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New this March
-PattiOhome is featured in Eastchester’s HamletHub
-Patti will be co-guiding a tour with the OSilas Gallery, Concordia College of the Old Lyme, CT Artists’ Colony
-New Items on both Resale Treasures and Treasures from the Trade

Featured in Eastchester’s HamletHub
written by Patricia O’Shaughnessy

Metallics Shine like Spring Snow

Snow has been our muse this winter. And a sunny day reminds us that sun on snow can be dazzling!

Metallics provide a similar glitter and as we’ve seen in fashion, metallics are ubiquitous in both day and evening attire. Sparkle has spread to the world of interiors. Fabrics, wallpapers, even carpets are using metallic threads to give a little bounce to embroidery, patterns and surfaces that are usually thought of as matte.

Take a look at these new fabrics and wallpapers, they provide glitter and shine. Some are a little tongue in cheek and others simply drop dead gorgeous. Stark Carpet has given new life to some traditional, well known patterns by weaving metallics in with wool and nylon.

If you have metallic threads dancing through your window treatments be they sheers, draperies or even solar shades the light will be intensified as daylight shines through. So think through how much reflection you want. Metallics on a South facing window might be blinding but it might be just what you need to softly amplify daylight for a North window.

We’ve just seen two trends collide in a wallpaper by Thibault. Ceriman on Raffia is a large scale, all over leafy pattern, printed in gold metallic on Grasscloth. Grasscloth is really back in vogue and provides a variety of organic textures as background for printed patterns. The patterns can be printed in colors or now, in metallics. The metallics when printed on this surface provide a good juxtaposition, organic feel, metallic glam. Another source for metallics on Grasscloth is Phillip Jefferies.

(pls. use the Thibault, Ceriman on Raffia wallpaper visual here.)

Metallics in rugs or carpet is really unexpected and a very new trend. Traditionally rugs were woven with wool or cotton. In the last 20 years, silk has been used, particularly in Tibetan rugs, to give a carpet sheen. Metallic threads add glimmer, highlighting or outlining a pattern without adding much color. Depending how the light plays on the surface of the carpet the pattern will shine. An ordinary trellis pattern now looks like a ladder to “the promised land”! And metallics wear, well, like iron!

If you would like to try a bit of sheen in your home without a big investment check out the Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes. They have a variety of paints and glazes to play with. Check out the options at Kawer’s in Tuckahoe on Columbus Ave.

So when the snow sparkles, imagine how nice it would be to have a little sparkle throughout your house all year long!

To view and purchase the Metallics selected by Patti visit: Metallics

To view the Eastchester HamletHub article visit: HamletHub Metallics 

DAY TRIP TO ARTIST COLONY 4.3.2014

 

Travel with OSilas Gallery of Concordia College and Interior Designer, Patricia O’Shaughnessy to Old Lyme, CT to experience this renowned artist colony “past and present”. Enjoy a curated tour of the Florence Griswold Museum, known as the home of American Impressionism. Lunch and a walking tour of local galleries and the Lyme Art Association also included.
Cost: $125.
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time: 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM

To make a reservation, please call 914-337-9300 x2173 or click here .

 

 

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Williamsburg Bridge
Oil on Canvas 24 x 24 in.
by Jane McNichol

The Lincolnsburg Bridge?  There are other ways to celebrate!  Join us on Lincoln’s Birthday, 2/12, for the Opening at the OSilas!

 

OSilas Gallery is presenting a signature show, selections from BNY Mellon’s corporate collection. There will be a brief talk, Corporate Collecting: A Business Case for Art. Opening night, 2/12!  Thursday, February 12th, at 7:00

Annual Party & Benefit, For the LOVE of Art. Join us for an evening celebration of the Gallery and Studio Art Program and an introduction, “250 Years in the Making:  The Collection of BNY Mellon”, 2/28.

For the LOVE of Art, Saturday, February 28th, 5:30-8:00Party, Auction, Tickets: 914-337-9300 x 2173.

 

“The Business of Art”, Panel discussion, 3/26.

Thursday, March 26th at 7:00.

Moderator: Elizabeth von Habsburg, Winston Art Group

Panelists: Brian Lang, Curtor, Corporate Art Collection, BNY Mellon

Jere Doyle, Senior Wealth Strategist, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Kenise Barnes, Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Patricia O’Shaughnessy, Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design

 

For all Art Lover’s, join us for an informative discussion designed for gallery hoppers, amateur and serious art collectors.

Art is the evidence of creativity! It comforts, enlivens our homes and is a reminder, a spark, 

to live creatively!

You will find the OSilas Gallery, at Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, Library building, on the West side of the Quad, 2nd floor.  See you there!

 

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Local Art “Happenings” at the OSilas!

Quinns Lancaster
Oil on Canvas 24 x 24 in.
by Jane McNichol

2/12 – Opening,  2/28 – Party & Benefit,

3/26 – Art Talk!

OSilas Gallery is presenting a signature show, selections from BNY Mellon’s corporate collection, “250 Years in the Making”.
Opening night, 2/12!

Thursday, February 12th, at 7:00

Annual Party & Benefit, For the LOVE of Art. 

