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 0

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 ...

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 ...