Master of Color, Master of Design

When readers visit the website of Barbara Feinstein, owner and designer at B Fein Interiors, they will likely come across a glowing quote from one of her clients, claiming that Feinstein is “a master with color.” In reality, color is only one aspect of her design expertise. Feinstein speaks with the ease and confidence of a woman who knows her craft inside and out, and is taking her clients along for the ride. She has been transforming upscale homes for her clients in Westchester and Manhattan since 1999, and, while interior design is clearly an art, the focus and attention ...

Outdoor Tech Trends

By Thursday, May 28, 2015 Permalink 0

ECH+D talks “tech” with Conor Coleman of Realm and Glenn Levinson of Westfair TV The days of bringing your stereo outside or opening up your windows to hear music are over, as are the days of going inside on a beautiful day to watch your favorite TV show. It is amazing how far outdoor technology has come in the past few years, all while being so obtainable and effortless for the homeowner. It makes perfect sense: why build an amazing backyard oasis and not include technology that is equal to—or better than—what you have indoors? Besides, after our long winters, we ...

The Gilded Box

Nature and modern design come together when the architectural team at Austin Patterson Disston creates a unique getaway within the wetlands. When is a box not just a box? That was the question posed recently by McKee (Mac) Patterson, partner at the architectural firm of Austin Patterson Disston. In this case, the “box” was actually a rectangular-shaped home that was purchased by his clients in Pound Ridge, NY. The space, originally built in the 1960s, overlooked a pond that was part of the area’s environmentally protected wetlands. The homeowners, a family with school-aged children looking for a quiet weekend retreat, wanted to keep ...

Demystifying Trusts: What Can and Can’t You Do?

By Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Permalink 0

Many clients have initial reservations about setting up irrevocable trusts, even though there can often be significant income and estate tax benefits to doing so. The argument often is “I will have no more control and my wishes won’t be carried out. I won’t be able to use the advisors I want and my children or a corporate trustee will get to decide everything.” We recently sat down with David Warren, who is President of Bridgeford Trust Company, a South Dakota Trust Company, to debunk some of these myths and provide some solutions that can put our clients and many ...

Pollinator Gardens

By Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Permalink 0

There is nothing more rewarding for a landscape designer than to see your gardens appreciated not only by your clients but also by the creatures that inhabit them. Having designed landscapes throughout the East Coast for more 15 years, I can recall when it was not uncommon to be in gardens filled with butterflies—whether a late-spring gathering of yellow-and-black-winged swallowtail butterflies in Vermont, or the fall migration of the orange-winged monarchs during their great fall migration on the banks of the Potomac. It was always a site to behold as they fluttered between the blossoms. Lately, however, these scenes have become ...

AROMATHERABEADS

By Thursday, April 2, 2015 Permalink 0

STRENGTH, PERSEVERANCE AND SPIRITUALITY Designer and Weston resident, Tammy Hines-Dumitru, has created a fresh new concept which combines beauty, fragrance and life-enhancing chakra crystals with inspirational symbols. The result -- AromatheraBeads ™. “After enduring a particularly trying time in my life, I began creating wooden and lava bead bracelets with chakra crystals and charms that were especially meaningful to me,” said Ms. Hines-Dumitru, a graphic designer and owner of Tammy Hines Design in Westport. “I made these bracelets for myself and infused them with essential oils.” Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. “Each bracelet ...

Seaside Serenity

Combining old and new elements in unforgettable ways in Stamford. Maintaining the delicate balance between antique and modern styles in a home is a challenge for any interior designer, but it is a feat that Donna Benedetto has clearly mastered. Her aesthetic seamlessly blends old and new elements with her own custom-designed pieces, resulting in a sophisticated, layered look. Benedetto’s clients had a special appreciation for this unique “mix not match” approach. Having seen her talents at work when she spent 18 months remodeling their office spaces to exude a sense of homelike comfort, Benedetto’s clients immediately became residential ones when ...

Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses Opens New Facility

By Friday, March 27, 2015 Permalink 0

Greenwich garden center Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses new 26,000 square foot facility is now open for shopping. Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, which has been a strong presence in Greenwich for 85 years, has opened brand new retail space for their customers this year. They built a new Nexus Greenhouse complete with a new store, a new retail area, new growing range, a new potting area and more. In addition to improving efficiency - the new facility collects roof runoff which is re-circulated and then used for irrigation. It’s also more energy efficient; applying zone heating (only heating areas where ...

Warm Up Through Winter with a Weekend Girlfriend Getaway at Montage Kapalua Bay

By Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Permalink 0

Had enough of this winter yet? As anyone bold enough to step outside surely knows, the winter of 2014-2015 has been a biting one, with icy blasts from our neighbor up north and jaw-dropping snowfalls across many regions of the country. Parts of Buffalo and western New York got seven feet of snow in November. The fifth largest snowstorm in Chicago history swept through town over Super Bowl weekend. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh declared February the city’s snowiest month on record – on February 9. And frigid temperatures have been felt from…to…well, just about everywhere. So, how about some warmth to ...

Christopher Todd Antiques & Interiors

Christopher Todd Antiques & Interiors opened in Westport, CT in Mid October and it is quickly filling a void in Fairfield County’s home antique and design store arena. As well as selling curated antiques, object's d'art, and fine North Carolina upholstery by a division of O Henry House Ltd, they also provide Design Services and can custom upholster one of their many seating options. If one is on the market for a side table they have just the perfect one, as they have a collection of faux wood and other faux finished side tables from a custom shop in Georgia.  Clients ...