Doggy Design

 

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  • For many of us, our fur babies are loving members of our families! Their health and well being are a top priority.
  • Designing for family pets, and creating pet friendly environments, has really become a priority for many homeowners.
  • Check out these clever solutions for a happy pet and healthy pet care. Which benefit both the owner and his four legged friends.

We are scheduling autumn design meetings.

Call us at Hunt Woods Manor Design to discuss your next project before the holidays arrive.

914-530-5159 or 914-523-2480.

Easy Custom Mirror

Place one side of a large heavy mirror on the floor and attach the upper part of the mirror to the wall to prevent the mirror from tilting forward.

Want a custom sized mirror at a fraction of the cost? Picture frames come in thick and thin varieties, all kinds of finishes and colors, as well as lengths…some as long as 8 feet.

Here are some easy tips to create one for yourself.

  • Visit your neighborhood frame shop. The independent owners love to work on creative projects.
  • Select a frame or combination of frames to meet your size and design requirements.
  • Ask the frame shop to install a mirror instead of the clear glass in your frame.
  • Then hang the framed mirror with picture hanging hardware!

If you are creating an over-sized floor standing mirror,  ask the framer to provide additional vertical or horizontal bars for support into the back of the frame, and connect it to your wall to keep it in place.

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Finished Backyard Project

The backyard project is complete and we are thrilled with the results. See how the boxy-rectangular shaped backyard has been transformed into an organic oasis, complete with a variety of areas for dining, entertaining, relaxing and even meditating.

Learn more about our Landscape Design & Implementation Services.

Diana Lapins – Owner, Hunt Woods Manor
Diana is an interior designer with over 28 years of experience in the interior design profession. She has been actively renovating residential homes since 1994, and is currently on her 6th home renovation project.

1910 Arts and Crafts Home

Making An Old Girl Seem Young Again

What do you do to a home which has had the same paint colors since the mid 1990’s? How do you bring an older home with charm and detail into the 2000’s and makes it look fresh and alive? Those were the questions the homeowner asked me when we started to look at re-painting their beloved Arts and Crafts home this summer.

Color Inspiration

First was a trip to a well-known home show to see firsthand industry trends and discuss colors schemes. We literally looked at everything from carpets and wall coverings to furniture for inspiration. We settled on a wallpaper whose pallet we agreed would make a wonderful start to our picking paint colors.

The house situated high on a bluff, looked heavy and worn out. The current color of dark grey with burgundy trim was a nice choice years ago, but both colors had faded and deepened. The house seemed dark and sad.

By painting the house a crème color and the windows an off white, the house seemed to stand up straight. We accented the windows and details with contrasting colors which brought out the details of the architecture. We added cool colors for a strong contrast to the warm tones. Painting the trim a smoky gray and the doors throughout the house a violet purple/blue, made a wonderful contrast to the brightness of the main body of the home.

By changing the floor from an aqua to a dark warm brown, the house now feels supported at the base. The transformation couldn’t be more apparent from the street; the house appears to have a bright sunny feeling even on a cloudy, rainy day.

The client couldn’t be happier. It’s added a whole new life to a grand old girl! See the before and after and let us know what you think!


Diana Lapins – Owner, Hunt Woods Manor
Diana is an interior designer with over 28 years of experience in the interior design profession. She has been actively renovating residential homes since 1994, and is currently on her 6th home renovation project.

Autumn Gardening Tips

“Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.”
-Author Unknown

A Garden Is An Ever Changing Tapestry Of Natural Beauty
If you haven’t started that garden journal, go out and buy one today. It helps assess your landscape by listing your ideas for changes and additions. It also helps to decide what you most want to do right now and in the seasons to come. While still in the garden mode, make notes for things to do or buy next spring. Write down the names of that wonderful annual combination you had this year or remind yourself what did not seem to work well in that one corner. Throw in some pictures too!

Roots Establish Better In Fall
Fall is a great planting time and gives you a jumpstart on next year’s garden! Just don’t forget to pay attention to the water needs of those new additions. Without adequate snow or rain you will need to occasionally water new plantings in the winter. A warm winter (such as last year) will intensify this need.

Plant. Transplant. Divide.
Early blooming perennials like irises and peonies can be transplanted. Be careful not to replant too deeply or they will not flower. Divide daylilies if they are in need of thinning – this can improve flowering for next year.

Dig Up & Store Your Bulbs
After the first frost, dig up your tender bulbs and tubers (gladiolas, dahlias, cannas, etc…) and put them in a dry and cool spot (around 40 degrees) for the winter in an open, airy, shallow box.

Clean Your Beds
Continue weeding, deadheading and cutting back perennials as needed. Remove diseased leaves and spent plant material from the beds which will reduce possibility of disease and harmful insects overwintering in this material. Add some compost to your beds as you clean them, before you mulch for the winter.

