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Yearly archive for 2012

Enjoy the Comforts of Home During Troubled Times

The New Year brings with it a time of reflection, and many of us, undoubtedly, are still thinking about the traumatic events that rocked 2012. Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown tragedy are still at the top of our minds. During difficult times, your home can serve as

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Helpful Tips for Surviving Home Renovations

It’s been a lovely – though very hot – summer, and now that fall is fast approaching, I’m back in the thick of design projects in New York and New Jersey. I hope you’re starting a successful new season, too. I’ve realized that one of the most

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Bring the Outside in, and the Inside Out

Whether your home is a sprawling estate or a cramped apartment, you can open up your space, calm your senses and free your mind with a few design tweaks – and they’re all related to nature. This summer, focus on bringing the outside into your decor, or

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Stressed out? Maybe Your Walls Are to Blame.

You’re at home, and you just want to relax. Or maybe you’re spending more time than you’d like in the office, and you’re feeling like you can’t catch a break. In either case, your environment can make a huge difference in how smoothly your day goes. And

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Try This Exercise to Get Inspired

One of my instructors from the Parsons design school, the world-famous interior designer John Saladino, taught me an especially important lesson: He pointed out that travel offers the most important influence a designer can have. Travel allows exposure to different cultures, histories, colors and textures that will

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The Surprising Design Connection between Kitchens and Labs

Work – especially in New York – takes up plenty of attention in life. Some people believe that your design style from home can’t interfere with your design in the office, and vice versa. But that’s not the case, as many of my clients find out. Sometimes,

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It’s Time to Take Chances with Art

When I was a student at Parsons, one of my instructors said that there’s neither good design nor bad design – just a better solution. I think that’s true, and it can be true with the art you keep in your home or office, too. As both

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Apartment Too Small? The Surprising Way to Get More Space in NYC

If you’re like most New Yorkers, then you probably want – or need – more living space. But the problem? Larger New York apartments sell for more per square foot than smaller ones. Each square foot of space will cost you about $838 for a studio, $1,119

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