B Fein at the Bartow-Pell Mansion

I'm delighted to be participating this year in the Holiday Festivities at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.   "A Very New York Holiday Celebration" features trees throughout the mansion decorated by acclaimed designers inspired by children's books.  My book, Oskar and the Eight Blessings is a delightful story that takes place during the last night of Hanukkah which coincides with Christmas Eve.  What best expresses this overlap?  A Christmas Tree decorated in blue!

Tree by B Fein at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum 

Tree by B Fein at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum 

Moroccan Windows

These Moroccan "window treatments" just go to show that other cultures see windows differently…'not sure these windows will work in the Northeast with all the snow :(

Miami Beach - Color That Inspires!

The colors of Miami Beach inspire me to keep it bright - and not be too serious.  Take a look :)

It's wonderful to see this gorgeous Art Deco architecture being preserved...

It's wonderful to see this gorgeous Art Deco architecture being preserved...

I applaud this motorist's daring color choice...

I applaud this motorist's daring color choice...

Purple and blue reflect the colors of the sky in Miami Beach

Purple and blue reflect the colors of the sky in Miami Beach

Cars with a colorful attitude!

Cars with a colorful attitude!

If you can't choose just one color…in Miami Beach you can choose them all :)

If you can't choose just one color…in Miami Beach you can choose them all :)

Craft & Design of Fine Furniture

I'm inspired by yesterday 's Baker Craft & Design Salon Event!  To truly understand the beauty, craftsmanship and design of exceptional furniture, top artisans and craftsman were on hand to demonstrate their skills!

Look at all those tiny carving tools!

This artisan demonstrated several finishing techniques.

This artisan demonstrated several finishing techniques.

This artist explained the many detailed steps in creating hand painted furniture.

This artist explained the many detailed steps in creating hand painted furniture.

Right down to the frame, exceptional quality is a multi-step process involving many skilled craftsman.

Right down to the frame, exceptional quality is a multi-step process involving many skilled craftsman.

Kitchen Facelift - Kitchen Remodel

Is it possible to get a new kitchen without gutting the old one? Can a kitchen facelift give a kitchen a whole new lease on life? We've saved all the cabinetry and appliances, and changed just about everything else...

This is the "After" photo - taken with my iPhone.   Not professional photography, but an interesting timeline of photos that show what to expect during a surface remodel.  Enjoy!  :)

This is the "After" photo - taken with my iPhone.   Not professional photography, but an interesting timeline of photos that show what to expect during a surface remodel.  Enjoy!  :)

Here's a link to my Kitchen Facelift - Kitchen Remodel Board on Pinterest.  

http://www.pinterest.com/bfeininteriors/kitchen-facelift-kitchen-remodel/

 

From Concept to Reality II

Since "a picture is worth a thousand words"  - are two pictures worth 2,000 words?  

Here is another installment of From Concept to Reality:

This elevation shows the client my design for their daughter's bedroom.  Take notice of the view out the window - that's the actual view from their daughter's window...

This elevation shows the client my design for their daughter's bedroom.  Take notice of the view out the window - that's the actual view from their daughter's window...

And here's the completed project! Proceed with confidence - seeing is believing.  ;)

And here's the completed project!

Proceed with confidence - seeing is believing.  ;)

Before and After on Delivery Day

While an iPhone photo is hardly professional, it does do a good job of communicating a room's transformation on Delivery Day - the day all the planning, decision making and waiting finally come to fruition, and the client can begin to enjoy their space!

Yesterday was Delivery Day for one of my client's in Philadelphia.  Here's what their FR looked like when I arrived at 1 pm.

Although it's early in the afternoon, the room is dark.  Despite a grand fireplace, the room doesn't seem to have a focal point...

Although it's early in the afternoon, the room is dark.  Despite a grand fireplace, the room doesn't seem to have a focal point...

When this photo was taken at 8pm, the room had been transformed!  

When this photo was taken at 8pm, the room had been transformed!  

The opposite end of the FR at 1pm...

The opposite end of the FR at 1pm...

And at 8 pm.  The sequence of mirrors on the back wall reflect back the windows and the FP.  All we need is a chess set on that game table…  ;)

And at 8 pm.  The sequence of mirrors on the back wall reflect back the windows and the FP.  All we need is a chess set on that game table…  ;)

From Concept to Reality

We've all heard the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words"  - and I think we'd all agree that's true.  When I present a concept for a space to a client, I show them a picture/drawing of my ideas.  Here's the translation from Concept to Reality:

Drawing for Westchester Great Room

Drawing for Westchester Great Room

Westchester Great Room - Kitchen Area

Westchester Great Room - Kitchen Area

Westchester Great Room - Family Room Area

Westchester Great Room - Family Room Area

Do you think a picture is worth a thousand words?  Let me know what you think!  ;)

The Making of Fine Upholstery

I'm concerned that the production of fine upholstered furniture will cease to exist in the USA!

