four and thoroughly enjoyed  a special afternoon of a "yummy" lunch  (at least that's what Alice said!), played games, colored and looked at long ago  photos of my grandchildren's mother and grandmother when we were their age. 
  • Sent a "care" package of soup and cookies home with Anne Marie to drop off at Elizabeth's

True bliss... based on " flexibility" and seizing the moment! 

Mary Hickey Interiors Mother's Day

Hmm... chicken enchiladas anyone? I can be at your home by 6pm. Ha!



My best,



It's Another Fun Friday

Tasha and I had the BEST day yesterday, and today is the perfect day (being Friday) to tell you about it. 


International Market Square



Dynamic new showroom with beautifully displayed fabrics,  art by MCAD artists (for sale!) and modern furniture source... managed by  Jennifer Ruis and owned by designer, Christine Frisk. We can't wait to utilize their sources!

Mary Hickey Interiors Fuse
Mary Hickey Interiors Fuse


Inspiring lines of fabrics and wallpapers shown to us by Marcy Russ, owner... from very favorites Pollack, Lori Weitzner, Christopher Farr Cloth to a wonderful new outdoor fabric from Maria Flora, an Italian company.  Also... the BEST lunch from the Wedge Co-op, thanks Marcy!

Mary Hickey Interiors Pollack
Mary Hickey Interiors Lori Weitzner


A true "market" of 8 representatives from their vendors.  What a ball!  From the resurgence of Milo Baughman designs at Thayer Coggin to the traditional beauty of Cowtan & Tout and our oft used "Sam & Sons" trims! Abby Koller, manager... the brainchild of this great concept!


Alison and Chris celebrated Schumacher's 125th anniversary by bringing out archival prints with current colorations!   See the tremendous new blog; where Dara Caponigno,  Schumacher's new creative director , formerly the editor of Veranda shares her favorite patterns.  


Fabulously entertaining and  entertaining Michelle Bradley, opened our eyes to  "possibilities" in her line. She has cadre of talented artisans at her fingertips who interpret her "napkin" sketches and bring them to life.  We love the Lucille fixture we used in our client's home and intend to use this source for more and more!

Mary Hickey Interiors Bradley

Here's to a relaxing weekend!

Mary & Tasha

Reinventing A Classic

Decorative plates on walls... honestly I didn't have much interest or exposure to them until recently. As Mary mentioned in my interview, we are very different but have a lot in common.  One of my favorites is our love of "vintage" decor, furniture and accessories.   We  continually laugh at my use of the word "vintage". Mary recently left me a note signed; Your vintage boss.  We have lengthy conversations about our favorite vintage furniture pieces and styles; many of which are the same! 

Recently, we have seen the reinventing of decorative plates on walls. Here are a few of my favorites.

Mary Hickey Wallplates

The above  collection is one of my favorites; featuring hand painted plates! Done by one of our favorite local bloggers, Francois Et Moi

Mary Hickey Interiors Plates
Mary Hickey Interiors Plates
Mary Hickey Plates
Mary Hickey Plates
Mary Hickey Interiors Plates

As you can tell, blue and white is a favorite of mine!

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Fun Fridays

Let's face it... Fridays are fun! Tasha and I always seem to have "great" thoughts on Fridays. So for this particular Friday...  CONSIDER COPPER.

Remember our instagram post where I teased the start of our San Francisco project with a photo of a Tom Dixon bowl? 

Mary Hickey Interiors Copper

That bowl was handed to me by my client as she said, " I like this, Mary." That's all she needed to say; we've worked together before ( see on the creek) and have a "symbiotic" relationship. Copper became a force in this space. 

While in the city visiting one wonderful shop after another, she and I stumbled upon Bright On Presidio and spoke with David Bolt. Look at what we found...

Mary Hickey Interiors Copper

to sit on this- 

Mary Hickey Interiors

from Epoca.

More on the wonderful Epoca and Kelly Hartgraves in another post. Suffice to say- a treasure trove!

This is the point. Since that day in San Francisco... copper has been "speaking" to me. 

And now it has found its way into a new renovation project Tasha and I are working on with a terrific young family.  Here it might take a turn into copper patina...

Mary Hickey William Sonoma

To mix with modern pendants.  

Burkelman Mary Hickey Interiors

It will mix beautifully with the brushed nickel hardware and stainless steel. We even found an Ann Sacks tile that mixes the metals together for us...

Ann Sacks Tile Mary Hickey Interiors

Mmm... are we TREND SPOTTING?

I don't think so...

I prefer to think of it as an  UPDATED THROWBACK!


Here's to a relaxing weekend!

Mary & Tasha