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Celebrating 10 years!

2014 ANNUAL DESIGNER ISSUE

EDITOR’S LETTER

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hen I think back at our first issue of East Coast Home + Design, it is hard to imagine that 10 years later, we would be publishing issue number 70...Our 10th Anniversary Issue. We have come a long way in these years: updating our design esthetic, improvements in digital photography, a cleaner, modern feel, expansion into the Manhattan market. We shot our first issues on film and drum scanned the images! Can you believe that? 10 years ago we would receive piles of disks with images on them this issue, we received two. We have become the standard in our industry for quality, sophistication and a wide breadth of styles of interior design and architecture and many of our clients have been partners with us since our inception. I think that says a lot. Shelley and I are very proud of our accomplishments in this industry. My father relates the publishing industry to golf: A professional golfer wakes up broke every Monday morning. The publishing industry is quite similar: You have to start over the day the current issue goes to press and you are only as good as your last issue. In our meager beginnings, we were virtually unknown in the shelter community. We were reinventing ourselves to follow our passion for design, creating a close knit community of talented artists and allowing these individuals to express themselves in a tasteful manner. Now, with all of your support, we are surprised when someone hasn’t heard of our brand. It’s a humbling testament to all of our hard work. This issue is our 4th Annual Interior Design issue. I feel it our best yet. We all had a fabulous time shooting at the Palace Theater in Stamford and it was insightful to see all of the different quotes come in as to what is inspiring to each designer. Knowing most of them for years, I could see a little bit of their personalities come through in their submissions. We are excited to hear all of the feedback.

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Enjoy this, our 10th Anniversary Issue and Congrats to us!

Matthew Matthew J. Kolk Editor in Chief mattkolk@me.com

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HOME+DESIGN September / October 2014

ISSUE 70

FEATURES

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A PASSAGE TO INDIA Interior Designer Robin McGarry relies on a client’s rich cultural heritage & love of art to create a dynamic space in the heart of Manhattan

By Jennifer Jackson - Outlaw

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An Unencumbered Oasis Seamlessly incorporating natural light and a modern style to a 1960s Tudor – European Concept

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2014 Annual Interior Design Showcase Our Design Community shares their inspiration’s with us in our Annual tribute to fabulous design

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Melange Kitchen Cookbook Hidden Treasures

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HOME+DESIGN September / October 2014

ISSUE 70

Editor-in-Chief Matthew J. Kolk mattkolk@me.com 203-820-1092 Managing Editor James Eagen Contributing Writers Tracy Dwyer, Roshunna Howard, Jennifer Jackson Kait Shea, Diana Sussamn,Peg Ventricelli Contributing Photographers Jane Beiles, Michael Biondo, Phillip Ennis, Tria Giovan, John Gruen, John Hannon, Paul Johnson, Neil Landino, Mark La Rosa, Tim Lee, Daniel Milstein, Janice Parker, Durston Saylor, Debra Somerville, Eric Striffler, Jonathan Wallen, Woodruff/Brown Photography Graphic & Web Design East Coast Publishing

Publisher Shelley E. McCormick shelley_mccormick@yahoo.com 203-545-7091 Account Managers Lisa Dearborn Patrick Giddings Lollie Mathews Business Development Randi K. Lehrman, Esq. Marketing & Sales Advisor to the Gold Coast Corporate Counsel James F. Walsh, Esq. Distribution Man in Motion East Coast Home + Design 111 Forest Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06824 Fax: 203-286-1850

East Coast Home + Design is published six issues per year. To subscribe: www.eastcoasthomepublishing.com; Subscriptions: one year, $28; two years, $50. Back issues can be purchased at www.eastcoasthomepublishing.com. For editorial inquiries: Editor, East Coast Home + Design, 111 Forest Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06824 or e-mail: mattkolk@ me.com. For advertising inquiries: Please call Shelley McCormick at 203-545-7091. Reproduction whole or in part without permission is prohibited. All projects described in this publication are for private, noncommercial use only. No rights for commercial use or exploitation are given or implied. The opinions expressed by writers for articles published by East Coast Home + Design are not necessarily those of the magazine.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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e would like to thank Mia Schipani and the entire Palace Theater organization for their kindness during this years cover shoot. The Palace is a wonderful resource to our community and we ask that you support their efforts! About the Palace Theater The Palace Theatre is the longest running theatre and arts presenter in the history of greater Fairfield County. The Palace has been a beacon for the best music, comedy, dance and theatre since the curtain rose in 1927. Through live performances by world class artists, The Palace reaches the minds and hearts of every patron who enters its doors. The Palace’s goal is to stimulate the creativity of young artists today and to develop audiences for tomorrow. A non-profit company, The Palace provides a home for symphonies, ballet and jazz companies and is renowned for its community programs and leadership in arts education. As one of the only venues in Fairfield County area that can hold over 1,000 people, this vintage theatre is frequently rented out for special events and meetings. Major funding is provided by the Department of Economic & Community Development and the Office of the Arts. The Palace Theatre 61 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT 06901 Box Office: 203.325.4466 palacestamford.org To Book the Palace Theater, please contact: Mia Schipani 203.517.3409 MSchipani@PalaceStamford.org

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Simply Stunning! Elegant Combinations

Maelstrom

Cascading tentacles of blown glass entwine to create an extraordinarily luxurious lighting spectacle. 39d x 71h christopherguy.com

Phillip Jeffries Star Dust Silk Midnight Grey 36w phillipjeffries.com

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My Little Roses

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Vladimir Kagan

Contour High Back Lounge Chair 30w x 35d x 36h ralphpuci.net

Phillip Gorrivan II

Crocodile in Toffee 56% Cotton / 32% Linen / 12%Silk duralee.com

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Vienna Lounge Chair

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Arezzo in Dolce

Arezzo is an artisanal velvet upholstery that was inspired by a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the work of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. This large scale pattern was created by marrying computer driven printing and hand manipulation. The end result is a random pattern where no two yards are alike. Designer Dorothy Cosonas knoll.com

Val D’ Isere Armchair. Style Artdeco.

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In The Field

Vera Sprunt - “The Passing 2009� - Hand colored Large Format Photographic Print fairfieldcountyantiqueabddesign.com

Home is Where the Art is Experts share their secrets to selecting the perfect piece for your place Story by Jennifer Jackson-Outlaw

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For many home owners, the selection of artwork is often considered an afterthought when planning a space. Yet the addition of art can add more to a room than mere decoration. Indeed, art has the ability to truly set the tone for any design project. But how does one obtain the right piece for their room? The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have great art. Just as long as the creation reflects your own personal taste. Luckily, the area is rich with local artists who can work with clients to make the perfect masterpiece for their home. To that end, East Coast Home + Design reached out to gallery owners, artists and an art therapist to ask the simple question, “How do you define the importance of art in the home?” Along the way, we gained perspective on the power of art to define, dominate and even heal. The Artist For David Morico, his work serves as the last piece in the puzzle of finishing a space. A local area artist who specializes in acrylics and mixed media art, Morico often finds himself meeting with decorators who are interested in adding an abstract piece to the home. “I will often meet with designers who pass on samples and pictures of my work to the client and ask them if they would like to meet the artist,” Morico explained. “From there, I usually bring the homeowners into my studio to check out some of my completed projects. It’s also a great time to get to know the customer to determine if my style of art will work for them.” Often clients will buy directly from his gallery of finished work. However, customers tend to commission a new piece. When that happens, he takes pride in finding colors they love to create a painting reflective of their tastes. No matter which route the customer takes, Morico believes that there is only one way to see if an artwork really meets the lifestyle

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of the home owner. Living with it. “If a client is unsure about what they want, I often send them some of my work for them to display in their home for a few weeks. It’s the only way they can really see if it fits their daily life.” The Artist Therapist “I believe that art can serve a dual purpose, “said Annie Arnold, a Chicago-based Art Therapist. “I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that it can be provide a narrative as well as be a very healing source. It’s what lead me to pursue art therapy as a career. The idea is that I can make art daily with someone while helping them to help themselves.” A recent graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Annie has spent the past year working in a behavior health facility treating children and adults as part of her internship. It was there that she was able to see the transformative elements in action as she worked with trauma patients According to Annie, the selection of materials can have often have a big therapeutic impact for her clients. And this effect can extend

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to the choices of artwork that one can display in the home. She cautions care must be given when choosing the right piece for a room. “As an art therapist, I often find myself recognizing how color can affect my patients. So if I notice a client deeply affected by the color yellow, then I would suggest using that color to paint their walls or as a main basis of any art they display,” she said. “It’s all about selecting art that is both meaningful but also nourishing.” Quirky pieces The sentiment of selecting meaningful artwork is shared by Susan Grissom. She is Gallery Director of the Lionheart Gallery, a contemporary gallery in Pound Ridge, N.Y. According to Susan, the most important part of selecting artwork to finish a space is picking something that you love without regard to an overall central theme. And that means sometimes buying a quirky piece that may seem out of step with the overall layout of the room. “A lot of contemporary art buyers are drawn to whimsical works. They want something that really speaks to them, “explained Grissom. “Art tends to dominate the room. So usually the piece chosen represents something about the homeowner.” Grissom often meets with decorators and clients in her gallery to

