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Mellow Monkey On-Site with Interiors by Nea

Site Visit in Milford, Connecticut 

We have been fortunate at Mellow Monkey to be able to work with area restaurants, commercial and residential interior decorators, realtors and home stagers.  Every once in awhile, we like to get out and see what they've done with products they've purchased from the store. 

I recently visited a newly renovated home in the Wildemere Beach area of Milford.  Our customers, Nea Lisboa and Elaine Amundsen of Interiors by Nea, completely redesigned and staged this one story ranch with an admittedly challenging layout.  It's difficult to understand the transformation of this home without seeing the "before photos," but this is one of the coziest and impressive transformations I've seen in awhile.

Throughout this home, the designers used a blend of black and neutral accents against a bright and airy white palette, carefully working in rustic, farmhouse elements.  You will recall that we've been hearing about "farmhouse fatigue" in several design circles along with a move to blend farmhouse with more modern designs as has been done in this home so beautifully.  

The pendants over the center island (sourced from Mellow Monkey) are reproductions of the vintage hanging lights you might remember your father or grandfather using - attached to the underside of his car hood.  We modified these fixtures by removing the hook to round out the shape.  With the addition of traditional Edison filament bulbs, these work perfectly to tie together the tones of the floor and counter top with the refreshing contrast of the walls and cabinets.

In this bright and welcoming dining space, I love the use of farmhouse accents to add warmth to the room while not overwhelming the space. The inspirational wall decor, the pedestal stools, farmhouse sideboard and the industrial lamp (the latter two sourced from Mellow Monkey) all bring added texture to the room while preserving the airiness and brightness intended for this beach side home.

 The dining space opens up into this massive great room...

Plush, comfortable and again - carefully selected accent pieces add warmth and texture to a room with ample space to entertain in.

I especially love the built in benches on either side of the fireplace - great for carving out a little privacy in a room that already affords so many comforts.

And I was totally charmed to see how our caged box pendant with pulley hardware had become the lighting statement centerpiece of the room.

If you're interested in purchasing this home, it's worth noting that it sold to the first buyer who saw it - a testament to the expertise and finely tuned design sense of these two very talented ladies.

Interiors by Nea offers interior design services, pre-sale home staging and realty services and have 20 years+ solid experience.  We've seen their expertise first hand in some of the most challenging design projects and recommend them for inspiration with your next design project.

Contact them at 203-506-1813 or for more information or for a consultation.

We love seeing how our customers are integrating and enjoying Mellow Monkey decor in their home or business and welcome your contributions.  We just might feature you in our blog or social media post. You can send your contributions to

- Howard Aspinwall (Owner)

Mellow Monkey | 360 Sniffens Lane | in Stratford, Connecticut's #thelowerloop

Mellow Monkey has so many unique, decorative items, it's the perfect local source of decorating ideas for your home or business.  At Mellow Monkey, we are always happy to discuss your design projects and to make recommendations on how to outfit a new space or recharge an existing space - whether you select something from our store or not.







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