Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rob's River House Almost There!

We are finally almost there! 
Punch List:
9x12 Oriental Carpet to anchor the 2 chaises
2-2x3 Oriental Carpets for each side of the bed
Large painting above headboard
Brass tray for the coffee bar and decorative glass pieces for above TV
Ottoman for the center of the Ladies Closet
The room now allows for the view to be the focal point!  When you have a view like this don't distract from it.
                  Behind Left set of panels doors on built in is the Man's Closet!

What a View!! --Drapery and Shades are motorized

                      Coffee Bar is behind pocket doors. It also holds a bar refrigerator.
                                         Painting inside ceiling panels(below)
                                 Steam Shower with 3 shower heads and Bath vanity.

Water Closet
Builder: Mark Germinaro
Technique Painter: Doreen O'Connor of Wildflowers
Cabinetry by: Windhill Builders-Tim Mulroy

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rob's River House The next 7 weeks

The walls are all sheetrocked, trim is complete and the prepping is underway for the final coats of paint.  The bathroom tiling is complete and came out beautiful!
The floors were refinished with Minwax"Provincial"stain and semigloss polyurethane,which took 1 week.
The bathroom cabinetry was installed last week and awaits the marble top,which  comes April 3rd.
 This coming week everything starts to happen--- Closets get carpeted and outfitted, painting is completed,bathroom counters  and windows installed.  Final measurements for the window treatments will be made so production can begin. We are on the Final Stretch!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Perfect Pantry

A perfect way to stay organized, have everything in one place AND save $$$ on a kitchen design is to ELIMINATE  some of the costly upper kitchen cabinets and replace them with a Dish Pantry and Food Pantry.  In a nutshell, these are just walk in closets with shelving.  The shelving doesn't have to be fancy cabinetry so the $$$ savings is tremendous.  What is important in the Dish Pantry is MEASURING.  You must be accurate to accommodate china sets,platters(without too much stacking) and large bowls you may have.
The Dish Pantry should be customized to each individuals needs.  With just a little planning and measuring it can hold all the dishes used everyday AND  special occasions.  It can also eliminate the costly Side Board or China Cabinet many purchase in their Dining Rooms.

Food Pantry's are also Walk In Closets.  Instead of an expensive kitchen cabinet food pantry (that are never big enough to hold all of your non perishables) you can get it all in another Walk In Closet!  The requirement here is NOT to make the shelves too deep.  You shouldn't have to be digging around  for items you can't see.  Each shelf  can be designated with a category such as: beverages, condiments,cereals, baking products,soups,pastas etc.  This is also customized to each family's specific needs. An organized food pantry also makes the grocery list a breeze!

See what your kitchen could look like WITHOUT all those costly upper cabinets!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Newlyweds Guide to Pots and Pans

Pots and Pans!  What kind should I buy?? What do I need?? Almost everyone is perplexed by this question, but it isn't that difficult.The bottom line is---  What you need depends on what you cook.  I fell into this trap and have pots I never use but am too guilty to discard.   The pots I don't use were part of a  large set I bought.  So my first suggestion: STAY AWAY FROM THE BOXED SET  WITH OVER 8 PIECES.
1. The 8 piece set usually comes with  2 fry pans (1 being an omelet pan), 1 stockpot with lid,1 saute pan with lid and 1 saucepan with lid. This should be adequate with a few open stock additions.
Non Stick, All Clad ,Multi Clad, Copper,Enamel. Iron???
1. If you are weight watching or cooking fat free  You can use very little oil or none to achieve great results. The non stick saucepan is also great for oatmeal ,rice, puddings, hot cocoa, melting chocolate, soups or anything you cook that tends to stick to the pan.
2. Omelets come out great in a non stick fry pan--they don't break up and slide right out of the pan.
3. If you are an average cook this may be your best bet, but only use WOOD or NYLON utensils!!!
4.  Works on traditional gas, electric and ceramic cook tops NOT the newer INDUCTION cook top.


