Nantucket Mood Board: Hulbert Noon

Boston artist Meg Weeks’s painting, Hulbert Noon II captures the glory of a picture perfect summer’s day, where the only thing on the agenda is to enjoy it. The mood board for a room we imagine around her painting has lots of beachy, casual indoor/outdoor fabrics, where greens and blues rule, and the only requirement is to relax.

TV Sets – Interior Design Inspo from Television Shows

A common conversation at Platemark starts like this, “I watched [hot new TV show] last night, and the interior of so-and-so’s home was amazing!” Movies and TV shows are huge sources of inspiration for us, especially when whatever we’re watching is a period time capsule of interior design. Below are a few shows that still […]

What I’ve Learned From Professional Photo Shoots

It’s Not All Smoke and Mirrors My first assumption was, when flipping through shelter and home magazines, that nothing was “real”. Objects were dropped in at will, computers applied the magic wand tool to anything that didn’t show well. Cords and switches were scratched out. Not the case, well, usually. Lights Out I often get […]

Why Does Everything Take So Long?

We’re so impatient. Trust me, I’m the worst in that regard. Though ironically I’m perfectly suited for this job because I aim my shepherding powers directly at the vendors, service providers and manufacturers I work with on behalf of clients. There’s a reason everything takes so long and I’m going to tell you why, in painful detail. […]

Shut Up About Marble Countertops Already

I love marble. Everything about the natural, ancient quality of its surface. The porous, timeworn signs of a material that has endured hundreds of millions of years beneath our feet. The beauty of this natural stone has enjoyed thousands of years of appreciation. Enough to clad the temples of Ancient Greece and the architectural marvels of Rome. Millions […]

Doubt, Apprehension and Skepticism

Ideas for topics can hit me at any time. In this case, mid-sentence with a friend during a recent gallery opening, my mind interjected and I blurted out, “Wait, an idea for a blog post just came to me!” She was in the middle of complimenting me about recent posts she’d read, how she thought they were great […]

Why I Dread Styling

You might be thinking, “What?! You design interiors for a living, how can you dislike styling?”

Generally, I don’t care for anything that comes off as forced or deliberate. The exercise of filling a space with objet d’art , tchotchkes, bric-a-brac, knick-knacks completely stresses my brain out …

Light up your Artwork the Right Way

Lighting your walls to highlight artwork or other features may seem easy at first, but there is a right and wrong way to do it. People ask me: “Craig, what is the most important feature upgrades you can make in your home to result in the maximum impact? It’s lighting, hands-down. Somehow we become easily accustomed to […]

You haven’t redecorated in HOW many years??

Think it might be time to freshen things up a bit? Put less delicately, if you haven’t managed to toss to the curb your console television from 1977 or still clinging to your spider plant jungle, it could be time. I know, we all get stuck in a rut. If you’re even mildly a design enthusiast, you likely spend […]

Our Popular Kitchen Breakfast Nook

This picture has become one of our most popular photos to date. It’s often featured in many blog entries and added to over 24,000 ideabooks on Houzz. It’s also one of the simplest, which is probably why it attracts so much attention. Before its renovation, the room stood alone and adjacent to the decades-old kitchen. It had […]

Why are we named Platemark?

We get this question a lot. It’s a long (but compelling) story. Rewind back to 1999; the internet of things was new, fresh and somewhat like the Wild West of e-commerce. An earnest architect named Richard Baiano decided, after years of studying architecture, that he would reflect heavily upon his younger years at Syracuse University.  In particular when […]