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Your eyes deserve to view beauty. I hope Fred Gonsowski Garden Home helps to turn your vision, into a reality.

Hanging Pictures on a Staircase, Creating a Gallery Wall.

Hanging a visually interesting grouping of pictures, on the wall alongside a staircase, is not just about getting out your hammer, picture hanging hooks, the framed things you want to mount on the wall and randomly going at it.  Creating … Continue reading

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Arranging furniture in a 16 foot by 20 foot Living Room with Four points of Entry

Recently one of my readers typed a note in the comments, asking for my help with her decorating dilemma. Summer R. has a 16 foot by 20 foot living room with four points of entry, and a fireplace built into … Continue reading

Posted in Arranging Living Room Furniture, Interior Decorating Principles | 23 Comments

Mix up Shapes of Legs and Feet on Furniture when Decorating a Room.

In 1950 when my parents married, buying furniture that was all matched was an ideal. People at that time grew up during the depression and had lived through the Second World War and times were tough. If you could buy … Continue reading

Posted in Arranging Bedroom Furniture, Arranging Living Room Furniture, Interior Decorating Principles | 10 Comments

Shopping the Upscale Stores in New Preston, Connecticut

If you are the reader of “shelter magazines” (Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, etc) as I am, you will have noticed that many of the stylish properties shown in those periodicals are located in north-west Connecticut.  Litchfield County … Continue reading

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A look at the August 2017 garden, here at Whimsey Hill House

Every gardening season has its challenges, and this year was one for the books! Here in up-state New York, during May and June, there was either too much rain (practically raining every day) or days that were hot and humid, … Continue reading

Posted in Fred's Garden at Whimsey Hill House, The Summer Garden | 32 Comments

BuzzFeed included one of my Interior Decorating Illustrations in their post titled “21 Little Changes That’ll Make Your Space So Much Homier”.

Over the years online companies like The San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate), RedBook Magazine (RedBook Mag.com), and eHow have used my different interior decorating and gardening articles, as either references or resources for their online posts. Recently Natalie Brown, who … Continue reading

Posted in Lighting, San Francisco Chronicle / eHow references or resources | 13 Comments

Visiting The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) Dorinda Medley’s home, Blue Stone Manor, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

On July 15, 2017 The Lenox Garden Club held its biennial garden tour, and one of the show-stopping properties visited was Blue Stone Manor. Blue Stone Manor is the country home of Dorinda Medley who is a reality TV star … Continue reading

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Starting an African Violet from a Leaf Cutting

Are your African violets getting old and unshapely with multiple crowns and suckers? Do you have a friend or co-worker who grows the most beautiful African violets, and that person will give you some single leaf cuttings, so you can … Continue reading

Posted in House plants / Forcing bulbs | 6 Comments

A look at my Easter 2017 decorations, here at Whimsey Hill House

A late Easter, like we’re having this year, to me, is the unofficial start of the growing season here in up-state New York. With the late Easter, no matter how cold or snowy the past Winter has been, I seem … Continue reading

Posted in CHRISTMAS / Easter | 22 Comments

Arranging furniture and Decorating a 19 foot long by 14 foot wide Living Room with a Brown Leather Sectional Sofa

Recently a reader, whose husband is a house builder (Texas Barndominiums out of Floresville, Texas, texasbarndos.com) asked for my help with the decorating of their new house that is also a “show house”.  I said yes to her inquiry, but … Continue reading

Posted in Arranging Living Room Furniture, Interior Decorating Principles | 7 Comments