Author Archives: Cami Weinstein

Gardening and Gardens

Gardens are the perfect adornment for the exterior of your house. The best hobbies are often those that stimulate the mind and jolt the body, with excitement deriving from even the hobby’s most mundane tasks. At least, that’s what gardening does for some; it just feels good in the soul. Some people know the saying “gardening is good for the soul,” but it’s also worth wondering why exactly that is, even if most gardeners could tell you it’s the case just by the mere enjoyment of gardening itself.

Be certain to pave any provides secure footing. Avoid slick surfaces or loosely set pavers that wobble. Paving materials like polished granite or smooth outdoor tile may not offer enough traction in rainy and wintery climates.

Leave plenty of headroom under archways, arbors, and pergolas. Consider 7 feet to be the minimum, and add at least another 18 inches if I know there will be plants growing over the structure. This may sound high, but outdoor structures tend to look smaller than they would if they were indoors.

While it may not be a hobby like cross-country running, gardening has its share of physical benefits as well. In addition to increased time spent out in the sun – which has its own share of benefits – gardening often requires constant movement in some capacity, whether it’s walking around a garden to water flowers or the hand movement involved in planting new flowers. Gardening offers gentle yet beneficial forms of exercise that people of all ages can participate in.

Give your plants room to grow. If you must have a dense, full landscape right away, plant with the intent to relocate or remove some plants as they mature. You can also plant quick-growing, short-lived “filler” plants to temporarily bulk up your plantings. Beauty may be skin deep, but plants can do more in the garden than sit around and look pretty. The right plants, used the right way, can actually add comfort and utility to your garden. Conifers and broad-leaved evergreens can protect your garden from harsh winds. Large-scale perennials or ornamental grasses can make an “instant” privacy screen. A well-placed tree or tall shrub border can provide a shady oasis in the heat of a summer’s afternoon. Don’t think you have enough room for a tree? Think again. With so many compact ornamental trees available, there’s probably one to fit any property.

Several studies have associated a lower risk of dementia with gardening, particularly that those who gardened on a regular basis had a 36% to 47% lower risk of dementia than those who did not garden. There’s a reason that many of the best retirement homes offer gardening programs and gardens for the elderly to walk through; the act of gardening stimulates the youthful sentiment within everyone’s soul, while also likely reducing the risk of dementia.

Watch your garden grow and your stress shrink. If you’re looking for a way to get some physical exercise, breathe deeply, and relieve stress, look no further than your garden. Planting and tending a garden is an excellent way to alleviate anxiety and create a quiet respite amidst a busy life. This design detail is just as important as the interiors of a home.

If you would like to learn more about designing your home inside and out, contact Cami today!

 

The New Traditional

Do you love antiques and modern design? If you do, it is time to mix them together. It’s time to add a modern twist to traditional. Take a look at these rooms that make the classics feel fresh. This design is used for those who love the past but also love the comforts of modern life.

“New traditional: an homage to classic decorating with a breezy air” -gorgeous modern spin on the traditional home

Traditional furniture and décor has plenty of history and can be quite beautiful. Having antique furniture can often look overdone. It can feel rather heavy, dark, and dated. By adding a modern style, the home design will have a clean and exciting vibe. This blend of the old and the new celebrates the best of each, creating a look that is both timeless and timely.

Kitchen

New traditional kitchen, with bright gold and brass lanterns, circa lighting in the ceilings, vintage navy blue and pink Persian runner, bikini stools, brushed brass hardware and white glass front cabinets.

What Americans once thought of as traditional is rooted in English country style, with its matched sets of furniture, saturated colors, multiple patterns, and heavy layers of window treatments and accessories. But modern life has changed how rooms are used and what to expect from them.

Bathroom

Passed down from Mandy’s grandmother, an antique mahogany china cabinet­ makes a striking, unexpected statement—so much so that it almost overshadows 
the beautiful cast-iron claw-foot tub—in this master bathroom.

The design scheme is a fresh take on countryside style, with a palette of whites and a statement rug. Whites are often used in New Traditional design. White represents purity or innocence, doctors and nurses wear it to imply sterility. White is bright and can create a sense of space or add highlights. This is why the rooms are often painted completely white. It is considered to be a summer color. Because of its neutrality, it is popular in fashion and decorating.

Bedroom

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Contrasting colors also draw attention to the form of the piece. Staid brass tacks are another way to update an old piece of furniture.

Dining Room

This traditional New Orleans dining room has a chinoiserie mural of the Louisiana swamp, silk drapes, wooden table and console tables, upholstered white chairs and an ornate chandelier.

