Resin-ating in Modern Homes
Jhane Barnes’s newest product line exemplifies her love of contemporary touches. The Jhane Barnes Collection, the furniture and textile designer’s recent collaboration with Lumicor (a company known for its innovative resin design products) features a series of translucent resin panels that encapsulate fabrics created with the designer’s patented push-pull technique of weaving (which can be found in Barnes’s apparel designs).
“Translucent resin panels are a creative solution for a variety of design options,” says Barnes, who lives in a modern bright house in Pound Ridge. The panels can be cut, formed, and framed for use in any horizontal or vertical application, including as space dividers, wall coverings, doors, lighting, and fixtures. Several of the collection’s designs are reversible, offering different looks depending on the side seen. For price and purchase information, call (800) 586-4267 or visit www.lumicor.com.
martha stewart digs deeper
(Above) The Katonah, a home model designed by Martha Stewart in collaboration with KB Home.
If you haven’t seen Martha Stewart pruning her Katonah garden lately, it’s because she’s been busy—really busy. Reigning over an empire that includes magazine publishing, radio segments, television shows, and merchandising home products, the domestic diva has somehow managed to branch out even further, putting her name on a new line of home goods, modular carpeting, and non-modular homes.
(Above) Brook Corrugated Rib Tiles coordinate with Brook Velvet Twist Tiles, both from Martha Stewart Floor Designs for FLOR.
Stewart has teamed up with FLOR, a top manufacturer of modular residential floor coverings, to offer a new line of carpet tiles in a slew of colors, textures, and patterns. The tiles let homeowners create their own designs, much like kids playing with Lego.
And—attention Kmart shoppers—the doyenne of domesticity has rolled out an exclusive line of home goods, including towels, dinnerware, and holiday dÃ©cor, for Macy’s.
For die-hard fans, those Martha Stewart carpet tiles and Martha Stewart home goods (and paint and furniture) all can find a home in a Martha Stewart-designed dwelling. Designed in part by Stewart and built by Los Angeles-based builder KB Home, the houses feature five floor plans with spacious kitchens and covered front patios and porches. Among the group: The Katonah, a Colonial-style home inspired by Stewart’s own Westchester abode. The model features her favorite Colonial details, including front pillars, decorative molding, and unique window shapes. Apparently, there’s no place like home—if you can find the time to be there.
“The Magic of the Season” is the theme of this year’s Festive Stroll, scheduled for November 16 and 17 and benefiting the Ossining Children’s Center,
After touring four Briarcliff Manor homes, Festive Strollers are invited to Holbrook Cottage in Briarcliff Manor to join home designers at a Champagne reception, where many decorative items will be on sale; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ossining Children’s Center. An optional lunch at the Trump National Golf Club will also take place after the house tour. Tickets for the event are $45 for the stroll and Champagne reception and $130 for both the stroll and the luncheon. Tickets are available at Holbrook Cottage,
, Briarcliff Manor. For more information, call (914) 944-0734.
Luxury homeowners are optimis- tic about the real estate market, according to the 2007 Coldwell Banker International Luxury Survey. The company polled 300 homeowners whose residences are valued at over $1 million and found that at least half expected their home value to go up in the next 12 months.
Which doesn’t surprise Coldwell Banker agents. “Many of our luxury home agents are able to sell their clients’ homes at or near the home value expectations,” reports Kate Rossi, president & COO of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Westchester County and Connecticut. “As always, the key to selling in any market is pricing the property correctly.”
behind closed doors
His-and-her master bedroom suites? That’s right. According to a recent poll by the National Association of Home Builders, more than 60 percent of custom-built houses will have dual master bedrooms by 2015.
What gives? His-and-her bedrooms have little to do with marital tension and much to do with sleep—or lack thereof. Spouses who toss and turn or snore or like to watch TV late into the night can keep their partners from getting a decent night’s sleep. And, that can lead to the unraveling of wedded bliss. So—why not separate rooms? It may be good for the marriage.
We asked local designers for their forecast for 2008.
“The biggest design trend for fall and throughout 2008 will be the blending of styles: clean contemporary interiors accented by quality woodwork, antiques, and relics. Contemporary doesn’t refer just to sleek modern looks, it also includes pieces from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s.”
The Blair Interiors Group, Ltd.
“Eco-friendly materials and finishes will dominate the interior design industry more than ever. I don’t think sustainable design will be a trend; it will become a mainstay.”
Beata Buhl Interiors
“Wallcoverings are making a huge comeback.”
Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC
“Bathrooms will become more sophisticated, with the space separated into distinct areas according to function. Toilets and bidets will have their own separate place, sometimes with small sinks, and showers will occupy their own set-apart area. But it’s not just about function, it’s also about luxury. Televisions will appear in bathrooms more and more, sometimes hidden behind mirrors or artwork. We’ve had requests for bathrooms with fireplaces, wood flooring, and millwork.”
“The versatility of gray makes it the color for the fall. You’ll see it in all shades, from the light—think the classic Dior Gray—to deep, sultry charcoal. This very useful, but often overlooked, neutral color works well when paired with colors like orange, yellow, blue, and other neutrals, such as cream.”
If it’s tough to trade in summer breezes for fall winds, the Emperor Gong by Woodstock Chimes ($60) may soften the blow. Two pieces of wood shaped like the sails and hull of an Asian boat support a bronze gong, while a third piece catches the wind and strikes the gong, producing a hypnotic sound. The windchimes can be played manually, as well. Available at Cherry Lawn Nursery in