Remodeling and Home Design

February Spotlight with Betty!

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This month, we sat down with Betty, one of our beloved team members here at Darby Road HOME.

‘Tis award show season! And the Oscar goes to…….

 I have always loved movies and often think in that context when working on design projects. 

Clients often have a difficult time deciding where to start and how to complement their initial selections to complete their projects. l would like to take a cue from Hollywood and focus on the emotional and creative ideas that make projects extraordinary. Creating a Storyboard or Mood Board gives you a script and can provide an overall vision and help move a project forward. I find this a very effective way to help clients visualize their finished room and gives them confidence in their choices.

At DARBY ROAD HOME we offer a complete range of products and that sets the stage in our showroom. We take great care in selecting the product we display and the choice of our vendors. It is that overall ambiance that attracts clients to our store and our goal is to personalize their project but give them that same sense of style.

There are many factors that go into creating a “WOW” worthy space, and it begins with the stars! Let’s think about what natural focal points exist such as a stunning view or great architectural details. Or what do you want to make your  focal point, a colorful rug, a great piece of artwork, the television, or maybe a large sumptuously overstuffed sectional.  

Next we have the supporting cast… I find when people focus on individual choices without that overall plan in mind they either can’t comfortably move forward or don’t get the best design result. While all the pieces in a room are important they should not all carry the same visual weight. There needs to be variety and nuance in intensities of patterns, materials, and colors. Perhaps a subtle fabric choice on a chair or bench balance a deeper color choice on the sofa. Or a simple sofa selection is complemented by a bolder rug or pair of chairs. A warm wood toned server would be complementary in a room that has striking metal dining table.

Of course, we can’t forget about guest appearances! Don’t stop short with accessories and lighting- it’s like getting rid of cinematographer! Often people are disappointed because their project doesn’t measure up to the idea from the magazine they have been carrying around. It is almost always because it is simply incomplete! Maybe you still need artwork, accent pillows, window treatments or the right items on the table or shelf.

Some visually stunning movies are Doctor Zhivago and Passage to India.

 Now we talked all about interiors and design… let’s talk about some fun stuff like Betty’s favorite things!

For me, a good dinner party needs great appetizers and desserts. My specialties are pies. One of my fondest memories is picking wild blueberries with my Dad and baking pies. My baking style tends to be a bit ad-lib, so here are a few of my tricks for making the perfect pie!

  • Chill the crust before you roll it- it makes it easier to handle

  • DO NOT over knead the crust. It makes it tough instead of flaky.

  • Add a bit of flour to fruit fillings for a thicker consistency

  • Vent the top crust

  • Blind baking (putting pie weights, or parchment paper and dried beans in a crust and basking before filling) keeps the bottom crust flaky and not soggy!

  • Substitute vodka for water in your dough mixture to keep it most and easy to roll- the vodka evaporates when it bakes giving you that elusive flaky crust!

  • Personally, I like to experiment with crimping the edges by using a fork or adding a braided edge.

I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like!!           






Designer Spotlight: Cindy Walker Cox

Darby Road HOME loves to feature local designers and artists, and this month we are highlighting a piece by Design Walker Studios! Cindy Walker Cox specializes in refurbishing vintage and antique furniture, adding a modern flair to inherent vintage beauty.


Cindy’s process begins with allowing the piece to speak to her in order to determine the paint, stain and fabric selection that will best suit her client. Each piece is stripped to the bare wood and repaired as necessary. The majority of chairs are built with webbing and spring coils using the 8-way hand tied method (stay tuned for our next blog post which will be all about spring systems!). The piece is then painted and protected with varnish, polyurethane, or wax dependent upon the type of paint. Once the finish has cured, Cindy reupholsters the chair using high quality foam, cotton, and designer fabrics.

We spoke with Cindy about this piece and she gave us some great background information about it.