Seemingly disparate pieces of furniture come together with a casually unified color scheme. Burgundy, dark green, and indigo make way for sage, celadon, sky or aqua blue, wheat, and white, mixed with chocolate brown for contrast. Upholstery still references historic shapes but seats are now large enough for sinking in and lying down.

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New Traditional decor is all about layering unique wares in an edited fashion. For the most part, upholstery is kept neutral, allowing for artwork and accessories to take center stage – via Apartment Therapy

The prevalence of neutral hues in new traditional style doesn’t mean washed out and boring. For eye-catching accents, try citrus hues. Walls are unique antique salvaged mirrors, sconces, and, in some cases, architectural remnants. Salon groupings of artwork are usually done in matching frames, for a tailored look. Special oil paintings, impressionistic portraits, or landscapes are usually hung on their own so as not to compete with other decor. Drawings, architectural studies or botanical prints framed simply with over-sized mats seem to be a popular choice. 

Who Doesn’t Love Pink?

Mature pink carpet. Design by Cami.

Who doesn’t love pink?  It seems we all have love on our minds during the month of February, and what better color to evoke romantic feelings than pink?  There are so many ways to incorporate pink into a space, whether you want to go all out or just add a hint of color here and there.  Below are some of my favorite examples of how this pretty shade can enhance almost any room in your home.

Such a whimsical scene!

The meaning of pink can be used to emanate feelings of compassion, caring, understanding, and, what else but, love and romance. It can be a pure and innocent color, and in turn, very positive. Hence, it can benefit your life by generating positive emotions, love, compassion and happiness.

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A well placed accessory can bring a new elegance to your design.  Pink is a great choice for an accent color.  It adds a feminine touch and a blush of happiness.  This color often has a calming effect on people, suggesting safety and vulnerability.  Use bright pinks for a playful, exciting atmosphere or more vibrant pinks for a passionate, sensual feel.  The pink spectrum has so much potential!

Decorating in pink + gold #BHGSUMMER

The most common pink color used in feng shui decorating is a gentle pink, although the “hot version” of it, the magenta pink, is also very popular. Combined with orange, also a fire feng shui element color, it can bring a fiery and passionate energy to any space.

This design by Cami Weinstein was inspired loosely by the French 1940’s with a modern twist! CamiDesigns.com

Pink helps people get in touch with their thoughtful and caring side, either through the need to receive, give or care for others.  Using pink in the bathroom may offer a little extra space for mental reflection.

Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe

 For more pink inspiration, visit my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/camidesigns/who-doesnt-love-pink/

Red Room

Red rooms are so fun to design! Using the color red has a bit of psychology behind it. Red will offer a resonant and stimulating aspect for rooms. A room with much red can increase the level of passion. Red may also be used to increase hunger and can be a great color for a kitchen! With red being a bold color, it often requires a little design know how to build a room around it. Here are some designs that I find inspirational for taking on red room projects.

Love the gold paint outlining the door panels!

Gold always goes great with red. It offers a more regal look to the design. Finding a complimentary carpet will bring the room together.

Stunning collection of Italian Empoli glass vessels.

Designing a room with a touch of red doesn’t always have to mean painting the walls. Well placed red decor may also bring out the warm vibes of a room.

Sitting room goals!

A comfy red velvet love seat can also be a great design detail. With the fabric reflecting light, it will open up the room a bit. Bold colors may make a room feel smaller, but using accents of white and a lighter color will open it right back up.

What an outstanding look! Ashley Whittaker, photo Thomas Loof,

A large room with windows is always a great option for red design. The light will really bring out the brightness in the red tones and wake a room up. This reading nook is absolutely beautiful. Each fabric is unique with a small touch of red or muted tones.

Luscious!

Like a bold lipstick, red can make a room more interesting. It can cause people to stop and stare. Adding red to a quiet room can create a little buzz around the area.

Stunning combination of red and white. And that chandelier…..wow!

Red bathrooms are one of my favorite ways to explore red interior design projects. Take a look at these two bathrooms!

So cool!

Do you have something red in your home that you love?

Mixing Metallic

Mixing metallic elements into a design project can easily brighten a space and give the room a bit of a modern update. Metallics can be used in many styles of interior design, as a bold statement or a subtle sparkle.  Metallic pieces can really bring a room to life. Mixing metallics with other mediums can create a new look in your home.

Where to find: https://www.etsy.com/listing/274396250/the-balloon-dog-metallic-orange-table?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

Nature and Metallic Mixing

Wood and metal unite in this striking furniture by Hilla Shamia.  How stunning is this? Natural wood with poured metal to create tables, benches and stools.

