9 Ways To Create a Pet-Friendly Home

Design NJ – 9 Ways To Create a Pet-Friendly Home

Mary Fran Brassard with Coco Chanel Colette Brassard, her Coton De Tulear.  Photo by Lisa Palermo | Brassard Design | Rumson | 732-741-3773 |

9 Ways To Create a Pet-Friendly Home




Coco in her Fab Faux Fur

Love this photo of Coco and since very cold & windy here thought it could be a good post.  Coco Chanel Colette Brassard know how to keep warm with these wicked March winds blowing here & dropping our temps in NJ! She loves her Fabulous Fur throw (faux!)  Hopefully our last blast of winter cold.

Year of the Butterfly

One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of each year is to come up with a word or phrase that is symbolic for me for that year.  We had been cocooning in so many ways last year that I wanted to look forward to what will come out of the cocoon – a butterfly! So this is my Year of the Butterfly – focusing on becoming free again, renewed, and transformed -appreciating life like never before! Thank you to Gretchen & Liz of the Happier podcast for the idea of a word of the year- this year Liz and I came up with the same word!  Do you have a word for your year ahead? It’s fun to ponder and give some focus on what you want rather than circumstances! Give it a try!

Creating Cozy Forts

“I love this photo from IKEA’s holiday mailing! My grandmother would help me make forts with blankets under her dining room table. It was my favorite thing to do and I still remember the feeling of being so cozy and safe and happy in my little fort. Did you make a fort with blankets and a table as a kid? Remember & savor that wonderful feeling. My wish for you is to feel like that in your home & your heart during this unusual holiday season & every season!”

Stylish Cocktail Bar Martini

Hors d’oeuvres are up and a reverse martini à la Julia Child.
Makes 1 Cocktail
2 oz. vermouth (preferably Ransom Dry)
1 oz. London dry gin
1 caperberry
Stir vermouth and gin in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass; garnish with a caperberry.