Holidays at the Office

Hey, Melanie Solimine here! I am a marketing intern at Avery Design Interiors this fall and a student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. I am stepping in today, because Catherine is working on her launch for her new website.

Here are some inspirational photos for your holiday interior decoration at your office!

Catherine is passionate about bringing her client’s brand to bear through the design of their space. Not only do we improve employees’ productivity and the functionality of your space but we ensure that your clients experience your company’s brand through your office environment.

Thinking about redesigning your office in the new year? To set up your complimentary consultation call, please contact us at

Love to hear from you in the comments – how are you decorating your office for the holidays?


Kids and Hearts in Interior Design

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Have a girl who loves hearts and wondering how to incorporate them into her room?

For your baby’s nursery

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from Literaturesoft



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from WeeDecor


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from TinyTotties

For your T(w)een


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From naBUZZ

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From naBUZZ

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From naBUZZ

I love to hear from you. What is your daughter’s dream decor?



Three Family Friendly Tips for Holiday Decorating

Here at Avery Design Interiors, we have been busy elves readying our clients’ homes, as well as our own, for the holiday season. Here are three family friendly pointers for holiday decorating.


Toy Cabinet

1. De-Toy

Before the impending influx of new toys, clean out your children’s current toys, whether in a basement play room, their own room or the family room.

As you sort, ask yourself the following:
Are there any missing pieces or parts?
Is anything broken and can we fix it?
Has my child played with this in the last three months?

In the last year, your child’s tastes have changed. In our family, we have successfully reused the bins with Little People (now residing in said attic bag mentioned below) for the burgeoning collection of clothes and accessories for our daughter’s American Girl doll.

Ideally, you will be able to do the clean-out in conjunction with your child. Let them choose which toys to give away. But if your child can’t let go and might miss a toy, store them in a big plastic bag or bin in the attic. In three months, if your child hasn’t asked for it and it’s still in good condition, pass it on to a local charity or school.

Child's Christmas Tree

2. Decorate

Have your children decorate their own rooms.

They can make ornaments or set up a menorah or crèche. Purchase a small tree and let your child decorate it with some of your unbreakable ornaments or their home-made ones. My daughter loves her new tree – kitschy isn’t it?

You can keep your children occupied for hours with some great arts and crafts during this season. They can make a handmade card for Grandma and Grandpa. Or have them decorate plain brown paper to use as wrapping paper for gifts.

Christmas Cookies

My personal favorite – have your child join you in the kitchen to help bake holiday cookies. It’s all messy but a ton of fun.

3. Dine

This is your chance to get back in your under-utilized Dining Room. Please bring out Grandma’s fine china, the family silverware and the gorgeous crystal goblets you got at your wedding. Really, there’s no need to let these lovely items collect dust just because you are afraid one might break. I mixed my Christmas china, crystal and Grandma’s silverware with fun contemporary accessories.

Surprisingly, your children will rise to the occasion. Have a practice run this weekend. Pretend you are having a tea party with the prince and princess.

Make it a big deal! Dress them up in their finest, seat them at the big table and use this opportunity to let them practice their very best manners on your family.

Here’s the trick – don’t start dinner at the regular time. We eat dinner by no later than 4 on holidays.

If you want to spread out the joy and think (okay seriously…know) your kids won’t make it through, have a sophisticated dessert for the grown-ups a little later and just let the kids munch on those delicious home-made Christmas cookies and hot chocolate in front of a holiday movie in the family room.

Aren’t sure how to make it all come together? Give me a call and I will style your Dining Room for the holidays.

I love to hear from you. Which is your favorite holiday tradition?

From our home to yours, wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Wordless Wednesday: Interior Design and Fall Tablescapes

This weekend we will be bringing out the box of fall decorations. We tend toward a spooky ghosts and pumpkin theme with a five-year old in our house. When we finish decorating, I will post some photos.

Meanwhile enjoy some more grown-up fall decor for those of you who will be entertaining.

Do entertain more. It doesn’t have to be a formal sit-down dinner. Pick a simple theme. Bring out your good china and crystal and mix it with some new quirky fall finds from a local store or with fresh fruit from the green grocer’s. Send your kids out in the yard to find fallen leaves and pine cones to add to your arrangement. Make them a part of the decorating process – kids love to get creative and a little bit messy in the process. Maybe they can even decorate some cupcakes or help you set the table.

I plan to invite over a few friends, set a beautiful table and enjoy a port and cheese tasting party later this fall.

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I have a white tray or two in my china cabinet and am planning on setting my table with this tablescape this fall. I like its simplicity. It’s a bit modern.

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This would be my daughter’s favorite! Problem is she would eat all of the candy corn.

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I love the contrast of the green pears.

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Never would have thought of an orange pepper in my fall arrangement – leave it to the creativity of Martha Stewart!

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For a different twist, what says fall more than mums and apples?

I love to hear from you. How do you set your table for fall?

(photos from,, and general internet)

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