This is a very exciting time in the design world. The vast assortment of styles and products enable today’s designers to craft memorable interiors in a variety of motifs. Products are available from all over the globe to help us to create the aura of self-expression in our living and working environments.
This is the era of the individual. Self expression in decor is more valued than ever. With this plethora of decorative schemes and products, we are able to create homes that are gorgeous and personal without being cookie cutter conventional.There is no special ”right” look.The truly ”right” look is the one that you are happy to live with and call home. Read More
Designing rooms for children is both a challenge and a joy. The challenges are many. The room has to look good, work well, and play well. Function and aesthetics are equally important. We want these rooms to be more than visually appealing. They must serve a variety of important needs. A child's room is not just a place for sleeping. It must be a multi purpose space in which the child will sleep, dress, play, visit with friends, do schoolwork, and much, much more. In addition, this room must last for a number of years and be flexible enough to keep pace with the growing child and adapt to his or her changing interests.
The joy part of the project is easy to fathom. Children are a joy and whatever we do for them provides inherent pleasure. As a designer, I love to do children's rooms. Children's spaces are fun. When doing these spaces, I feel like creativity and fantasy have no bounds. I can be more whimsical and daring in my selections than in rooms designed for adults. This makes me feel like it's time to play. I have recently been working on the renovation and design of a large apartment in the NYC neighborhood of Chelsea. My clients combined 2 apartments and are fortunate enough to be able to plan for 3 bedrooms — a master bedroom and 2 future children's rooms. Just a few months into the project they found out that they were pregnant and one of the ”future” baby rooms would be an actual baby room. What fun. We embarked on a baby shopping expedition around NYC. Read More
When working on design projects, designers and clients focus on the selection of furniture and accessories that will fill the space. While this is certainly important, there is another element that is often forgotten and neglected. These are the decorative backgrounds of the space. Floors and walls are often left bland and boring. This is a huge mistake.
Recently I visited a friend who was furnishing a beautiful Manhattan apartment. She is a lady with impeccable taste and felt secure in designing her home without professional advice. She proudly invited me to visit when the project was finished. The objects were magnificent. Her home was filled with beautiful furniture and artwork which were enhanced by expensive Oriental rugs. But the total effect was less than dazzling. Why? Because the walls were all painted white. The beautiful moldings were also white and faded into the walls around them. There was no contrast and there was no drama. Read More