Take this factory tour with me and let me know what you think...

The gracious owner of J Redmond Designs allowed me to tour and photograph his furniture factory.   I’m fascinated by the number of skilled hands that a piece of fine upholstered furniture must pass through on it’s way to homes across our country.  Take a look with me, and please post your comments!

The first stop is the COM (customer’s own material) Department.  Here the fabric is matched to the order and placed “in line” for production.

The first stop is the COM (customer’s own material) Department.  Here the fabric is matched to the order and placed “in line” for production.

Once the order is next in line, the furniture frame is pulled and the springs are tied.  The fabric is moved to the Pattern Department where each piece is cut and stacked together for the Sewing Department.  

Once the order is next in line, the furniture frame is pulled and the springs are tied.  The fabric is moved to the Pattern Department where each piece is cut and stacked together for the Sewing Department.  

The pattern sets for each silhouette are stacked together along the wall.

The pattern sets for each silhouette are stacked together along the wall.

Every pile of fabric represents a piece of bespoke furniture:

Every pile of fabric represents a piece of bespoke furniture:

Cushions are sewn together with welt at the seams in the Sewing Department.  

Debbie has been making welt for over 30 years - and I saw first hand her expertise at the sewing machine! 

Debbie has been making welt for over 30 years - and I saw first hand her expertise at the sewing machine! 

The fabric is attached to the frame in the Upholstery Department.  

The fabric is attached to the frame in the Upholstery Department.  

So much of the furniture sold in this country is no longer made here - these skilled craftspeople may be the last generation of individuals making furniture in the USA...

Then it’s off to the Shipping Department for packing.

Then it’s off to the Shipping Department for packing.

The Shelba Johnson truck is ready at the loading dock to collect the pieces of fine upholstered furniture made each day.

The Shelba Johnson truck is ready at the loading dock to collect the pieces of fine upholstered furniture made each day.

I hope more furniture consumers will insist that their furniture be made in the USA! 

Do you think it’s important to keep the furniture industry functioning in this country?  Tell me what you think!

The Top Ten Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

How do you know for sure when it makes sense to hire a professional interior designer or decorator? Read the following questions to see if any of them resonate with you:

  1. Do you have good taste but lack the “know-how” to put it all together?
  2. When you look at the vast array of home furnishing options, is the multitude of choices too overwhelming?
  3. Are you renovating your house – and want to make sure the architectural drawings lend themselves to a well-designed interior that maximizes the space for comfortable living?
  4. Have you ever purchased (or inherited) some furniture that doesn’t seem to “fit” anywhere in your house?
  5. Have you ever found the perfect item for your home only to find that it is available “To The Trade Only”?
  6. Have you been in the process of decorating your house since you moved in – over five years ago?
  7. Did you choose to paint your walls white or beige because those colors are “safe”?
  8. Have you been inspired by a picture in a magazine, but you don’t know how to go about replicating the “look” in your own home”?
  9. Are you disappointed with the results of doing it yourself?
  10. Are you simply unable to find the time to investigate, evaluate, and coordinate all available options to find the optimal choices for your room or home?

If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions, you may want to consider a consultation with a professional interior designer.

You’ll find that working with a professional interior designer is the surest way to make your dream for your home into a reality.

An interior designer will develop a plan that streamlines the design process and takes into consideration all aspects of the space. Only a professional designer will keep your project on-track and on-budget. An interior designer can help you clarify your ideas, assess what you need and choose furnishings and finishes that exemplify your taste and lifestyle. A professional designer will coordinate the process from beginning to end and assure that the result is successful. 

If working with a professional interior designer sounds too expensive, you may be surprised to find that hiring a professional designer can save you money! Designers have access to resources and qualify for discounts that regular consumers don’t. Often the price you’ll pay for merchandise from your designer is less than the retail price! And if you’ve ever purchased something for your home that you fell in love with at the store – only to have the romance end when you got it home - you know a designer can save you money by avoiding mistakes. 

When you’re ready for your home to be all you dream it can be, contact Barbara Feinstein of B Fein Interiors. She will help you love the home you’re in!