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I used to LOVE to entertain. So did my aunts. But ever since I opened my design business, my bandwidth and energy level both contracted. Yet, I still love to host people here in the beautiful home I designed for my family and me…I mean c’mon! Part of the joy of having a beautiful nest…
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I’ve gotta hand it to the multi-billion dollar home furnishings industry. It can’t be easy to produce giant, bulky, heavy to transport stuff, and do so in lasting quality, in beautiful form and craftsmanship… AND at a price the consumer wants. So there’s the rub. You can’t have it ALL. You want the good stuff?…
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I love a good back stage scoop; that mischievously off limits glimpse at what you’re not supposed to see, to know or to hear. Let’s do it peeps. Wanna know what my industry really thinks of you? Below are the survey results that we found when I interviewed professional designers across the US and into…
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Gloves off time. When it comes to beautiful window treatments, no pain no gain. You know those HOUZZ rooms you’re drooling over? Custom window treatments. Your Pinterest pinboards? Custom window treatments. Ripped out and saved pages from design magazines? Ditto. Custom window treatments: Gorgeous. Correct fullness. Correct proportions. Correct linings. Correct interlining. Aesthetically strategic face…
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I never knew I had curly hair until I was 49! I was so used to straightening it that in my late 20’s I actually paid to have my hair permed. My favorite ice cream flavors is: All of them. Dammit. When we dropped our daughter Anna off at college for the first time, I…
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Listen, you paid for all this square footage, so why on earth do you relegate entire rooms to “look, but don’t touch.” I say, reclaim all your square footage!  Happily, so many clients are allowing us to help them re-imagine their living rooms. One by one, we are erasing those dead, unused spaces and creating…
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The Kips Bay Show House is a much-watched event in my industry. This fundraiser is presided over by the current day design-world-rock-stars. They in turn select the house and the designers who will be privileged to flex their design muscles for public view. This year’s house, as compared to those past, had an outlier experience…
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I always warn excited bright eyed clients that a kitchen renovation is the single highest stress project any homeowner lives through (followed by refinishing wood floors…) Here is a FAQ tip sheet to help you in your kitchen renovation: 1). Do I hire a builder or a kitchen group? Either way, you’re paying mark up.…
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“#%}#%!!! We never even thought about that. Now what?!? ” “Are you #%}# kidding me?!? There’s no place for my flat screen, desk, or ‘fill in the blank’ now?” “Please help! Our builder needs our decisions now…and you seriously can’t start our job this Tuesday?” Wake up sleeping beauty. You snoozed at the very costly…
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I love builders. When they’re good, they’re oh so good, but when they’re bad, your renovation slips into the toilet. Try these (true stories) on for size… “Holy #!?%, the builder took 80% of our money and completely vanished after completing only 30% of the work. Turns out he was millions of $$ under water…
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