Category: General

Interior Architecture as Design Springboard

Historical restoration inspires me to look beyond the obvious and into the less visible details. More often than not these elements influence the interior design.  The Arthur Astor Carey House (see previous article, First Colonial Revival Home in America) is a Colonial Revival home on Fayerweather Street in Cambridge and an exceptional example. Soon after… Read more »

First Colonial Revival Home in America

In another first for Heidi Pribell Interiors, I’ve returned to the Arthur Astor Carey House, 28 Fayerweather Street in Cambridge, having worked with Governor William Weld’s family to prepare the home for sale in 2012.   The new owners have asked me to restore and update the premises in this total gut renovation of America’s first Colonial… Read more »

Behind the Scenes: Art & Music at Harvard

Ancient Pigments Thursday after work I was in the conservation labs of the Harvard Art Museum.  The director, Narayan Khandekar,  was discussing the Forbes legendary collection of pigment examples used throughout history. Essentially a chemist who loves art, Narayan devotes large amounts of time to scientifically analyzing pigments.  He compares his work to that of… Read more »

Winter Lyricism

Generally I think of winter as stark and colorless.  Yet in February before the snowfall I took a walk through Lincoln. The vistas were teaming with evidence of life and I was fascinated by the textures.  Long ago pastures, now secluded, seem primordial.             The day was dreary, cold & overcast.  Nevertheless I was surprised by all… Read more »

Cambridge’s First International Style Home

I am gratified that 2017 has started with an exciting project which has come full circle on Reservoir Hill, Cambridge.  This caps off the last five years of Cambridge “firsts” for Heidi Pribell Interiors. An Early Innovative Style One thing leads to another, and our past few Cambridge properties adhere to this idiom.  With a… Read more »

Design Decisions- Parting with Objects

May this posting be of inspiration to all of those who struggle with making tough decisions about what should stay and what should go. In preparing to relocate my studio, I made the decision to take a close look at inventory, and I contacted Skinner, Auctioneers & Appraisers of Antiques and Fine Art, Boston & Marlborough,… Read more »

“Old World Ornamentation”

New Trend — Austerity is dull!  Last week the Wall Street Journal announced that “fringe, cording and tassels” were one of five new major trends.  Yes, old world ornamentation does give character to modern upholstery. History is not only a source of wisdom, but also comfort in our rapidly changing millennium. Classical Georgian & Empire antiques have unwavering appeal…. Read more »


“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”  Pablo Picasso Yellow is universally associated with life-giving sunlight.  In addition to being the lightest and brightest, yellow is THE most cheerful on the color spectrum.  As… Read more »

Your World, Made to Order

Interior Designer Boston & Cambridge, Heidi Pribell

The Studio at Heidi Pribell Interiors is expanding conventions by creating personalized wallpapers. In keeping with the unique thread that runs through everything we do, our bespoke wallpaper continues to be a natural progression as we provide custom papers and murals in the form of original, evocative backdrops. For individuals seeking something personally gratifying, collaborate with us on custom themed designs.  A concept can pertain… Read more »

Orange is the New Red

  Growing up surrounded by a grove of oranges trees, I adore the vibrant color of my childhood.  Orange never fails to inspire me! Stimulating and flamboyant, orange is associated with energy, warmth, and sensuality. It stimulates hunger, creative energy, and desire, which brightens and boosts its surroundings. This warm hue invokes images of summer heat and… Read more »

The Power of Red

I love red!  Essentially it’s symbol of life’s vitality and represents our heart, likely because it is the color of blood. Yet there are people who shy away from the color perhaps because of fear that it represents anger, warning or death. I associate red with the basic things we need for survival and security––those things that give life!   But also red… Read more »

Out With the Old, In With the Joyful

When it comes to home (and office) decorating and organizing decisions, what goes is as essential as what stays. Discarding can involve some difficult choices, stress, even emotional resistance. But giving, donating, recycling, and throwing away are integral to transforming your space. Everyone has their own system for discarding, tidying, and organizing––and some work better… Read more »

Need a Change? Start With Paint

Painting is a straight forward way to change your environment, because color makes a huge emotional difference.  So when updating a space, making over a room, and refreshing the energy of a home or office, painting is an effective approach without committing a large investment. A new color combination can always improve a tired space.  And… Read more »

India Hicks in Boston

When I RSVP’d to the 2015 Spring Showcase at the Boston Design Center featuring designer India Hicks, words like ‘sophisticated’ and ‘privileged’ came to mind. My short list of expectations, however, did not include ‘down-to-earth’ or ‘self-deprecating,’ although India was both while presenting her hour-long slide show. With humor and poignant anecdotes, she shared images… Read more »