Tuesday, November 26, 2013


With the exception of a few missing elements (i.e. the gas fireplace insert, the other shades, and a mirror we are still waiting on) this family room is almost complete! And the owners couldn't be more thrilled about the turn out.

Although big and spacious, this room needed some serious comfort and surface retouching. And if there was one thing the client wanted to retouch it was that horrid fireplace! And we agreed of course, but the other fix I just had to persist on making was the lighting problem. There wasn't any! All they had was a ceiling fan and a couple drab table lamps, in a room with 20 foot high ceilings!!! Sky lights and fans are great for natural light and energy saving purposes, but in the dead of winter the fire would be the only thing lighting up! My point being made, they went for the chandelier and not only does it add proper lighting, but it's super gorgeous!

Steph and I initially went for a more transitional look for the client, but as we built on certain pieces the client ended up moving in a more sleek and contemporary direction. We also decided that taking the fireplace stone all the way up to the ceiling was the right decision in the end.


So what do you think, big imporvement?

Thursday, November 7, 2013


As a 25 year old young woman, living in New York City can be a bit intimidating at times. I've seen a few things on the train and on the streets that make me think I should take some self defense or kick boxing classes.
Mom, if you're reading this, don't worry I am fine and there is nothing to worry about. The important things to remember are to always be aware of your surroundings, and don't feel like you have to respond to every stranger who comes up to you out of politeness. I've rounded up some stylish safety gadgets that can help you feel safer walking the streets at night or having to take those late night train rides.