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New Year

Pantone is Feeling Fresh with the 2017 Color of the Year

PANTONE Color of the Year 2017   GREENERY This shade of lemongrass green is a perfect color choice for the new year. It brings a feeling of balance, harmony and renewal, promoting peace, reassurance and restorative energy. Let's all say aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Our philosophy in interior design has always been to bring the outdoors in, to add touches of nature to our immediate surroundings and to create an environment rich with wellness. Here are a few examples of how we've incorporated green into our designs over the years: Delicate and Sophisticated Wallcovering makes this Powder Room feel luxurious. Simply adding lush plants and flowers to any room immediately adds texture, dimension and beauty. A bold stripe of green runs down these facing sofas and pillows. Fresh pops of green in a kitchen backsplash and stools. A soothing built-in banquette sofa in the Master Suite. A pop of green on the glass counter in this His and Hers bathroom and closet. A simple tape trim on this crisp white bedding adds a touch of elegance. No better way to relax and unwind that in a warm bath surrounded by nature. And now, a little something for your Flashback Friday: My tiny baby girl, Elle Yerushalmi, when she was only 3 months old, learning the art of relaxation in her nursery. For ideas on how to mix and match Greenery, here are a few Color Schemes from Pantone: We hope this inspires you to bring in your own touches of green into your life and into your home!


Interior Design Trends 2012-2013

  Last Week at the Metropolitan Builder's Association Expo, I revealed the latest and greatest for 2012- 2103 interior design trends.   1.  Man Cave moves from the basement and dominates the entire home.We're seeing a James Bond sophistication with plenty of menswear inspired fabrics and accessories. The spaces are filled with over-scaled, comfortable furniture upholstered in English styled, cigar leathers.   Man Cave Trend 2. Personalization of a homeowner's own style is seen in natural curiosities (found objects like bones, animal skins, drift woods), monograms and chalkboard paint.  These elements allow a space to reflect the personality, history and daily experiences of its homeowner.     3. Personalization Indoor Outdoor continues to thrive.  Front yard,edible and roof top gardens are popping up all over urbanity.  The line between indoor and outdoor continues to blur with live wall planters and interior planters that occupy entire rooms.   Indoor Outdoor Trend   4.  Nostalgia via old time transportation(railway, air and ocean liner) reigns supreme in today's interior.   As times have been tough for the last few years, people recall "the good ole days", when American industry was at it's zenith.   Nostalgia Trend   5.  Jewelry expressed in precious metals (gold, silver), gemstones and jewel tones are being used on every space imaginable from fabric to furniture to accessories to wall cover to murals.  This trend is the glamorous Yin to the Man Cave's Yang.       Jewelry Trend


Green Dining Al Fresco

A few days ago we headed out to Franklin Canyon for a New Year's,  first birthday celebratory picnic.  While having a picnic certainly isn't a new idea, doing it without disposables certainly did drawn some attention. Our lunch consisted of free range, beef fillet sandwiches, beans, green salad, custard with blueberries (everything organic, of course) and a bottle of Champagne- not organic, but French- and we all know Europeans have higher eco standards for things that go in their mouths. It was served on 19th century Limoges china, an antique table cloth, with matching cloth napkins, silver utensils and hand blown glasses.  Instead of cut flowers, we brought two pots of fragrant herbs to decorate the table.  (Later that day they were planted in the ground at our house). At the end of the picnic, we had almost no trash, which delighted everyone at around the table.  Everything we brought was eaten, reusable or recyclable with the exception of the champage cork/wrapper and a little plastic wrap used to cover the custard ramekins.  Soon we will be able to buy biodegradable plastic wrap and we can walk away as if we never visited. THAT'S IT FOR THE TRASH! After our lunch, we loaded up the car, left the herbs in the baby stroller (because it looked cool) and circled the lake for some more fresh air and exercise.  Europeans aren't the only ones who know how to enjoy a civilized outing. And now we can enjoy our "decorations" for many meals to come.