insights on creating innovative spaces

Thought provoking Exhibits at Brooklyn Museum of Art

This week I participated in an Art Tour offered by Artful Circle to the Brooklyn Museum specifically for a tour and lecture through two inspiring exhibits. The first was to explore the artwork of Ai Wei Wei, the activist who was held under house arrest for 81

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Charles James Exhibition

If you haven’t seen this wonderful exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum’s  Costume Institute you must run before it closes next week.    The digital robotic cameras  that  zoom into each dress’s specific detail and shows you how the detail was created and attached to the dress was

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Why you need to Hire An Interior Designer

I know what you might be thinking. “Hire an interior designer? Heck, I can do it myself and save some money in the meantime.” Really? Is that what you honestly think? Well I’d like to try and set the record straight! Here are some things to think

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Help, It Just Doesn’t Fit

Honey, the sofa goes there; the end tables should be positioned on either side. Um, no dear, the wall is too short so the end tables don’t fit. I told you that we shouldn’t have purchased that sofa. I don’t know how we are going to arrange

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Art Deco in Japan

I just returned from vacation on the North Coast of Oregon. First stopping in Seattle where I saw the “Art Deco in Japan” exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum in Volunteer Park, an Olmstead creation. The Kani Earthquake in 1920 opened up the opportunity for rebuilding in

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Fencing in the Schools

Designers often have lives outside of being creative for our Clients. I had the good fortune, at the request of the Kravet Showroom Manager at 200 Lex, Sheela Herr (and her son John), to attend Duel for the School, a fundraising Event sponsored by Fencing in the

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Mentoring with Masters

On Saturday, I was able to attend a Portrait lecture by David Leffel at the Salmagundi Club. David Leffel is considered to be the modern Rembrandt. The lecture was both educational and very inspiring. The Salmagundi Club held a Mentoring with Masters Program on Sunday, where I

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Antiques in a Contemporary Setting

I also attended a seminar on how to mix Antiques in a Contemporary or Modern setting. The key to getting this right is Balance, Color and Scale. And the pieces also need to have significance to those that occupy the space.

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The Science of Light

I was able to attend a lecture at Benjamin Moore called The Science of Light. In it, was discussed how Light and Temperature Sources can affect the way a color is perceived. Selecting the proper color really is a science; many elements need to be considered and

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Size Matters!

Hey, you’re excited. You have a brand new home or perhaps you’re staying where you are but have decided to chuck the old furniture (or some of it anyway) and set about doing a little redecorating. It’s been a long time coming! That old sofa, heck that’s

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Your Room, Your Color- But Use Quality Paint!

A Terrific Space and Beautiful Furniture DESERVE Quality Paint It’s a fantastic space and the renovation is going well. You’ve selected some beautiful furniture and everything seems to be turning out just the way you envisioned it. Now you’re down to selecting the paint (possibly one of

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Are You Dull or Bright?

The Right Lighting “She may very well pass for forty-three, in the dusk with the light behind her.” W.S. Gilbert “Trial by Jury” I think we all know how important the right lighting can be. Your home, the restaurant in which you dine, stores, you name it.

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Pat Gericke & Associates of New York City Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals New York City, New York, February 13, 2014 – Pat Gericke & Associates of New York City,

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Insurance to the Rescue….Mmm, Maybe Not.

Our home. Our sanctuary. It’s where we feel safe and at peace, where at the end of the day we can relax and let down our guard. So imagine how you’d feel if at the end of the day or when returning home from a vacation you

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You’re Bringing WHAT? How to Select House Gifts For the Holiday

Tis’ the season and all that good stuff. Lots of parties, invitations for cocktails and dinners and visits to friends and family alike. And because you’re read your Emily Post and always want to do the right thing you know that you mustn’t go to these events

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