Opacic Architects Modernizes a Colonial in Sleepy Hollow

By Thursday, August 7, 2014 Permalink 0

Although they aren’t magicians, Opacic Architects had to work a few tricks to complete their renovation of this Sleepy Hollow, NY home. The clients, a couple with ties to the fashion industry, were looking to completely transform their standard colonial-style house. Included with the planned overhaul was a new home office space, an expanded master bedroom and a garage-which was missing from the original layout. “We used the original foundation along with a few key structured walls, “said architect Janet Roseff. “But this project required us to create a whole new space to meet their lifestyle.” “For a something like this, we maintain communication with the client from the planning stages to occupancy. The idea is to hone in on the client’s needs, even if they can’t always verbalize it.” Adding to challenges of construction was the reluctance of the neighborhood association to approve the plans. The organization had expressed concern regarding how the ...

Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects Take on Transformations

For the architects at Pagliaro Bartels Sajda, inspiration for renovations are often drawn from the ever-changing patterns found in nature. “Good architecture isn’t always about getting as much house on a project as possible. It’s about the manipulation of the building’s envelope so that its living spaces become one with the landscape, “said architect Christopher Pagliaro. “Views are never singular.  They are experienced from different angles, often through multiple spaces.  They want to change as the sun moves, whether the seas are calm, the skies are blue or in a violent storm. It is nature provides the gift. And it’s our job to marry our dwellings to what is offered,” he added. A key component of their renovation planning is the client interview. More than just a series of questions regarding the clients’ planned use of the space, it is an exhaustive process designed to truly understand every aspect of the customer’s lives. Just how ...

2014 Transformation of the Year goes to: Linda Ruderman

Linda Ruderman of Linda Ruderman Interiors gave us this years "Most Amazing Transformation of 2014". Her Floridian transformation blew us away in her creativity, inspiration and original concept. Linda designed the space as a luxury office for an executive and virtually every structural element was custom designed by Linda. We were "wowed" by her creativity! To reach Linda and create your own "Amazing Space", Contact Linda at:: Linda Ruderman Interiors 74 Greenwich Avenue Grenwich, Connecticut 06830 203.552.9700 lindaruderman.com

Your Table is the Heart of the Home!!!

While living in France, I can’t begin to count the hours spent around the table. The majority of my memories of our time overseas is around a table; gatherings with multiple generations, eating, drinking, sharing. In our own home in the Loire Valley, our eat-in area was set up to resemble a small cafe arranged with a leather train bench found at the Paris flea market and cafe chairs. Besides meals and card playing, there were countless discussions with my ‘then’ teenage daughters. Time well spent! In a recent project, I recommended to our design client that we upgrade her kitchen and breakfast room area. Her house is beautiful but the breakfast area of the kitchen paled in comparison with the rest of her home. Located in the center of the main living space, the family congregates here for meals, homework, craft projects etc. I brought in an expert, Lin Moty ...

Women Making A Difference; A Guide To Philanthropic Giving

By Friday, June 20, 2014 Permalink 0

Women give more to charity than men: it’s a fact. Research from Indiana University has found, amongst other things, that boomer and older women give 89% more to charity than their male counterparts. Why? Probably because according to that research, women are more focused on the impact of their giving and care more about their personal experience with the organization than men.   When given with thought, charitable donations can increase the benefits not only to the recipients, but also to you, your family and, yes, your finances. Think of such giving as akin to making an investment, and requiring some of the same considerations, processes and decisions. From the get-go, choosing the right organization will be your most important decision. You want to be absolutely sure that your giving does actually go, and have a true impact upon, the charity and cause you, personally, really wish to support. When the time comes actually ...

Most Men Just Want You to Tell Them What’s Right…Not What’s Wrong

"Baby what’s wrong?”  Hey.  Think long and hard before you answer this question.  You don’t know it yet, but it’s loaded.  There will be severe consequences if you answer it the wrong way.  Women emote.  Men fix.  If you forget everything else about men and women, remember those four words.  I believe that most men truly want to know when something is wrong with their mate, but that’s mostly because they want to make sure whatever’s wrong has nothing to do with them.  And if it doesn’t, they still have this overwhelming need to fix what’s wrong.  So if your problem is a tough one, or has no foreseeable solution, then just keep it to yourself and discuss it with your girlfriends.  Most women already know that when we have problems, we pretty much already know how to fix them.  But we get caught in that trap of thinking it’s ...

Artemis Landscape Architects Creates a Seamless Outdoor Retreat in New Canaan

By Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Permalink 1

When Tara Vincenta from Artemis Landscape Architects was asked to incorporate an outdoor retreat to her New Canaan client’s 4-acre backyard she made sure to keep within the shingle style homes character, creating an atmosphere that was seamless. She wanted to design a “living and entertaining area as an extension of the house.” She was given a large palette to play with artistically and as the homeowners had a large space to be awakened in summer. This “retreat’s” main focus starts with the rectangular vivid blue pool that as Tara said “it is purposely set away from the main entertaining areas and the pool is covered during the winter months, as they did not want this to compromise their views during the winter season.” The integrated waterfall style spa is a “feature at the primary outdoor entertaining area, that gets heavily used in season as it is close to the house.” The ...

The Tale of This Food Writer’s 10-Day Transformation Cleanse

There’s a running joke in the chef world where we profess to “not trust people who don’t eat meat”. But, is it a joke really? I live my life as a true omnivore and more often than not, as a ravenous carnivore. I tend to be leery of those who cut any specific food group out of their life as I just can’t relate. Why would anybody deprive themselves of any food if they can enjoy every food in moderation? And how about these juice diets and vegan lifestyles? What must they be like? Dying of curiosity, I took my pork-fat loving self to Fairfield County’s newest feel-good real-food organic eatery, Green & Tonic, to learn more and put myself onto a healthier food path. I considered it to be a good sign when I found out that Green & Tonic owners Cai and Jeffery Pandolfino were the former owners of ...

Women, Money, and the Next Generation: Where Do We Fit In?

As women in the wealth management field, we are passionate about empowering women in their financial lives and feel strongly that women are uniquely suited to lead the wealth transfer process in their families.  We are from different generations and in different stages of our lives. Between the two of us, and like many of you, we are mother, daughter, granddaughter, aunt, sister, friend, advisor, and confidant.  Like all women, we fill many different roles at different times in our lives and want to share with you some interesting facts you may not know about women.   Women are a powerful force in our economy – comprising 2/3 of consumers, half the work force, and 43% of the nation’s wealthiest people – we literally control trillions of dollars in the economy.  We are also more likely to outlive our spouse and be the primary caregiver than our male counterparts.  Most importantly, ...

Bates Masi Architects exhibits ‘old meets new’ in a mid-century kit home renovation in the Hampton’s

Preserving the styles of mid-twenieth century homes isn’t much of a focus for many residents in resort locations such as the Hampton’s. The hamlets, which consist of dwellers eager to start fresh in the community, have a frequent design turnover rate. So when local Amagansett, NY residents chose to preserve parts of their existing Robins Way kit-style home during renovations, architect firm Bates Masi + ARCHITECTS gladly obliged at the opportunity. A good portion of the house’s framing remained, and everything else was gutted down to the basic form of the post and beam. In addition, a larger master bedroom and bathroom was created. Senior Associate Paul Masi said the team of designers worked with the family of three to create a single design solution that would unify the old remaining parts of the house with the new intervention. “A vocabulary was developed that allowed the patina and history that the ...