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explain the narrative behind some of the artists’ vision. This can become a catalyst for them to discover some of her galleries most interesting pieces for display. For example, some of the gallery’s best-selling works were created by Betsy Podlach. An artist considered by some to be the Cindy Sherman of the portrait world, Podlach specializes in creating paintings depictions of animals within unusual environments. “I’ve have several people recently buy her rabbit and dog portraits,” Grissom shares with a laugh. “I was really surprised because it all happened within two weeks. Bunny rabbits that were sitting charmingly and one of a leaping dog. Really sort of humorous pieces. But all of the buyers said that they saw something that made them smile.” Using Art to Direct A Space “To be honest, one of the most disappointing things is when art being added to a room as an afterthought,” said Geoff Walsky, the owner of the Fairfield Antiques Center. A multi-dealer antique and design space in Norwalk, CT, the center is also home to The LeClerc Contemporary Gallery. Which is a 2,000 square foot gallery that is named for Walsky’s great grandfatherParisian artist Julien Jacques LeClerc. “I truly believe it’s a mistake to not buy the art first and then design the room around it. The other pieces-can be used to blend and contrasts with the colors of the art. It really can make the work come alive when you use art to direct the other pieces in the space.” To assist his clients with their choices, he often works closely with decorators to suggest area artists like photographer Dan Lenore. This strategy is echoed by Lee Millazo, owner of the Samuel Owen Gallery in Greenwich, CT. He loves it when a home owner or designer starts with begins a design project with considering of the art being displayed. “I work with one designer who regularly starts every project with the art pieces. She might contact me and say, ‘I’m working on a girl’s room’ and use a photograph to decide what gets pulled

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out of a space through color and design. Think about it. If you find a work that you love, you’re going to find elements of it that you will want to play up to better showcase the art. No matter if it’s color, or theme or whatever. ” When asked why more decorators don’t utilize this strategy, Millazo said that it may be a lack of understanding what the right piece can bring to a space. “I deal with a lot of decorators and more importantly, I deal with a lot of clients who hire decorators .And there’s always a question of art in the home. Many of home owners who feel that they are just not knowledgeable enough to select a piece of art for the room so they rely on the decorator’s advice. Conversely there are also situations where the decorator will decorate the room, then leaving it up to the client to purchase the artwork on their own. The decorator may state that this is because art is a personal preference. However, what that really says to me is that the decorators themselves doesn’t really know enough about art to advise the client.” Both men also agree that the selection of art must be based on what inspires you. The act of creating a visual theme isn’t as important as finding a work that you love. And that you don’t have to only purchase it from your nearest gallery. “To be honest, art galleries can be an unfriendly environment,” Walsky said. “I’m telling people to be open to purchasing art anywhere. Flea markets, thrift stores. Even repurposing an existing item. You should really have fun with it while finding something that you can’t live without.” And the best part of the process? According to Millazo, it’s when that initial purchase turns into a lifelong passion. “We’ve turned a lot of people into art collectors, especially since they come in and buy a piece from a particular artist. And now, they have a fun project on their hands. One that allows them to pull out their laptops after the kids are asleep so that they can learn more about his other works. The best

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art serves as a conversation piece. And learning more about the artist can lead to an appreciation of other pieces. So when you are at a dinner party and someone says, ‘Hey, that’s a great painting, you can have a 20 minute discussion about the story behind it.” “Trust me”, laughed Millazo. “You can’t do that with a couch or TV.” Resources David R. Morico 203.216.3630 davidmorico.com Lionheart Gallery 27 Westchester Avenue Pound Ridge, NY 10576 914.764-8689 thelionheartgallery.com Fairfield County Antiques&Design 19 Willard Road Norwalk, CT 06851 203.826.8575 fairfieldantiqueanddesign.com Samuel Owens Gallery 382 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830 203.422.6500 samuelowen.com

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Kitchen Cookbook Miele Truffle Brown Appliances

The Thoroughly Modern Kitchen

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Has there been a space that has seen as much of a dramatic transformation in recent decades as the kitchen? Once regarded pragmatically as simply a place to prepare meals, today’s kitchen is seen as a central entertainment and meeting spot for the home. This paradigm shift has been brought on by many factors- from changing populations to the emergence of a foodie culture driven by the popularity of networks such as the Cooking Channel. To better understand how trends have defined the modern kitchen, East Coast Home+ Design reached out to of three of the most innovative brands in the appliance industry (GE, Sub-Zero & Wolf and Miele) to share their thoughts on what awaits us in the future. Along the way, we discussed products, technology and the surprising way that both millennials and baby boomers are having an effect on kitchen layouts in the future.

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Design Lou Lenzi. “Our challenge is to see our appliances can contribute to the social aspects of the kitchen while being more space efficient and technologically driven.” To that end, GE is focusing on creating appliances that is designed to blend the kitchen by integrating with the home’s overall décor. Sleek lines and slide-in features are now mainstays of their products. Lenzi said that finishes will also play a role in the ‘softening’ of the kitchen space. Although stainless steel will always be seen as the classic appliance finish, more consumers are embracing gray as an alternative to better complement the vast variety of building materials available. For that reason, GE introduced the Slate line of products to provide consumers a more subtle approach to kitchen design. But perhaps the most interesting performance trend is the move to produce the Micro-Kitchen. The product, which provides a cooking, cleaning and refrigeration surfaces either within single compact or a counter-size modular unit, was developed based on the demographics of our changing population. “Both the Baby Boomers and Millennial generations are utilizing smaller spaces, but for very different reasons,” explained Lenzi. “We are observing that the Boomers are downsizing due to a change in their lifestyle. Perhaps they are approaching retirement as their chil-

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dren move on. Conversely the Millennials are eschewing the tradition suburban home altogether, opting instead to live in more urban sectors.” Millennials are also leading the way on how technology is being integrated into the appliances. Based on the popularity of swipe and touch technology currently found in mobile devices, GE is moving to provide the same in their next-stage products. Mobile devices also are shifting the way that consumers can expect to engage with their appliances. The new GE’s line of Brillion connected wall ovens allows customers the ability to control them through a smart phone.

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Smart appliance technology is also a major focus with the team and Sub-Zero & Wolf as they believe that it will be an essential part of cooking process in the future. “Sub-Zero and Wolf products have the ability to sync to home-automated control systems like Control4, Crestron and Savant, “explained Sub-Zero and Wolf Vice President of Marketing, Michele Bedard. “With regard to Wolf, this technology allows users to view the oven’s current temperature, receive preheat notifications, timer alerts and access internal meat temperature.” “Sub-Zero built-in refrigeration products will also be compatible, notifying the owner if the refrigerator door has been left open. It will even allow them to change the interior setting to the energy-saving “vacation mode” if they will be out of the house for an extended period of time. “ Like GE, the seamless merger of appliance and decor is also a major style element with the team at Sub-Zero appliances. From their un-

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dercover refrigeration drawers to electric cooking surfaces, their products are built to integrate their range of products with modern kitchen cabinetry of all sizes. So what products do they expect to remain popular in terms of design? Bedard believes that it will be a modern twist on an old-classic-French doors. “In terms of refrigeration, our French door models remain in demand for the design and functional benefits,” she said. “Owners can open either of the two doors independently or open them together for full access to the refrigerator’s interiors.” Their dedication to classic style extends to their appliance finishes as well. Stainless Steel by far remains a popular choice for Sub-Zero’s customers. However, they are noticing a decided interest in black glass for those wanting a more temporary look.

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According to Kathrin Pfeifer, Product Manager for Miele USA, it’s changing attitudes towards meal preparation that’s guiding their new products in the coming decade. “More and more people love to cook and looking to prepare restaurant quality food at home while trying new technique. And those factors need to be considered in product design,” she said. “At Miele, we are monitoring the market needs constantly to make note of that fact.” To better prepare for this new reality, their MasterCool line of fridges and freezers offers menu-driven guides to help consumers find the best individualized food storage solutions. In addition, Miele has perfected a process called Dynamic Cooling that allows for a consistent temperature circulating throughout the cabinet. These technological conveniences also extends to their cooking ranges.

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The company is currently introducing a new M. Touch user interphase which offers consumers the ability to prepare gourmet meals at the touch of a button. The technology is intended to streamline the cooking process for the user with easy-to-use functions and one unified interface across all culinary products. However, Miele’s greatest advancement in kitchen technology is the development of Con@ctivity. The proprietary program allows for communication between the range hood and cooking top surface to allow for optimum efficiency on items such as cleaning and temperature control. Like Sub-Zero and Wolf, Miele takes a pointed interest in maintaining classic style in performance and design. Stainless steel accents remain by far their most popular finish. But there are two glass finishes that are rising in popularity-Brilliant Write & Truffle Brown. “I believe this trend of rich, vibrant colors will be a trend to offer clients more flexibility but with the ability to achieve a premium look in their kitchens,” Pfeifer said. “At Miele we would like to set trends and we believe that there is even room for more ‘customization’ in future. You can change the whole look of appliances with just adding handles with different/extraordinary materials.”

