The Importance of HOME, especially now…

•March 14, 2020 • Leave a Comment

As many of you know, I often keep my distance from the negativity of the news. This doesn’t mean I’m cut off from news-breaking events because the people around me are always happy to share the major and many of the minor events we hear about via the media.

The spread of the Covid-19 virus has led to many questions and changes. 

Last night at yoga class, I realized that half of the usual participants were absent. The teacher announced we would not use props. « Yikes » cried my stiffness! I was mortified by this news and my body was in pain. However, the teacher then went on to say that we could use them if we wanted. I quickly took supports to help me. This moment between no props and props ‘at my own risk’ reminded me of the delicate balance between not going around oblivious (which could lead us into dangerous situations !) and consciously making our own decisions in the present moment.

None of us have lived through a “plague ” before. So it’s difficult to know exactly how to act. As usual, we should check with our hearts, minds and souls, as well as with the people we trust. Then we must make our own choices, doing what resonates best for each of us, in the most conscious of ways.

So, these last few days and weeks have been a time of questioning, a time of slowing down, moving about less, coming into contact with fewer people. As this has been happening, it has occurred to me that this is a propitious moment to contemplate the value of HOME. 

So, how exactly do we characterize the feeling of ‘HOME’? I believe it is a place where we can put down our fears, sleep, breathe and relax. It is a vital soul space, allowing us to feel less stressful, to find the beauty in life.

I am delighted to become more conscious of the fact that my home is a safe, comforting and loving place. I hope that my clients also feel safety, comfort and love in the homes we have created together.

HOME is a work in progress.  It is both a physical and a human environment. Bringing intention to those spaces helps our lives to vibrate there in the most vital of ways. 

One of the ways I work on this is through the use of essential oils. When cleaning, use oils so small hands and paws stay safe, even if you use other products as well. Decreasing the use of harsh chemicals and increasing the use of natural ones is a great way of increasing energy in your home. 

Essential oils are powerful and can be used in different ways and different situations (for example, some are great for cats and dogs, others are bad for them). Find out more about them by clicking this link to my source :


Spending time in the kitchen is another way to make your house more ‘alive’. Baking is a happy soul place for me. Cookies, cakes, muffins, anything I can bake! If you’re looking for gluten-free sources for ingredients or like the convenience of mixes, try this website :


In Addition, there is a daily email sign up for getting natural ways to kill virus and support your immune system every day using easily available ingredients. Here’s the sign up:


So, in this moment of change, don’t panic. Inform yourself, bring that information to your heart space (a great thing to do in that place we call ‘HOME’!) and consciously make the decisions that are right for you! 

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or inspirations concerning your house and home. I’d be delighted to be part of the transformation!

Love and light,


Office:860.233.4244 or 212.560.0533/ Cell:860.916.2547


Interior Edge Published in Russia!

•October 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment


The Interior Edge International, Again!

The Interior Edge is so proud to announce that Joanne Riley, ASID and guest designer Janice Olson, ASID have been published in Russia! This is a great addition to our international recognition, having already been published numerous times throughout western Europe and China. Thank you all for being part of this amazing journey with us! Here is a small excerpt from the article on Houzz: 

View the full article here!


Valentines Newsletter

•February 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Dream Big! Love Magnificently ♥ Live with Luxury beyond Expectation! 

Another favorite holiday! Thanksgiving and Valentines day top my list!
I was recently asked to make amateur videos for HGTV’s House Hunter Renovation as part of the interview process. They gave me questions to answer and one of them was to speak about my favorite client. I only have favorite clients now because about 10 years ago my Dad taught me about the 80/20 rule and I decided to only have clients that were excited about what we were doing, knew the value of my work and treated my staff with gratitude.

None the less I had to pick one. I picked one that stood out from a while ago. I remembered a client that called me one snowy February day and he wanted to give me as a Valentine’s Day present to his wife. We talked for hours because the whole east coast was immobilized. I was intrigued that he thought of design as the greatest, most loving gift he could give his wife.

I was hired for the project and we had an amazing ride! We would meet in a motel room because their house was completely gutted and although I do have an office in Ct. it was not that close to the shoreline where the house was. This couple lived all over the world and brought richness of spirit, fun and adventure to the project. I love clients that have imagination and those that have none at all. This woman had a clear feelings of what she wanted and I could see it so I could supply the vehicles (fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, etc.) to make it a reality.

