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Nothing beats natural light

Different types of lighting can be incorporated to enhance your space. Depending upon the use of your room, your choices will include natural, ambient, task, spot and many more. Light is the greatest source of expression for a room, lending softness or drama.

Soft, round light fixture set against strong, straight trim

Graphic lines highlight the architecture of this space. Visual interest impacts the drama of the room and adds dimension.  Here’s a great example of how dark trim can bring drama, while still maintaining bright, white walls.

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

Your Blueprint to a Greener Home

Furniture contributes to the overall personality of your home.  It is one of the most important factors in establishing the character and style of a room.  It serves to welcome you home and invites friends and family.

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!

Personal art collection displayed thoughtfully and freely

Accessories define our space and tell a story of who we are, where we have been and where we aspire to go! Treasures picked up on our travels, objects we inherit and favorites that have “chosen us” along the way. Accessories are a key to displaying our personality.

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.

Colorful artwork/rug/pillows complement an otherwise neutral ground

The palette of a room sets the stage for the feeling and mood you want to create.  We add color through paint (from bold to neutral) lighting, art work, rugs + textiles, accessories or even murals!

“I couldn’t have done this without you.”

A client said this to me recently as we stood in her living room partway through her apartment’s transformation. The paint was fresh on the walls and ceiling, and the colors suited her style to a tee. Did I also mention that 40 pieces of artwork we just had framed were hung that day?  Her collection of beautiful prints created a joyful rhythm around the room, relating to each space in which they were hung.

What a warm feeling. Another family has their home setting and lifestyle enhanced by the design help I am able to provide.

I like to help people. This is how.

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Stay tuned for more as we work toward completion on this beautiful home.

XoXo,

Samantha

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

5 Easy Ideas To Make Your Small Space Seem Larger

We’ve talked about changing up paint colors and using mirrors and more natural light, but those are all yesterday’s news. Today we have 5 fresh (and simple) ideas to open up almost any space.

1. Unify Your Artwork.  Although we can talk all we want about using oversize artwork in small spaces, the reality is that many options just aren’t affordable. The solution? If you have a collection of smaller pieces, make their frames and mats all the same color.

2. Get It Off the Floor.  Do you have something on the floor just because? A basket? A box? A funky ceramic animal that happens to be trendy at the moment? Spaces feel and appear larger when you can see more of the floor. Look at your shelves, wall-hangings, storage – consider doing away with that extra stuff all together.

3. Few, But Large.  In an effort to clear out items to make your space feel more open, make what you do have count. Like large artwork, rugs, crazy off-the-wall lighting that makes a statement. Wall-to-wall curtains, or floor-to-ceiling panels that draw your eye around a space are all good things and cut down on the visual noise that lots of small details can create.

4. Put Emphasis On What You Have.  Does your space have large windows? How about high ceilings? Beautiful old radiators? Thick wooden doorways? Drawing attention to the architecture of your space pulls the eye to the far outer walls as much as possible. Make the interesting features stand out, with specific lighting or accent colors, instead of blending them in.

5. Let’s Be Clear.  We’re talking about side tables, accessories and frames. If they can be see-through or clear to show more of the walls, floor and other surrounding objects… do it. When you can see through objects, it automatically makes things look and feel larger.

Some material from ApartmentTherapy.com