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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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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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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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When Your Design Is So Quirky, It Will Impact Re-Sale

You LOVE your design idea, right. Sure you do! It captures the very essence of your personality, reflects your style and feels, well, oh-so-right.

That’s fantastic except when your design is so far “out there,” so quirky, so unique to YOU; it is quite possible that it will impact the re-sale value of your apartment or home.

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Home is Where Your Heart is…And Your “Stuff” Too!

As a practicing Interior Designer for 30+ years I have had the opportunity to work with people that are minimalists by nature, and coupled with their spare aesthetic they are also incredibly tidy with the items they do possess. On the other end of the spectrum are

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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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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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4 New Year’s Resolutions for an Affordable Home Makeover

We’re in the midst of the holiday season, and it’s almost time for New Year’s resolutions. Where would you like to be for 2012? What would you like to do? As you reflect on this year and look forward to the next, think about how you’ll appreciate

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Simple Rules to Sell Your Home for More

Welcome to the holiday season – always an exciting time, in New York and beyond. One of the best parts of the holidays is catching up with friends and family, and I had a wonderful opportunity to do that last week. I traveled south over Thanksgiving to

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Compromise, or Adapt?

Congratulations, you’ve moved into a new home! This home is likely the biggest investment of your life. You bought this home knowing that you would probably need to update its design. As an interior designer, I’m thrilled that you need my assistance! If this home is not

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Does Your Design Follow Function?

As you know, I enjoy attending events at the Horticultural Society of New York. As I was listening to a recent lecture on garden design, I started thinking about what influences the design of a room. By design, I mean more than the superficial elements such as

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Is space planning an aesthetic or a necessity?

Some of you may know me as working on residential projects – however, when I first started in this field, I was working with firms that specialized in corporate interiors and had the opportunity to work on some of the major law firms and professional organizations in

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Is it necessary or is it overkill?

My recent blogs have been about getting inspiration from traveling locally or internationally.  These travels also turn us into collectors – of shells from a beach, beads and baskets from local markets or furnishings from exotic corners of the world.  But, what happens when our space becomes

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The Butterfly in the Room

    Have you ever walked through a butterfly house?  I remember doing it as a child and recently visited the Butterfly Conservatory and The Museum of Natural History.  What a wonderful experience!  Everyone should take some time to enjoy the delicate beauty of these fluttering creatures. 

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sailing into small spaces

I get my design  inspiration from many places.  I often am asked to address storage issues in small spaces.  When this happens I think about the efficiency of the cabin of a sailboat.  Everything has its place.  Doors are opened and closed with intent.  Each space has a purpose.

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