It is Time…continued
It’s an artist’s dream to start with a blank canvas! All this white snow is just what we need to cleanse and then, refresh. Imagine new color schemes to enliven your environment! Take a look at our latest service and ask yourself, Is it Time? http://pattiohome.com/blog/2014/02/it-is-time/
Maybe it’s time to try out some new furniture and accessories? One of my favorite haunts, Antiques Ltd. in Stonington Ct. is having a huge sale. It’s worth the trip “Out East” or take a virtual trip. Their website is, www.antiques-and-interiors.com. Move things around, try new compositions. Your possessions will look less possessed and new again!
Is the next project beyond your scope? Contractor Steve Kohloff just sent word, he’s got time! Steve is local, fully licensed and insured. 914-954-7482
It Is Time
Kenise Barnes Fine Art
|Home Color Consultation|
Are you painting this season? An in home color consultation will provide you with a cohesive color scheme for the interior or the exterior of your home. This service starts with a phone interview about your goals. We work with Farrow & Ball, Pratt & Lambert and Benjamin Moore and bring large color chips to the home appointment. To achieve the mood desired, we assess many elements, the architecture, furnishings, lighting and fresh color palettes. Colors, color combinations, trim colors and finishes recommended.
Basic Color Consultation, 1 meeting to determine colors and trims for paint testing. Up to 4 rooms, in 2 hours, Fee: $300.00.
Complete Consultation, 2 meetings, the second meeting includes testing colors and follow up with a paint schedule for your painting contractor. Fee: $500.00.
Travel time may apply.
If further consultations are required beyond the Complete Consultation package, time billed at the hourly rate of $150.00. Purchase and delivery of paint can be arranged.
Ways to Warm Your Home for Winter
With the cold comes short days and darkness here in the Northeast! As the outdoors become more monochromatic, add color, pattern and texture to your interiors to compensate.
This is the time to warm and brighten your interiors. Add warming and bright colors and analyze your lighting. What is needed to add and enhance? Add layers, texture, to the fabrics within each room, just like when you dress for the cold. Check your home for energy efficiency. Start with the portals, take a look at your window treatments, are they keeping the cold out and the warmth in? What about your doors? Are your hallways acting as wind tunnels?
Window treatments were first designed to keep drafts out. Window, drapes and shutters and shades can really help to keep the cold out.
Drapes that are functional, can cover a drafty window and can be made with a thermal interlining. You can choose any fabric to face the room, making drapes the most versatile treatment, in terms of decorating.
Shutters traditionally made of wood cannot compete with the newly fabricated shutters made of a composite material instead of wood. They are lightweight and are better than wood at blocking out the cold. Made by Hunter Douglas they are called Hybrid Shutters.
Shades are the more affordable choice. Here are some window shades from Hunter Douglas that are really good at insulating. The Duette Architella, Opaque, Honeycomb shades. They look like ordinary pleated shades but are designed with an inner lining to insulate. The Hunter Douglas Block Out shades have a foil lining that insulates as well.
When selecting the Block Out shades understand they will do what their name implies, they do not let any light penetrate!
Floors: Rugs make a room cozy especially plush, pile rugs. Pile throw and area rugs add warmth and can be seasonal because you can pick them up and pack them away in the summer. For a great variety of colorful, affordable wool hooked and pile rugs take a look at Company C, Garnet Hill and Dash and Albert. If your floors are drafty but you don’t have the budget for plush, pull out the Flor catalog and put down the connecting squares to whatever size you want to create. This alternative option is affordable and versatile, and at the end of the season you can pick them up and store! A great product line.
The wing chair and the upholstered bed were designed, honed, to deal with life in a drafty manor house! They still work! Take a look at the “over the top” wing chair from Restoration Hardware, the New Versailles Upholstered Chair.
Upholstered walls or an upholstered headboards is one of the most luxurious ways to warm a bedroom. Upholstered walls give you the most cush but are usually custom and can be costly but there are many upholstered headboards available by catalog. Take a look at Serena and Lily and William Sonoma Home.
