Thursday, 15 November 2018

At The Auction

Going once, Going twice……..Sold! That is what was heard on Tuesday evening, October 30th at Echoes Antiques and Auction Gallery in Seaford N.Y. Members of the Marilyn H. Rose Interiors team scoured the auction house one day prior to the scheduled auction to preview the items in person. This particular auction included quite a bit of nostalgia. As we perused the items, I felt a sentimental yearning for a former time. Vintage tin lithographed lunch boxes, 1950’s J. Chien Hercules wind up ferris wheel, Westinghouse Coca Cola refrigerator, and Gilbert and Barker Model T-8 gas pump, were just a few items examined on this sentimental journey.

We arrived about an hour early on auction night to evaluate the competition and perform our final inspection. To encourage the audience’s feelings of nostalgia, there was even a gentleman dressed as a “soda jerk” carrying a colorful tray of drinks and ice cream sundaes greeting the crowd!

1950s Style Dinner Table and Booth
Our anticipation for the auction was heightened by the ”like yesterday” atmosphere. In addition, at Marilyn H Rose Interiors in some of our interior design Long Island, and Hamptons interior design we frequently like to mix elements from different eras. Iconic pieces often define and play an important role in the character of a space. We love to create an environment that evokes pleasant memories for our clients by providing a familiar and comfortable environment to live in. This particular auction was the perfect place to acquire some of those sentimental pieces.
As the auction proceeded, we anxiously awaited the sale of item #22- a National Candy Shop cash register restored in a Pepsi Cola motif, and #36- a Wurlitzer Juke Box in excellent working condition.

When the auctioneer began the description of item #22, my heart fluttered, and my arm flew up waving bidder paddle #74. With baited breath, I continued my battle, keeping in mind my bid cap. To my surprise and happiness, we secured both the desired cash register and juke box with the winning bid!
These two nostalgic items will certainly be a great addition to the home theater that we are designing for one of our clients! ,Marilyn H. Rose Interiors will definitely now be able to add charm and character in a creative way to this new space. Through the auction process you too will be able to design an amazing space with a unique twist, or let us find those awesome pieces for you. Email: Mhroseltd@Aol.Com

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Marilyn Rose is experienced interior designer in Long island NY. Get trusted and professional interior design services across the Long Island, the Hamptons, Manhattan, and Palm Beach and beyond.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Roland Auctions NY

Going once, Going twice……..Sold! Auctions are a great way to enrich contemporary, or any design with timeless antiques. At Marilyn H. Rose Interiors, we frequently attend auctions to find those special pieces. Incorporating antiques into contemporary settings can add character, charm, and history to an otherwise cold interior. Over the years, we have successfully utilized many of our finds in our interior design Long Island and Hamptons interior design .

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We like to visit the auction house a few days prior to the event for a preview. A catalogue is provided with descriptions, dimensions, and a number for each item that will be sold at the auction. Dimensions of the pieces are very helpful in allowing you to decide beforehand whether items that you may be interested in will be appropriate for your design project. In addition, other items may be purchased for future designs. With catalogue in hand and a numbered paddle, we can return to our studio and educate ourselves prior to auction day. Doing your homework is very important! Try to familiarize yourself with the pieces that you desire, and their value.
#36 Provincial –Style slipper chair with leopard upholstery A “wow” addition to a traditional design.

Marilyn H. Rose Interiors, we have learned that to avoid getting caught up in the bidding frenzy it is a
good idea to make a notation in the catalogue next to the items that you are interested in with your price cap.
This is a great auction tip to help avoid buyer’s remorse!
#315 Modern Mirrored vanity, mirror and bench What a great addition these pieces would be for a “Glam Design”!

Buying at an auction has economic advantages too! An auction allows one to bypass the middleman. These auction pieces would sell at a much higher price if purchased in a retail shop. In addition to the economic advantages, buying at auction also allows us to continue in our goal at Marilyn H. Rose Interiors to support sustainability in our designs. Recycling and upcycling formerly loved items is a great way to incorporate “green” design.
At Marilyn H. Interiors we love to elevate our designs with unexpected or original finds to create truly dynamic spaces. The auction house is a great place to acquire that perfect piece. We hope that you will explore auctions for your space, pick up a paddle and bid on an item that truly enhances your design. Good Luck!

Author Bio:

Trusted and professional Hamptons and Long Island Interior Design firm NYC. Marilyn Rose is experienced interior designer and specialized in single room, grand estate, pied-a-terres, sleek contemporary apartments and traditionally classic estates.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Sustainable Design

Sustainability begins at home. Interior designers have a tremendous impact on the sustainability of our environment. From furniture, fabric, and finishes the designer can select eco- friendly products that truly beautify the home while leaving a positive imprint on the environment. At Marilyn H. Rose Interiors when designing our Hamptons interior design, and Long Island interior design projects, we are always conscious of following design principles, so we can assist in building a better, more sustainable future!
From a sustainability perspective, it’s imperative that we choose materials and products with the lowest environmental impact. An excellent example is bamboo flooring. It is not only beautiful but is quickly renewable. Natural fiber rugs made from grasses or fibers like sisal, wool, jute, hemp and recycled tiles, are other examples of stylish sustainable floor options.
Example of beautiful bamboo flooring:

Organic green materials such as wood, natural stone and cork are also great choices for interior design projects.
Moratto adhesive backed patterned cork tile by Sustainable Design is a great option for color and texture:

Sustainable Materials Secoro Cork Leather Sofa below:

Reducing energy consumption is also an important aspect of sustainable design. To save money and energy spent on lighting, we may try to incorporate paler hues in our color scheme. These paler colors will reflect more light, while darker wall and décor need more artificial lighting. Reflective surfaces such as mirrors, allow more light to bounce off surfaces and therefore, require less lighting. At Marilyn H. Rose Interiors we have often sourced LED lighting that take sustainable design to the next level!
Valeo LED floor lamp by Cerno combines natural wood and metallic elements:

Link Suspension light by LZF is made of flexible wood:

Today’s landfills are overflowing with trash, furniture and other waste. Fortunately, at Marilyn H. Rose Interiors our design style incorporates many antiques, vintage décor, and reupholstered furniture, which all are excellent ways to reduce waste by using reclaimed or recycled materials
Marilyn H. Rose Interiors incorporates a stunning antique Maria Teresa crystal chandelier into a client’s new foyer design below:

Marilyn H. Rose Interiors flanks a custom gold leaf console table by antique bronze sconces below:

We hope you now see that a sustainable design does not have to sacrifice a beautiful design. At Marilyn H. Rose Interiors we are always on the hunt for the best eco-friendly, sustainable interior design techniques to reduce our carbon footprint, allowing for a greater positive environmental impact!

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Trusted and professional Hamptons and Long Island Interior Design firm NYC.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Transforming A House Into A “Home”

Our client and her young daughter love to spend time by the water picking up seashells, and watching the ships sail by. So when the opportunity arose to purchase a waterfront home near family, she jumped at the chance!
However, after the initial excitement of her new purchase subsided, our client faced the sad reality that her newly acquired house did not feel like her “home”, neither inside nor out. Thankfully M.H. Rose Interiors, known for our Hamptons Interior Design, and Long Island Interior Design was hired to provide the life preserver! With the assistance of Architect Peter Nesfield, the transformation began, converting a cold contemporary home into a Hamptons Shingle-Style, with gambrel roof lines, simple columns, and classic architectural details

Transitioning from exterior to interior, the magical transformation continued. The white tubular staircase morphed into a graceful sweeping staircase. The dark walnut handrail and decorative white posts, will now definitely make for a lovely photo op on prom night!

Moving into the kitchen, there are more dramatic changes to be seen. The dated white contemporary cabinets were replaced with rich white traditional cabinets, adorned with details that are a feast for the eyes! Elegantly carved corbels, flank the range hood and window, while the island was embellished with gorgeous Corinthian pilasters. The dark walnut floors are in stark contrast with the white cabinetry and marble countertops, for a real pop!

To unify the open plan kitchen and dining room design, the dark walnut floors flow seamlessly, while the cane back island stools, dining chairs, and intricately carved dining room table maintain the traditional style throughout.

The new den design combines the client’s desire for both elegance and comfort. The fireplace has been transformed from drab to fab, with a French mantle, and exquisite
custom cabinetry. Above the fireplace, dore’ bronze antique sconces and alabaster urns resting on the mantle add to the elegance, while the plush green textured sofa, chairs and buttery leather ottoman add to the comfort. What a wonderful room for family and friends to gather and create new memories!

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Marilyn Rose -Trusted and professional Hamptons and Long Island Interior Design firms NYC. She is experienced interior designer and specialized in single room, grand estate, pied-a-terres, sleek contemporary apartments and traditionally classic estates.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Revisiting an Old Friend

When you connect with a client through quality design that prevails for almost two decades, you can usually expect a repeat customer. Durable fabrics, well made furniture, and comfortable design allowed this family room to endure and shine for five very active children from infancy to college coeds! At Marilyn H. Rose interiors, when it comes to our Interior Design Long Island and Hamptons Interior Design projects, a room designed for an entire family to create lifetime of memories is one of our favorites!We initially designed this family room in a very traditional style to blend well with the rest of this lovely home.
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However, now the clients would like to change it up a bit with a more transitional approach. A challenge that we are definitely up for. We will incorporate furniture lines that are simple, yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. New fabric patterns, designs and textures will facilitate transition into the transitional. The color scheme will incorporate rich blues, buttery creams, and possibly an animal print for a fun pop! With the family room open to the kitchen, this new palate will also compliment the elegant window treatments previously designed by MHR Interiors pictured below.
Since technology has grown in leaps and bounds in the past two decades, we also need to address these changes in our new design. Televisions have lost their enormous bulk, and have evolved in sleek flat screens that no longer require deep housing in custom cabinetry. We will rework the dark, rich cabinetry, still pristine to address these advances. For visual interest we will adorn the shelves with unique accessories in a more transitional style.
Finally, as families grow, their hobbies do too! For this large family, golf has become a major passion, and storage has become a major issue. A dilemma that designers often face, beauty versus function! At MHR Interiors we have come up with an ideal solution. A storage closet constructed and designed in the same handsome style as the cabinetry that already exists in the room will hide away the clutter while maintaining the beauty.
Remember revisiting an old friend does not necessarily mean out with the old and in with the new. A change in style and family needs can still incorporate original pieces with new additions, blending styles throughout the home in a creative way. Looking forward to sharing how our new design turns out!