Each room of this unassuming house transported you to another country or place they had collected memories from. It was not your average project, it was a creative journey that they wanted in order to complete their lives in. It was designed, built and dreamed of with joy and love as it had started. They lived there as their second home until the husband’s death. His ashes were spread there because “it was his favorite place to be”. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

As the years have gone by I agree, design, living well, having not only what you need, but “luxury beyond expectation”** is the greatest gift. Maybe not for the reasons most people may think, but I think it is the greatest gift becasue you get to be heard at your heart level and it is translated into something physical. I have come to know my place in the deign world, it is to create that magic one person (family) at a time.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I send a true loving spirit to your homes and family!!!

**Luxury: the state of great comfort and extravagant living
**Beyond: happening or continuing after
**Expectation:belief about (or mental picture of) the future

In my Travels…

The Clark – Japanese Impressions
When I am in Massachusetts this museum is in my backyard, how lucky is that!

I went to this exhibit with my Mom, who was a docent for many years and has always been an educated art lover. Growing up in NY she would take my brother and sisters and I to the many museums on a consistent basis while growing up. I can not say

we really were thrilled then, but most all of us make a living in the an artistically related field, so I think it was well worth it.

My niece, Gillian Riley, the amazing conceptual artist was also with us. The details and history of the process and prints themselves were definitely highlighted with a variety of eyes on them. Take someone you like and /or love to a museum soon!

The Exhibit runs through April 2nd:

Japanese Impressions is the first exhibition at the Clark to focus on the Institute’s permanent collection of Japanese prints. The exhibition spans more than a century of Japanese color woodblock printing as represented by three generations of artists who produced prints from the 1830s to the 1970s.

What’s new in TECH related to Interior Design….

My entire career I would say, “Someday I will be able to put something on my head and project out the images I see, making it so much easier for people to decide what feels right for them!” Well that day is just about here.

One new amazing technological avenue that I have been exploring at The Interior Edge is the use of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Alternate/Augmented Reality) tech! Augmented Reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.

Apps such as Adornably, which Ikea first released works like this:
” When you placed the company’s catalog anywhere in your home, it could appear as one of a few different pieces of furniture on your iPad screen. In a long line of borderline useless augmented reality apps, this simple experience felt like magic.

Now, entrepreneur Marc Lebovitz is expanding on that same idea with his new startup, Adornably, a company centered around a new iPad app. After downloading Adornably and creating a free account, you can lay any magazine on the floor of a room and Adornably will use it to scale a virtual image of that room in your iPad. From there, you can shop from a number of furniture options to virtually redesign your space.

Virtual Reality by contrast seeks to immerse users in a fully present experience, often removing them from the environment they are in entirely or overlaying such immense visual detail that the user experiences more than they see. This effect is also often achieved using simple smart device apps as these have open up a huge new potential in both these tech industries by giving rise to cheap and high quality devices for the public where as in the past even basic VR systems could cost up to a million dollars.

For more information on the quickly growing VR Tech world check out this article:

For more information on AR tech and the Adornably App check out this article:

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January Newsletter

•January 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment
“In a world filled with snow, be the red house.” elle decor

Happy Holidays from The Interior Edge

WOW! 2016 was a blur…I must say my personal and professional year was as event filled as our nations. It was filled with heart warming events such as: 

Working with my very FIRST client’s son, his wife and beautiful baby daughter!
What an honor to be continuing my practice with the next generation, it fills my heart!
On the other end of life, I had the high honor of seeing out a client that I had the pleasure of working with on three houses, over a 20 year span. She was pretty astonishing. As an interior designer you have to momentarily rise above the actual needs, wants and desires of client s and open your heart to see how people really live. What was immensely obvious as we did this home was that she was going to live there consciously and also die there. I was humbled to design, with her, the final room she would breathe in and ascend from. It would have been a scary and overwhelming task had it not been with this client. She had a faith that was unshakable! When you are guided by that, it is easy to bring the rest of us along so we can shine. Words really do not express my gratitude for this important project.
Come to think of it, a common thread in my clients is that they have a real desire to thrive and live a full spectrum life and have their environments truly support them in that! Thank you all for the privilege of having me go on the ride with you and I hope 2017 brings you everything you desire and more!!!

Love and Light,
Musee Jacque-mart Andre Paris

Most of you know I love to travel and every year you will find me in Paris as well as anyplace else I can put on my agenda. My oldest sister lives in Paris so I have been going there for over 30 years and was very surprised when we arrived at this magnificent museum that I had not gotten there sooner. It was worth the wait!

The Musee is located at 158 Boulevard Haussmann 8th Arrondissement of Paris The museum was created from the private home of Édouard André (1833-1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841-1912) to display the art they collected during their lives.

Édouard André, the scion of a Protestant banking family, devoted his considerable fortune to buying works of art. He then exhibited them in his new mansion built in 1869 by the architect Henri Parent, and completed in 1875.