The Rise of the Mobile Kitchen

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device seemed to be the next stage in the space’s evolution. From Miele’s Con@ctivity program to General Electric’s Brillion line of products, the idea of using computers and tablets to shape and control your cooking experience is rapidly becoming reality. And according to GE’s Lenzi, this is just the beginning as more appliance makers are pursuing a vision of the future we first got a glimpse of years ago on The Jetsons. “As smart phone technology changes, people fully expect to have a home that is responsive in every way. In the future, we can envision that not only that you can preheat your oven from another room-but also control the dryer cycle and the thermostat. All from your phone or tablet.” Do you dream of chatting with your oven to determine the optimal cooking time for your recipe or to reset your clock after a power outage? If so, there will soon be an app for that. RESOURCES geappliances.com mieleusa.com subzero-wolf.com

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Ask the Experts

UNRAVELING UPHOLSTERY 5 Questions with Chris Upholstery Owner Chris Hamalidis

In your opinion, what is trending now in home decor? There’s a huge resurgence of Lucite furniture that has become popular over the last few years. Popular back in the 1960s, Lucite’s signature look is chic, simple, and versatile. Today, we’re updating that 60s look by pairing it with contemporary styles that give customers a lot of options when it comes to coordinating within their design scheme. It’s especially great for smaller spaces as the transparent look gives the illusion of taking up less space. We offer different style benches, chairs and custom legs for beds. If you don’t want commit with a large piece you can use small decorative accents. We even have lucite drapery hardware. How do you know if your piece is worth reupholstering? By the weight. You can easily determine whether a piece of furniture is worth reupholstering by the weight. A sturdy, heavy wooden frame usually means you have a quality piece. That’s why when customers come in -often with an inherited or outdated piecewe can easily assess whether it’s worth breathing new life into it by updating the design and reinforcing the frame. And, there’s the added benefit of customizing the frame to

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any style that fits the customers needs: You have the option to change the arm style, height of the back, leg style‌the list goes on. The result is a brand new piece of furniture that will last... or until you’re ready to update it again in the future! Please explain the process of making custom furniture. It all starts with a picture or drawing. We meet with the customer to discuss their vision and together we design their dream piece. From the right dimensions to fit in their space to the style and finishes that will make it one of a kind. There are many options to make a piece unique: the shape and style of the legs to the material they’re made of; using nailheads or not; the list goes on. All our frames are built on site. We use the highest quality hardwood frames which feature double-dowelled joints and corner blocks that glued, stapled, and screwed to the frames. Customers can then choose the insert option that best meets their needs. And within three to four weeks, their vision is made into a reality. What are the benefits of getting custom window treatments? The difference between custom window treatments and the prefabricated ones you can get from a large home improvement store is the difference that makes a room special. Customers looking to give their home a unique design can choose from drapery panels or roman shades to a cornice or valance. We custom-fit our drapes to the measurements of your specific windows, all to achieve the proper fullness for a luxurious look.

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All our frames are built on site.We use the highest quality hardwood frames which feature double-dowelled joints and corner blocks that glued,stapled,and screwed to the frames.

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You can decide which type of lining works best for your room. Choose your own fabric, trim or drapery hardware. Plus, you can also opt to have custom blinds, solar/roller shades or shutters in your room. Together we can help you choose that right option for your space. What fabric lines do you carry? We carry a wide array of fabric manufacturers to suit every need: from Rogers & Goffigon, Schumacher, and Pindler to Duralee, Kravet, and Maxwell. Plus, we can accommodate any special orders or designs. Resource Chris Upholstery 73 Main Street Norwalk, CT 06851 203-849-7716 chrisupholstery.com

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EAST COAST HOME + DESIGN

September/ October Interior Designer Robin McGarry infuses art into a Manhattan apartment. Architect George Dumitru creates balance in a contemporary tutor. Our Designers share their inspirations on our annual Interior Design feature.

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A PASSAGE TO INDIA Interior Designer Robin McGarry relies on a client’s rich cultural heritage & love of art to create a dynamic space in the heart of Manhattan Story by Jennifer Jackson-Outlaw Photos by Neil Landino

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A sample of the breathtaking personal art that inspired McGarry’s work in the apartment.

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the Hudson. But the apartment itself was white walls and white mini blends when they moved in. It was a very cold feeling and they really wanted to warm up the space.” Further complicating her task was the fact that the location had a serious lighting problem. The apartment didn’t have any ceiling lights. And the windows, which ran to the ceiling, were only located on the perimeters of the building. But perhaps the most daunting challenge to the project was the apartment’s cement walls. Because of the difficulty that exists in locating electrical and plumbing systems within that type of structure, she wasn’t allowed by the building owners to cut into the walls in order to install any junction boxes. McGarry was able to make the space feel more like home but combining woven blinds and drapery panels with sheers on the windows. Because of the limitations on attaching a curtain rod-she had to screw the curtains directly to the ceiling. In addition, Robin chose a vibrant red and white hand-knotted rug for the living room. She also utilized a lot of beautiful fabrics on the furniture to give the room more character. “The Donghia chairs were finished in mohair,” she explained. “And the sofa was a two-tonal piece where the base was wool mohair with the seat cushions were in a Robert Allen design.” Robin continued her quest to awaken the home’s potential through fabric in the master bedroom. The bed itself featured woven textiles from Rubelli and Donghia. All the materials reflected the rich reds and gold colors that were highlighted in the artwork throughout the room. McGarry displayed quite a bit of ingenuity to resolve the apartments lighting issues. After examining her alternatives on illuminating the space without disturbing the concrete structure-she settled on adding sconces that actually plugged in as opposed of being built into the wall itself. However, this task proved itself easier said than done. 58

“I definitely had a hard time finding lighting companies that would custom create a sconce with a chord that plugs in, “ she recalled. “I must have spent 2 days calling on the phone with lighting companies.” Luckily, she was able to find a local company that could accommodate her request “Chameleon, which is out of New York, was willing to make them for me. Not only did they actually match the color of the chord to the walls. But they also let me select where the switch goes on each one. They did a wonderful job and I couldn’t have been happier with the results.” In addition to the sconces, Robin also needed a unique answer for the lighting issue in the master bedroom that would accommodate the height of the furniture. “In the bedroom, they had a low frame bed and they really needed something tall enough to give them the light that they needed.” Luckily, she was able to track down a lamp that was 50 inches tall. The assignment was a resounding success with her clients. And Robin believes this was definitely due to the trust and understanding that was built over the two design projects. “After doing their first home, I had a much better feeling of what they liked in terms of materials.” Robin explained. “I definitely knew that they wanted hot and warm colors.” The fact that clients already had their artwork chosen was also a major plus-as most customers fail to identify just how transformative art can be to a space. “Idealistically, it could be wonderful if I could convince clients how important artwork is and that we should start with picking out some artwork first. To me, it would help make the room a lot more successful. And just the process of selecting things will be easier. Not that furnishing needs to match the artwork. But the artwork provides an overall inspiration.” Unfortunately, McGarry estimates that 60 to 70% of clients that she works with are extremely reluctant to make an investment in artwork

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The woven fabrics of Rubelli & Donghia works to make the master bedroom a warm and cozy refuge from the world. While the 50-inch lamp provides unexpected lighting coverage.

first. However, she does try to encourage clients to branch out and consider this important component of decorating. In fact, she even passes on names of artists that regularly provide their work on loan to help the client to decide on a piece. “It’s probably the most challenging aspect that I have found in my business to help the client find art that they enjoy. Now, once they do they love it! But it can be difficult to convince them to take that first step”.

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Developing a welcoming entrance became a focus that effortlessly brings the old European Tudor together with the modern styling inside the home.

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An Unencumbered Oasis Seamlessly incorporating natural light and a modern style to a 1960s Tudor – European Concept Story by Dannett Frey Photos by Durston Saylor

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insides to remain outdated. The solution is to respect the past and adapt the inside to the family’s needs and style. The homeowners wanted a sophisticated elegance and George believes they succeeded. Each detail painstakingly chosen by the homeowners effortlessly combines George’s vision and the expectations of the owners. Their sophisticated but comfortable design choices enhance the essence of an unencumbered oasis with the incredible views of the outside from every room. As the plans developed, it became obvious that the process of a complete home renovation would also require addressing structural concerns they come across. The 1960’s home lacked the floor plan the homeowners wanted to have an open and welcoming home. George’s ideas received much support by the homeowners, as the desires of both were compatible. By opening up the home inside George created East Coast Home + Design

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what the home needed. Now the home has a sense of fresh air, language, and conversation flowing through the home. This was very exciting for George to take this whole approach throughout the home with open spaces, windows, natural light, interesting materials that carried the home’s message throughout. The home fits their lifestyle from the first person home to the last to leave. The kitchen underwent a significant redesign to create a flow of the spaces. The flow is not just for the functionality of the kitchen but combining the flow of conversation, light, and fresh air from the kitchen, dining room, and family room since this is an area where the family spends a considerable amount of time. Previously, the kitchen was very small and had an equally small breakfast room. After opening all three rooms, the homeowners gained a kitchen area that welcomes guests to join in the heart of the home. Looking at the kitchen straight on, one can see the larger size of the room allowed for better functionality, providing adequate storage space, workspaces, and accommodate a large and active family. Multiple activities can take place in this room at the same time while still allowing the overflow of people to remain near the hub of activity. Top: The focus of open spaces and bringing in natural light draws the family to the heart of their home. A great place to gather, connect, relax, and spend time together as a family. Left: Another example of how the room changes throughout the day and how dynamic the ceiling and windows are in that space. Right: The light play seen in the dining room brings a great visual appeal to the room emphasizing the focus the homeowners and George wanted to bring life to the space.

