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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

Look We Love: The New Traditional | Apartment Therapy

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. 

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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Designing a Modular Home

I’m currently designing a modular home, which is very exciting!  Modular home design has come a long way; there are so many ways to personalize your layout.

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Designing a Modular Home:  Montauk

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The beaches in Montauk are breathtaking; via city-data.com

Montauk is the perfect vacation spot.  Recently a client asked for my assistance in designing their modular home to fit their growing family.  Modular homes make for wonderful vacation homes; with a few personal touches, this modular will be ideal.

Modular Construction

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I selected Signature Building Systems to help me take on this project.

I wanted to work with a modular construction company that was open to suggestions and alterations.  While browsing the internet, I came across a contractor who works solely with modular construction in The Hamptons.

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Making my way through the modular home shipping yard.

I met with the owner of Hampton Modular, LLC and was amazed at how far modulars had come!  Jon has been amazing through this process; he’s always flexible, helpful and knowledgeable.  

Design Goals:  The Perfect Beach House

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The”bump out” of my client’s dining room.

My client’s design goal was to create the perfect social environment for family and friends.  We decided to incorporate an open-space kitchen, which could double as a family room.  This makes for the perfect space to enjoy food and conversation!

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An outside view of themodular home’s dining room.

Permits & Roofs

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My client and I decided the house should have a gambrel roof to comply with zoning restrictions.  This traditional element would give the home a timeless feel.

Finishing Details

A sneak peek of the modular

A sneak peek of the modular

Jon recommended Christopher Hull of CAH Architecture and Design, LLC.  This was a perfect recommendation because Chris is located five minutes away from my office in Greenwich, CT!  He and his staff are terrific!  He has done many modulars and was a vital part of our team. 

What will eventually be the master bedroom of my client's modular home.

What will eventually be the master bedroom of my client’s modular home.

Once the home is completed in the modular factory, it will be relocated to my client’s property.  From there, the modular will be completed by Hampton Modular and their local crew.

The Rattan Bench

Give your furniture a seasonal switch with the rattan bench.  Once spring cleaning has commenced, it’s time to refresh your furniture and textiles! Rattan benches are great for indoor and outdoor use.

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The Rattan Bench:  Mudroom Seating

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Botega Rattan Bench Black Legs, Natural, Harrington Galleries

If you’re an avid gardener, you’re definitely going to be frequenting the mud room.  A rattan bench is the perfect place to sit and take off your boots!  I would add a few custom pillows for a polished look.

Unique In New York

 

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Springbok Benches, Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie’s Springbok Benches would be perfect in a boho-style New York loft!  I love furniture that comes in pairs like this set.

Minimalist Kitchen

Rattan Bench, Thom Fougere

Rattan Bench, Thom Fougere Studio

It’s no surprise Thom Fougere studied architecture; it reflects directly in his work!  I would place this minimalist rattan bench in a kitchen by a sunny window.

Patio Details

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Ebony Rattan Bench, Terrain

A good bench is hard to find.  This is a great accent bench for a patio; the only thing missing are fresh flowers!

A Bedroom Bench

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Upholstered Rattan Bench, Archiproducts

I love the intricate detailing on this upholstered rattan bench!  While it would be perfect in a monochromatic design, I would also love to see this in front of a punchy accent wall!

Desk Obsession

Like a bed is the basis of a bedroom, a great desk is necessary for a chic work space!  Whether you’re outfitting your office or adding a home office, it’s time to invest in a desk.  Indulge in my desk obsession with these five gorgeous desks from 1st Dibs!

American Antiques

19th Century Oak Partners Desk

19th Century Oak Partners Desk, 1st Dibs

An antique desks speaks volumes.  This Oak Partners Desk features an unusual amount of drawers, while staying in the realm of traditional.  This desk would work perfectly in a home library as well!

A Touch of Arts Décoratifs

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942, 1st Dibs

Art Deco design first appeared in Brussels and Paris before WW1.  Short for “Arts Décoratifs”, Art Deco is characterized by rectangular, often blocky forms and curved ornamental elements.  I love the drawer hardware on this walnut Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde!

Bauhaus Furniture

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red, 1st Dibs

If you’re looking for something less traditional, opt for a clean, bold approach.  This 1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk in purple red is still a fashion forward piece.

Mid Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman, 1st Dibs

Structure and 1950’s aesthetic are some characteristics of mid century modern design.  I love mid century modern furniture for it’s ability to integrate itself into almost any design!  How gorgeous is this Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman?

A Modern Take

Modern Desk with Marble Top

Modern Desk with Marble Top, 1st Dibs

Lucite, brass and a marble top make for the perfect modern desk.  This Modern Desk with Marble Top features lucite and brass pulls.  Lucite and brass have been designer favorites this past year!

Check out my Desk and Desk Accessories Pinterest board and re-pin your favorites!

Desk Accents

Stay inspired with a curated desk.  Who says a beautiful desk doesn’t increase productivity?  Give your workspace a personal touch with desk accents!

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A trendy and chic home office via Decorista

Necessary Accessories

You’re chic, and your desk should be too!  Combine function and aesthetic when shopping for desk details to stay on trend and on point.

Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade New York

Poppin

Poppin

Purchasing a set of desk accessories is a great way to keep your desk uniform and organized.  Kate Spade’s acrylic desk accessories follow the recent trend with acrylic furniture, while Poppin allows you to stay monotone and classy.

Stay Organized

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Casimira Desk Accessories Anthropologie

Casimira Desk Accessories, Anthropologie

My desk is an array of textile samples, paint swatches and paperwork.  If you’re anything like me, you know that organization is key!  It’s easy to stay organized when everything has a place.  I love the idea of keeping your desk accessories on a tray, and a paper organizer is a must-have!

Desk Details

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Snail Letter Opener Anthropologie

Snail Mail Letter Opener, Anthropologie

Once you have a uniform base for your desk design, it’s easy to see what you need!  I love unique pieces like this Cat Head Mouse Pad made of 100% virgin merino wool, or Anthropologie’s Snail Mail Letter Opener.  Items that are made-to-order, like this Agate Clock help to make a work space stay inspiring.

Go Green

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal, Etsy

A pop of green is exactly what your desk needs!  Succulents are great, low-maintenance desk plants.  These Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal Desk Accessories are so pretty, and would also make for a cute co-worker gift!

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Check out more desk accents and work space inspiration here.