He married a well-known society painter, Nélie Jacquemart, who had painted his portrait 10 years earlier. Every year, the couple would travel in Italy, amassing one of the finest collections of Italian art in France. When Edouard André died, Nélie Jacquemart completed the decoration of the Italian Museum and travelled in the Orient to add more precious works to the collection. Faithful to the plan agreed with her husband, she bequeathed the mansion and its collections to the Institut de France as a museum, and it opened to the public in 1913.

Special Thanks

Thanks to all the many contractors, artists, designers, graphic artists, architects, trades of all kinds that make me look good and a special thanks to Samantha Ritch-Porio who continues to be a force to be reckoned with on all fronts! She is getting her MBA, has 2 children and a husband and works for us with precision and love!!!

Left: Samantha Ritcher-Porio  Top Row: Susan Robinson, Bill Riley, Jennifer Heustice  Bottom: Thomas Buffo, Mary Beebee, Ramona Eldridge
Joanne Riley, A.S.I.D.

Alice in Wonderland Published on Houzz

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Summer dreaming in style.

•June 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I cannot wait to spend more time relaxing! Having a place in NYC is exciting and tons of fun, but the vibrational input forces one to relax and take a break or you start to understand why honking is the national sport of NYC. Taking time in the summer to slow down is one of the keys to long term good health. Take a look at this DEDON: SWINGREST; the perfect way to spend a summer night.


Outdoor kitchens and living areas are popular in every climate now. There are many advances in fabrics that make just about any look you want available in an all weather fabric. One of my recent favorite textile collections are by  Chris Barrett Design. Combine that with an outdoor kitchen and your house has increased its square footage with ease, comfort and room for your mind to relax.


At my home I love to set the table in colors that will soothe my spirit and create a joyful ambience.  I don’t have a pond to swing over, but I do have a hammock and I plan on using it soon! Happy, healthy summer.

It was magical! Like walking off into the sunset on a rainbow

•May 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment


What a spectacular show at the Met! Robert Lepage’s Rheingold is a sophisticated approach to Wagner’s mythical realms. The scenery was amazing and the intricate sets were bathed in a vivid, dramatic lighting. A focal set piece was a cleverly designed floor that looked like row of giant piano keys. They would twist, turn and react to the people moving on them. There was a moment when a few opera divas slid down between them while sitting on rocks. It was magical! Like walking off into the sunset on a rainbow … to me it was reminiscent of the wizard of oz.


Rheingold reinforces my belief that lighting is such an important element to consider when designing interiors. The multidimensional and sophisticated use of lighting is not just for the theater! You can make any space feel dramatic, vivid, sunny, restful, joyful or sexy just by the use of lighting.

How have you used lighting to shape the mood of your space?

“Creating Heaven on Earth”

•April 3, 2013 • 2 Comments

I was listening to an interview with Dr. Christine Northrup, who is a very popular, immensely educated physician and leader in whole body health.  She is an internationally known speaker, has written at least 6 books and dedicated her life to teaching women how to flourish. (That is very understated, this is her website: if you want to read more about her) One of the questions she was asked was, ” what do you REALLY love about your life?”

To my surprise she said,  ” I created a home that when I drive in the house hugs me, the trees hug me, the flowers hug me. I have created heaven on earth for myself on the tidal river in Maine…it was a lifetime of work and I am sooo happy there.” My dream is that everybody feels that way about their home, especially the interior.  The experience of designing my first dream/custom space for myself, that I was in a financial position to make exactly the way I wanted it to be, hooked me. I would come home and immediately feel “ahhhhh”, I am safe, this is so beautiful, I am so proud to live here, etc. That experience shaped not only who I am as an interior designer, but also as a person. I grew mentally, physically and spiritually into exactly what I dreamed of partly by being supported by my environment.  This space was also my first space that was published in an eight page spread for a prestigious magazine, which to me meant be true to yourself in all aspects of your life and it shines through. Since then my dreams have changed and I have created a few other spaces that reflect who I am today.

When Dr Northrup says, “it was a lifetime of work” I do not think she was referring to how slow her designer was, but rather that she changed her space as time went on to fit each change in her life. When events in our lives change (kids leave, promotion comes, new career,etc.)we can make adjustments in the space that we have and/or we get a new space and start anew. I recently received my real estate licence because I been consulting  with my clients on the purchase of the home because I (and they) realize it’s “the trees, the bushes”, the lobby, the elevator  that greet you first, then when you open the door the intimate part of who you are unfolds. May we all live in our own creation of heaven on earth:-)