10 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer

My work as an interior designer for an estate on Cousins Island, Maine

Another one of my projects in Portland, Maine

A bathroom remodel I designed  Chester, Vermont

As some of you know I have been an interior designer now for about 25 years.  Design was my first love, before meeting  The Mr.! This article on Fresh Home.com sums up beautifully the positive things of hiring an interior designer.  I thought I would share it with you.  Enjoy!


SeXxy Steampunk Decorating~ Victorian Medical Quackery at its Finest

An Octavia’s Vintage Exclusive Find!

Discovered at a West Virginia auction this late 1800’s early 1900’s medical device is a uniquely beautiful treasure. It’s quirky, sorta creepy, but elegant, too.

The unusual diagonal closure styling of the warm hardwood case is beautifully clasped with a pretty brass hook. The boxes interior is amazingly interesting to gaze upon with its bits of colorful wire, electrical inputs, violet fabric walls and mirror.

This would make a gorgeous piece on a low shelf or sideboard where curious eyes can view its strangely interesting interior. We thought adding some lavender, helped to soften it a bit. Almost an intentional juxtaposition of therapies, if you will.

Whitall Tatum Co. were crafters of electrical insulators and then in the 1800’s branched off into making medical devices for various ailments. Whitall Tatum Co. medical line was revolutionary in that they ran on a Dry Battery, which made them less messy and portable.


Size: 9 3/4″ H x 8 1//2″ W ~

Visit our Ebay shop Octaviasvintage to see more of our wares:


But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?


I’ve been an interior designer long enough to know that spending $500. ~  $700. on a good lamp is not uncommon.
If they are this beautiful as well as handcrafted, they have to be viewed not as just a mere lamp, but as a work of art.

Here are some of my favs from Abacus Gallery,  Portland, Maine.

And even better gentle readers… They are available to be ordered online.