“Living with Mate-Lasse” – How my Husband Deals With Being Married to An Interior Designer.


Mea Matelesse
My favorite custom bedding line – Eastern Accents
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 “Mate-Lesse” – that’s what my husband said the other day.  When does the “mate-lesse summer spread come out?”  “It’s February,” I said.  He thinks that’s a cool word and he uses it whenever he can.  I myself find it an interesting word as well.  For those of you not quite sure what it means, it’s  a jacquard loom and used esp. for clothing, upholstery, and bedspreads and marked by raised floral or geometric designs with a puckered or quilted appearance achieved by the interlacing of threads in the weaving or the contracting of threads in the finishing (see picture above). 

I love using words in the “designer world” when speaking with my husband, Rick,  about my various projects I’m working on.  “Oh the draperies were unbelievably beautiful on my clients window,”  I said.  “They had grommets and they undulated in and out.”  “Undulated in and out!”  “What the heck is un..ju…lates…..?” My husband elongates the word to emphasize it.   Ah another word in the designer world. 

Stay tuned for more “designer words” I use on my husband.

Dinner Party


I recently had a gathering of friends for a dinner party.  The best part of planning a party is decorating the table.  I used a paper tablecloth from Caspari that you would never know was paper.  I love my Tattersall dinner plates from MacKenzie-Childs.  I bought them after using them for my tabletop setting for the Designer Showcase/Tabletop Tour De Force I did for MacKenzie-Childs (see my website for pictures of the tabletop).  I stuck in thistle that I dried from my niece’s wedding flower arrangements into my flower centerpiece.  I love thistle – Being purple is a perk as it’s one of my favorite colors! 

Having friends over for the superbowl.  What are you doing for the superbowl?


Glorious Day

snowWhat a glorious day today.  I love winter because it makes us appreciate the warm days so much more.  Topping off above 60 degrees today I went for an early morning walk with a friend.  Winter gives me the ability to sit back and relax more than in the summer.  On the weekends,  I love lighting a fire, turning on various lamps for ambience and making a wonderful pot of soup or stew for dinner that has been simmering on the stove all day.  The anticipation of all the bulbs coming up that I planted in the fall creates an excitment in my heart. But for now, I will sit back and enjoy a good book in front of the fire. 

Did you get out and enjoy the day today?


Everson Museum of Art Festival of Trees

everson2012  I always love creating a donation for the Everson Festival of Trees held each year in Syracuse, New York.  This year I decided to create a centerpiece.  A candle, inserted in the middle of the faux greens, jeweled fruit, leopard feathers, glittered leaves and red bendable curls added sparkle to the piece.  The centerpiece sold the night of the opening preview party and I visualized  seeing it on top of a stand in the middle of a Holiday Open House gracefully cascading down amongst wonderfully displayed appetizers.  Enjoy!

Shower Gathering


My sister and I  recently had a baby shower at the Cavalry Club in Manlius, New York for my niece, Alison.  Since she was having a girl my sister and I decided upon tones of pink (what else!).  Alison wanted a theme of zebras, elephants and giraffes. 

 I used a wonderful fabric from Kravet Fabrics with animals on it for the center of the table to add color and I built off of that.  The wild and unusual flowers were suggested and ordered from Whistlestop Florist in East Syracuse, New York.  I used fiddles head and lime green mums among other flowers to give it a “wild” look for the animal theme.  Different baby rattles hung from the flower arrangements on each table.  Bursting from the napkins were paper pom poms I made.  It added wonderful color to the table.  Larger pom poms hung over the gift table which I situated in front of a large mirror to add color and dimension to the room. 

I carried the animal fabric over to the gift table and added wonderful ribbon my sister found to the front of the table.  Alison wanted a cozy room feel so I brought over my wonderful wicker chairs from my deck added a table and hung a painting of a mother and daughter on the beach over the window. 

So very fun!!




Inspiration in Inlet

Interiors by Marcia Philipp has been providing interior design services to residential and commercial clients since 1980.  My professional experience spans more than 30 years and involves projects throughout New York and the Northeast as well as serving clients nationwide.

I had a wonderful time decorating a clients home in Inlet, New York.

I offer a complete source for fine furniture, fabrics, floor and wall coverings, window treatments and accessories.  I am well versed in all aspects of design, including new construction, historical preservation, renovation, remodeling and space planning.

For many of my clients, this may be their first time utilizing the services of a professional interior designer, so my focus is to guide you step-by-step through the complete process, from initial concepts, to design development and execution to actual “move-in.”

My purpose as a designer is to act as translator for my residential and commercial clients, turning their ideas, visions and needs into a plan that responds to their needs and requirements. I achieve this through interviews and ongoing discussions. It is only through this education process that I can begin work towards our goal to provide creative, enduring design solutions for each of my individual clients.

The hallmark of any project I undertake is that I will always provide you with the assurance of a clearly organized, straight-forward methodology that will bring your project to completion on time and on budget, no matter how large or small the project may be.

Redecorate On a Budget

It’s easy to redecorate your home, even when you’re on a budget.  The trick is simple: Redecorate by rearranging. It’s easy to feel like you have a whole new home.  If you like, I can help you to rearrange your furniture and accessories to give you a whole new look.

Maddie our Abyssinian cat posing for a picture

Identify the focal point of your room. Is it a piece of furniture? A fireplace? A grouping of plants or wall hangings? Windows count too! When you have identified your focus, you can do the following:

Change the ebb and flow. Introduce a taller plant, sculpture, or lamp stand into the focal group; this will add eye-catching appeal to the horizontal landscape. Avoid blocking a view, however, and stick with slender items, if possible.

Make it cozy. Gather up favorite quilts and throws. Roll them in bundles and tie them together with a scarf or ribbon. Pile them in an extra basket or make a free-flow group in a corner.

Bring Mother Earth indoors. Go shopping in your backyard.  Look for dried grasses, twigs, pine cones, and interesting objects to create a natural display. Place them on the coffee table or tie the twigs and grasses together and place them in a vase.

I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment and let’s hear what you’ve done in your own home.