2015 Home Show

Home ShowIt’s my favorite time of year! What time of year is that, exactly? Not only is spring coming, but the annual New Hampshire State Home Show will be at the Radisson hotel in Manchester, NH from March 13th through the 15th. It’s the 48th year and we definitely hope to see you there!

What’s to see at the New Hampshire State Home Show? Everything you need for your home, both inside and out, is on display at the NH State Home Show. From inside decor to home services, you’ll be able to find it all at the 2015 New Hampshire State Home Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of NH. Of course, you can come visit the j. ellen Design, LLC team at booth number 800. Pop by just to say hi, or check out our latest projects. We’d be more than happy to meet you!

We are also pleased to be showing the new Quartz countertops by Wilsonart.  We are the first in the area to have these available and we would love to share them with you.

New this year is the “Hammers for Veterans” auction, where proceeds will benefit construction services for our state’s disabled veterans. What a great way to raise money for our vets! More information is available on this program at the Hammers for Veterans site.

You can find more information about the 48th Annual New Hampshire State Home Show by visiting the official website by clicking here.

We have free passes! Simply download this PDF, print out as many copies as you like, and use these to get in for free.

The Perfect Room: Finding Your Inspiration

Inspirational SpacesWe all dream of that perfect space and what it means to us.  Will it be inspiring, relaxing, energizing.. or maybe all of the above!  I have always found nature to be a huge inspiration for me and on a recent trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, this Samurai Warlord Retreat seemed perfect.  It is perched over a pond with amazing views.  For me, it felt peaceful, inspiring and energizing.  I found myself enjoying a perfect summer day with family while dreaming about how wonderful it would be to be able to retreat to such an amazing space.  I would draw, work on client projects, read a book or simply take a refreshing cat nap while enjoying my surroundings.

While this may not be the most practical space for someone who lives in New Hampshire, there are elements that I am able to work into my current living and work spaces to create the open, airy feeling that inspires me.  

What inspires you?  Think about how you want your space to feel and begin to incorporate objects that will continue to inspire, relax or energize you. Need some help? Call j. ellen Design and let me help guide you in finding and expressing that inspiration. 

The Perfect Guest Room

Bedroom with Blue Pillows

Your guests are arriving soon and it is time to get their room ready!   Show them you care and create a cozy, relaxing space for them.

When preparing your guest room, think of the last time you stayed at a hotel, what did you love most of all?  For me it was the wonderful mattress, high thread count sheets, comfy duvet and lots of fluffy pillows.   Having an extra blanket available is always a nice touch!

If you have a dresser or closet in the room, be sure to leave some space for your guests to unpack and get comfortable.  If you don’t have room in the closet, consider an over the door hook with some coat hangers.   A luggage rack is also a nice touch.

Don’t forget about night tables with a reading lamp for guests to snuggle up with a good book at the end of a busy day.  Provide books or reading material that offer a local flair.  If your guests will be venturing out on their own, add a basket or folder with maps and brochures for nearby attractions and restaurants.

Place a bathrobe, towel and washcloth (for each guest) either on the bed or in a basket to have them readily available for guests when they are ready to shower.

Don’t forget the bathroom!  Place a basket of sample size toiletries and necessities that they may have forgotten.   Use apothecary jars for easy access to q-tips and cotton balls.

Just before guests arrive, pick up some tulips from the local grocery store, cut the stems and drop them in a vase.  Add a short welcome note to give your guests any special information they may need – don’t forget your WIFI password!

With the room ready, you will be able to focus on visiting with your family and friends.

Design for Pelle NH Center for Laser and Medical Aesthetics

For the past few months j. ellen Design has been busy! We are part of the fantastic team that is making Pellé, NH Center for Laser and Medical Aesthetics, a reality. Opening in Fall 2013, Pellé is a premiere destination medical spa based right out of our hometown of Manchester, NH. Pellé is pulling out all the stops to provide patients with safe, high end treatments in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Naturally, interior design is essential to help Pellé meet these goals. That’s where we stepped in.

Pelle Reception Before Pelle Before Outside





The location of Pellé is ideal, serving both southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. The biggest challenge was taking this former warehouse space and transforming it into a destination medical spa.  j. ellen Design happily took on the challenge of transforming this vacant space into a warm, welcoming, and safe environment. The colors, interior finishes, materials and exterior landscaping all aided in completely transforming this space.

Pelle Reception Area After

The two tones of paint in the waiting area are from Sherwin Williams. Foggy Day is a rich, cool blue that when combined with Ramie, a cream/beige, creates a beautiful relaxing environment for all clients. The goal for this space was to create an eclectic design scheme, incorporating pieces from different time periods and different styles. This helped to make a harmonious space that will be welcoming to all of Pellé’s clients.

Pelle Reception Desk After

Interested in transforming your commercial, office or spa location? We’d be happy to talk to you about your options. Contact us!