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Once the holidays are over and the decorations are stored for another year, how can a homeowners vissually warm up a room for the remainder of winter?
Suzette Donleavy, Well-Designed Interiors in Shrewsbury; 732-758-9090
Paint the back of a bookcase in an accent color from the room's color palette. Add a stripe technique in a slightly darker shade for dimension. Rearrange items in a new grouping, or move something from another space to the book shelf for renewed interest. Not only do your favorite things create warmth in your home, but you now have a fresh look.
Cozy up a favorite chair with a new chenille throw and a beautiful footstool. Create a new place to read a book during long winter afternoons. Use an unexpected item, such as beautiful luggage, as an end table to keep a few favorite design magazines nearby.
Rearrange a tabletop. Replace holiday poinsettias with a potted ivy topiary from the local garden center. Continue by adding an unexpected accessory, a few favorite pieces from a collection, or a framed photo of a memorable moment from a holiday gathering.
With a commitment to serving her clients, Suzette stresses the importance of "attractive design at a reasonable price."
Suzette is crazy about Kravet, which has "great depth in fabrics, trims, and furniture at moderate to high-end pricing for casual to formal settings." Pillows and tiebacks are done in silk for a mood of taste and refinement. Suzette mentions that Kravet is know for "capturing trends in color and pattern in a timely manner." Kravet: www.kravet.com
Everything from wallpaper and fabrics to paint and furniture can be found at Zoffany, whose collections are inspired by the past, but are at home in contemporary interiors. Suzette maintains that they have "elegant patterns, prints and colors once could live with for a lifetime." She especially loves their "traditional, timeless fabrics and wall coverings." Zoffany: www.zoffany.com
Suzette touts the Aberdeen faucet, which, as she points out, "has a pause button unique to Moen to interrupt water flow." Aberdeen's high arc spout has great maneuverability and intuitive control. The single-button activations spray switches from an aerated stream for everyday uses to a spray for power rinsing. Suzette also likes that is serves "multipurposes from filling pots to watering plants." Moen: www.moen.com
IN THE DETAILS
Renowned for exquisite home accents, Chelsea House offers furniture, chandeliers, and more. Partial to their "fresh collection of items including lighting, porcelain, and artwork," Suzette notes that Chelsea House is a "great resource for completing a room." Chelsea House Inc: www.ChelseaHouseInc.com
"Exceptional finished, style and details depicting an Old-World elegance," says Suzette of the fixtures from Metropolitan Lighting. "They fit a wide range of lighting needs for chandeliers, pendants and scones." The antique reproductions are available in alabaster, brass, and hand-blown Murano Glass, to name a few materials choices. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Company: www.nydc.com/metlight
119 E River Rd
Rumson, NJ 07760