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After opening all three rooms, the homeowners gained a kitchen area that welcomes guests to join in the heart of the home. On the backside of the home, one can see the home is two stories exposed and previously both sides had covered porches. The idea was to open up one side to a deck and leave the other side closed in for more opportunities to be outside in inclement weather. The open deck brings in light and accessed from the living room. The roof and chimney received some updating to keep the updated look to the Tudor exterior. The covered porch has a built in grill to offer the family another avenue to share meals together and access the backyard that is beautifully landscaped to compliment the overall theme of the home. The screened porch access is through the family room. The area between the two porches is the dining room, but does not provide direct access to either porch. The dining room is the family’s favorite room and this hold the beauty of the home as its main focal point. The modern ceiling is the most impressive feature of this gathering room. In the master bathroom, the intent was to present the maximum amount of light with the windows, light features, and the other elements of design. The lights positioned in the mirrors in a vertical 64

position to counter the horizontal element of the floating sink and tub. During the day the sunlight streams in and illuminates the room reflecting off the mirror much like one would expect if multiple window placements were in the room would offer. The lights floating in the mirrors create an incredible illusion of an even larger sanctuary. Selecting the marble for the bathroom required a great search as the intent was for it to appear as if an optical illusion. The tub welcoming and sedate, strong yet delicate appearing has the look of water flowing. The sink, though suspended on the wall appears held up by the tub drawing your eyes to the corner where the natural light plays bringing the outside in. The garage was a box shaped feature that was completely disharmonious with the rest of the home. George’s idea was to add a second level to bring interest to the garage and to match it with the rest of the home. George used two mahogany doors similar to the front entrance of the home, the Tudor styling, and a front window on the bonus room to mirror the rest of the exterior. The look provides continuity

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Left: An updated kitchen brings stylish and modern to combine a classic European style Tudor with the needs of today’s family. Simple but classic lines in the kitchen bring style and function together creating family meals and memories. Top: The master bathroom uses vertical and horizontal lines to make a statement about the contemporary feel throughout the house. The marble, chosen specifically for the horizontal lines it portrays makes the resting of the sink on the tub capture your eye. Right: Architect George Demitru enjoying the deck that brings nature right up to the family whether in the dining room or outside enjoying nature. The windows highlight the outside where the family tends to spend the majority of its time. The deck, previously a screened in porch opened up in an effort to provide the family multiple options for enjoying the outside. An added bonus is the unobstructed view of their backyard.

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Top Left: From the backside of the home you can see the deck and the covered porch the family can enjoy in a variety of ways. Before the renovations, both sides were covered porches. By opening up one side the visual appeal of the home expands. Above: So important is the seamless incorporation of the outside with the inside, the family kept one side of the screened in porch attached. A built in grill, added to the backside of the fireplace in the living room offers the family another gathering point for meals and relaxation.

sorely lacking previously bringing harmony to the oasis. In each of the rooms, one can see George’s vision of bringing fresh air, language, and conversation. The rooms look unencumbered, sophisticated yet welcoming and relaxed. The glimpse of the outdoors in every room appears to happen naturally, organically, and beautifully. George credits the homeowner’s eye for details all along the process bringing their combined vision for this home to fruition. From the color pallet, light fixtures, flooring, furniture, and accessories, the perfect choices made this a successful example of European Concept. ARCHITECT Studio Dumitru Architects George Dumitru 49 Richmondville Avenue Westport, CT 06880 203.226.5156 studiodumitru.com

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SUSAN GLICK Susan Glick Interiors susanglickinteriors.com

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Modernism is an attitude...A well designed room should beckon you-make you feel welcomed and wanting a bit more. - Mary McDonald Why did you choose Mary McDonald’s famous quote? I chose Mary McDonald as I am enamored with her style, taste and talent and know she follows her instincts when approaching each project. Please describe your design style. My style is a blend of modern luxury and classics. I love to create relaxed yet elegant living spaces that combine luxury, quality and sophistication. How long have you been in interior design? I have been in interior design for 15 years which was a very natural transition from a background in fashion. The design skills I developed during my career in fashion were instrumental to understanding how

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to design and coordinate the flow of rooms throughout the home. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Design has evolved in the last decade from a fairly traditional approach to a much more transitional and modern point of view. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? The design process is a coordination of vision, creativity and being open minded. No great room was ever designed without taking a risk. Trust whomever you hire to guide you through the process smoothly and have fun with it.

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I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life -Elsie de Wolfe

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LINDA RUDERMAN Linda Ruderman Interiors lindaruderman.com

Why did you choose Elsie de Wolfe’s famous quote ? Elsie de Wolfe is my idol. I love everything about her style, how she thought and particularly how she owned her craft! She encouraged the women even of modest means through magazines and radio to embrace modernity even though her clients were the rich and social. All interior designers spend years of our life making everything beautiful for our clients and for ourselves. In my case, it carries over into everything I do whether it be Entertaining, gardening, vacationing or just getting dressed in the morning. My surroundings greatly affect my mood and creativity. Please describe your design style. My designs articulate a fundamentally modern belief in the intersection of the domestic interior with personal expression and individual identity of my client. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? Over 30 years. My first Career choice was in the medical field and after that I was a United Airlines Flight Attendant for 10 years. It was during that time that I was able to focus on my passion and study architecture and design. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? In the past 10 years I feel that Interior design has been all over the place. While Transitional seems to be the buzz word... nobody really knows what that means. It has been described as anything but traditional as we know it. Window treatments seem to be a thing of the past. Clean lines on furniture, minimal accessories, gray walls, dark floors, area rugs splashed with color or not and contemporary art grace the pages of our magazines. Has it really changed? The audience has changed. The baby boomers are downsizing and simplifying their interiors and the younger generations want a departure from anything that looked like their parents house. I think it is a very similar time to when Elsie de Wolfe brought good taste, light and air into the dark Victorian interiors in the first half of the 20th century. The first 14 years of the 21st century has even seen more light and air and of course GRAY! If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? I believe that the journey a homeowner embarks upon with their interior designer should be both enjoyable and educational. The designer and client should work very closely on designing the interior spaces to articulate the client’s own histories, passions, needs and desires. A successful project is all about client and designer communication and making sure everyone is always on the same page throughout the process.

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ROBIN MCGARRY Robin McGarry Interior Design robinmcgarry.com

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Why did you choose Ann Mortifee’s famous quote? “In Love with the Mystery” originated from a journal of messages to herself. This book reminds me to pause and find joy in every moment. If there was one goal I would hope to accomplish as an Interior Designer, it would be that every time clients walked into their homes that they would be able to clear their minds to dream and feel a comfort and peace that no other place in the world gives them. Their home should be a place to rejuvenate the soul. Please describe your design style: We defy quick categorization by using a sophisticated mix of textures and shapes, creating simplicity out of complexity and strength through subtlety. With attention to detail, rooms are elegantly understated. Maintaining the existing interior architectural integrity is always a priority. Creating classic designs with-a-dash-of-daring aesthetic. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background?

“When the mind is on constant output, the emotions begin to wither. Take time to float, to dream, to allow days to pass in aimless reverie. Once reverie and activity come into harmony, stress begins to unwind.” -Ann Mortifee Having graduated with a 4 yr degree Interior Design at age 22 and passing the NCIDQ National Interior Design licensing exam in 1985, this has always been my career East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? The trend has been towards simplified spaces and paring away unnecessary ornamentation, which- given our high-tech lifestyle and intense pace of life- has been good. However, in more simplified spaces, artwork on the wall is more important than ever for these spaces…and for our soul! If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? To begin….request a copy of their Interior Design license! With the popularity of Interior Design in the media there is saturation of unlicensed/ uneducated/ untrained people calling themselves “interior designers”. You would never hire a doctor without a medical degree to operate on you—why then would you hire someone with no education or professional training to advise you on such expensive purchases? Many people find this out too late, when there are errors, inappropriate materials used, lack of proper insurance for liability…

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LYNNE SCALO Lynne Scalo Design lynnescalo.com

Why did you choose Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous quote? Because it rang true! I have been inspired by my experience with my clients. They all have great taste and I have been privileged to be commissioned to practice my art which is interior design. Please describe your design style. Timeless, understated glamor How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I opened my firm in 2000, I have a history in fine arts.

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East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Good question! I am firmly rooted in the same approach to all of my designs since my first project...people want beautiful spaces that are experienced! Lived in! Kids, dogs, and that is what I do! If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? That it is an experience that will enrich their lives and teach their children to appreciate beauty and the artistic process.

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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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DAWN CONNORS Dawn Connors Design dawnconnors@gmail.com

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“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, It’s really how it works.” - Steve Jobs

Why did you choose Steve Job’s famous quote? Thought of by many as an American icon, his vision went way beyond technology. I feel his quote translates into a formula that is perfect for designing your home and lifestyle. Please describe your design style. Like design, I feel like my style is always evolving and changing. I would say that it is very individualized but the outcome is the same, getting the room to work for you. The style is only good when the family is enjoying it! How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I have been in interior design 20 ++ years (LOL) I graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in elementary and special education, and was a NYC school teacher. I moved to Los Angeles and started working with a friend making custom furniture from old reclaimed pine, and that’s when I found my then new career, that I Love, Love, Love.

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East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Congratulations East Coast Home and Design! Over the last decade design has become more accessible to people of all incomes. You do not have to be wealthy to have a well designed room. Design has become much less rigid and a lot more relaxed. People want to come home after a Long stressful day to a comfortable space they can unwind in. Long gone are the matching sets, finishes and fabrics. Mixing it up makes it inviting, comfortable and interesting...no matter what your style. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? To have fun with your space. Good design starts with a conversation and a plan. We work together to get you the room/home you will love to live in. It makes all the difference, when your home is your castle.