Bedding: Flannel sheets and wool blankets with a Matelasse cotton spread is the Northeast standard! But if you have any issues with dampness get an electric blanket. It dries out the bedding and warms the mattress before you even get into your bed. Down and feather comforters are the most luxurious. Amazingly light and incredibly warm. Silk comforters are also a wonderful high end solution and great for those who can’t use down. The Garnet Hill catalog is a great source for Down and Feather comforters and flannel sheets. While searching the site take a look at the Eileen Fisher Home for Garnet Hill for has the silk comforters.
Thinking about specific areas of the home:
Kitchens: Kitchens can be icy in the winter months. Look for ways to warm these rooms. Rugs on the floor, seat cushions on the chairs can help a lot. A table cloth can warm up the look and feel of a table. To offset the hard elements in kitchens, appliances, countertops, tile, add organic elements, such as a wood dish rack, wooden bowls and utensils. Use warm colors! Copper pots! If you are in the market for a non-pile rug, take a look at Flor.
Home office: It’s not that I spend so much more time at my desk in the winter, but it feels like I do, due to the short days. Home offices need to be more comfortable in winter. Better lighting, more comfortable desk chair, music, more visuals around to stimulate and give you a more expansive view on the world! Plants, how about a beautiful orchid? It’s an elegant plant that flowers for months at a time. We all cocoon a bit during the winter and providing more sensorial stimulus in the office is a must.
Hallways: Hallways can act like wind tunnels, add a rug, consider adding an interior drape to make a door where none exists to stop the drafts. I often use dramatic, bold color in foyers and hallways to make a first impression, make a statement, create some drama. It’s easy to do in a hallway since foyers and hallways, are pass through areas, you don’t have to sit with a really strong color. Track lighting is a very efficient way to brighten a narrow hallway and can give a boring hallway a gallery like feel. If your photos, prints or other artwork have a lot of white in them, they can provide dramatic contrast to a bold or dark color on the walls! The walls end up acting like a border to the artwork. A clever way to frame the artwork without spending a lot of money!
The best way to compete with the cold is to get out in it and move! Enjoy the season!
Warmest of Wishes, Patti O
New for Treasures from the Trade
Selected Art by Kenise Barnes Fine Art
Browse the new selection of contemporary art.
Merry, Happy, Holy, Holistic!
One of our favorite accomplishments of 2013 is our on-line shops, Resale Treasures and Treasures from the Trade. Our shops are re-formatted, more user friendly and looking a great deal more “smart”! We hope you’ll have a moment over to look and play around.
Silver Bells……. silver trays, silverware, mirrors, chairs, rugs, it all leads you back home!
Photography: Steven Mays Photography Tray: The Silk Road Chain Vases:Spruce Home & Garden
Gracious Gifts for any Host
Trader Joe’s: Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream Collection $8 Olive Oil, Argan Oil & KuKui Nut Oil Trader Joe’s, Scarsdale Trader Joe’s 914.472.2988 traderjoes.com 727 Post Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583 * TJ’s does not ship Trader Joe’s: Flavored Olive Oil Collection $10 Basil, Lemon & Hot Pepper Trader Joe’s, Scarsdale * TJ’s does not ship
Trader Joe’s: Yellow & Purple Orchids, Various sizes $6 – $18 Trader Joe’s, Scarsdale * TJ’s does not ship Dominos & Jacks $12 – $19 West Elm, Scarsdale West Elm 914.725.3861 westelm.com 678 Post Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10709 Gold Sheers & Cheese Knives $14 – $29 West Elm, Scarsdale Shanna Murray Recipe Pie Dish (Pumpkin) $29 West Elm, Scarsdale Metallic Silver Lacquer Trays $19 – $44 Mercury Tealight Votives $5 – $8 West Elm, Scarsdale Cake Kitchen Papers: Pad of 50 Kitchen Notes $12 Spruce Home & Garden, Bronxville Spruce Home & Garden 914.337.1428 sprucehomeandgarden.com 48 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708 Cake Kitchen Papers: “Gold Laurel Wreath” Pad of 50 Placemats $23
Spruce Home & Garden, Bronxville Lavender Sachets, Various sizes $45 – $65 Spruce Home & Garden, Bronxville Tortoise Shell Glasses $16 Faux Snake Skin Tray $30 The Silk Road, Bronxville The Silk Road 914.337.2177 thesilkroadny.com 101 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708 Placemat South African Handmade Servewear $18 – $45 The Silk Road, Bronxville Tunkables: Silverplate Service & Tablewear with Whimsical Words $Varies The Silk Road, Bronxville Shiraleah Venezia Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Various Colors $8 ea. The Silk Road, Bronxville
Candles Continue to Shine as Lovely Gifts for Host & Hostesses
There was a time when tapers were King and Queen of all table settings. Then, to the shock and dismay of traditionalists in the kingdom, the thrones were usurped by pillars. Now look at the diverse shapes and scents available for all decorative settings this holiday season.