Author Bio:

Trusted and professional Hamptons and Long Island Interior Design firm NYC. Marilyn Rose is experienced interior designer and specialized in single room, grand estate, pied-a-terres, sleek contemporary apartments and traditionally classic estates.

Friday, 28 September 2018

“Sea”sonal Design

When designing for our Hamptons Interior Design and Long Island Interior Design projects, we love to take into account the personality of our clients and the location of their homes. Incorporating the exterior beauty surrounding the home into the design of its interior is a wonderful way to create an environment fit for its owner! One of our favorite projects to date was the interior decorating of a home set by the sea! Loving the beautiful beaches and blue waters of Long Island as much as wedo here at Marilyn H. Rose Interiors, we couldn’t wait to “dive in” to this design !

To set the tone for the theme of our design, we started by framing the home’s entry with two tiered shelves accented with a selection of seashells in various shapes and sizes collected by our clients, giving it a personal look. The symmetry created by using these two shelves helps to elicit feelings of calm and balance within the space much like the beautiful blue water of the sea.

We carried these natural hues into the home’s kitchen using a pale blue upholstery fabric on all of the seating, as well as utilizing a neutral color palette in the patterned fabric selected for the kitchen’s window treatment and cabinetry. We kept the walls and flooring light while creating contrast by using darker woods on the kitchen chairs and island. This again creates the sense of “balance” we previously spoke about!It was important to us to keep the window treatment above the big kitchen windows simple, as to not distract from the beauty already existing outside. Here’s a closer look:

One of our favorite rooms to design was the home’s living room. We had so much fun creating and accessorizing the beautiful built-in wall unit. We filled the shelves with our client’s lovely collection of archipelago bird statues mixed with a selection of seashells and books!

To personalize the piece to fit our client’s personality and laid-back lifestyle, we had a fun wave motif carved into the millwork across the top of the fireplace, as well as a shell motif. As the saying goes, “make it simple, but significant” .Small details can have a big impact on a project’s design!

We used mosaic tiles to create a wave motif in the home’s bathroom as well!

Your home should be a reflection of everything you love. There are so many ways to incorporate bits and pieces of your personality into every project! We hope this blog inspires you to do some decorating of your own. Now go on and “seas” the day!

Author Bio:
Trusted and professional Hamptons and Long Island Interior Design firm NYC. Marilyn Rose is experienced interior designer and specialized in single room, grand estate, pied-a-terres, sleek contemporary apartments and traditionally classic estates.

Monday, 24 September 2018

From Tween to Teenage Dream

We love when we receive a call from a past client looking to revamp or refresh a space we previously designed for them. After all, change is good! It’s so much fun to grow with our clients while challenging ourselves as designers to meet their changing needs. Trends in NYC Apartment Interior DesignHamptons Interior Design, and Interior Design Long Island are ever evolving – as are our clients’ children! For one of our latest projects, we transformed our clients’ daughter’s and son’s room, taking it from “tween” to “teenage dream”!
When these rooms were previously designed, whimsical hand-painted murals covered the walls from floor to ceiling. Though beautiful at the time, for a young boy growing into a man, we knew we had to make some changes! In their son’s bedroom, we replaced the murals with a sophisticated navy and white pinstripe wall-covering, and accented the headboard wall with a navy stripe wallpaper, in a much larger scale. We updated the window treatments using coordinating navy and white fabric in a houndstooth pattern, and created a box pleat valance to give the treatment a structured, masculine feel.
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We accented all of the navy and white used throughout the room with pops of green. We selected a solid green fabric for the shades of the window treatment, and chose a printed fabric to create some fun and fresh new bedding!
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We re-worked his furniture pieces, and updated his area rug to tie everything together! Stay tuned to see what accessories we selected to complete the look! For their daughter’s room, we decided to expand on the whimsical design of the murals, and designed the beautiful “star-studded” window treatments you see pictured below! We selected three coordinating fabrics in pretty patterns of pale pink and green. We used these same fabrics to create beautiful new bed treatments with an undeniable charm.

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Again we utilized the room’s existing furniture, and replaced the existing area rug with one that coordinates with the new fabrics. A room refresh doesn’t require starting from scratch! You can re-work existing pieces to fit new needs, and update only what’s necessary to create the look you desire. We love how these spaces turned out – leave us a comment if you do too!

Author Bio:
Trusted and professional Hamptons and Long Island Interior Design Firms NYC. Marilyn Rose is experienced interior designer and specialized in single room, grand estate, pied-a-terres, sleek contemporary apartments and traditionally classic estates.  

At The Auction

Going once, Going twice……..Sold! That is what was heard on Tuesday evening, October 30th at Echoes Antiques and Auction Gallery in Seaford...