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JULIANNE STIRLING Stirling Design Associates stirlingdesignassociates.com

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Why did you choose Andrew Lloyd Weber’s famous quote ? The word love is so overused in our profession. ‘I love this; don’t you love that; pick the one you love.’ But here I am talking about a different emotion. It is the moment in the job when you ‘fall in love’ with it; when it is no longer your clients’ project but something wonderful you share their love for. It is the moment when all involved become a team and each member of the team works to make the others successful. You find yourself thinking about it in the shower, driving down the road or even watching an old movie. An idea comes to you and you can’t wait to see if your ‘team’ gets as excited as you do. Once you fall in love with a project you can never go back to indifference. Even when all is complete and years pass, you drive by and you are welled up with love for what was yours for a time. Please describe your design style. I don’t have one style I prefer. The only style preference I’m interested in are those of my clients. The beauty of my profession is that I get to do all styles. I love the clean lines and simplicity of contemporary. I love the playfulness of modern. I love the rich colors and materials of traditional. As a designer, having access to the best resources regardless of style allows me to create spaces that use my talents while honing the style preferences of my clients. Successful spaces regardless of style depend on the same elements and principles of design. If I were forced to choose a design style I would still hedge and say ‘my look’ is one that marries function and beauty with quality pieces. I want my clients’ friends to know they have really good taste. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? Prior to Design I sold Information Technology training and services to the Fortune 100 companies. I traveled a lot and toured every building in places I visited to view the architecture. When I realized looking at venerable old buildings in Washington, DC, or new construction at an IT company was the highlight of my job I decided to go back to school and get a degree in Interior Design. That was 1988. There have been so many high end clients since then but my first client was the mother of my son’s friend whom I’d never met, but Brad told her I was a very good designer. My first reference. Right away there was a second client who loved anything red and was referred by a neighbor. My third client was a 43,000 square foot regional sales office. I partnered with a talented Designer from Marriott who got us the job, and one month in she was transferred to Texas leaving me in charge. I wasn’t even a year out of Design School. My

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business experience helped me bluff my way through client and site meetings but only adrenalin got me to the end. I was so proud. It was beautiful, finished on time and on budget. Best of all, the contractor who early on was less than thrilled with my inexperience and tried to get me fired said it was the best project in his portfolio. It’s been one love affair after another ever since. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? There have been so many changes I don’t know where to begin. Let’s start with business changes. I see the recession and information technology as the two drivers. The first was painful but temporary and the second is here to stay. Maybe because I started out in the information technology field I find the changes exciting and I think we are just getting started. Communication with manufacturers, sales reps, clients, sub-contractors has been done online for a number of years. Our product catalog search is all online so there is no need for a paper library. Proposals and Purchase Orders are delivered via the internet. My CAD software is no longer a purchased CD but is continually updated ‘in the cloud.’ These and other changes make life easier for a design firm. The challenges are having a client say ‘I just bought the niftiest chandelier from One Kings Lane. I hope you like it.’ There is so much eye candy out there and you can’t expect them not to look. I would too. Styles have changed a lot. Even the most traditional magazines feature mostly contemporary spaces. Less is more. But the pendulum had to swing back from the excess of the 1990’s and 2000’s where fringe was queen. I noticed in my History of Interior Design classes that furniture styles seemed to recycle every hundred years. If my theory is correct that would mean we are now entering the early 18th century Empire/Federal and early 19th century Art Nouveau/Art Deco hundred year anniversaries where they cleaned up the excesses of Rococo and Victorian styles. Change is good for design. It spurs creativity and makes us see new and old with a fresh perspective. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? You will have the most successful project and will be happier in the end if you can do three things: Be open and honest with your designer about your budget. Communicate often about what you like and don’t like. Let your designer know you trust them so they can fall in love.

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DINYAR WADIA Wadia Associates wadiaassociates.com

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The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll Why did you choose Andrew Lloyd Weber’s famous quote ? I’ve always been a great admirer of English Gardens, the work of Gertrude Jekyll, and in particular the design of Upton Grey in Hampshire. Please describe your design style. Classical - Transitional. Simple, refined elegance with a classical detailing when required. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? As you know, I come from an architectural background, having had a successful architectural practice for over thirty years. Interiors and part and parcel of our design services, and over the years more and more clients have asked us to decorate their homes as well. What started as just dabbling, has grown into a fully fledged division of the company. We have projects where we are the architect and the decorator, projects where we are just the decorator, and projects where

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we are the architects collaborating with some of the other wonderful decorators in the region. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? A while ago people wanted period homes. By that I mean if they wanted a Georgian style home, then they wanted a Georgian exterior and a Georgian interior that matched. Now, people want much more modern, or transitional, interiors - but coupled with that traditional exterior. People don’t necessarily want the interiors and exteriors to match. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? We like to think that we are designing homes rather than houses. A house is just bricks and mortar. Whereas a home is a personal expression of the those that live there.

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LISA FERO Lisa Fero Interiors lisaferointeriors.com

Why did you choose Oprah Winfrey’s famous quote ? This quote completely describes how I feel about interior design. I am very fortunate that I have been able to choose a career that I absolutely love and that am passionate about. While I often work many hours, what I do doesn’t feel like a job to me, it feels like a calling. Please describe your design style I think of my style as classic with a modern touch, but my designs are really dictated by my clients. I listen to their likes and dislikes and strive to give them a space that they look forward to come home to. Comfort and functionality are also very important to me. I have young children, and strongly believe for myself and for my clients that you do not need to forgo practicality for the sake of good design. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I started Lisa Fero Interiors in 2009. Prior to interior design I worked as a retail furniture buyer managing a $22 million

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I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. - Oprah Winfrey dollar account. My past career afforded me the opportunity to travel to such places as Italy and China as well as many domestic locations searching for the right products for a changing market. The experience gave me a strong background and helped develop my skills to identify quality product and run my own business. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? The biggest change I see in design is how consumers are able to view trends, styles, and product 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Houzz, Pinterest and the many design shows that are on TV are great avenues to give consumers ideas about what they like and dislike, but often these shows do not portray the amount of behind the scenes work which goes into designing a room. One of the things I pride myself on is that I make the process transparent for my clients and help guide

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them each step of the way. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? That it is a process, it sounds simple but it’s not! I once had a client call me in November and expressed that she wanted her living room completely designed, with all new furniture by Christmas. I explained to her that while I understood that she wanted a beautiful room for the holidays, the only way we could put together a room that fast is by choosing in stock furniture which would limit her choices and the design of the room. I took my client to a few showrooms so she could see her in stock choices and she realized that she did not want to limit herself in order to have the room for Christmas. By following my guidance she now has a beautiful room for many Christmases to come.

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JAMIE HERZLINGER Jamie Herzlinger Interiors jamieherzlingerinteriors.com

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Why did you choose Billie Holiday’s famous quote? I chose Billie Holiday’s quote as I live everyday to its fullest and I am known for doing anything and everything over the top. Please describe your design style My design style represents my clients tastes and my ability to design into their vision How long have you been in design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? My design career has spanned my entire life. My family was in women’s fashions; from my great aunt having started the millinery department for Mrs. Bergdorf, to my mother having designed maternity clothing for Lauren Bacall and Jacqueline Kennedy, to me having designed my own collection of women’s sportswear which then evolved

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into interior design East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Congratulations to East Coast Home and Design! Bravo! For being supportive and recognizing that interior design has not and does not change, and staying on top of the trends, which always change. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? To truly understand the interior design process, I don’t believe any one client even after the project is installed, would say they understood it. My goal is always to have my clients feel like it was magic, like seeing a fantastic theater production.

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DINA SPAIDAL DEB LABELLA La Bella Spaidal Interiors labellasapidal.com

Why did you choose Steve Job’s famous quote ? Because we know it’s true. We always say how lucky we are to love what we do. Please describe your design style When clients ask us this question, we tell them it’s not about our style. It’s about their style. We think it is important to let the client’s personality shine through, so that’s where we start when setting the tone for each space. Then, we create a classically chic look that fits the bill. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? This is a second career for both of us, although we each had involve-

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ment in design for many years prior to starting LaBella Spaidal nine years ago. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? The most notable change has been a movement towards a more casual, comfortable look. Even more formal rooms need to be livable these days. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Collaboration and communication is critical to a successful design relationship.

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The ONLY way to do great work is to LOVE what you do - Steve Jobs

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KERI ROSENTHAL DENISE DAVIES D2 Interieurs d2interieurs.com

Why did you chooseAlbert Einstein’s famous quote ? We chose Alert Einstein quote because, like our designs, it is modern yet timeless. Please describe your design style. We typically take the lead from our clients tastes and needs. So it would be hard to label our style. We do have to admit that we love color and have a more modern sensibility. Even when a client desires a neutral palate, we like to inject a little D2 pop! How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? We both came from fashion backgrounds and in more creative positions. These careers lend themselves perfectly to the interior design business. Denise has been designing and renovating homes for the last 15 years. Kerri has been collaborating with her for the last 4 years. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? I think that interiors are becoming more bold. We find that we are transforming homes that are French country to homes that have clean modern lines. Neutral tones with fierce pops of color. Nothing too trendy. Just designs that will last the test of time. If there is one solid statement your can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELTS! D2 Interieurs has an unique design process that allows us to be finished with a single room or an entire home in 3 months or less!

