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Find Your Own Sparkle For the Holidays and Throughout the New Year

Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Find Your Own Sparkle For the Holidays and Throughout the New Year

It occurred to me one evening recently while driving at dusk that the majority of the people in my neighborhood put an enormous effort into decorating their bushes and trees with Christmas lights, mostly white. It seemed that the profusion of lights had become a universal means of welcoming in the spirit of the holidays and was a great deal more widespread than I remembered from my youth. While holiday decorations run the gamut from beautiful and tasteful to over the top, the light and glow that they produce can translate well at any time of...

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Decorating Around The Fireplace For The Holidays

Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Decorating Around The Fireplace For The Holidays

As temperatures drop and winter hovers, we find consolatation in our romantic images of winter and the holidays. One very human instinct is to yearn for a warm spot. Home is indeed where the hearth is! Beyond the physical warmth coming from oil, gas, or solar, we look to the fireplace, as an important anchor of a room. A comfortable chair or two with an ottoman creates a cozy nook for lounging or reading and balances the other upholstered pieces around the room. Throwing a splash of color from a a beautiful throw is great for snuggling and...

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Monochromatic Can Be Memorable

Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Monochromatic Can Be Memorable

The definition of a monochromatc-colored room is when one color is used throughout the entire space. If designed skillfully, however, a monochromatic room is hardly monotonous or boring.  In fact, a room created around one color can in many instances achieve a look that is  more dramatic and has more of a cutting edge than a room of many colors. The main advantage of using only one color is that the sameness produces unity and harmony from the onset. The talent in creating a truly stunning monochromatic room comes in using several other...

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The When And Why Of Wallpaper

Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The When And Why Of Wallpaper

When (and why) to incorporate a wall covering into an interior design scheme? Good question! Specifically, why would one choose wallpaper over paint? The most obvious reason to use wallcovering is simply to add another layer to the decorating mix. A well-chosen wall covering often can add pattern and interest to an otherwise uninteresting space, especially one lacking architectural detail. Wall coverings also can create the illusion of a more spacious room, if selected cleverly. Rooms that can often benefit from wallpaper are powder rooms,...

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Pillows Talk

Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Pillows Talk

Many people think of pillows only as accents, as mere afterthoughts to the overall design of a room. However, this is not so…. Great looking pillows say lots about a room and its quality. Well chosen pillows provide visual exclamation points, and can even inspire the entire color palette of a home.  Colors radiating from a multi-colored print on a pillow can then flow to other rooms, creating color balance throughout. Pillows’ motifs can also contribute to the theme or look of a home (eg., seaside, sporting, or garden), adding...

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Window Treatments: Less Is More…(Sometimes)

Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Window Treatments: Less Is More…(Sometimes)

The word on curtains these days is that they are more minimalist in design.  This trend was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article titled: The Comeback Curtain.”  The article compared a popular design trend of multilayered etheral fabrics on windows  to the layering of  sheer blouses over camisoles.  “The window look is sexy”, said Interior Designer Mindy Miles Greenberg. As emphasized in the Journal, translucent, softly layered window treatments are showing up in suburban as well as urban homes, as energy and cost...

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Old Is New Again

Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Old Is New Again

The contemporary designs of today’s art, interior design, and fashion are almost always rooted in historic origins. The old styles are reinvented with a twist of the current moment. We recently attended a lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts addressing this topic, titled “Quote? Copy? Update?” In examining three different works of art— Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Andy Warhol’s Mona Lisa and the Starm Twins’ Mona Lisa—the lecturer stressed that all three artists defined their work through their own interpretation. The...

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The Color Purple

Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The Color Purple

If you haven’t been a huge fan of the color purple, you could find yourself suddenly loving it. Why your change of heart? Purple is everywhere! The color permeates the pages of the current interior design publications and fashion magazines. Wall coverings, upholstered furniture, accent pillows, even advertisements for Botox are set against a purple background. In last month’s Architectural Digest, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s living room features two sleek cream-colored sofas, contrasted with sumptuous purple...

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Grass Cloth Today

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Grass Cloth Today

Grass cloth has become a generic term for all natural wall coverings like Kleenex is to tissue.  Actually its use in decorating has been popular for decades but the papers of old were often muddy- colored slubby silk textures. Today there are hundreds of fresh contemporized weaves and colors in wall coverings that can include paper and raffia. These papers are equally effective in contemporary as well as traditional spaces. I recently installed a Phillip Jeffries ltd Japanese paper weave (look for product number 1713), in color harvest in a...

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