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Interior Designer Gives Home Decorating Tips for a Cozier Bedroom

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With spring on the horizon, love is in the air. Now might be the perfect time to take a fresh look at how you can cozy up your home’s inner sanctum: the bedroom. Bedrooms are meant to be restful retreats, a place for recharging and relaxation, says interior decorator Jeanne Campana of Jeanne Campana Design in Centerport. “Selecting a soft color palette with soothing textures can create...

Landscape Designer Offers Ideas for Sprucing Up Your Backyard This Spring

Spring is here! With Covid-19 not quite in the rearview mirror, you’ll be spending lots of time at home and a spruced-up landscape will work wonders to rejuvenate your spirit. As we once again begin to welcome friends and family into our homes, a relaxed yet safely distanced al fresco setting is the perfect place for entertaining. This spring you’ll want to maximize your space, which can best be achieved outdoors, where you can push out the boundaries, advises Ken Muellers...

How To Create A Warm, Safe Outdoor Space At Home For Hosting

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Though Covid-19 is on the rise, it won’t quash your desire to entertain friends and family. To gather together safely at your home, take a few steps to create a lovely, socially distanced space, protected from the elements and frigid winter temps. Outdoor living spaces are great in winter when protected under the roof of a covered patio or pergola, says interior decorator Jodi Dell...

How To Warm Up Your Home With Decorating Tricks

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As winter marches on and the thermometer dips ever lower, you’ll want to hunker down at home. Instead of turning up the heat to warm up your abode, consider a few decorating tricks to create both a warmer feel and cozier look to your surroundings. Forget the standard white painted walls and opt instead for a creamy white hue, like Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore, advises Christine Conte...

What To Know When Building A Greenhouse

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If you’re an avid gardener, you’ll want to get a jumpstart on planting for the spring and summer seasons. And there’s no better way to start than with your very own greenhouse. The first step in designing a greenhouse is figuring out where to put it, notes Andrew M. Simko, owner of Garden Under Glass, a Dix Hills-based company that builds the foundation, assembles, and glazes greenhouses...

Pro Tips For Making Your Dream Room A Reality

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If you’ve always dreamed of a special room designated just for you or your family, dream no more. Creating a room that can serve as a sacred space for hobbies, passions, and favored pastimes is easily attained. The first step in approaching any room design is to consider the room’s function, says interior designer Dawn Totevski of Sayville-based Design Inspiration. Once you know...

Let There Be Light: Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On dreary winter days, you’ll want to bring as much light as possible into your home. To add light, consider all the elements, from walls to windows, that can enhance it, advises Liz Kohart, an interior designer at Liz Kohart Interiors of Garden City. Use light colors to cover your walls, Kohart advises. “Soft shades of white and taupe will make a space feel brighter,” she says...

Renovating Your House Without Any Demolition

Renovating your house doesn’t have to mean taking it down to its studs. It does, however, entail some big decisions. First establish why you want to renovate, says Micah Finkel, owner of the Brooklyn-based Sons & Co., a custom millwork company. Are you looking to create your dream house or improve its value at resale, or, perhaps, to accomplish both? Also, consider whether you’re renovating for aesthetic or functional reasons and convey your intentions to the designer and contractor, says...

A Few Little Tips for Decorating in Small Spaces

As more and more people downsize or move into ever smaller homes, co-ops and condos, they’re faced with the challenge of fitting all their possessions into a more limited space. The first thing to do in tackling a smaller space is to assess what you plan to put in it and take a closer look at your things, says Donna Sheehan, interior designer and owner of Inner Sense Interiors of Bellport. “Letting go of some things can lead to gaining others, such as a workable albeit small closet...

How to Make The Most of Your Closet Storage Space

Today’s closet is not simply a place to stash your clothes. Rather, with the proper design, a closet virtually becomes a room within a room, a showcase to proudly display your wardrobe. The first thing to address in designing a closet are the hanging clothes, because there’s really nowhere else for these clothes to go, says Bonnie Reich, president of Symmetry Closets, a storage design company based in Holbrook. “When you walk into a closet, it’s not just about packing it in,” says Reich...

How To Turn An Attic Into A Bonus Room

If you’re looking for a practical solution for adding more room to your house, consider turning that cluttered attic into usable, livable space, such as an extra bedroom, playroom, office, or personal yoga studio. Provided the space has a high enough ceiling, a finished attic would be an easier and more economical renovation than adding an extension to the house, notes Jean Brownhill, founder and CEO of Sweeten, a free platform that connects homeowners with vetted general contractors...

Living Al Fresco: Creating Outdoor Spaces

Come summer, just about everyone naturally thinks of getting out in the fresh air. But with the growing popularity of fire pits, fireplaces, and an array of outdoor heaters, people are spending more and more time in their backyards and extending their living space outward. To create a seamless interior-exterior transition, it’s important to incorporate the same furniture style, similar textures and color schemes for both spaces, says Jodi Dell, owner of Jodi Dell Designs, a Manhattan-based...

The latest home tech is all about automation

Imagine changing the color that emits from your light fixture when you’re thousands of miles away or checking whether you’re running low on milk with a peek into your fridge while sitting at your desk at work. These are just some of the latest innovations that exist today to automate your home. With the advent of integrated technology, you can stay in the kitchen while accessing the internet for recipes, video chatting with friends, creating shopping lists, adjusting the thermostat, controlling...

With spring house chores, should you do it yourself or hire a pro?

Ah, spring! The birds are singing, the flowers are budding and you’ve got chores galore to do around the house. Would you be better off hiring a pro or doing the job yourself? Turning on the water source for the sprinkler system, checking that valves in manifold areas are holding water, running each zone to ensure that nothing’s leaking and all heads are intact, says Mike Amarosa, owner of Ammo Irrigation in Port Jefferson. “We adjust the heads, set the timers,” explains Amarosa...
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