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The women who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The women who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before -Albert Einstein

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Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury - Coco Chanel

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JILL KALMAN Bella Interiors bella-interiors.com

Why did you choose Coco Chanel’s famous quote ? I love luxurious, high-end items. I also firmly believe that comfort is critical, especially in a home. Merging the two creates the ideal luxurious space. Look good, Feel good! Please describe your design style. Probably transitional. I do love to mix old and new. I have a love, appreciation, and great understanding for all genres of design. From classic to contemporary. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? About 9 years now. My prior career background was in sales and marketing. However, growing up in an artistic family and a family- owned antique and auction house business exposed me very early on to design aesthetics. Design has been a part of me all along. I guess it was

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my first choice but I didn’t know it until about 10 years ago ;) East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? I think the industry has definitely run a big cycle in the last 10 years. From very high spending and a demand for luxury items, to a complete back-to-basics approach and now we are seeing another upswing -- but people want realistic, usable things for today’s lifestyle with good value. There is a lot less frivolity. If there is one solid statement your can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Just that. It is a PROCESS. It is fluid. Clients have to get the expectation of “instant” rooms from HGTV out of their heads when hiring a designer.

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SUSAN ALISBERG Alisberg Parker Architects alisbergparker.com

Fashions fade, style is eternal. - Yves Saint Laurent

Why did you choose Yves Saint Laurent’s famous quote ? Like Saint Laurent, we use color, proportion, form and material to create great design. Please describe your design style Our work is clean and fresh but we frequently mix old and new. My background as an architect brings modernism and function to our interior work. We strive to create beautiful spaces which meet our Clients every need. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I am an Architect with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. Interior Design is a logical extension of these two disciplines. Before going out on my own I spent 5 years at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill where I worked in both Architecture and Interiors. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? There has been a dramatic change in our work over the past decade. Most clients have said goodbye to emulating Downton Abbey and want more contemporary functional interiors. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? The process is about creating great design consistent with the clients taste, budget, and schedule.

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Why did you choose Mary Mcdonald’s famous quote ? I chose this quote by Mary McDonald because I am a firm believer that in life and even in decorating the key to success is through pushing the limits. Having enough courage to take a chance can allow an individual and a home to become unique and stand out. Some of the best spaces and stories come from out of the box, over the top and unheard of selections, that is what creates passion. Please describe your design style My design style is transitional, traditional at the core with modern touches. Combined with vintage, custom and of the moment pieces to create a curated appeal. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? Twenty years ago I began in the antique business when antique booths were at there height. Buying, refurbishing and selling pieces in antique booths in Connecticut. I had some decorative painting work done in my home and thought.....I can do that. I began taking classes with renowned decorative artists throughout the United States. I was fortunate to work with interior designers throughout Connecticut and New York creating high end decorative paint finishes for them. Over the year I honed my eye and the natural progression was to begin design work for my own clients. For the last 10 years my business is exclusively interior design, remodeling and construction management. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Design usually tends to follow fashion. Metallic fabrics, cleaner lines and color are often picked up from the runway. The internet and social media have also changed the design field completely. The designers now have at their fingertips great software to help communicate with clients as well as offer 3D renderings so clients can really envision what they are purchasing. These are great tools for the clients who are not visual.

DONNA BENEDETTO Donna Benedetto Designs donnabenedetto.com

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If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Trust your designer...entrust the professional you hired to lead you on your selections and decisions. I pride myself in being able to read my clients, and when the union of designer and client has the right balance, good things happens.

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It takes courage to mix things up and conviction to push the limit. When you do, the reward is rooms that exude passion, personality and flair. - Mary McDonald

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CAMI WEINSTEIN Cami Weinstein Interior Design camidesigns.com

Why did you choose Coco Chanel’s famous quote ? Coco Chanel was iconic - she understood that fads come and go but true style is the ability to take both the timeless and the new and recreate it in a very personal way. That personal interpretation always looks special whether it is the way someone puts their clothes together or their home or the way they live their life.

I have been in Interior Design for over 20 years and still love working in this field. I am schooled in the Fine Arts - I have a BFA in painting and printmaking, after school I worked in graphic design and was a creative director for several giftware companies. I gravitated toward interiors - I love the continual challenge and need to create beautiful livable spaces for clients.

Please describe your design style My design style is to definitely mix both classic and trends in a way that is refreshing and easy to live with. I like pared down elegance and I love being surrounded by beautiful things -

East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Design has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. It’s much more available to the general public which is wonderful however the challenge now is to sift through it all - style, quality, price and find what really works for you. It becomes harder to find the really beautiful and unique in so much

How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background?

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Fashion fades, only style remains the same .... - Coco Chanel

of the same. I think the other thing that has changed is that interior styles have become more fast paced and disposable like fashion, which is ironic since so many people are becoming more aware of our limited resources and taking care of the planet. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? I think client’s need to trust their designer - trust in their expertise We design all day, everyday - Don’t be afraid to tell your designer how you like to live and what your budget is -- enjoy the process - it is a back and forth collaboration.

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ANNALion’sNOWAK Paw & Company lionspaw.co

Create beautiful things, that’s all. -Philip Johnson Designer Section.indd 100

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Why did you choose Philip Johnson’s famous quote ? I chose Philip Johnson’s quote basically because its essentially what I strive for with my vision and work and what I need to stay inspired. Keeping the project pure and uncomplicated. Philip Johnson was also a curator, scholar and public presence with a willingness not just to engage with ideas but to try to build them. Please describe your design style Soft modern eclectic. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? Five years. This is a second career. First career I was a spa owner and director always respecting personal esthetic beauty and energy.

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East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? I have watched design come full circle in many ways just like couture trends. There are certain tailored concepts that will always remain a standard in design. Trendy design is “In” as easily as it goes” Out”.Again design being very personal preference----I see a freshness,cleaner lines and angles with more of an awareness of personal art collections. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Designing you! Its all about you and your space. Its transition and transformation. Its recreation!!! Enjoy the ride and then........ Enjoy the view!!!!!!!!!

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RALPH VUOLO Ralph Vuolo Designs ralphvuolodeisgns.com

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Design is not just what it looks like & feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs. Why did you choose Steve Job’s famous quote ? Form and Function, it doesn’t matter how beautiful a room looks if it doesn’t function on a daily basis it doesn’t work. Please describe your design style Blending beautiful pieces from many periods. An eighteenth century table with a contemporary chair reflects our past and present. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? My education and training is in art and design. I’ve owned and operated my own firm for over 25 years.

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East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Over the last 10 years interior design has evolved into an art form. Clients want to collect beautiful finds that will endure the test of time. Fads can be infused with a pillow pattern or a vase. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? The end result will reflect who the client is and how they live. It’s my job to curate that collection with them and tell their story.

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To each his own. -Cicero

Why did you choose Cicero’s famous quote ? I chose the quote from Cicero (ancient Roman author and politician) because it is a good, simple rule to live by. I live by it every day, and find it extremely necessary to do my job. Please describe your design style My personal design style is modern/clean, symmetrical, balanced and harmonious, with the injection of the unexpected. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I have been working in the interior design industry since 1991. Previously I was a fashion designer on Seventh Avenue, traveling the world, sourcing inspiration.

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East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? I think the major change in design over the past 10 years has been the importance of technology to a person and their environment. The focus today is all about TV’s,computers and techno stuff. People rarely focus on a dining room and are more concerned how big and where the TV goes. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Be upfront and honest about what you want the result to be. You may really want to do the job yourself but need help to get it accomplished. Honesty makes it happen a lot faster.

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PAUL GUZZETA PHILIP SHORTT IH Design Studio ihdesignstudio.com

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KYLE TIMOTHY BLOOD Kyle TImothy Design kyletimothydesign.com

Why did you choose this quote? This is “out of the box”.. Mrs. P. if you want me to design a kitchen around your ruby-red slippers, then my job is to choose just the right shade of red-- Kyle Timothy Blood, in conversation with a then - potential client Describe your design style. Unless this is a physical place for everything and for every person in a space- especially if the project is a new-build or renovation, no aesthetic will prove successful, whether minimalist or traditional, once I have addressed the issues of function and flow within a space, most important in kitchens and baths, I create a layered, textural home with a timeless, understated elegance and sophistication. Nothing precious or trendy How long have you been in Interior Design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I started my company over 10 years ago but have had a passion for Interior Design all my life. Growing up in Maine, my family was quite the self-sufficient. As a child I watched my Mother sew new kitchen curtains and helped my Father build rooms onto our modest Lake House or a “camp” as we would say. After attending Dartmouth, I went into French Academia and Teaching, I had been granted a fulbright teaching assistant position in Paris. I spent most of the time there at the museums or having coffee in the lobbies of the grand hotels just studying the interiors and how the inhabitants utilized the space. In New York I worked in publishing for over ten years, including fie years at Forbes and another five at Martha Stewart Living Omni Media. While at Martha I started studying at the New York School of Interior Design at night, and I have not stopped since.