The items featured below can be purchased in-store, by phone or online. The merchants can provide shipping as well.Greentree Home Candles $ 28-$32 The Silk Road, Bronxville The Silk Road 914.337.2177 thesilkroadny.com 101 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708
Glowing Orb Candle $12-$29 Silver Lacquer Tray $ 19 West Elm, Scarsdale West Elm 914.725.3861 westelm.com 678 Post Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10709 Harvest No. 34 $34 Spruce Home & Garden, Bronxville *This candle is from Spruce’s own line. We really recommend you stopping by any of their CT, NY or FL locations to treat yourself as you peruse their aromatic scents.
Decorative Matches $3.50 Spruce Home & Garden, Bronxville
#WNWN What’s New What’s Next & #DDBfallmarket Decoration and Design Building Fall Market and SOOO Much More!
You can see the highlights of the industry Fall market events, What’s New, What’s Next, hosted by 200 Lex, (9/19) and Market Week at the D&D (10/1 & 10/2). #WNWN or #DDBfallmarket. This year #WNWN featured over 30 “blogger ambassadors” and they invited attendees to spread tweets, pins and instagrams of their favorite hot topics! Although there was no formal BLOGGER LOUNGE at the D&D event, attendees were photographing, tweeting and recording; the event rocked the social media outlets. Pictures speak a thousand words and videos a million, so take a look!
Here’s our take on the two markets. The ubiquitous new ” look”, is unassuming, undecorated with a core neutral palette. The decoration is simple, natural elements provide inspiration, and accessories provide pattern, color, interest. Rooms can easily change seasonally, with splashes of color provided by the accessories.
Hmmm, wouldn’t we all love to have a strong sculptural shape, look great in neutrals and have lots of fabulous silk scarves and leather bags to help us look seasonal and stylish? It’s the way French way, couture cut, neutral color, great accessories! It’s an excellent strategy in good times and bad, start with a great figure, (good architecture) add a good basic cut (great furnishings), accessorize! A great look but not inexpensive.
This formula is a reflection of the economy and a reflection of the times. The economy may be slow, but our ability to communicate and share is happening at lightning speed.
Newell Turner, Editor of House Beautiful led a panel at 200 Lex. “We want intense rich colors in our lives but the average client won’t be as bold, trending now is a neutral ground with accessories and accents for color! Not to say that a daring individual won’t come to you and say ‘You know, Prada Purple I want my bedroom dripping in that color!’”
At the Fall market at the D&D, Crans Baldwin, of Edward Ferrell+Lewis Mittman said, “People want to spend money but not look like it.” Clearly a response to the last few years. Those who can afford to decorate don’t want to flaunt it. They are after a look that transitions and transforms with each season while the neutral foundation remains.
It’s also about starting over, a blank slate! The “color of the year” unveiled at the new Ben Moore showroom at the D&D, is a very pale, clear, ethereal, blue, Breath of Fresh Air, #806. They said the new palette is a palette you can live with for a long, long time.
Our read on their new palette; grey is the new beige, blue is the new green and coral is the new pink! The earth tones seem suddenly heavy and slow. The clear colors seem lighter, brighter, more capable of change, dexterous, hopeful, of the moment, like our new iphone capabilities! When translating these trends visually in home design, “The Medium is the Message”, think spare, high tech, with every possible accessory, around the world within reach!
Design and the business of Design is going viral. It’s a visual industry and therefore perfectly suited to the newest technologies. It’s empowering because you can contribute.
Our new website, with shops and posts is our way to share with clients and friends what’s happening, locally and in the big picture! We’re in the market, observing and commenting (what a surprise!). If you’ve got a question, comment, or picture, send it. It might just be the subject of our next post.
Coming soon, a new format for Resale Treasures and Treasures from the Trade.