Francine Home Collection: Luxurious Custom Design Italian Woven Linens and Towels

Interior designer Francine Murnane is founder and president of Wilton, Connecticut-based Francine Murnane Interiors providing beautiful, client-centric interiors in a range of transitional, classical, and modern styles.  Founder, interior designer Francine Murnane is known for her diverse style and commitment to clients has earned her projects in Los Angeles, Miami, Manhattan, and abroad. In addition to local projects, her work includes a sprawling multi-family residence and villas in Saudi Arabia; a penthouse in Cairo; luxurious apartments in Dubai; a waterfront residence in Virgin Gorda; and residences in Beverly Hills, and Montecito CA. Francine Home Collection is a line of custom, high quality bed linens, sheets and towels for the bed and bath made from the highest quality, percale weave sateen cottons and linens, with thread counts ranging from 400 to 1000.  Textiles are manufactured and woven in Italy, but the embroidery of the bedding is all completed here in the USA. Francine Home ...

The Lost Art of Dining

By Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Permalink 0

Written by Linda Kavanagh Fine dining is endangered, family style dining is now the product of a broken home, service is substandard at best; and since when is hibachi just for kids? It used to be that going out to dinner was an event. Reservations were made and you looked forward to it all week long. Perhaps you even dressed up for the occasion. Nowadays it seems that people are more concerned about being overdressed, as opposed to underdressed while dining at their favorite restaurant of the month. In their defense, restaurants these days pride themselves on offering a “fine dining experience” with a “come as you are” invitation. While I can certainly appreciate the no-jacket-required mantra, how about we follow that up with no-yoga-pants-allowed and instruct our children to change out of their soccer uniforms and put on clean and more respectable clothing for dinner at a restaurant? The term “fine dining” ...

How to Find Your Kitchen Style

By Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Permalink 0

If you're planning to remodel your kitchen, you have a lot of decisions ahead.   Everyone who is design conscious suffers from a bit of “design schizophrenia”, so it is almost inevitable that you will be drawn to more than one style of kitchen.  Here's how to find inspiration, get organized and start making some choices. 1. Keep a file.  Pinterest, Magazines or the old fashioned file folder—whatever works for you!  Tear out every kitchen you see that strikes a chord with you, even if you’re not sure why (more on this later.)  The more photos you save, the more data points you will have to help determine your true style.  If you like a certain design aspect, keeps NOTES so you can watch for trends across your selections. 2. Keep A List.  Before you begin the renovation, keep a list handy in the kitchen to jot down notes on how you use ...

UNRAVELING UPHOLSTERY- 5 Questions with Chris Upholstery Owner Chris Hamalidis

By Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Permalink 0

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 ...

New Series Introduces the Interior Designerlebrity

By Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Permalink 0

In the moments leading up to the first take, Barbara Viteri takes in her surroundings. The television production crew dash across the gorgeous purple studio space, perfecting Viteri’s million-dollar set before filming begins. She looks over and exchanges a warm smile with one of the industry’s leading interior designers seated across from her. As her mind drifts back to the grunt work it took to reach this level of stardom in her career, Viteri hears, “We’re rolling in 5, 4, 3, 2, ...” The show, Designerlebrity™ Talk with Barbara Viteri, gives this well-respected guru the perfect platform to introduce the best and brightest of the interior design industry to viewers in a fresh and unique way. With a brief conversation, or a quick skim of Viteri’s resume, it’s not difficult to figure out why The Design Network approached her for this project. The young entrepreneur has been on the fast track to ...

Home is Where the Art is – Experts share their secrets to selecting the perfect piece for your place

By Monday, September 29, 2014 Permalink 0

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 ...

Look who just turned 10! The Anniversary Issue

By Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Permalink 1

When 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 ...

What’s New in the Field of Aesthetics? The Balanced Face

By Thursday, August 21, 2014 Permalink 1

The world of  Aesthetics has changed and evolved over the years. Treatments that were once reserved for the more mature face are now used in younger people and are lasting longer than treatments of old. As we age and lose facial volume, the options for softening or balancing the face as well as skin tightening procedures are more readily available and are able to bridge a person until the time they need  or want surgical intervention. Here are some of the newer products available: Artefill This new state-of-the-art FDA approved filler provides support for the skin while stimulating collagen cells to grow and results in natural, long lasting results.  ArteFill injection is a mixture of bovine collagen and biocompatible microspheres, which provide lasting support.  Studies on Artefill have shown to last for up to five years.  It smoothes lines around the mouth and plumps wrinkles in the lower face. It helps fill ...

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 ...