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! ‪

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A rustic envelope contrasts beautifully with modern furnishings.


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.

Opening Ceremony – Grunge Zip Front Platform Oxfords

Kwinter Design

Kwinter Design

Herve Van Der Staeten Furniture

Herve Van Der Staeten Furniture

Kwinter Design

Kwinter Design

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Caitlin Moran Of Glitter Guide

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Giambattista Valli – Lanvin – Chanel – Edun

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Bend Goods // Photo via Houzz


 

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.
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bestmade


 

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!

Stay warm!
‪#‎Love‬ ‪#‎WarmThoughts‬


 

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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!

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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.

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Design by Brendan Kwinter

Kwinter Design

Design by Brendan Kwinter

Ligne Roset

Ligne Roset Ligne Roset

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Philippe Starck x Cassina

Philippe Starck x Cassina

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin

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Lauren Santo Domingo’s Paris Apartment

Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck

Karl Springer Yellow Python box

Karl Springer Yellow Python box – Lobel Modern

Richard McGeehan

Design by Richard McGeehan

Channing Tatum with Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera

Channing Tatum with Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera

Hermes

Hermes

Gidon Bing's Studio via The Selby

Gidon Bing’s Studio via The Selby

Phineas Cole

Phineas Cole

CHANEL

CHANEL

Kwinter Design

Design by Brendan Kwinter

Naomi Watts at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards   (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Naomi Watts

Abstract Painting (809-3) 1994 by Gerhard Richter born 1932

Gerhard Richter – Tate Museum

 

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.


 

When having friends and family over the coffee table plays a key role. Be sure to choose a table that leaves comfortable space for trays of cocktails and canapés, rubbing elbows and gift opening, without blocking traffic flow.  Here’s some of our top picks that are not only considerate of space, but themselves conversation starters!

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Bamileke Coffee Tables

Coffee Table Brass by Karl Springer

Karl Springer

Heavy Parsons Style Coffee Table by Karl Springer

Karl Springer

Linens from Leron

Linens from Leron


 

Plaids in unexpected ways is one of our favorite trends of the season.

Play with plaids in your space and wardrobe with accessories and accents in the popular winter pattern. Rethink traditional plaids with print mixing – like tartan against stripes or contrast a classic, sophisticated check-print with a pop modern pattern or leathers and metal.

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 Missoni

mactartan  MAC Cosmetics
harris tweed scotland  Harris Tweed of Scotland
chanel-paris-edinburgh-collection  Chanel Edinburgh Collection
barcelona-daybed-living-room-plaid-blanket-via-Elle-Decor  Elle Decor
elle_decor_Muriel Brandolini Manhattan Kitchen  Muriel Brandolini Manhattan Kitchen for Elle Decor
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Osborne & Little Morlich Collection

cb2 Lamu Plaid Pouf
safah_plaid_sheets  Safah Plaid Sheets
 Pendleton Tartan Plates

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holland and sherry  Holland and Sherry
jcrew  J. Crew
 Hackett London
 Cara Delevingne


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We recently joined Houzz for an evening of discussion at the Antique & Artisan Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Here’s a few of our favourite pieces of furniture and art from the the collection.