Counter Height

Interior Design FYI ~ The the optimal height for countertops is 36″. Most cabinet bases are 34.5″ high, with toe kick & countertop thickness of 1.5 “. Or you can order custom cabinets for your desired height.

The Design Process

The design process and how it starts with the messy samples, to neat selections to the final install!


”Silver balls transplanted!” These wonderful silver balls looked great in my clients garden here in New Jersey. Now they’re making a second appearance in her new home in Florida where they look fabulous beside the pool. Love Re-purposing!

Sweet Summer Grass

Coco Chanel basking in the sweet summer grass!

Summer Peaches

Summer Peaches

Even though so much in our lives is different now summer peaches will still be softly fuzzy, deliciously sweet & juicy. Oh and what a fabulous color!

Be still my beating heart! 💜

What an awesome amethyst! Love the shade too. Can feel the positive energy from here.

Last Glass Standing

Last Glass Standing – Some nostalgia –Sipping some rose  wine in the last glass from a wedding gift many years ago. They are from a shop in Toronto but are very fragile and expensive. We kept replacing them but then gave up!   the peonies are from bushes that my parents planted 25 years ago and we have transplanted to our place. We don’t get as much sun so the crop is much smaller but they’re still going and absolutely gorgeous!

Design Of The Times

Design of the Times

Mary Fran Brassard | Brassard Design Interiors in Rumson, NJ | 732-741-3773 |

My shift to more consultation work started prior to Covid, so the slow down at the beginning of the sheltering-in-place order was helpful to me with time to focus on learning the technology. This has also helped me to transition into working remotely with clients new and existing. I actually acquired a new client in New Hampshire for a rather large decorating makeover and we will be doing it all remotely! Locally, I’ve helped several people with exterior paint colors, tile selection and lighting fixtures. I’m looking forward to being able to work in person with my local clients but in the meantime, Zoom meetings, videos and emailing has kept their projects moving and my business booming! I keep reading that the design sector is going to be one of the first ones coming back strongly since people have been looking at their homes and realizing they need updating. Hoping the prediction is right for all of us in the design world!

Design Of The Times



Spring mantle styling with some of my favorite things. My dear friend Mary brought me the tulips last week from Holland Ridge Farm – so excited to get flowers since they have been in short supply these days. The Egyptian style vase was my Mom’s – happy Mother’s day Mom! She had great taste – I think this is from one of their many trips to the Metropolitan museum. The NY street scene collage was a gift from a wonderful friend and client Jeanne. And of course my beloved crystals and exquisite jade disc. Love me my accessories!


Creative Play Celery

With extra time on your hands what’s a creative to do but play! I’ve been reading a marvelous book called Everybody Was So Young – Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill. Fascinating biography of the Murphy’s who were quite unique individually but also we’re friends with the great artist of the time Picasso, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker, Hemingway, Leger, John Dos Pasos, Archibald MacLeish and many others. Sarah Murphy was an innovative decorator in her own homes and loved flower arrangements but also placed her “stalks of pale green celery in vases”. So I thought I’d try it – beware a bored decorator. It’s actually kind of nice seeing it in the refrigerator.