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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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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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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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Hurry! Last Chance to See the Designer’s Show House

It’s been a busy and inspiring fall, and as we look forward to more crisp weather, changing leaves and even a little trick-or-treating, I have a special project to share with you. As part of the Mansions & Millionaires Designer Show House, I’ve created a traveler’s escape

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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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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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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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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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Pulling it Together

Sometimes inspiration comes from artwork, a theme or a individual’s personality.  Other times, it comes from working around a piece of furniture that is overwhelming a space.  There are some colors that I’m just not crazy about.  I don’t design rooms that use these colors on the

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Hello world!

I’ve been designing residential and commercial spaces for over 25 years and I still get asked, “Pat, how did you get started in this business?”  To be honest, I chuckle every time and say “It was an accident!” When I was in high school I enjoyed my

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