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East coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? The end user is much savvier today then she was 10 years ago. DIY Magazines, TV Shows, and websites have brought virtual design into nearly every American home, whereas one used to have to go to a physical design center location, accompanied by a designer. Further, the proliferation of retail home-furnishing chains (such as Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Mitchell-Gold and so on) has facilitated the end user’s ability to more on her own. While kitchens and bathrooms often receive the quickest “transformations” in the media, these two areas require not only a good design eye but also a great deal of expertise on behalf of the designer, as one has to deal structural issues, codes and various trades. Lastly, most end users still are not experts in color, scale, proportion, historic and contemporary styles, let alone the mass of technical knowledge. That said, fortunately I still have a job! As a designer I find that today I have to educate my client more about the marketplace, hone her aspirations and expectations to an achievable level, and then facilitate her vision through my own aesthetic lens to create a totally original home that she will feel is hers, not Kyle Timothy Blood home. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process, what would that be? Interior Design above all is an organic process. The translation of schematics, color board and floor plans into living, three dimensional space is a progression that takes patience, expertise and an open mind. Further, good design being organic, will stand the test of time yet remain flexible enough to be “freshened up” as the years pass.

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Mrs. P. if you want me to design a kitchen around your ruby-red slippers, then my job is to choose just the right shade of red. - Kyle Timothy Blood

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Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity. -Plato Why did you choose Plato’s famous quote? Simplicity is key to elegant and sophisticated interiors and architecture, as well as, to ones’ personal style and obtaining harmony in life. Please describe your design style. My style is clean, elegant, innovative, efficient, comfortable, healthy and sustainable. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I have worked in the interior design and architectural profession for over thirty years. Interior design was my first career choice. I knew I wanted to be an interior designer since I was in the eighth grade. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how

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have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Design has transformed rapidly from a slow process to a much quicker process because the world has become so interconnected by the internet. The internet made communication, designing a project, and sharing information much easier, quicker, and more accurate. Today project team members can be located any place in the world and still can work collaboratively together without having to travel. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? It is vital to have as much client input and project information gathered as possible before the initial design stage commences. Having substantial and quality information to work with in the beginning of a project will make the design process and the construction proceed smoother, cost less, saves time and will help produce a better project.

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LYNN HOFFMAN Lynn Hoffman Design lynnhoffmandesign.com

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ANGELA KOSINSKI PETER SINNOTT SHAWN DIAZ Homeworks homeworksny.com

If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you the rest of your life. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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Why did you choose Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous quote ? We all agreed that we live it and breathe it every day professionally and personally. We find excitement and beauty in fabrics and hardware and well composed spaces. We believe one exceptionally beautiful piece in a room elevates the status of everything around it. That is where our expertise becomes most valuable. Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes stood the test of time. They are timeless and we hope to create spaces for our clients that are not trendy but with taste that is grounded and sound. Please describe your design style All three of us describe our style as traditional with a twist. Modern Clean Classic. We talked about a favorite splurge in our homes. Angela has a table in her kitchen that she purchased in Singapore. It was an old door retrofitted for a table. Coordinating it’s trip back to the states was not easy but it is something no one else has and it tells a story. Peter’s was a fabulous zebra drum table he purchased on an excursion in Tanzinia and mine was a vintage poster purchased in Paris of the Seine with Notre Dame in the background. Our clients homes will never look like ours but should have their own story to tell and we can guide them. A lot of times people overlook special opportunities in their own homes. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? A graduate of Georgetown Peter Sinnott joined his family business in Real Estate and construction company where he honed his skills in facets of construction, in 2002 Peter took a big leap and joined Homeworks bridging together architecture, construction and the fine art of creating inviting spaces. Angela Kosinski combines over 14 years as an interior designer with her savvy financial background to present a lifestyle solution for your decorating needs. Shawn Diaz was an Art Major and landed my first job at CBS at 23 as a set decorator. She is 60 now and have been putting clients center stage for a long time Shawn started commercial and residential work in 2005. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past? Cleaner more minimalist and comfortable. There is an emphasis on nesting now more than ever. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? IT TAKES TIME! In this day and age of immediate gratification and recent shows on tv showing 24 hour transformations people are misinformed. Our rooms are bespoke for our clients. We will find things that we love but they need to adore. Regular trips to High Point keep us update and exposed to as much as it is humanly possible to see.

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Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist - Pablo Picasso

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Why did you choose Pablo Picasso’s famous quote? Picasso is my most favorite modern artist because his abstract visions only evolved from mastering the technical basics of the finest artists - he was a pro. As a kid, I wanted to be an artist, but my parents insisted I choose a more practical career path. Architecture chose me when I was offered a full scholarship to study at The Cooper Union in New York City, a school known for being more artistic and scientific in its education of an architect. Both interior design and architecture require breaking away from convention to discover new languages in design aesthetics; our visions become a reality because they are an abstraction of a fundamental knowledge. Every day I strive to be an artist. Please describe your design style My design style develops from listening to the visual imagery my clients describe. It becomes a collaborative effort to create “haute couture” places that reflects their personal style and, of course, complements the architectural backgrounds. How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I am first and foremost an architect who defaulted into interior design by clients who needed help to coordinate soft goods and objects of art for their projects. As an architectural intern, I knew an understanding of the exterior finishes was equally important to the interior finishes in order to create a cohesive and seamless design. It has always been intuitive for me to think projects through in three dimensions; for instance, the exterior composition of window placement must relate to the interior. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Within the past ten years I find it very entertaining that reality home shows have made the viewers’ believe they can create total renovations overnight. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Confident courageousness is key to creating great spaces; we must be fearless in trusting each other’s instincts.

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ANTHONY MINNICHETTI Anthony Minnichetti Architect amarchitectllc.com

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REBECCA REYNOLDS Rebecca Reynolds Design rebeccareynoldsdesign.com

Why did you choose Dorothy Drapers quote? Dorothy Draper is a design icon and a pioneer as a woman in business. She was fearless and confident, two attributes I admire and I believe are necessary to set you apart as a designer. Never have these qualities been more important than today when so many designers have succumbed to an era of Belgian Linen look a-like interiors and homes. I truly love her for irreverent use of color and composition of a variety of styles. Please describe your design style. I don’t have a particular design style, which I believe has been important to my continued success and the clientele I attract. Comfort, unique and personality are feelings that I hope all my projects convey. Kitchens are glue that hold homes together. Kitchen renovation projects are highly personal and most involve a lot of client input. All of my work is referral based so clients typically know my style and how I work before they hire me. I’m open and always up for a challenge. Client’s may enlist my expertise, but it’s imperative that I listen carefully to what they want and what they need. If my client is happy with the end result… then that’s my style. I get to make myself happy in my own home. How long have you been in design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I’ve been in the design business since I was 16 years old, working after school and in the summer for a local interior designer. In college, I was studied economics but switched to art after a couple years when I realized it was what I really wanted to do. I loved the business and marketing background, however what’s most important in today’s business climate is to be a creative thinker. Architecture was always on my mind but I love the choices I made. Although I never say never….. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? I see designers being more supportive of one another. I think John Kennedy’s quote that “Rising tides lifts all boats” is where it’s all at. The design business was once quite insular and secretive. I see much more design collaboration happening and support of each others endeavors. Social media and technology have been game changers for how we work, who we can work with and how we can share our work. It keeps everyone on their toes and constantly working harder to be on top.

I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right. - Dorothy Draper

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If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? That it’s exactly that…. It’s a process. Creative ideas that lead to the best results don’t just happen, they take time, planning, thought and team of skilled professionals. That old adage of “You get what you pay for” couldn’t be truer than in our industry. The little more you may spend to hire the best people will pale in comparison to the regret you’ll feel when you look back at the mistakes, time delays, ordinary design and a few dollars in your pocket. Your home is an investment in the quality of life you choose to live. Live well.

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LARA MICHELLE Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors laramichelle.com

If you can dream it, you can do it! - Walt Disney Why did you choose Walt Disney’s famous quote? I believe Walt Disney’s quote “If you can dream it, you can do it!” sums up my design philosophy perfectly. My mission for my business is to make all my client’s design dreams come true for their homes and have succeeded in doing so for over 20 years!

in New York City to gain experience. In college, I majored in fine arts at Cornell University and then attended the New York school of Interior Design for more formal design training. Interior Design was definitely my first career choice and I love helping people make their homes beautiful for more than 20 years!

Please describe your design style. My design style would best be described as colorfully classic & contemporary. I love modern furnishing with soft edges and pops of color and of course interesting textures. Naturally, I cater to whatever style my client wishes, but I will always put my “spin” on the design.

East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Ever since the recession, I’ve seen a big shift in design tastes and preferences. Clients want less clutter and more streamlined, practical furnishing that will not only look beautiful but are long lasting. Functionality matters just as much as looks now as well as offering eco-friendly options. The other major shift that has changed the design industry recently is technology. I used to create large presentation boards to communicate my designs. Now, I do most of my “presenting” via computer renderings, links to sources and email! Happy

How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I started my own interior design firm in 1995, but worked several years before that for many famous interior designers and architects

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anniversary East Coast Home & Design and congrats on 10 years of celebrating great design. I feel honored to be a part of your journey through the years and to be participating in my 3rd cover shoot with you! If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Communication is key. My design process starts with asking lots of questions‌.I must truly get into my clients head so I can put together the perfect design schemes for them, and the communication continues throughout the entire process up until the final vase is placed.

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Why did you choose your quote? My quote is by Tracy Dwyer. It expresses why I’m in this business and love what I do. Please describe your design style. My design style is very eclectic. My interiors reflect a combination of current trends with an added bonus using a vintage piece. I feel that rooms are instantly warmed up and cozy as soon as you add a piece of old wood and a classic style from the past. The juxtaposition is a lot more interesting when the design space does not look like you went out yesterday and bought everything at once. A collection of objects and a piece of furniture here or there, that expresses the homeowners’ travels and interest, personalizes a home.

