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Organize Your Home Office



We’re all sick of the daily grind of navigating through rush hour traffic trying to arrive at work on time. The ultimate goal for all is creating enough space to build a home office, and being able to complete work assignments with your pajamas on.

Here are some helpful hints to organize your home office:

1) If space is tight, try to look for furniture that has multi-functional capabilities. Try storing your work materials in a basket below a hallway table, which can quickly be transformed into a makeshift desk. This will come in handy if you need to acquire information quickly on your laptop during a conference call.

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5 Fast Fixin’s For A Sparkling July 4th

I love the idea of dressing up my outdoor space for a July 4 celebration.   It’s the perfect excuse for splashing out on some new accessories to give my patio a fabulous fresh look.   And when the fireworks are over, I’ll enjoy these beauties for the rest of the summer.


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2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

 This year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House met – or even exceeded — all the expectations. It was a feast for the eyes, with one or two breathtaking highlights that everyone in the interior design world was buzzing about. This annual New York City fundraising event supports the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

The Arthur Sachs Mansion, Lenox Hill

The Arthur Sachs Mansion, Lenox Hill

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Kips Bay Decorator Show House

One of the annual highlights for the interior design world is the hugely successful Kip’s Bay Decorator Show House fundraiser. Each year, an elegant Manhattan home is selected for a massive make over by renowned interior designers and architects. The proceeds from ticket sales, a gala opener, glossy journal, and other associated events go to support the Kips Bay Boys & Club. It is always much anticipated, eagerly awaited, and hands down my favorite event of the year!

Carrier & Co lined a wall with antiqued mirror to reflect the room's Juliet balcony

Carrier & Co lined a wall with antiqued mirror to reflect the room’s Juliet balcony

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Renew. Refresh. Renovate!


If ever there is a time of year that inspires me to renovate, this is it. You could say that as an interior designer, being bitten by the renovation bug is an occupational hazard. But I confess that when I see a space, I immediately imagine how it could be reworked, made more functional, inviting, or simply more attractive. Continue reading

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Wallpaper Is Making A Comeback!

It’s true, wallpaper is back in designers’ good books even though I’ve never stopped using it. I can always count on wallpaper to bring just the right combination of texture and color to a space in ways paint never can. Now wallpaper is dominating the 2015 top trends lists, offering exciting new ways to reinvent a room. No longer just for traditional decor, today’s selections are equally at home in modern and transitional settings.


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Think Spring!


12_DCSpring can’t come soon enough for most of us this year. Even when the sun is shining it’s no match for the frigid cold. We can’t do much about the outside temperatures, but we can definitely infuse spring into our indoor lives to move things in the right direction. I’m already thinking spring with splashes of bright color, and some pretty early season floral accents that leave winter behind.



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Fifty Shades Of Grey

Pink is all grey for Valentine’s Day this year, inspired by Christian Grey’s hot pursuit of Ana in the sexy bestseller 50 Shades of Grey. If you thought those steamy scenes jumped right off the pages of the book, just wait until you see them on the big screen!  The much-anticipated movie debuts on February 14.  Irresistible? Definitely! So why not capture some of that romance at home with some gorgeous grey of your own?


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Make Your Fireplace An Inviting Focal Point

I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be during this January BLIZZARD, than curled up by the fire! The fireplace is the focal point of any room; it draws our eye immediately and is a blank canvas for design inspiration. With or without an open fire, a fireplace is a lovely, lively centerpiece that invites company and conversation.


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Beating The Winter Blues—At Home

It’s that time of year again. The holiday frenzy and festivities are over, and there’ll be plenty of cold weather to get through between now and spring—at least that’s the case here in the Northeast. My strategy for coasting through the rest of winter is to hunker down and make my home a snug and cozy retreat.
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