This frame is circa 1970’s and is a replica of Louis XV style chair. Coordinating fabrics and paint colors are the most exciting part of refurbishing my pieces. I love to transform vintage pieces using modern finishes and fabrics with complimenting colors, textures and patterns. I pull fabrics to enhance the personality of each piece. On this piece, the embroidery fabric on the inside and outside seat back is a dazzling embroidery with copper, gold, cobalt blue, kelly green, red and magenta. In selecting the fabric for the seat, I found a stunning solid blue velvet. Velvets hold such intense colors and are luxurious enough to enhance the colorful embroidery. The frame was painted with a white latex paint, protected with several coats of polyurethane.


How to Choose the Right Sofa: 8 Way Hand Tie VS. Sinuos Spring

So you just bought a new sofa and you know it’s great because the sales people told you it’s great and the price was right. Well you should know more about what makes this new sofa so great, and why you payed so much money for it! The two most popular spring systems for upholstered furniture are 8-way hand tied springs and sinuous springs. Let’s talk about those.

8-Way Hand Tie

This method has long been considered the gold standard of sofa suspension and requires skilled craftsmanship. Laborers tie the springs eight different ways including side to side, diagonally and front to back. The springs are supported by webbing on the underside of the sofa, and the top springs are secured by twine (which is where the name comes in)! The twine is hand-tied at 8 different spots for each spring, and then attached to the frame. This method keeps the springs from shifting over wear-and-tear, and ensures that the suspension won’t squeak with use. This allows for a softer, supportive, flexible and comfortable piece of furniture. Because it takes more time and labor to build this system, pieces using this are generally more expensive. Even though you’ll spend more money upfront, this excellent quality allows for longevity (A.K.A. you won’t need another new couch in 5 years. #WIN)

Sinuos Spring

This is the most common type of sofa suspension system used in low-to mid-range sofas. This system uses heavy-gauge steel wires formed into an S-shaped coil. Then, the springs are attached to the frame using padded clips or fasteners and is then reinforced with horizontal metal rods. This type of construction requires less labor and skill, and is cheaper to produce than an 8-way system. Despite this, over the last 30 years, sinuous springs have provided a comfortable sit, while maintaining durability and quality

Lesson here is don’t waste your money buying furniture only to replace it in a few short years. When you’re buying furniture with either of these systems, you’ll be buying a comfortable, supportive, and long-lasting piece.

January Spotlight with Angela


Hey there! This months blog post was written in collaboration with Angela, here at Darby Road.

Angela is sharing a few of her “favorites” with us including a recipe and playlist for entertaining.

Favorite Entertainment Playlist? Pandora station ‘Hipster Cocktail Party

Favorite Entertainment Recipe? Tuna and Avocado Tartare! Find the recipe below.



  • 12 wonton wrappers, each cut diagonally in half to form 2 triangles

  • olive oil (for brushing)

  • sesame seeds


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1.5 teaspoons wasabi paste

  • 3/4 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

  • 8 ounces sushi quality ahi tuna steak, cut into 1/3” cubes

  • 1 medium avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, cut into 1/3” cubes

  • 1 cup of cubed seeded English hothouse cucumber

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped

  • toasted sesame seeds

  • chopped fresh chives

  • California caviar


For Crisps:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange wonton triangles on sheet; brush each with olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until triangles are golden brown, about 9 minutes. Cool on sheet. Can be made up to 8 hours ahead.

For Tartare:
Whisk first 5 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Add tuna, avocado, cucumber, and green onion; stir gently to coat. Spoon tartare into bowl; sprinkle with sesame seeds and chives and place on platter. Spoon caviar into small bowl and place alongside. Surround with crisps.

Credit: Epicurious

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! We recently received the Best Of Boston Home reward for 2019 and we are crazy excited for the upcoming year, as we have lots of exciting things coming up, including our 5 year anniversary in May!

We also just opened our warehouse, which is located across the street from our main store, where you can find deep discounts on amazing pieces.

We currently are running a sale through the month of January which we call our countdown sale. This means that each day, the sale goes down! We started at 31% off and will work our way down to 1% through January, so if you see something you like, act fast.

We hope you all have a fabulous year and can’t wait to work with you!