DAN’S PAPERS Page 26 February 1, 2013 danshamptons.com Super Bowl, Super Hamptons-Themed Game By kelly laffey While winter in the Hamptons is blissfully quiet when compared to the melee of summer, enough is enough already. Fun fact: The Super Bowl was invented 47 years ago to give the northern half of the country something to look forward to in the dead of February. Unfortunately, Baltimore vs. San Fran for Super Bowl XLVII has little obvious direct appeal to most East Enders. No local ties. No state ties. Not even regional, Northeastern ties. But statistics show that—obviously—the majority of Hamptonites are going to watch Super Bowl XLVII anyway. Stats also show that people everywhere will consume a total of 1.23 billion chicken wings and 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips over the course of the day. With the likelihood of passionate Ravens-on49ers smack talk at East End Super Bowl parties slim, let’s make Sunday more interesting—and healthy—by playing an area-themed game. The rules are simple: Every time someone at your Super Bowl fete says one of the below, make them do a push-up. “Did you hear that Ray Lewis is going to buy a house in the Hamptons after he retires?” “Think Beyoncé is lip-syncing right now?” “I saw Beyoncé hanging out in Bridgehampton this summer.” “Back when I was young, it used to snow all the time in January.” “Check out this picture I took of snow on the beach.” “It’s 10 degrees warmer in the city than it is out here.” “…and I was rushing to catch the ferry and got stuck behind a tractor on the North Fork.” “I would take the train to the city, but the LIRR only stops here at like 3 a.m.” “Can you believe how many stores close during the week out here?” “Have you tried out that new Highway Diner in Wainscott?” “Have you been to the new All Star bowling alley in Riverhead?” “I love (insert name of restaurant), but I would only eat there in the winter.” “I heard Starbucks is coming to Southampton.” “Putting another supermarket in Southampton would be great for the community.” “Putting another supermarket in Southampton would be terrible for traffic.” “How sad is it that the Peconic Water Jitney may not return next year?” “Did you know that the Boardy Barn actually hosts a lot of community benefits?” Someone says “aww” when a baby animal grows up during a Budweiser commercial. Someone references his/her favorite commercial from the 2012 Super Bowl. “I could never live on Shelter Island during the winter.” “I could never live in Montauk during the winter.” “What do you think Orient residents do during the winter?” “When will construction on CR-39 stop?” “When will the real fixes on CR-39 start?” “When will they address the flooding problem on (insert name of street)?” “Did you know that the East Quogue 7-Eleven is the busiest in the country?” “Did you know that the Southampton 7-Eleven is the busiest in the country?” “…I read it in Dan’s.” “Have you ever seen a deer swim?” “Are you going to the Montauk St. Patrick’s Day Parade?” “Have you ever had a pickleback?” “Did you know Revenge isn’t filmed here?” An announcer references “The Harbowl.” “Did you hear that Dan’s Papers interviewed Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend?” Bonuses: Do a push-up for every person you spot bee-lining for the bathroom during halftime. Give two pushups every time someone drinks a local brew—Three if they drink a local wine. Take four if you guess what color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach. And five if you spot a Hamptons celeb on the sidelines. Note: This column does not endorse swapping push-ups for drinks. It does, however, encourage supporting local businesses of all types. Game on. Four Easy Decorating Tips Many of my clients make the decision to hire an interior designer after holding off for several years. Oftentimes I arrive to a space with white walls, and no accessories or decorations at all because homeowners have been fearful of making the wrong decisions. With tight budgets, people often live this way longer then they anticipate, then, finally fed up, they tweak their budgets to bring a professional decorator in to give them the home of their dreams. I believe in the philosophy of living in the here and now, and even if you do not have the budget for a professional interior designer, it is wonderful to have your home reflect the way you want to live, regardless of budget. I have put together four easy tips to help you create the home you want, even if you plan to renovate in the future. With online catalogs and varied products in retail stores these days, there are many options to help you on this journey. First and foremost I tell my clients to bring color into their home. Homeowners can be reluctant to add color out of fear of choosing the wrong hues. Take a risk with color, and start by choosing your favorite ones. Rather than taking a big financial risk and painting your walls or upholstering a large, expensive piece of furniture, start small by bringing in colorful accessories. A punch of color can go a long way in a room in the form of pillows and accessories. Color can have dramatic effects on dark spaces, so with high ceilings and lack of natural light, I say go bolder in color because the space will absorb it well. For well-lit and sunny spaces, I recommend opting for more subtle colors. Andrea Black Lacuna/Flickr By tamara matthews-stephenson Remember how to use these little items? Bring fabrics into your home by layering various sizes and scales together. This seems to be one of the hardest concepts for many people to feel comfortable with, and there can be a sense that if patterns do not match exactly they do not work together. A good rule of thumb when mixing fabric patterns is to keep the scales completely different. I will use a large floral pattern on sofa pillows, but pull one of the colors from the fabric to use in a smaller-scale geometric or striped pattern for an upholstered chair in the room, and all offset with a neutral sofa that may have the trim or piping in an alternative color that is also in the floral pillow. This kind of layering of color and patterns allows me to use them in a way that is complementary without clashing or seeming too busy. No matter how many beautiful pieces of furniture you have, poor lighting will make a space feel off. The correct mix for most rooms is a blending of overhead lighting, wall sconces and table lamps. Remember to think about someone reading a book in one corner while providing enough even lighting throughout the room with overheads that always have dimmer options. The ability to dim overhead and sconce lighting allows the intensity to be diffused when needed and creates ambience. When choosing the style in a room, I break up the aesthetics by combining both modern and traditional pieces to create an eclectic look that does not feel all the same. This can be done in a variety of ways, but one easy approach is through different lighting fixtures. If a room has a good amount of traditional pieces of furniture and accessories I will add a dramatic, modern overhead light. The end result is an interior that is both warm and inviting, yet the contrast in style anchors the space with interesting details. Even if the home is a work in progress, add that little extra special something by putting out bowls of fresh fruit and potted flowering plants. Make 2013 the year you create the home of your dreams.