Upcycle is a catchy new word I really love. According to dictionary.com, it means to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original. I am always inspired when I see artisanal furniture created from reclaimed wood and fabulous lamps made from old woodwind instruments but had never really thought about how to reuse materials from my own job sites. While working on the remodel facelift of a kitchen in an old Long Island estate house, my client looked at the pile of rubbish cabinets we were creating and said, “You know, it’s too bad we can’t use those for something. Too bad we couldn’t find a way to make a sideboard out of all of that instead of ordering something…..” As the words were coming out of her mouth, I grabbed my pencil and sketchpad and started to draw. I had an idea to create a dish pantry in her breakfast room and she loved it. A talented carpenter, some new molding and a coat of paint and Voila! Our beautiful upcycled dish pantry gave what would have been a pile of junk new life.
Finding the right area rug for a lovely Hamptons living room took me a while. A full day of watching as rug after rug after rug was peeled back from the pile and hoping against hope that the next one would be it….. but no….
It needed to be a perfect blend of a specific color palette I was working in, have a large but soft pattern and a luxurious hand loomed quality.
The end of the day was nearing and I was looking at the bottom of yet another pile when the shop owner went the extra mile to open something that had just come in and… It was perfect! The right colors, a soft pattern and a real quality look and feel. The right rug can be a focal point at times but mostly I am looking for something to enhance a mood without making that bold a statement. Something that is harmonious with the fabrics, wall treatments and art and calmly anchors the room. Something that draws you in but doesn’t hold the eye.
This beautiful rug is from the fine folks at Peykar in Westbury, New York, and the client and I find it to be exactly the right rug.
You can admit it, you think purple is just for little girl’s rooms.
How could Radiant Orchid be the 2014 color of the year?
According to Pantone, the selector of this color of the year and well respected color authority, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”
According to my internet research, “Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple has been used to symbolize magic and mystery, as well as royalty. “
According to me, Radiant Orchid and purple in general are just fabulous!
A pinch of purple can add romance to a classic black and white color palette, is a great juxtaposition to a sunny gold and can transform drab grey to a regal pewtery vibrancy.
My love for purple is longstanding. As a child, I loved it. Purple spider lilies were my garden favorites and purple potatoes mystified me. I remember wondering why there were not more purple cars and purple houses.
I remember thinking purple was just for kids.
Well, not anymore! I have a home in a community with some Victorians in yes, the color purple and I have seen some beautiful grown up furnishings in all sorts of lovely purple shades. needless to say I’m overjoyed to see a childhood love getting some respect!
Cheers to Radiant Orchid and the color purple and here’s to 2014 bringing in magic, mystery and piece of mind!
Living in New York with all the snow that we’ve had, I really welcome the coming of spring. The simple beauty of fresh green foliage just makes you feel good.
This windowless bathroom needed that feel good vibe so green glass tile was chosen to simulate the soothing beauty of nature and the feel of the outdoors.
Happy first day of spring! TONI SABATINO firstname.lastname@example.org 516-972-5455
We live in this crazy world of media. Instant digital photos from your phone capturing all those special moments…….Finding a place in your head and your heart for all that accumulated stuff is hard enough, but how about your home?
This Hamptons hallway needed a feature. Sure a piece of art would work but what about some of that media?
This collection of random photos declutters some lateral surfaces, inspires memories and warms the heart………….
Decorating this grand and stylish home for the Holidays each year has become part of my Christmas tradition. The Christmas tree, in particular, is always so special. When we started, 10 years ago, the tree had a grand, department store look, with huge, gold dipped pine cones, bows of ribbon and sparkly, red garland. As the years have passed, the addition of paper angels and stars, class pictures attached to paper trees, and the like, have adorned the tree and given it an intimate family feel. The pride and joy seen in the eyes of the child artisans as I climb the ladder and hang their wares in places of importance, really warms my heart. So go ahead! Hang up those paper wreaths made with love and “Have yourself a merry little Christmas NOW!”