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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prepping for a Designer’s Show House!

Welcome back from your 4th of July holiday weekend!  I’m sure many of you were enjoying weekend visits to summer rentals.  I’ve just been invited to submit a room concept for the Mansions & Millionaires Designer Show House  This year’s show house location is at Chestnut Manor

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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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How Does Your Office Function?

In my last blog I discussed how the functionality of a room can impact design. I focused on residential spaces. This week I’d like to talk about commercial spaces. I’ve worked on many commercial projects, medical offices in particular. It is critical to understand how the office functions

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Are You Aging in Place?

I am part of the Baby Boomer generation and we want to age in place. What does that mean? It means that we are part of that post-World War II generation, born between 1945 and 1964. It means that we question the values and assumptions of the generations

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A Taste of Morocco

 Most of you know how much I love to travel.  I truly enjoy exploring new places and drawing inspiration from the people, architecture, natural beauty and unique objects one sees while traveling.  As we experience one of the coldest winters on record, let me share a journey to

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