House of the Week: Scarsdale Sensation
Annual property taxes: $ 14,858
21 Dorset Rd, Scarsdale
This unique four-bedroom architectural gem beautifully blends sophisticated elegance with practical living space. “This home is a pure original, like living within a work of art,” says listing agent Todd Goddard. “It features restored aesthetic elements throughout, combined with modern amenities, such as central air conditioning and a state-of-the-art kitchen. It also couldn’t be in a better location—just steps away from the Village of Scarsdale.” Custom built in 1957, the home still retains its distinguishing vintage architectural details, including lush cypress wood throughout, Roman brick herringbone flooring indoors and out, grasscloth wallpaper, and clever custom wood built-ins. Natural light floods the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired interior, thanks to high ceilings, walls of windows, strategically placed skylights, recessed lighting, and an open floor plan. Don’t look for an attached garage, though—the architectural nod to Frank Lloyd Wright means a two-car carport instead. For more information, contact Houlihan Lawrence listing agent Todd Goddard at (914) 406-0588 or visit www.architecturalhomesny.com.
Shopping with Heart: Two’s Company Charity Warehouse Sale
Shop till you drop while putting money where your heart is. Shoppers will get that opportunity just in time for the holidays when Two’s Company teams with the Food Bank of Westchester and the Innocence Project for its December Charity Warehouse Sale. Sharpen your shopping skills for four days of big bargains when Two’s Company’s Elmsford warehouse (275 Clearbrook Rd) opens to the public on Wednesday, December 5 (from 9 am to 4 pm), Thursday, December 6 (from 10 am to 6 pm), Friday, December 7 (from 10 am to 4 pm), and Saturday, December 8 (from 9 am to 4 pm) with an amazing amount of giftware and home décor, including frames, tabletop accessories, wall art, jewelry, mirrors, and more available for up to 90 percent off their retail prices. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit both charities. Go to www.foodbankforwestchester.org to find out more about the Food Bank for Westchester that distributes more than seven million pounds of food annually to over 225 hunger-relief organizations or visit www.innocenceproject.org to learn more about the organization that has been working since 1992 to overturn wrongful conviction through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system. For more information about the warehouse sale and Two’s Company’s innovative signature wares, visit www.facebook.com/twoscompanyinc or www.twoscompany.com.
Create Holiday Centerpieces that Really Last
Photo courtesy of the Garden Education Center of Greenwich
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Stumped by the secret to creating holiday centerpieces that actually last through the holidays? Apparently, you’re not alone. The holiday centerpiece workshop hosted by the Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible St, Cos Cob, CT) at 10 am on Thursday, December 13, sold out so quickly, the center has added an afternoon session at 1 pm to meet demand. Thanks to the added session, there’s still time to learn the secret to table-decorating success from a pro, Miriam Landsman, before the holidays. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to purchase tickets ($90 for non-members, $80 for members), call (203) 869-9242 or go to www.gecgreenwich.org/1213.html <http://www.gecgreenwich.org/1213.html> .
Winterize Your Home with Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design Tips
Winterizing your home can make it warmer in more ways than one. Bronxville-based interior designer Patricia O’Shaughnessy shares helpful decorating tips to keep your home looking and feeling warm and welcoming during a season more often associated with dismal and drab:
Brighten your interior
This is the time to warm and brighten your interiors. As the outdoors become more monochromatic, add color, pattern, and texture to compensate.
Block drafts with window treatments
Window treatments can do double duty—keeping drafts out while also providing decorative accents. O’Shaughnessy rates the options:
Drapes: the most versatile treatment, with the option of including a thermal interlining and any fabric choice to face the room.
Shutters: newly fabricated shutters made of a composite material are lightweight and more effective than wood at blocking out the cold.
Shades: the most affordable choice, when choosing insulating options, such as an inner lining or foil lining.
Make rooms cozy with rugs
Use rugs to make a room cozy. Piling throw and area rugs add warmth during winter and can be picked up and packed away in the summer. Options include colorful, affordable wool hooked and pile rugs.
Warm up bedrooms
Upholstered walls or upholstered headboards are luxury solutions to warm a bedroom. If custom isn’t an option, consider upholstered headboards available by catalog.
For more of O’Shaughnessy’s design solutions, visit www.pattiohome.com.
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