“Interior design, as a business, is highlighted by the families you work with and get to know” -Tracy Dwyer

How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I’ve been designing all my life in one way or another whether it was for myself or others. My first career in Manhattan was in commercial real estate. That experience opened up the world of hotel design whereby I landed the Delano hotel in Miami Beach. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? Over the past ten years, the design trends have made all things possible. We dipped into neutrals but at the same time, bold color. The vintage modern look along with natural driftwood finishes as well as the transitional lacquer style have challenged us in defining our style. There seems to be NO rules, which leaves us to comfortably do as we please. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process, what would that be? My advice to anyone considering using an interior designer. Get good references and establish ‘trust’ day one. You MUST have an open dialogue and communicate your likes and dislikes. Remember it’s your home that you will enjoy for years to come.

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TRACY DWYER Parc Monceau parcmonceauwestport.com

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CONNIE COOPER Connie Cooper Designs conniecooperdesigns.com

Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s wellbeing. –Albert Hadley Why did you choose Albert Hadley’s famous quote ? I feel that it is very important that people should be able to live comfortably in their own home. The space should reflect the home owner’s own personal style and their way of life. So at the end of a busy day they can sit down and relax and truly feel”it is great to be home”!!!

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Please describe your design style My design style is eclectic and more transitional. I like to create interest by using a mix of colors, textures and shapes and I am always looking for unusual objects to add a surprise to the room. I try not to impose a signature style on my clients. Instead I guide my clients in finding a style that reflects their individual needs which helps to make the room uniquely their own.

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palettes and style trends as well. In the last 14 years I have concentrated on doing mainly interior design projects . East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? In the past ten years it seems that there is more demand for styles that have cleaner and sleeker lines. The internet has also created a way for people to share their ideas and be able to source a multitude of products from all over the world. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Clients need to understand that there is a “method to the madness� in the design process. It is very important for the client and designer to clearly communicate with each other about their needs and expectations. Once they have mutual respect and trust then the design process can move forward with much more ease.

How long have you been in design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I studied interior design at Michigan State University and then earned my BFA in textile design from Rhode Island School of Design. I spent the first 10 years of my career designing products and textiles for the home furnishings industry . I designed rugs and floor coverings, wallpaper, textiles and created color forecast

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KATHLEEN MORRONE Morrone Sudio InDesign morronestudioindesign.com

Why did you choose Milton Glaser’s famous quote? I’m never satisfied with mediocre design, which is why I’m always striving for the “wow”. Otherwise, what’s the point. When you walk into a room, home, hotel or restaurant, you want to be left with “wow, this is amazing!” It shouldn’t be a room that you like, but a room that you love, and enjoy spending time in. It just makes you feel good. Please describe your design style. I approach design more about what “inspires me” at that moment, not as a “style.” A beautiful piece of stone, wood, or fabric sets the tone for a space. Much of the design style starts with the clients’ preferences for color and the architectural structure of a room or home. I build the “style” from there. I personally lean towards organic design, which is anything found that truly exists in nature that provides an array of colors, textures and surfaces, hard or soft, to choose from. My eye leads me to “blend” one or two base colors as the main theme of the space, while adding only small pops of an accent color. I typically don’t work with harsh color contrasts. I favor transitional spaces that mix some contemporary and some traditional pieces. I feel like a room or home full of only one style becomes boring and monotonous. I like to keep it fresh and exciting, but very simple! How long have you been in interior design? Was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I’ve been in interior design since 1996. My first career choice was anything in design. My love of fabrics, couturiers, color, and structure lead me to my first career as a fashion designer in NYC. The ultimate elegance of Christian Dior and Edith Head were major influences of my decision. Years later, seamlessly, fashion lead to interiors, each going hand in hand. Both are intertwined by color, scale, proportion, and the love of art. Art brings one of the highest elements of happiness to the human spirit. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? The explosion of the internet and social media age has been a main game changer

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There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. - Milton Glaser in design. There is now so much more availability to source from places and products around the globe. The World Wide Web has opened up design resources ‘world-wide’ to the average consumer. People have become more informed consumers, and at same time less informed because there is also a lot of wrong information out there too. The significant change in our economy has lead consumers to become more discerning when choosing products or technology for use in their home. As for style, the aesthetic now is much, much more paired down, de-cluttered, cleaner, crisp, and spacious. I find in our very busy society that people want calm environments without too much visual stimulation, while at same time, easy to maintain, open, and comfortable. They want higher-end craftsmanship quality in construction and furnishings, opting for fewer pieces and smaller homes as opposed to the ‘white elephants’ of late 90s and in early 2000. Homeowners are gravitating toward ‘open’ space that integrates multi-function activities as opposed to the smaller and separate closed off kitchen, living, and dining room areas. Use of color is still the ultimate driving force behind design. However, color, for the most part, is now quieter, in-

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corporating a more neutral pallet with pops of a strong accent hue. No more walls painted ‘every color in the rainbow’ room by room. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process, what would that be? That design is just that. It’s a process. This process takes time and dedication. The first concept design will always be ‘modified’ along the way. Sometimes where or what you start with is the inspiration for the space. But in the end, that color, piece of cloth, wood, or stone may not end up in the final design. It is the ‘unseen’ piece of the finished space. To that extent, this sums it up beautifully: “A designer can mull over complicated designs for months. Then suddenly the simple, elegant, beautiful solution occurs to him. When it happens to you, it feels as if God is talking! And maybe He is.” Leo Frankowski It takes months to get to know and understand your clients’ true style and needs. It’s a process of discovering and layering, and enjoying the ride along the way.

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VALERIE LYNN Valerie Lynn Design valerielynndesign.com

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Why did you choose Diana Vreeland’s famous quote? Diana Vreeland has always been a great lifestyle/fashion icon of mine. She had great confidence and taste! She inspired her audience to share her enthusiasm and passion. Please describe your design style I customize my client’s fine furnishings and furniture with my hand painted technique that has no limitations as to size, placement, color or imagination. I get my ideas and inspiration from everywhere and everything. Day to day details or in exotic places, past and present. I can synthesize the key elements of a design and make it pop with wit, glamour and sophistication. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? I have been an artist all my life, focusing on the decorative arts. While studying fashion and illustration at Parsons School of Design, I became fascinated with the subtleties and boldness that a line could produce. I have traveled the world, inspired by the art and culture of exotic places, then interpreting and incorporating the styles and images to create exciting works of my own in the field of fine art, fashion and interiors. I have travelled extensively throughout India, China, Africa, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, South America, and Europe. My passion involves bringing art to life through my clients’ homes, workplaces, and wardrobes.

My work has included hand painted interior furnishings, stage, party and set designs, murals, objets d’art, tableware, tiles and fabrics. The background surfaces have varied from the traditional canvas/paper/ cotton/linen, to leather, suede, Lucite, wood, straw, silks, mirror, and sailcloth. I am fearless! I have worked in fashion for 20 years designing, manufacturing and selling my own collections of women’s apparel to over 500 of the finest women’s boutiques, catalogs and upscale department stores nationally and internationally. These include Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel, The Horchow Collection and private clients such as Lee Radziwell, Bianca Jagger, Faye Dunaway and Ellen Burstyn.

Style...all who have it share one thing: originality. - Diana Vreeland

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East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? I have seen an explosion of designers and individuals bringing an eclectic mix into their home environments. Furniture and furnishings can now be confidently mixed with various price points that mirror an individual’s lifestyle as well as budget. People have a desire to express their unique personal style in a comfortable and beautiful setting.

If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? Trust your own instincts of what colors, textures and images best express YOU in an environment that makes you comfortable and happy.

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SUSAN ANDERSON White Birch Studio whitebirchstudio.com

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. - Albert Einstein

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Why did you choose Albert Einstein’s famous quote ? I chose Albert Einstein’s quote because most people are afraid of unlocking the creative side of their brain. Take a risk! Please describe your design style Clean, edited, with a little glamour. How long have you been in interior design? was this your first career choice or did you come from a different background? Nine years. I had a long career in the entertainment industry. I worked for a major talent agency packaging Broadway shows and feature films. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? People are cleaning out their clutter. They are beginning to have a “less is more” attitude with the design of their homes. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? I like to explain to the client that the process is not instantaneous. It’s a journey that we will take together. It begins with a trip to the home to see how their family lives and what their design needs are. With my direction, we decide on a scope of work and the steps that need to be taken to achieve our goals.

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hen Homeworks decided to shift their attention from a retail design store to a full encompassing design studio and center, they knew they could rely on their clients to follow. People have always known them to be a reliable fabric and drapery studio and now with this re-branding they answered their clients demand and can accommodate them. They take pride in selling their own brand of furniture, which can be viewed at in the revamped showroom. With three very engaging and competent Interior Designers working there they can take on clients’ special projects that call for a new traditional twist. Clients can expect to walk into a precisely curated decorators dream, all complete with carefully selected vibrant picture canvases of past projects lining the walls. It is a full service studio with every piece of the design process at your fingertips, from 128

samples of wall, fabric and floor coverings to furniture. These are all thoughtfully chosen brands that the Designers know to be true and tested. And they mirror what is also popular and of the moment designs. Every corner of the studio captures an idea which a client can have one of the designers duplicate in their own homes. Homeworks space sparks creativity and fuels a vision all while being the perfect place to start building your dream project. Homeworks 509 North Main Street Port Chester, NY 10573 914.934.0907 homeworksny.com

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