Read the article: http://www.woodworkerz.com/wood-and-metal-unite-in-striking-furniture-by-hilla-shamia/

Metallic Lighting

This beautiful coffee table and lighting in metallic gold glows in natural light from the window.  So beautiful! The reflective lighting from the metallic adds more light to the room.

 

Metallic tile!

Metallic tiles are a creative idea for kitchen back splashes, master bathrooms, small bathrooms, patios, tub surrounds, or any room of the house.

 

This Apex Geometric Wallpaper

With tones of pink, white and grey, this paper features a contemporary geometric pattern with a metallic outline.  So chic and totally different!

To mix metallics into your home, remember that it doesn’t have to be the signature piece. A small accent, light fixture, or end table can take a home from simple to new modern. At Cami Weinstein interior design, we strive to keep our designs updated with current design trends, as well as make you feel at home. If you are looking to update your home, contact us today about your interior desires.

 

The Montauk House

Montauk is one of my favorite places to visit.  When a client reached out with hopes of giving her Montauk home a much needed update, I was thrilled!  Combining personal and traditional elements we created a beautiful, welcoming environment.

Living Room Details, Montauk House Design by Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

The Montauk House

Living Room Details, Montauk House Design by Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

Montauk has a soothing energy that instantly relaxes you.  It was important for my client for her design to be sophisticated yet welcoming.  We decided to feature a natural color palette to bring the outdoors in for a seamless transition.

Bathroom Design

Bathroom Details, Montauk House Design by Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

The bathroom should be fresh and inviting; a place for privacy.  Bathrooms are one of the major selling points of a home, and tend to have a lot of foot traffic.  This bathroom’s wallpaper makes a statement without overwhelming the space.  Rich, glossy tile and fresh grout make the backsplash pop and lead your eyes to shiny hardware.  The mirror adds a contemporary, geometric touch; I love the simple detail of this mirror.

Living Room Design

Living Room Details, Montauk House Design by Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

My client’s Montauk house is close to the beach, which makes wicker the ultimate accent.  The wicker coffee table and large area rug ground the design, while white accents add a fresh pop.  Before we began mapping out the living room, my client emphasized that this was the room friends and family would spend a majority of their time in (aside from the kitchen, of course).  Working with a neutral palette set the tone for relaxation, making the room the ultimate chill hangout.

Dining Room Design

The Montauk house’s dining room before the grasscloth wallpaper installation.

How elegant! The dining room’s finished look.

One of my favorite ways to add glamour to a room is with custom wallcoverings.  One of my favorite fabrics to work with is grasscloth, specifically from Phillip Jeffries!  The Montauk house’s dining room featured gorgeous bay windows for maximum lighting, adding all the more to the wallpaper’s luster.

Bedroom Details

Bedroom Details, Montauk House Design by Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

Once the house’s major rooms were outfitted, it was time for the bedroom.  Because the majority of the house featured natural beiges and crisp whites, we decided the bedroom should be a little more eclectic.  The ikat-inspired duvet cover is a bold black and white print we both loved instantly.  Patterned sheets add a subtle mix of pattern play, while  bedside accents are bursting with color.  I loved this bedside table’s hardware and rich blue tone and thought it paired wonderfully with this acidic green lamp.

To explore more of my projects, you can view my portfolio here.

Woven Wooden Shades

Lighting changes a room’s tone completely.  Woven wooden shades are a wonderful way to update your home while subtly adjusting the lighting.  These gorgeous woven wooden shades are ideal for your Connecticut home.

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Bedroom Lighting

Provenance® by Hunter Douglas

Provenance® by Hunter Douglas

Transition your bedroom from the excitement of summer to cozy fall warmth with woven wooden shades.  I love the natural element they bring to a room.  The Woven Woods collection from Hunter Douglas provide a warm, natural look.  This collection features a variety of shades to match your bedroom design.

Home Office Inspiration

Winston's Collection

Winston’s Collection

Refreshing your home office is a great way to stay inspired and boost productivity.  Give your work space a seasonal update along with the rest of your home!  This interior ties the furniture and area rug design in with their window coverings for a complete, finished look.  Furnishings inspired by nature seem to have a calming effect, making them optimal for a home office.

Bathroom Refresh

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Vacation may be over, but your bathroom is an instant spa!  A bathroom refresh is all you need to infuse your home with lake house inspiration.  Woven wooden shades are a necessary accessory when calling back to memories of beach life and summer relaxation.

Indulgy

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Explore more ways to incorporate woven wooden shades into your interior with my Pinterest board!

Modular Home Install Day

Wow!  I can’t believe modular home install day has finally arrived!  It’s a big day for the house I am working on in Montauk!  The day started on an early note; a total of 5 pieces were to be moved to the location and completed.

