Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Healthy Home

Today there are so many things working against us in our homes. Toxins, chemicals and pollution are everywhere. We need to make our homes a healthy and safe haven. Green cleaning supplies are just one way to make your home safe. Removal of wall to wall carpet and getting a humidifier for your bedroom is also a healthy choice. For more information of this topic tune into WHCR-DB every Wednesday live from 2-3 pm. Go to www.hunterdonchamberradio.com then click on Modern Design.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Let's Decorate Outside

Now that the weather is warm we seem to focus more of our intentions outdoors. People are spending more and more time outside and we are seeing many out door rooms. Our door furniture and enclosures are more popular than ever. People are setting up their decks and patios like living rooms and dining rooms. the materials have gotten better and they are much more comfortable. Outdoor rugs are not only practical, but they are now beautiful. Outdoor dishes and glasses are so good looking you may want to start using them inside. Wonderful colors like teal and citrus green are great outside. Pots and planters are more interesting than ever. For more information on this topic listen to Modern Design on WHCR-DB live on Wednesday from 2-3 pm. You also can also listen to the podcasts anytimewww.hunterdonchamberradio.com then look for Modern Design.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

You Light up my Life

Lighting is probably the single most important element to any space. A room can be gorgeous, but if you cant see it, you have wasted your time. Lighting has changed significantly in the past few years and there are so many options now. It is daunting. Florescent bulbs used to be terrible. Now they are good. There are just so many types of bulbs now. Bruce Brodack of Flemington Fan and Light will help us break it all down on this week's Modern Design. Go to www.hunterdonchamberradio.com and click on Modern Design. Tune in Live this Wednesday at 2:00 pm or listen on the podcast.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Collections

In a world that constantly asks me to simplify and reduce clutter, the topic today is collections for the home. I have collected cabbage ware for many years now and have built quite a collections for my kitchen. I keep select pieces on my sideboard and love to serve with them when I have company. When occasions come up people will bring me pieces to add to my collection. When I am out shopping or on vacation, I seek out these items when shopping. It is like a treasure hunt. Clean lines are in, but collecting something you like can very much coincide with that look. You just need to group your collection together and keep it to one area. Use your collection as a focal point in a simple space. You will be glad you did.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Antiques in a Modern World

I was very pleased to stumble upon a new antique shop in Flemington the other day . When I entered I realized that it was a new location for a store that had been in Flemington for many years. The store is called Lady Like Antiques. I had purchased some blue and White dishes and bowls from Maxine years earlier and was very happy with the experience. The new store is 3 times the size and I was surprised. Most of my work now is quite modern and casual. It is not that I don't like antiques. It is more that people are not embracing fine things as much.  In fact, clients are often asking me where to donate their finer things because their children don't want them. Maxine Stadele, the owner, has a wonderful collection of dishes, artwork, silver and many beautiful things. She will be my guest this Wednesday at 2pm on Modern Design on Hunterdon chamber radio. Please tune in and listen to how we suggest you combine antiques with modern d├ęcor to make your home sparkle. Go to www.hunterdonchamberradio. Click on Modern Design and join us. You can call in live at 2-3 pm live @908-237-0410.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lighting is Everything

Lighting a room is a art. You don't want to make it too bright but there is nothing worse than a dark space. Dimmers on every switch is the key. Pendants and chandeliers are more popular than ever. Flush mount and semi flush mount light fixtures have come a  long way and there are many new style. The trend for lighting right now is to have clear glass and let the bulb show through. The Edison bulb which shows the filament is very popular and the industrial look is hotter than ever.
If you have not looked at lighting in a while, take a look. There are a ton of new ideas out there and great new things to Change your home.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Let's Paint

As I have always said there is nothing more transformative in a room than paint. Paint is the best way to change a space whether it is inside or outside. Even small thing s like painting the ceilings a brighter flat white or changing the trim to semi gloss can really make your home look better and often even make it look new. The trend today is to use greys, grages, or off whites on the walls in a matte finish paint. Paint the ceilings super white flat paint and paint the trim super white semi gloss. For more information on this topic tune into Modern Design tomorrow live from 1-3 pm E.S.T.