insights on creating innovative spaces

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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Isn’t a New Layout Enough?

If you are a commercial business, you have sought, found and leased commercial space.  Sometimes the space is completely unstructured giving you the opportunity to design your space from scratch.  Other times the space reflects the office layout of the previous tenant and may even include furniture. 

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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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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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Have You Discovered S.O.F.A.?

“It is the creative spirit of man, expressed in a thousand different ways, that pushes him forward.  And this is what makes craftsmanship so important in the present industrial sweep of our society.”  Aileen Osborn Webb, founder of the American Craft Council, 1968 I was reminded, recently,

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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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What do Antiques, Gardens, Kitchens and Steampunk Have In Common?

Spring has arrived! although the cold, sharp, winter weather continues to linger, March has kept me, and the rest of the design community, busy with interesting activities and events. These events are de rigueur for designers.  We network. We chat with suppliers, retailers and other designers. Let

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Do I Need to Get the LED OUT?

We have all seen them.  They are the funny tubes of colored lights we used to decorate our children’s parties, or on the deck for summer barbeques, or as part of our kids’ crazy dorm room decor. They have advanced and are used in public areas –

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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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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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Inspirations from the Winter Weather

 We are entering the depth of the winter. The holiday frenzy is behind us and we were just hit with our second snowstorm – we came close to breaking the record for inches of now!    Since we are surrounded by all this snow, I highly recommend taking

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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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Holiday Decorating Tips, from me to you!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…or so the song says.  However, you can mix traditional and contemporary decorations to bring holiday warmth and sophistication into your home.  Our natural instinct when decorating for the holiday is go with  red and green, or whatever belief you may

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