My design philosophy is and long has been to emphasize comfort, yet ensure that chic remains a constant. Keeping these ideas in mind creates two guideposts that lead to timeless, yet exciting, fresh and easily adaptable spaces.
Like many in the design community, we also believe that your home should reflect your style. One simple suggestion to accomplish this is to mix custom pieces with high-quality modern and vintage furnishings to create a design that gets better with time.
Need some inspiration? Find a way to visit a design showroom – most cities have them and you generally can get into a showroom without having to be a recognized interior designer. Or check out the classic works of Karl Springer, Frances Elkins and Samuel Marx as well as more contemporary greats such as David Hicks, who helped set the design / style bar for an entire era.
I generally start the design process by working with clients to identify where they are in life and where they aspire to be. This helps set us on the appropriate and correct path. For younger clients, I also like to ensure that they incorporate that youth into their design, even if it’s a traditional house on the outside. Few things please me more than when the door swings open to reveal interior design that surprises and delights every guest.
Wallpapers and other wall treatments are sensational ways to create focal points as well as serving to elongate and heighten spaces. This technique is a great way to create statement rooms and highlight unique architecture.
Choose your focal point and think about color. But keep in mind that walls painted white look great when hanging art and the art does not need to be expensive to look good. Even small spaces can have the grandest style.
Additionally, window treatments help polish and finish an overall room design, particularly if you take views and light into account. We advise clients to avoid fads and trends that will quickly go out of date. For long-lasting quality, impact and functionality, consider splurging on custom designed window finishes. Keep in mind that you don’t have to break the bank to create beautiful design that will endure.
Here are 3 quick ideas that may help:
Think simple and clean. No need to overcomplicate the design process.
Have a color scheme in mind and stick with it. Create a rich look by using shades of the same color.
Buy fewer items of better quality. Be green and shop vintage. As I mentioned earlier, vintage furnishings can enhance classic, timeless design.
From Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26, 2015, The New York Botanical Garden hosts its 23rd annual garden ornament show, Antique Garden Furniture Fair: Antiques for the Garden and the Garden Room. Visitors can enjoy the Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Get tickets here, and see some of our favorite pieces below.
The master bedroom of the Brendan Kwinter designed Woodstock vacation home is light and luxurious, and includes an Avery Boardman custom headboard, David Weeks Studio Chandelier and art work by German photographer Edgar Esser. View the complete home in the current issue of House & Home Magazine.
We had such a fantastic time working with House & Home Magazine for the May cover story! The Hudson Valley Woodstock retreat of the founder of Charlotte’s Book is like a luxury camp. Here’s the cover and a couple teaser shots from the article – we can’t wait to share more!
This kitchen — part of a Hudson Valley, New York, weekend house — makes a stunning first impression with its wood beam ceiling, crisp cabinetry and large skylight. “The island is L-shaped and extra-large, making it a natural and comfortable gathering spot,” says designer Brendan Kwinter-Schwartz.
Stylish Guest Bedroom – a fun and contemporary space for friends and family. Located in New York state’s charming Hudson Valley, this guestroom has a hip vibe thanks to modern artwork and hits of energetic colour. “The dark grey grasscloth wallpaper on the single wall gives the room drama and depth, and also makes the touches of white pop,” says Kwinter-Schwartz.
Captions via House & Home online.
Spring is here, though we are not yet feeling it in New York. “Burr-ing” this in mind, we’ve put together a cool list of seasonal favorites to bring a little shine into your wardrobe and home.
We’re excited to announce Brendan Kwinter-Schwartz on the cover of the May issue of House & Home – available for download April 11th.
We suggest you check out a super cool store out of lower Manhattan – Best Made Company® . These fellow Canadians specialties are knives and axes, but you’ll also find them a great resource for home goods. We recently visited their TriBeCa location …
Shop the site for home goods.
There’s something about keeping live flowers that helps me forget about the bitter cold. I recommend anyone fighting off the winter blues to run out (seriously run; it’s literally freezing outside!) and purchase something green for your home. Potted spring bulbs will come to life sooner indoors than their outside counterparts, giving off a beautiful show of the coming season. Be sure to choose Fair Trade Certified flowers and plants.
In the meantime, here’s a tropical orchid I have at home – maybe it will do the trick!
We’re excited to announce Kwinter & Co. has been named one of Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine’s 2015 Gold List featured New York designers. It’s an honor to be included in the select guide to the Architects, Interior Designers, Home Builders and Landscape Architects who have appeared in the pages of Luxe over the past 18 months. What a great start to the New Year!
Pamela Jaccarino, Luxe Interiors + Design VP and Editor-in-Chief says the Gold List is, “an opportunity to celebrate this amazing talent we’ve highlighted in our many editions all year and bring them together in one issue. The people behind these projects represents the DNA of our magazine – and their stunning work continues to influence and inspire both our readers and the design industry at large.”
The 2015 Gold List featuring design professionals across the country – from LA and the Pacific Northwest to Chicago and New York – is available now.
From crisp canary yellow to PANTONE‘s Spring 2015 palette’s earthy Custard – yellow pops – making an interior brighter, while still feeling calm and harmonious.
Especially as we find ourselves in the dark winter months of the New Year, refreshing your home, whether modern, traditional or somewhere between, with yellows will reinvigorate your space.
We like balancing yellows with grey or dark blue.
We’re not alone in loving this color to bring a bit of spring into dreary winter days. Haute-living Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic just posted a blog saying hello to yellows, too. Be sure to check out her fantastic selection of this favourite hue.
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- The Path to Successful Interior Design: Emphasize Comfort but Ensure that Chic Remains a Constant
- The New York Botanical Garden Antique Garden Furniture Fair – April 24–26, 2015
- Woodstock Weekend Retreat
- Highlights from the May House & Home Cover Story
- Glittery Shimmery Spring
- Coming Next Month … Brendan Kwinter-Schwartz on House & Home Magazine
- Artisan Spotlight :: Best Made Company®