Join us for an evening celebration of the Gallery and Studio Art Program, 2/28.

For the LOVE of Art, Saturday, February 28th, 5:30-8:00

Party, Auction, Tickets: 914-337-9300 x 2173.

“Collecting, The Business of Art” Panel discussion, 3/26.

Thursday, March 26th at 7:00.

Moderator: Elizabeth von Habsburg, Winston Art Group

Panelists: Brian Lang, Curtor, Corporate Art Collection, BNY Mellon

Jere Doyle, Senior Wealth Strategist, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Kenise Barnes, Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Patricia O’Shaughnessy, Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design

For all Art Lover’s, join us for an informative discussion designed for gallery hoppers, amateur and serious art collectors.

Art is the evidence of creativity! It comforts, enlivens our homes and is a reminder, a spark, 

to live creatively!

You will find the OSilas Gallery, at Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, Library building, on the West side of the Quad, 2nd floor.  See you there!

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Clean is not a Color

September 21, 1897 New York Sun
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love, generosity and devotion exist and you know that they abound and give to your life it’s highest beauty and joy.

This came to me while standing in the living room of my dear friend, Virginia. Virginia was asking for a clean, new look. Working our way through the paint deck looking at all the possible color schemes she continued to ask for clean! But alas, Virginia, “clean” is not a color! I was forced to tease out more. “Clean” like spare, uncluttered, managed, new, neutral, clear, ethereal? Like the kind of “clean” we sense when we walk into an Apple store? “Clean” is the new, ethereal, un-color! The enigmatic neutral of the moment.

So let me share a tiny bit of wisdom. When you are standing in your living room with paint deck in hand creating a new look for 2015, keep in mind that neutrals are calm and soothing, but they can also be flat and lifeless! If you paint everything neutral there’s a good chance your home will look like you are just about to paint!

In order to visualize what’s next, you may want a blank slate. But painting it all out before painting it in, is a lot of work! So play around, sample test!

Color and tone can balance, correct, warm, cool and inspire an interior. If the architecture of a room is overbearing, color can live up to or temper it. Most of us live in interiors that need more architecture, more charm, more detail. Imagine the interior in 2-D first, as if you were going to, literally, paint a picture of the interior as an oil painting. Where does the room need highlights, drama, where does it need shadows? What do you want to amplify and what do you want to reduce? Why use one trim when two will increase depth, interest and vary the palette?

In this new vernacular of neutrals, form is essential. Strong sculptural shapes show better. And since the color shift is minimal the emphasis has shifted to texture or in the case of paint, finish or sheen. Pattern and color are less prominent and by reducing these elements we can see and play with the effects of gloss against matte.

There is a lot of emphasis on ceilings these days, look up and you will see cool colors and high gloss. Why? Because ethereal is definitely “in”! “Yes, Virginia, he lives and lives forever!” You can have a fresh, clean look with stylish magic in 2015, but you have to believe!

Susan English
The middle is everywhere and everything 
77″ x 20″, Polymer on Panel
Littlejohn Contemporary Art, Inc. 547 West 27th St.

Congratulations to Susan English on her new association with Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea.  Susan is a fine, Fine Artist.  Many of you know her as the principal Decorative Painter, of English and Harms.  Susan has an amazing eye for artful interiors and has been a great asset to me and my clients.  Thank you, Susan. For more “ethereal” inspiration, see Susan’s work on the gallery website link above.  

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Snap into Action!  Ways to Spiff Up the Home Office 
Stella Storage Cabinet
Summer is a time to rest and recharge and now it’s time to exploit the inspiration! It’s back to school and back to projects! Time to prep your workspace!

Work stations: 
Our mobile devices may be more mobile than we are! The trend is multiple work stations within a home office, a work station for thinking, one for typing and one for standing and sharing a screen.  An old fashioned art table with an indestructible work surface is best to work out ideas, write long hand, tinker, draw, and play. A desk with a comfortable desk chair that rolls and pivots is a must for typing, and a bar height counter surface or podium for a big monitor or a lap top is handy for sharing the screen and provides mobility while working. A head set and a screen at eye level while standing is a great way to burn calories while working, move!

Think in terms of activities:
Craft table: Call it your studio table, a drop leaf table or a table on wheels offers flexibility, you can push it up against a wall when not in use. Craft Table Link:

 

Typing: Best ergonomics: 29″ h desk with a rolling desk chair with “cush”. If you have a lap top get a podium to tilt the laptop while typing. I bought a Targus podium coolpad at the Apple store years ago, Targus.com.

 

Desks: Tables are rapidly replacing desks but enclosed storage is really valuable. Most of us are still a long way away from the paperless office. So look for a desk with drawers and file drawers. A little bulk to a desk helps to hide all those cords; computer, phone, printer, chargers, desk lamp, the list goes on!

 

Chairs: Find a desk chair that has a seat cushion, or mesh, that rolls, swivels, and for some, armrests are essential. Buy a chair in a color! Almost every desk chair at Staples can be ordered in a color if you are willing to wait a few weeks. Take a look at: Design Within Reach, dwr.com, Staples, Office Depot. And please, don’t buy black!