1. It's all about the heat conductivity here.  These pans provide even heat to be distributed throughout the pan to eliminate hot spots and uneven cooking. Some of these will work with INDUCTION .If you are a more advanced cook this is for you.

1. Similar to the All Clad with heat conductivity.  This was the cooks choice for years before non stick,all clad and multi clad.  It's beautiful but needs to be polished.  If you love the look--go for it!

1.Enamel cast iron is known for its intense heat retention without the hot spots.  Its great for stews, soups, briskets, slow roasting and stove to oven cooking. The name synonymous with this type of cookware is
"Le Creuset" made in France.
2. It can be used on ALL types of cook tops
1. Holds high heat for searing,blackening and DEEP browning.  Gives food intense color from the high heat it generates. Nothing gives steak and chops a deep crust like an iron skillet. It also makes great corn bread. The name synonymous with cast iron is LODGE. This is a MUST in every kitchen.
2. Inexpensive

Roaster Pan with Rack
NON Stick Griddle/grill
Pasta Pot
                                                             Le Creuset Dutch Oven

So let's get our pans!
1. Select your 8 piece set
2. If you are selecting All Clad, Multi Clad,Copper
    Non Stick 8" omelet pan
    Non Stick saucepan
    12" cast iron Lodge Skillet for the searing ,blackening steaks, chops, fish, vegetables
    Double Reversible Griddle for steaks, chops,pancakes
    Le Creuset Dutch Oven for stew, chili, brisket, pot roast
    Large Non Stick Roasting Pan  with rack for Turkey, Chicken  Calphalon has a great one
    Large All Clad pasta cooker steamer for soups, pastas, vegetables
3. If you are selecting Non Stick
    ADD all of the above except the non stick omelet and sauce pans
4. If you are selecting the Le Creuset
    ADD all of the above except the Dutch Oven (unless it is not part of your set)

Electric Fondue Pot
It's fun--make cheese or meat fondues and don't forget chocolate fondue dessert!

Non Stick Wok
If you love stir fry this is a  must have addition

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New York Gift Show

" Pier 94" part of the NYC Gift Show, is where you find the Home Decor.  Lighting was big this year! Jatex had incredible copper lighting and I fell in love with the huge fire pit (above)they had.  Erkut Aribas, the owner, imports  his copperware fromTurkey and it is unusual. The copper pendant light below is one of my favorites.

There were several transitional pendants lights and fantastic drum shades shown this year(below)
                                               Loved this Wine Bottle Chandelier

The furnishings shown were eclectic and fresh additions to any interiors.  There were some very attractive mirrors and furnishings at Julian Chichester (above)

       "Roost" had amazing terrariums and organic furnishings that would add interest to any room. 

Here is a list of merchants I really liked.  Check them out online.

Check them out--------It was a great show!

Sunday, February 5, 2012



Rob's River House Renovation Weeks 5&6

The Sky Light is Here!

And ----INSTALLED!   The shower is framed out with the shower seat under the skylight.  After meetings with the plumber and electrician for fixture placements,  we wait for them to finish their rough-ins and wiring.
The 2 awning window openings are now cut in.  There is one in the water closet and one in the bathroom.  Both of them ensure complete privacy, but some beautiful light.   Remember, we are on the 3rd floor here--so the view out is sky and tree tops!!!
After meeting with Leo, our window treatment fabricator from 6K Interiors- we designed a soffet up at the top of the beamed cathedral ceiling for the window treatments to be anchored to.  The window treatments will consist of 3 motorized black out  Roman Shades with  a pair of motorized sheers that close from each end.  This will allow sound sleeping  and complete privacy with the Roman Shades and diffused lighting with the Sheers.  The windows span  is 27 feet therefore, the motorized mechanism will allow for THE ultimate "smooth operation" for such a length.
The River view out the 27 feet of windows.  You can see the Tappan Zee Bridge in the distance!!