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The Cat Killed the Christmas Tree!

Yesterday morning we awoke to a loud crash when our Christmas tree was knocked down and tons of ornaments shattered.  We narrowed it down to two possible culprits (two out of five cats – the dog confirmed she didn’t do it!). After a quick trip to the local drug store we managed to find some very basic replacement ornaments, which will unfortunately have to suffice for this year’s Christmas.

I guess this will be a good reason to come up with a totally new tree design for next year!


The tree is back up.  Interrogation of the suspects to continue…


When is the last time you changed your holiday decor including the color scheme?

Happy Holidays,

Iris Interiors


Equine Inspiration

It’s no secret that I have a passion for horses. My 13-year-old quarter horse mix, King, was originally from a working horse ranch in Texas. Now he enjoys being spoiled in New Jersey. Whether it’s jumping (his favorite) or dressage (my favorite), we make an excellent team. Due to my love of riding, equestrian design is one of my specialities. Enjoy some equine inspiration:

Equestrian Design


equestrian photography

via Tumblr user The Little Sea.

The beauty of horses can be translated into rustic, refined, and even eclectic equestrian-inspired spaces:

Equestrian bathroom

Photo via Country Living

This clean, white bedroom features its own bathtub. The vintage sign and horse figurine add to its rustic feel.

Reading nook

By Susan Jay Design via Houzz.

A closet is transformed into the perfect library nook. It makes me want to curl up with a good book after a long ride.

Timeless, classic equestrian-inspired design.

Equestrian mudroom

Photo via

A cheerful mudroom highlighting rows of riding boots. The perfect hideout.

A tasteful, colorful display of ribbons attached to a lampshade. The helmet and horse figurine tie the look together. Notice the table legs!?

Equestrian Mud Room

Photo via Country Living.

This eclectic mudroom features riding helmets, vintage photos, and a shadow box filled with ribbons.

Equestrian mud room

Photo via Ralph Lauren Home via Wainscot Solutions.

A bold tack room/mud room, designed by Ralph Lauren Home, uses riding gear as accessories. The green walls, pop of red, and hooks to display bridles and riding helmets make for a cheery space with equestrian appeal.

Equestrian home elements

Photo via Iris Interiors on Project Decor.

Unsure of where to start? Check out my Equestrian Chic recommendations on Project Decor.

What are your inspirations when it comes to decorating your space?


My neurotic dog!

When we adopted Marbles, our sheltie mix, almost eight years ago at the age of two, she was afraid of everything and anything. That old cliche,  “afraid of her own shadow” absolutely applied to her.


At the time we rescued her, she had just overcome parvo. The rescue organization told us that she was kept in a fenced-in backyard. In her two years on earth, she had never been on a leash!

Though extremely shy at first, she slowly warmed up and soon began playing up a storm with her new brother Ralphy, an Australian shepherd. Her feline brother and sisters were largely ignored, but everyone got along well.

From the beginning, it was apparent that Marbles had her psychological “issues.” We even joked that if Marbles were human, she’d be making weekly visits to a therapist. I’d be hard-pressed to name one thing she wasn’t afraid of. The first time I took her for a walk in the rain, she pulled on the leash, jumped, turned, and tried to stay as far away from me as possible, despite the fact that she had been walking nicely on a leash up to this point. I was perplexed. She was already attached to me and on her way to acquiring her reputation as my “velcro” dog. What was wrong? It turns out, she was afraid of the umbrella. So I did what any good mother would do. I put away my umbrella and braved the pouring rain, just to make my sweet, neurotic dog happy.

The phobias don’t end there. Paper also causes her great distress. Yes paper! Never wave a piece of paper around her and be sure to keep her away when you get the mail.

Loud noises, too many people, and the sight of nail clippers make the list, as well. She won’t even accept treats unless she is able to eat them in the privacy of her own home. At the pet store, the vet’s office, and the McDonalds drive-through (an occasional treat when we buy chicken nuggets. No sauce of course!) she refuses to touch even the yummiest doggy delicacies. Instead, we must bring them home before she digs in.

We love her and her quirky personality and I am not even mentioning most of her unique traits. So, what’s her latest fear? Quickbooks!

Don’t you dare work on Quickbooks while she is in the vicinity. All is well when I remember to mute the sound. But if I forget and she hears the “beep” of an entry being saved, she runs and hides in one of the bedrooms, shaking like a leaf.

The poor thing!  And I thought I was the only one in the family who hates dealing with those dreaded, yet unavoidable accounting tasks…

Neo loves to sit in the bathroom sink

Pixie, Neo & Deimos


All of my pets, whether neurotic or not, are an important part of my life. My design philosophy is that a home must be beautiful as well as functional. There is no need to compromise!