Denise Wenacur

Designer tips from Denise Wenacur of DW Design & Decor LLC, Croton-on-Hudson

DW Design & Decor LLC
(914) 907-6051 

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FAVORITE HOME STORE: Cici Crib in Armonk is a great place for finding unique items for kids and teens. 
FAVORITE ANTIQUES STORE: Clarke Auction Gallery in Larchmont is always getting new inventory, and it’s fun participating in the auction event.
FAVORITE LIGHTING STORE: Hi-Light on Central Avenue in Yonkers. They have a great variety, and, if I find something online, they will contact the manufacturer and order it for me.
FAVORITE WEB SITE: offers beautiful products for purchase. My personal Design Shop on the site suggests my favorite items, and I create idea boards to show how different items can work in your home.
FAVORITE LINENS: Eastern Accents (trade only) has beautiful, high-quality bedding combinations at great price points. Their 600-thread-count sheets in the Fresco Luxe Collection are so luxurious.
EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE: A fireplace. Fireplaces are warm and cozy and bring people together. Anyone, even an apartment dweller, can have one; Dimplex offers electric versions that don’t generate any heat.
BIGGEST DESIGN INFLUENCE: Everywhere, from fashion to photos on to the colors in nature, as well as works by Frank Gehry, Philippe Starck, Albert Hadley, and Juan Montoya. Design inspirations are all around us; we just have to be open to them!
FAVORITE COFFEE TABLE BOOK: Hudson River Journey: Images from Lake Tear of the Clouds to New York Harbor by Hardie Truesdale and Joanne Michaels.
FAVORITE PAINT: Faux-painted walls are my customizable secret! It can be luxuriously smooth Venetian plaster for bedroom walls or chocolate ‘leather’ for a family entertainment room.
FAVORITE BLOG: Leatherwood Design Co ( is a to-the-trade workroom in Ossining that creates my custom window treatments and other soft goods. They have a wonderful blog showing treatment styles and sewing tips.
THE NEW NEUTRAL: Gray! There are so many variations to choose from. I can find one to go with everything I’m designing.
MOST UNUSUAL REQUEST: A dome in a residential entry foyer, faux-painted in gold leaf. Beyond awesome.
FAVORITE WALLPAPER: I love hand-painted Chinese wallpaper. I recently hired an artist in China to create a mural for a client’s dining room.
COOLEST DESIGN ELEMENT USED IN A CLIENT’S HOUSE: A custom-made, double-entry front door in a sunburst pattern radiating out from the center. A woodworking artist in Colorado created this door to spec for me for a major house renovation. When you drive up to the house, it is magnificent.
HOT TRENDS FOR 2013: Orange, gray, purple, and celadon; tone-on-tone neutrals; over-scaled furniture and fabric patterns; exaggerated proportions and quatrefoil as a popular motif.