Snip & Pinch!
Notice which perennials need staking so that you can be pro-active with this chore next year, or opt to try spring “pinching” to shorten their ultimate height – many, but not all perennials respond well to this. This method also delays flowering a bit, which can be a plus in your garden. (ex: Shasta daisy, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Summer phlox, Bee balm). Try this method selectively, on the front row of flowers for a graduation of flowering heights. Add this info to your journal as a reminder for next spring!

Stop Your Clippers!
Pruning of your roses and subshrubs (such as lavender) should stop now. Pruning can encourage new growth that will be subject to frost. Wait until March to prune, before new growth begins (climbing/rambling roses are an exception).

Ready For A Treat? I Promise. No Tricks.
Give yourself a treat for next spring, buy some spring flowering bulbs now (but wait until the weather cools down in October before planting). If you plant them among your hostas or daylilies, the declining foliage of the daffodil or tulip will be hidden by the newly emerging perennial leaves next spring!

Garden Looking Tired? Add Some Color
Don’t forget to add some fall color to your yard (can replace any tired looking annuals). Mums, ornamental cabbage and grasses all do the trick quite nicely! (along with a few well-placed pumpkins of course!!) Pansies give you the added bonus of returning early next spring in full color!

Fertilize Your Garden
Fertilize shrubs and trees with the appropriate product, such as Hollytone for your acid-loving evergreens.
Grass seeding should be finished by now, but do continue to fertilize.

Move ‘Em On In
If you haven’t already done so, begin the transition of your houseplants to indoors by bringing them in at nighttime only at first. First clean and prune them and don’t forget to check for insects! Stop/reduce fertilizing of these plants until late winter.

A Quick “Snip” Tip
Cuttings from coleus will root easily and can be brought indoors for winter color in your home, and can then be returned to your garden next spring.

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Getting A New Lease On Your Furniture Life

Sometimes, it’s an antique and an heirloom or just a piece you love, but time has taken its toll. Should you replace it with something new? Or “recycle” and “refresh”? These are good questions, especially if you are on a budget, and find it hard to swallow the prices of new furniture, many times constructed of lesser quality materials.

Is it a matter of color with the piece in its present state? Or does the piece look worn out and tattered and in need of a face lift?

By changing the fabric and adding some details – repairing the structure – many times it actually looks better than new, and usually for about ½ the cost. An existing piece can add depth to your design intent.

Recently, I have been working with a client on his living room, and he wanted to keep his current sofa, yet it was worn out looking, faded and sad. It didn’t currently match our new color scheme and it looked dated.

I selected a fabric which enhanced the room (taupe velvet), and reflected the light, adding some sparkle. I also decided on a contrasting welt for the piece to tie some of the other colors in the room together.

It has turned out very well – and for about the ½ of the price of purchasing a new piece, this one really looks brand new. See for yourself, and let me know what you think.

Learn more about our Interior Decorating Services.

Diana Lapins – Owner, Hunt Woods Manor
Diana is an interior designer with over 28 years of experience in the interior design profession. She has been actively renovating residential homes since 1994, and is currently on her 6th home renovation project.

Finding Inspiration

Where do you find inspiration? I find it in the very woods that inspired my company’s name. Come along for a walk in Hunt Woods.

Diana Lapins – Owner, Hunt Woods Manor
Diana is an interior designer with over 28 years of experience in the interior design profession. She has been actively renovating residential homes since 1994, and is currently on her 6th home renovation project.

Welcome to Hunt Woods Manor

Welcome to Hunt Woods Manor Residential Design Group. You can rely on Hunt Woods Manor to make both your residence and/or place of business a truly enjoyable place to spend time by creating comfortable & functional solutions for the living environment. We are experts at working with existing conditions & enhancing what is already just hidden, and waiting for a new life.

Through the website you can view a time line of examples of both my residential & commercial interior design work past & present, and meet the team which has assisted me on many of these ventures – and hopefully yours.

And through the blog, you will be able to see how the name “Hunt Woods Manor” came about (along with its connection to the area), view updates on our various projects (including the backyard), and get tips & techniques on landscaping, real estate, and projects from our team mates.

So be sure to stay tuned as we have lots more to come.

Diana Lapins – Owner, Hunt Woods Manor
Diana is an interior designer with over 28 years of experience in the interior design profession. She has been actively renovating residential homes since 1994, and is currently on her 6th home renovation project.

Tips for Painting Furniture

When you have had enough of the wood look, it’s nice to give furniture a new life by giving it some color.

Sanding

Priming

Painting

First the furniture needs to be sanded thoroughly as it is more than likely sealed with a polyurethane or a lacquer finish. Before priming, the wood needs to be cleaned thoroughly – tack cloths work great for this, capturing dust attached to the wood.

When you’re ready to paint, I recommend using an oil base primer as it resists peeling. It can then be coated with either an oil base or latex base paint.

Final Product

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Dave Bermingham – Professional Painter
Dave is an expert in painting, plaster, wallpapering, and light carpentry. He can patch and repair almost any building material and correct any imperfection in any situation. He is also qualified for project coordination.