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Best of Houzz 2013


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How nice it is to receive word from Houzz stating that Mary Hickey Interiors was chosen as “Best of Houzz” 2013 by the Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. We are so honored to receive this award.

In the category of Design, award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Mary Hickey Interiors among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Thank you to all who have been inspired by our design work!  We look forward to sharing with you in 2013 more of our designs.

Happy Holidays!

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Mary Hickey Interiors wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday!

The Day After…

It’s 7:47 am the “day after”…

Yes. I lounged this morning- no 5:15 am jumping out of bed for ME.

I’m sitting in the living room reflecting on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and giving thanks at last because there surely was not a moment to do so yesterday!

And for that, I give thanks,too.

The story…

Two days ago I was PARTY READY for a casually sophisticated feast…tailored to be delicious AND attractive for my daughter, Anne Marie , her husband, Jack and their two children, Jay and Alice and my daughter, Elizabeth and her fiancé, Steve.

A small intimate gathering…the smallest I’ve been a part of in ten years.

Aside from my “day job”, everyone who knows me knows I love food and flowers and entertaining…

I had planned- the legal pad notes can attest. I had dreamt of a menu that was part traditional family, part “new” tradition… a kind of Ree Drummond/ Ina Garten mélange, if you will…

Turkey Roulade- straight  from Ina, stuffed with sweet/hot sausage and morsels of figs. I had made this for my family previously…soooo good!

Cranberries- “Joy of Cooking” style

Mashed and Sweet Potatoes – both and  yes, cream cheese and broiled marshmellows, for sure !

Peas with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Roasted Pearl Onions – my idea

Honey-glazed Carrots- cut on the bias, very pretty with bits of green parsley

Grapefrut, Avocado, Pomegranate Salad-passed from my Nana through my Mother to me..

For dessert..Pumpkin pie with “whup” cream, clementines and petit-fours especially for Jay who loves cake as his mother does!

The table setting was going  to be that “mix”, too…

My family’s Herend ” Rothschild Bird” patterned china and green goblets from my youth paired with Pottery Barn heavily woven placemats, “everyday” simple French stainless and flowers chosen straight from the grocery store kiosk, arranged by Mary.

Family…tradition…”twists”-

If you think I am building up to a grand crescendo of holiday disaster, I’m going to disappoint you a bit…

There were moments of pure bliss-

mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes without lumps…

the aroma of smoked bacon,

the wondefully caramelized bit of roasted onion and tang of a wedge of “ruby red” popped into my mouth,

as I stood in my sun-filled kitchen,

preparing,

pondering Thanksgiving pasts,

to the eclectic mix of tunes from Etta James, Frank Sinatra, Colbie Caillat, Amy Winehouse and my fave, Adele.

The sweet texts from Anne Marie…” Jay is asking every 20 minutes, ” when are we going to Mimi’s??” and sound of the door opening with Jay ringing out, “Hi Mimi…I’m here!” Seeing Elizabeth walk through the door with Steve and thinking about their wedding next summer…

Baby Alice’s first Thanksgiving, celebrated here at my house- “pretty girl” ( as Jay calls her) loving  peas and her first taste of sweet potato, sitting in the same high chair as her Mother and Aunt did years ago.

Family…traditions…new “twists”…

SO WHAT if I had to “hack” the perfectly formed roulade into pieces because the butcher provided a less than perfect “bird”…

And those envisioned delicately decorated petit- fours from the long depended on bakery?

Well, I guess they had decided to put a “twist” on their tradition, too-

 

Hahahaha…

Life is good, good.

My best,

Mary

A BLOG “Interrupted”

I was JOLTED out of my very lengthy “blog hiatus” at 5:10am this morning when paging through the October VOGUE…

(Yes, since early “mommy” days thirty years ago, it remains to be a habit of mine to tease my senses and creative mind by sitting in my living room surrounded by the first cup of coffee, sketch pad, my favorite Russel + Hazel legal pads, colored pens, piles of magazines, post-its, cookbooks and the latest autobiography!)

I digress…

Anyway! I was flipping through the VIEW section of the magazine (my favorite part) when I came upon a lovely, moody shot of swaying grass, a beautiful model and…a gorgeous printed robe. The designer? My friend and client, Monica Nassif.

We all know this talented woman has launched Sophia Graydon; we are on her website’s mailing list, but VOGUE! Oh, my!

Thanks, Monica. You have always been a great friend and inspiration. You’ve “saved” me again – this time from “blog boredom”!

It’s 6:00am…time to do the “toilette” and start my day – exhilerated and restored by my Vogue foray. Please take a few moments to peruse our blog for more insights and creative thoughts gained from the October issue of Vogue. It’s a veritable treasure chest this month!

My best,

Mary

More Vogue-isms…

Recently, I was quoted in MSP/St. Paul Home magazine in an article as a “doyenne” of design (Have I really gotten to that place?). I said, “I absolutely love London. . . rich history juxtaposed with mod style, art galleries, winding streets, and of course, the pubs!”

I do love London… Ido… but I was taken with Chloe’s Clare Waight Keller’s move (Channel Crossing) to Paris from London with her family.

Among her 3 lessons in how to be the perfect modern Parisian, was a thought on “How to Decorate”. The pivotal thought for me… “The two agree that what makes an interior quintessentially French in a modern way is the judicious placement of objects, the combination of the serious and playful deployed against a rigorously plain background” (as opposed to the pile-one-more-thing-on ethos of Keller’s birthplace).

This statement says it all!

This month’s Vogue VIEW Section, “Channel Crossing”

Jean Royére Furniture at Galerie Chastel-Maréchal

Keller with Joseph Dirand at Galerie Chastel-Maréchal.