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We spent the day watching as each piece was carefully placed into position.  This was a tough site to work on; it’s narrow and has a lot of low-hanging electrical wires.  It was decided that it would be best if each piece was brought under the wires, then lifted and spun 180 degrees to be set in the proper place.  It was a fun and fascinating day!

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About Modular Homes

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There’s a little bit you should know about modulars.  The modular homes of today can be completely customized to meet both aesthetic and town-code restrictions.  This modular was designed with architect Christopher Hull, of CAH Architects in Cos Cob, CT and myself.  Working with Chris was a pleasure;  he really listens to what the client is looking for and works to meet their specific goals.

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Jon Sirkin of Hampton Modular and his team are taking care of the construction.   Hampton Modular is fantastic to work with; they are  open to new ideas and go to great lengths to make their clients happy.  It’s a pleasure working with Hampton Modular and such a personable construction company is truly a rare find.

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Jon has just opened another office in Greenwich, known as Greenwich Modular.  As a designer I am delighted to work with such a great team and so glad this home design option was explored!

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Now that the pieces of the modular home are set into position, completion will only take a few months.  During these months, finishing touches will be put onto the modular home.  I can’t wait to see the final result!  Stay tuned as we take you through this project through completion.

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For More Information, Contact:

CAH Architecture and Design, LLC

Greenwich Modular

78 Valley Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807

 

Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

37 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830

Painted Black Houses

Looking for a refresh?  Painted black houses are effortlessly elegant and chic! Think outside the box and explore different shades of black.  Painted black houses come in a variety of styles; give your home an instant upgrade with one of these shades.

Painted Black Houses

There are so many shades of black to consider.  This single swatch chart shows how depth and tone come into play when selecting the perfect paint color.  I recommend taking swatches and paint samples home with you to test out.

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It’s surprising how versatile black paint can be.  The architecture of this apartment complex pops in a metropolitan area; I love the white trim accents.  Below, a secluded cabin takes a bold stand in front of its astounding natural backdrop.

Painted Black Houses

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Project:  Exterior Refresh

Recently kitchen and bath designer, Sarah Blank, and I were discussing ways to refresh a home’s exterior.  Sarah mentioned wanting to paint the exterior of her house black for a fresh look.  I was instantly intrigued, recently having seen a modern 80’s home in the Hamptons.  The house’s exterior was painted black and it looked fabulous!  Afterward, I set out to explore different shades of black for various styles of homes.  Regardless of whether they are traditional, gothic, mid century, modern, barn or cottage-style homes, once painted black, a home is instantly given a wonderfully exotic aesthetic.

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For more Painted Black Houses, visit my Pinterest board here.

Clapton-Inspired Design

Recently, I went to see Eric Clapton in concert.  My penchant for Clapton-inspired design began once I saw the stage hands rolling out a large Oriental rug.

Persian Mohajeran Sarouk rug

Persian Mohajeran Sarouk Rug

Clapton Live

Live Performance

Eric Clapton Live

The performance was amazing; Clapton’s moody rock and blues ballads are so heartfelt.  Many of the songs are deeply personal and about his personal struggles with love, loss, addiction and life.  It’s always amazing to witness an artist transforming their emotions into art.

Live Performance

Live music is good for the soul.

Before Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., another favorite musical artist of mine, performed.  As the stage hands were clearing sound equipment and instruments from Gary Clark Jr.’s set, I noticed a man carrying a large rug out.  The man proceeded to spread the large Oriental rug onto the stage.  This piqued my interest immediately, and questions began running through my head.

Live Performance

The concert was an amazing experience!

Why an Oriental Rug?  Was it a way of feeling home?  He was pretty far from England.  Did the rug feel comforting?  Did it remind him of home? Was it reminiscent of the bohemian mania of the 60’s?  Were the colors a source of inspiration for him; the patterns?  Did the huge Oriental rug help to absorb sound?  For the rest of the night I kept wondering about the rug and what it meant to him.

Classic Oriental & Persian Rugs

Classic Oriental and Persian rugs having been out of the design limelight for a while,  but they remain timeless.  Ornate with beautiful colors and patterns, Oriental and Persian rugs are a fabulous investment.

Persian Oriental Rugs

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Infuse your interior with elements of bohemian chic by adding (or layering) these ornate rugs.  These rugs will definitely make a comeback.  They remain as iconic to decorating as Eric Clapton is to music.  I selected these beautiful pieces for decor inspiration; throw your favorite Clapton on, and start pinning your favorites here.

Persian Oriental Rugs

The kind of boho vibes I’m channeling right now.