Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rob's River House

Rob's River House Part 1
When Rob called me to rescue his 1800's Hudson River house, I saw that the current dreary interior choices were smothering the commanding river views the house was privileged to have. Together, we decided to bring the home into the 21st century and quickly went to work on the redo. We selected an updated color scheme that complimented the views and gave the home a "happy" feeling.
We did the 3 Main Rooms in pale blues,warm creams and aqua.  The tansformation was not only uplifting, but made the rooms more inviting.  The antique pieces also came alive in their new environments.
Since Rob entertains frequently, we created two seating arrangements in the Living Room and purchased ten dining chairs to accomadate his frequent dinner guests.
Take a look!

Foyer Before

Foyer After:
Wall Color Benjamin Moore: "Heaven on Earth"
Carpet   Caravan Connection     Bedford, New York
Chair Fabric:  Fabricut "Trivia" Aqua
Chandelier: Antique from Rob's travels
Painting over Fireplace by Rob's sister

We opened Staircase up to the 3rd floor Master Bedroom

Foyer After

Foyer After

Living Room Before
Living Room After

Living Room After:
Window Fabric: Fabricut "Midday Silk"
Sofas: Barbara Barry and Lee Jofa
Chairs: Lee Jofa
Coffee Tables: Lewis Mittman Aldo Glass and Antique from Rob's travels
Scandinavian Relief Plasters: Rob's Aunt re framed by Mt. Kisco Frame
Lamps: Venetian Glass by Decorative Crafts
Carpets: Caravan Connection Bedford, New York
Sofa Fabrics: Kravet "Cuddles Sandstone"
Scalamandre"Paddington Velvet"
Chairs Kravet"MakeWaves Aqua Blue
Walls: Wildflowers Doreen O'Connor  "Stried Cream"              
Living Room After
Dining Room Before
Dining Room After
Dining Room After:
 Walls were painted by "Wildflowers" decorative painting.  New chairs were added to the antique dining table as well as a new breakfront and mirror.  A large antique breakfront was moved from the Living Room to house china. Sheer window treatments were added to compliment the view.
Chandelier is an antique from Rob's travels in Europe.
Dining Room Fabrics:  Chairs--Kravet "Smartweaves Seaspray"
                                     Windows--Fabricut "Lotus Blossom-Cream"
SideBoard:      Henredon
Carpet:            Caravan Connections Bedford, New York
Mirror:            Mt. Kisco Frame
Lamps :          Decorative Crafts
Chairs:            Artistic Frame


Bento Box #5

Bento Box #5    A Modern Touch
Background Carpet: Karastan "Heather"  or any Neutral Colored low weave.
Top Left: Pollack "Florasian Eucalyptus" This is a HEAVY DUTY fabric suitable for all upholstery pieces and throw pillows.
Center: Pollack "Software Alloy" A fabulous chenille also  a HEAVY DUTY fabric suitable for all upholstery pieces and throw pillows.
Top Right: Pollack "Sumatra Oasis" Also HEAVY DUTY and suitable for all upholstery pieces and throw pillows.  It is also light enough in weight for window treatments.
Front Bottom Right: Calvin "Mirage Sheer Casement Eggshell" Great for a sheer window treatment and is also 118" wide so there will be limited seams.
Paint Colors: Benjamin Moore "Bone White" if you are going for a very neutral look for walls.
                      Benjamin Moore "Palladian Blue" if you want a pop of color for walls.
Paint Color Ceiling and trim:  Benjamin Moore "White Dove"
This combination will work well in any living area or is soothing enough for a bedroom.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Bento Box#4

Bento Box #4
Back Left:: Schumacher Grasscloth 5000730-- for the walls.Grass cloth gives the walls a natural effect to the walls, reflects light beautifully and can bridge the gap between Modern and Traditional styles.
Bottom Left:Beacon Hill "Cervantes Clay" --Linen Poly Embroidery. This makes  wonderful window treatments.
Bottom Center: Beacon Hill "Camaraderie Clay"-- I would suggest this for upholstered chairs , benches or accent pillows.
Bottom Right:Beacon Hill "SkyStone  Teak"-- Another stunning fabric for your upholstered chairs, benches or accent pillows.
Back Right:Fabricut "ZenithPutty" This is a heavy Duty Chenille that works well on large upholstered pieces such as sofas & club chairs
This collection can be used in Family,Living,Dining Rooms and Dens
Paint colors if you opt out of the grass cloth:
Sherwin Williams:
Trim , Ceiling: "Whitetail"
Walls: "Cardboard" or "Craft Paper"

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Trip to the Hamptons

The Hampton's are always a great getaway Here is the entrance to our guest cottage in Quogue---Thanks to our dear friends Karen and Jeff!

Window boxes are all over. This one mixed is with herbs.

Here's one with a point of interest! Yes--the watering can is part of the display.

Splashes of bright greens and blues--- Window boxes are a great way to show off some creativity and whimsy!

SAG HARBOR  is not only quaint but has great shops.  Love these twig stems that are wired with light! Check out "Beach Bungalow", Fishers Home Furnishings","In Home", "Sylvester &Co" for starters.  There is a shop here for everyone !

This is a great way to display your enlarged photos.  All in black frames just sitting on a wooden ledge! Great impact.

Love this seating arrangement-full of summer colors....

Great lamps and candle sticks--Don't miss the big baskets under the table!

White pottery,paintings and fun ottomans tucked under the table!

I could spend days in this shop full of kitchen gadgets,barware and accessories....

Lots of fresh beach colors!