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It’s All About Your Home: Winter 2017

New photos on my site! Brows this beautiful East Village Townhouse and more.

3 Ways To Connect With Your Home:

1. Take inventory on your belongings and decide which are functional, beautiful, and which are just stuff. Recycle, donate, or regift the superfluous!

2. Create fresh vignettes in eye-catching spots around your home. Group a treasured object, art books, and some greenery on an entry console.

3. Connect with loved ones. Invite family and friends over to enjoy your newly revived space.

 

 

 

 

Inspiration
Palazzo Fendi Lounge: Rome, Italy

All Roads Lead To Rome.
I am inspired anew by my love, bell’Italia. During a Fall visit to this magical land, I visited Palazzo Fendi to reconnect with old colleagues and toured the recently remodeled 17th century space. This chic, avante-garde room looks toward the future while maintaining historical roots, with its geometric lines and boiserie a deep teal. It exemplifies a design philosophy that our homes keep us grounded while giving us the space to thrive.

Creating Sculpture with Light: Transatlantic Style
This cluster of geometric pendants creates a suspended sculpture of diffused light. Set aglow above glass table by French designer Paul Mathieu for Holly Hunt and vintage deep blue-violet chairs by Italian designer Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, creating this Transatlantic design moment.

I was excited to find this light’s designer Tom Dixon listed in Boutique Design magazine’s “Heroes and Mavericks” article.

http://www.boutiquedesign.com/content/heroes-and-mavericks-0?page=0%2C0

NEW YORK’S 50 SHADES OF GRAY
The snow and the wind gets New York City gritty real fast. Billowy white drifts are short-lived as sooty, dirt-specked, packed mounds of ice and muddy, slushy, wet puddles make themselves right at home. The view is bleak as we trundle through the cold in a city veiled in way more than 50 shades of grey ranging from hazy cloud cover to slick black ice. New York City’s Winter Canvas.

Upon this backdrop, both the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Art exhibited shows that were anything but bleak. The joyful, bold and bright palette of Matisse’s Cut-Outs at MoMA and Chris Ofili’s sensual, warm, bright and textural works at New Museum, were both infused with unexpected, free and experimental interactions of color in art works masterful and rich. New York City’s Winter Colors.

No surprise then that my palette is experiencing a shift. I can’t get enough of warm, rich and bright jewel-toned colors around me. In various combinations and layers. An interior cycle is said to last 10-15 years while a fashion cycle for 2.5-5 years. 2015 is off to a very bright start indeed!

Creative use of large-scale floor paint patterns
In choosing floors, your lifestyle is the primary consideration. As the foundation of a room, options are numerous: hardwood, stone, laminate, cork, bamboo and carpeting, to name just a few. Surfaces can be covered with rugs, carpet, paint and even furs to further enhance the overall feeling, comfort and flavor of your room.
Three Things You Should Know About Color
Nothing about my job thrills me more than clients asking me about paint colors.  As an artist, I look at your home as the canvas.  Together, we will select a palette that provides a backdrop for your lifestyle.  Your home becomes a composition – the subject of a painting.  Neutral or bold, it is all good, as long as it’s in sync with the people who live there.  Most importantly is that you feel really at home.

Here are the three main techniques I follow to create a beautiful, balanced space with the palette we have selected.

1) Finishes  Ask for eggshell for “wet” rooms, i.e. the bath and kitchen.  These are moisture friendly and easy to wipe clean.  Paint the rest of your home in a matte finish for the walls and ceiling.  This finish will create a velvety, soft, modern flow that will diffuse light cast upon it.  All trim should be painted satin (subtle sheen) with an oil base paint: this is for crown moldings, base boards, doors and casings.  A slight luminosity is given to these architectural details and satin can be wiped clean around door knobs.

2) Transitions  In New York apartments it can be difficult to determine where one room ends and another begins.  An open floor plan lends to an unclear indication of space.  Ask yourself if that column is part of the accent wall or part of the overall area.  If possible, create elevates with symmetry.  Soffits are usually the same color as the wall, and unless a ceiling beam is an architectural detail, it should be painted the same color as the ceiling.
Paint your doors + their casings (with a satin finish) the same colors as their walls to create a modern, clean look with a continuous flow and no visual interruption.

3)  Palette select colors that are in harmony with each other.   Start with one or two and build a palette from there.  This will achieve flow.  Use colors you love.  Color is your friend.

Let me help you select your palette.
Call or email me for a consultation.
As always, feel free to share my information with others you may know – referrals are the greatest compliment you can give.

Warm regards,

6 Simple Tips To Maximize Your Space
City living. So many advantages.  Except for most of us, there’s never enough space.

Here are six tips for us city dwellers to help make your space seem larger and create some extra pizzazz.

1.Leave some room to breathe. Emptiness allows the eye to travel someplace and rest.  Every space will feel bigger if you leave some things out.

2.Create contrast with color.  Stain the floor dark, use light color on the walls, and paint the ceilings a lighter white.  This will allow the eye to travel upward and give a sense of more space.

3.Floor to ceiling curtains. They’ll make your walls seem taller and windows larger.  Do this with your shower curtain too, to create the impression of a big, luxurious shower.

4.Take the doors off doorways and closets. Maybe replace them with a curtain.  Doors can block flow and take up space when they are open.

5.Have at least 3 points of light in a room. And turn them on !  By giving your eyes multiple focus points, lamps help expand a room visually creating the illusion of more depth and space.

6.Mirrors. This old, neat trick will help any room feel more expansive, and they double the light!

Always remember, though our walls may be set in stone our interior spaces are ours for the creating.

If you would like to explore design ideas for your home or office, please contact me for more information.

As always, feel free to share my information with others you may know.

Wishing you a happy summer and let’s stay in touch!

Warm regards,

Samantha