House on the Hill: Berkshire Magazine

House on the Hill: Berkshire Magazine

Upon entering the Cooney residence, visitors are greeted by clean lines and contrasts thathighlight an organic and contemporary space with a reverence for times past. Jessie and Joe, their three children, a massive Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescue dog named Buck, and an eccentric Rat Terrier named Roxie live in this renovated turn-of-the-century house on “The Hill” in Great Barrington. The home combines antique features with modern-day efficiency for a welcoming, warm, and playful space. 

The Cooneys personify Berkshire living. Jessie designs and decorates interior living spaces, bringing clarity, beauty, and ease to people’s lives. Her mastery is in resurrecting deteriorated homes and crafting spaces that work. “I like to think that I make sense of spaces and bring harmony to them while creating efficiency for busy families,” she says. 

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TRANSFORMATIONS: Clearing Clutter

TRANSFORMATIONS: Clearing Clutter

Clutter is in our homes, our inboxes and our minds. How to edit what comes into our lives is the challenge of our times. Our inability to manage our “stuff” is a growing trend; we accumulate without realizing it, and usually without wanting to.

Yet finding ways to manage our things is stressful and time consuming. Enter the storage industry; they will whisk away your things before your very eyes and help you deal with that beautiful Oriental rug that you can’t find a place for, but cannot bear to part with, or your children’s bunk beds that they have outgrown. Tada! Your things can disappear into the void of the storage industry for a simple fee of $99 a month.

As a mom, I battle this every day. My kids come home with goodie bags from birthday parties, holiday gift exchanges, or a sale item we just have to stock up on that ends up sitting in our pantry for years to come. But the hardest situation is the loss of a loved one and the items people receive from that loss. These are sentimental items that take people years to go through and edit.

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TRANSFORMATIONS: A Place for Everything

TRANSFORMATIONS: A Place for Everything

As the saying goes, when mama is happy everyone is happy.

This is true in interior design, and specifically when it comes to smart storage for women. A large organized walk in closet or pantry will melt any woman’s heart.

A recent study at Michigan State University concluded what many of us moms have known for years: Women spend 10 hours more per week than men multitasking. It’s in our chemistry; if we are on the phone, we will take that opportunity to fold a few clothes or put away the dishes.

The design of the home plays a crucial role in a woman’s mental state. Order and flow help us keep up with the day’s demands. We feel better when our children have a place to put their backpacks and shoes, when there is a place for the bills and when the flow of the kitchen works well. We need systems to combat the chaos.

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