 

Floor: Chilewich rugs, made of Textilene, helps a rolling desk chair, roll and will protect your flooring or rug. Great surface for under the craft table as well, cleans up with a sponge! Chilewich.com or Design Within Reach.

Standing: The standing desk or podium is rather a new essential. Take a look at this table from CB2 that offers the right height with some useful storage. High Table Link:

Inspiration: Energize your mind! Hide the cords and clutter! Add color to your work space. Find inspiration! Put up Art, pictures, quotes! Pin them, post them or just hang them up! Here’s a storage cabinet that will help you achieve more than one of the above:

Stella Storage Cabinet Link:

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Late Summer Haiku by Patti O
Summer Submarine
  An underwater melon
 wet slices, seeds fly.

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Swivel and Roll
Often what makes a floor plan successful, especially in large open spaces, is to make multiple seating areas and allow the conversational circles to merge and regroup.
I always look for seating that can swivel and roll. I use upholstered ottomans on wheels. These ottomans offer an informal perch that can easily move and be housed under a coffee table or a sofa table when not needed.
A furniture floor plan that offers “fluidity” is successful, it’s grown up, yet the flexibility makes it youthful. It allows for intimacy when there are just a few and can provide more space when you have a crowd!
I’m very pleased with the Charles Stewart line of upholstered seating
http://pattiohome.com/shop/furniture.html   Call me with your wish list!
Patti O
Early Autumn Haiku by Patti O
Hail! Kale! Emperor
from snail pushcart to parade
royal, humble pie.

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I’m hoping this series will inspire and offer us a venue to keep in touch.  Three of my favorites will be speaking this Fall, Bart Bland and Lisa Sorensen. We have been invited to linger to do a little networking after the presentations!
  • DEFINING BEAUTY IN CONTEMPORARY ART
SPEAKER: Bart Bland – Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hudson River Museum
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17th 
11AM – 1PM
COST: $45 Includes lunch ($35 gallery members)
RSVP: 914-337-9300 Ext. 2173
  • A FRESH LOOK: PRINTING & DISPLAY OPTIONS for PHOTOGRAPHY
SPEAKER: Lisa Sorensen – Owner of Lisa Sorensen Photography
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21st 
11AM – 1PM
COST: $45 Includes lunch ($35 gallery members)
RSVP: 914-337-9300 Ext. 2173
Visit Lisa Sorensen Photography:

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Welcome, Mia Rose

September 12, 2014
7 lbs. 6 oz. and Perfect!
Congratulations!  Stephanie & RJ Richards
  62 Halcyon Terrace, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Yosemite August 2014
by Patti O’Shaughnessy
  How Great Thou Art!

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HPM

It’s Market Week this week in High Point, NC and the Market is open for business, April 5th-12th!

Factory tour,  Edward Ferrel + Lewis Mittman

April 7, 2014

Remember the Scottish town, Brigadoon?  It appeared out of the mist every 100 years, made famous in the 1954 classic movie musical.  High Point, springs to life almost as miraculously but unlike Brigadoon, it springs to life to dramatically connect with the outside world, #hpmkt, definitely NOT the other way around!

This season there are more than 2000 exhibitors, they will have over 70,000 visitors, and many are International buyers.  The market spreads over 11 million sq. ft. of exhibitor space and runs through 180 buildings.

Highpointmarket.org can give you the sense of the scope of the market and for a jaw dropping list of back to back events and up to the minute video reports, go to, “The Editor At Large”, www.editoratlarge.com.  There you will find “The Essential Guide to Spring High Point Market” an exhaustive description of all the educational and social events with pictures of dozens of style mavins, taste makers, and industry leaders.

Last Tuesday, as thousands of cartons were being trucked, lifted and dropped on  respective curbs in sunny, downtown High Point, I had the privilege of a VIP tour of the Edward Ferrel+Lewis Mittman facilities and observed as they prepped for market.  EF+LM is a premium, American, furniture manufacturer.

Crans Baldwin. President of EF+LM is one of the opening speakers and will be speaking about the Interior Design Industry today and will point to, “What’s Next?”, trends, ideas and business opportunities.

The industry is changing so fast and it is so global, yet the hub remains in High Point.  America’s role in design is strong but the production of furnishings is in flux. So much production has gone overseas and now some of it is coming back. It is a fascinating story of global economics.

I had the opportunity to see the market just begin to materialize, you can follow at #hpmkt and editoratlarge.com.

Enjoy, Patti O

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Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design featured in Westchester Home Magazine Spring 2014 for Children’s Wallpapers to look for

Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design has been featured in the Spring Edition of Westchester Home Magazine. This article highlights some of our favorite children’s wallpapers this season. Wallpaper is HOT and trending right now. There is no reason for your son’s or daughter’s room to be missing out on this experience.

Enjoy!

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/Westchester-Home/Spring-2014/Family-Living-Westchesters-Most-Beautiful-Family-Oriented-Rooms-and-Living-Sapces/Designer-Patti-OShaughnessys-Favorite-Wallpapers-Sold-in-Westchester/

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