Author Archives: Joe

To Spend or Not To Spend?

We all know the adage “You Get What You Pay For.” Well, these words hold SO true especially when you’re buying things for your home. When designing, particularly when you’re on a budget, there are things you splurge on and … Continue reading

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How to Hang Art

Here is one I get asked all the time. Displaying artwork in a way that is pleasing to the eye is one of those things that takes a little time to do, and once you get it right – you … Continue reading

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Ode to the Ottoman

It has become one of my favorite pieces of furniture. In larger rooms, I use a few different ones in contrasting materials. Whether rectangular, round, oval or free-form, the ottoman (cue choir of angels here) is the item I recommend … Continue reading

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DIFFA 2013

One of the highlights of the Architectural Digest Home Show each year, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) “Dining By Design” is a fantastic way for designers to showcase their work in original and artistic ways, while raising money for … Continue reading

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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

This is one of those things that as a native New Yorker, I have never done. There is no reason, but everyone here does that kind of thing, and expect only the tourists to go. No idea why. I will … Continue reading

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Painting Laminate Furniture

OK, so a lot of Do-It-Yourself-ers have been asking about this one. In a time where money can sometimes be tight, especially if you’re just starting out or redecorating on a very tight budget, Laminate Ready-to-Assemble furniture has become an … Continue reading

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Taste

Someone once asked me for a price to cover a set of 6 dining chairs in plastic. I said, “It would cost every ounce of taste in my soul.” I wish I was making that up. It was pretty much … Continue reading

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The Dish on Dishes

This one is for everyone who is buying some new place settings for your table: The first thing we all see is the aesthetic of the dinnerware, but if you take a moment to research what you are actually purchasing, … Continue reading

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What the Floor is Going on Here?

Without question, my favorite type of flooring for most areas of the home is wood. It adds warmth, durability and a great classic and finished look to your room. There are a lot of products on the market that fall … Continue reading

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The B Word: “Budget”

Every project should have one, right from the beginning. A clear budget will make your life a lot easier, and save the unpleasant surprise of a huge credit card bill afterward. If you know what you can afford before getting … Continue reading

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