How to transform a small room into a show stopper

From May 8th, through June 12th, you should stop by the Designer Showhouse of Westchester in Bedford Corners, NY.  22 interior designers decorated the interior of a spectacular house.  All proceeds benefit Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.   The 22 interior designers chosen were “by invitation only.”  I was fortunate to be one of them so, in addition to this event being for a very good cause, this was a big deal for me.  I had one of the bedrooms to redesign and it was a small bedroom.  But that only made me want to do a spectacular job even more. To show you just how an interior designer works and where she gets her ideas and inspiration, I thought I’d show you in pictures how the room was transformed from start to finish on the right. It starts with sketches because you need a vision.  That’s because what you first see when you enter a room begins with white walls – an interior designer’s blank canvas. Since it was a small space, I wanted to make everything in the room have impact.  The room had great window and this gave me a lot to work with. Then, I focused on the walls.  Indigo Blue is a hot color these days so I thought I’d work with that.  If you want to know how colors get trendy, you should read my blog on Pantone.  The Ikat pattern on the walls was hand painted by Floe Painting. Then, I went to work from the ground up starting with Stark Carpets. We used the pattern in the rug on the floor to create the pattern for the fret work and the custom made bed, desk and nightstand (ALL three custom designed by us & manufactured by Sterling Custom Cabinetry).  The fabrics are fromSchumacher & Company. The Lucite desk chair and bench by Spectrum and the metal framed chairs in front of the windows are by Schumacher & Company.  They are visually light and open so that the room does not feel crowded. The fish prints by J. Pocker & Son, pick up the blues in the room. The crystal ball lamps by Decorative Crafts continue the appearance of light and airy. The lamp between the windows by LCRwestport provides a sculptural profile. Triple S made the window treatments and upholstered all of the furniture pieces. The bed linens are custom made by Casa Del Bianco to reflect the colors in the room. LCRwestport provided just the right balance of accessories. Diane James Home provided silk flower arrangements which, by the way, you can’t tell from the real thing. I am going...
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The value of good linens and a place where linens are a very good value

Have you ever dreamed about being wrapped in a luscious cocoon of fine linen? No? Well you should. It’s more affordable than you might think to have custom designed and embroidered linens. Fabrizio Biasiolo of Casa Del Bianco hosted a lunch for interior designers to explain the story of linens. In the 1950’s Ateliers would have the customer come to the salon to design custom pieces. This service is still available today at Casa Del Bianco.  Fabrizio reminds us that you spend 8 hours a day in your bed linens, while sleeping. The difference between clothing and linens is you get gratification and status from wearing designer clothing because it is visible; yet linen has a value because it just feels right. It’s a personal luxury. Most linen vendors don’t manufacture the product.  Instead, they have collections that are offered once or twice a year, with limited color and pattern options. This means that when you want to replace linens in 5 years they are no longer available. Casa Del Bianco is the manufacturer of their linens and keep all of the fabric and thread color options in their product line.  So the customer can always replace the linens to match the original order.  Each piece is designed from scratch and has the craftsmanship of a tailor. The embroidery design can be anything you choose from the pattern in a fabric, rug, wallpaper to the design in a molding. Start with selecting the type of fabric you like to sleep on. The quality of fabric determines if the fabric breathes, otherwise you are sleeping on a tablecloth. Where the fabric is finished is critical because it makes the fabric silkier. Italy, Switzerland and France are renowned for their finishing because of the alkaline in the water. The embroidery thread should be the same fiber content as the fabric to prevent buckling. Don’t be fooled by the Egyptian cotton label because a very small percentage of the cotton comes from Eygpt. Most of the cotton comes from India and China.  Now that I think of it, my visual for Egypt is desserts and pyramids, not cotton plantations. I can’t imagine buying ready made sheets again, knowing that I can have custom made sheets in the same price range as store bought. I might have also gotten a little carried away with the pictures but, as you can see, I could talk about linens...
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