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Pantone’s Color of the Year

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Welcome to March.  It is the month that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and welcome Spring.  Do you decorate with gorgeous green accents?  There are lots of easy ways to bring a bit o’ luck into your home.

Ironically, a shade of green is Pantone’s Color of the Year.  A vibrant shade of yellow-green, reminiscent of chartreuse and peridot with the slightest hint of mint. It is so much more than lime green. There are millions of possibilities this color lends when used sparingly, especially with other shades of green in the darker, richer end of the spectrum. This color inspires one to be with nature continuously, not just on a tropical vacation.


The details on Greenery from Pantone…

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

Here are some green pieces that can Creatively Transform your home.


Agava Ikat Printed Rhys Settee-Anthropologie


Throw pillow easily adds color

Bring the color to your meals

Bring the color to your meals


Front Door Decor

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Front Door Decor

Let’s talk about your front door.  I am sure that is decorated during the holidays.  But is it naked the rest of the year?  Front door decor adds curb appeal to your home.  It welcomes guests in style while setting a positive mood at the entrance. Whether for decorating or home staging a house for sale, welcoming front door decor is very important for creating pleasant first impressions.



According to Feng shui, the front door connects or bridges our inner world to the outer world. For this reason, the front door has tremendous significance in our lives—furthering our careers, connection with community, opportunities for wealth, health and relationships. All opportunities come to us through the front door.

Wreaths are an easy decoration to change out seasonally.  They add a gorgeous array of colors and textures. You can find them at many local stores including Kohl’s, HomeGoods and at the craft stores. Esty craftsman can customize to your specifications.  Or buy the supplies and get crafty!  Personalized wreaths can represent any theme.  Here are a few examples.

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Wine lovers

Wine lovers

Sports fans

Sports fans

Here are some unique non-wreath decorations.

Decorating your front door makes a great first impression on your guests and is a wonderful way to create a cheerful atmosphere for yourself when you come home each day. Transform your front door and its surrounding space into your own special haven.

Purple is my favorite color.


Love the home you live in!

Decorating for the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Decorating for the Holidays

There are so many ways to bring the spirit of the season into your home. December is a month that is steeped in tradition. It is a time of family and giving, no matter what holiday you celebrate.  Deck the halls, walls and tables with Christmas accents. Decorative touches will fill your home with the sights and smells of the season.

Take a look at this unique way to use cards from years past. This family has been cutting out Santa Claus from the cards that they received for over 40 years. Their amazing display has grown into this.




How do display the holiday cards that you receive? 

Here are some ideas…Take a wide ribbon and little different colored wooden clips (tiny clothes pins). Hang the ribbon in a doorway and as you receive cards, clip them along the ribbon. It looks great and everyone has commented on what a great and fun way it was to display our cards.

Ladder Christmas Card Display-Make pretty holiday cards part of your decor by displaying them on a painted ladder. Tuck the cards over or between bungee cords screwed in place in an X pattern. Add hooks to the sides to hang stockings or candy-filled cones.ladder

Jingle Bell Display-Big bells can be used for more than their good looks and sweet sound. Tip them over to create the perfect perch for your holiday cards.bells

Decorating the table for the Christmas dinner is a great way to make the day even more memorable. Your guests will be transformed into the holiday season mood immediately upon entering the dining room. Red, green, white, gold and silver are

There are so many beautiful ways to make this holiday extra special.  Always love the home you live in!

~Happy Holidays~

















Discover Hidden Treasures

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Discover Hidden Treasures

Without warning it happens; after living in a home for a number of years and looking at the same furnishings for all those years, a homeowner often sees the house or some rooms as lackluster.  They have a difficult time seeing the potential of those rooms and the furnishings in them.  They want to make a change, but where do they start?  Short of making major renovations or buying all new furniture and accessories, is there any other alternative?  YES, Interior Redesigning is a budget-friendly solution to this problem.

Interior Redesigning can bring a fresh perspective to a project to help clients achieve the look or feel they would like to create in a room, but haven’t been able to achieve on their own.  There are HIDDEN TREASURES just waiting to be discovered in most people’s homes, but they need a trained eye for design to find them.  That’s where Interior Redesigning comes in.  Interior redesign is similar to traditional interior decorating because you aim to capture the client’s personality and style.  The cost-effective benefit of redesign is that you use a client’s existing furnishings and accessories for most of the project to bring a designer look to a space that needs to be “freshened up,” or just restyled.  Interior redesign is environmentally friendly because it helps the homeowner to repurpose and get more life out of their existing furniture and accessories. Best of all it is easy on the wallet because you literally shop in the comfort of your own home!

Listed below are some minor tweaks that can make a big impact to a redesign project:


  • Try painting one wall in a room with an accent color.  The contrast brings in a pop of color without making a major commitment to the rest of the room.
  • If your home is painted in outdated colors, try lightening up darker trim or cabinets with white or cream.  The lighter colors will brighten up the space.


  • Want to bring a more current  look to a dated lighting fixture?  A new fixture in one of today’s popular finishes can make a difference.  For some fixtures, just changing the finish will be enough of a change.
  • Swapping out a ceiling fan for a lighting fixture, or adding a chandelier where the ceiling fan used to be can make a major difference.




Fabrics and Rugs

  • When redesigning a space, replacing upholstery, curtains, throw pillows or bedding, is a good way to create a refreshed look to the space.
  • Using lighter and brighter fabrics in bold prints to create a new look will breathe new life into a room that is newly redesigned.
  • Replacing window panels in today’s colorful tones, or recovering dining chair pads, or placing chair covers over  wooden chairs can bring a sophisticated look to a dining room.





Bathroom To Spa

  • Painting the walls and cabinets in a bathroom, then replacing the hardware will instantly update a lackluster bathroom.
  • Add in a new shower curtain, or if in the budget, a new shower door, light fixture and sink fixture and you’ve turned the outdated bathroom into a relaxing spa bathroom.




So if you are looking to make changes to spaces in your home, go on a treasure hunt down the hallway or into rooms.  Who knows what treasures you might find lurking in plain sight or tucked away in a corner.  HAPPY TREASURE HUNTING~~


Short on Storage? Think Under the Stairs & Beyond…

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Short on Storage?  Think Under the Stairs & Beyond…
Who couldn’t use some more storage, after all, you can only stretch a bedroom closet or hallway coat closet just so far.  You may have untapped storage space in the most unsuspecting places. 
When the hallway coat closet just isn’t big enough for coats, boots, umbrellas, the space under the stairway, in some instances, can serve as additional storage.  The pictures below show a unique and functional use of the space under the stairs in this home.  The decorative detail moulding “hides” the access to added storage.  How cool!

The next two pictures show how to use the extra space under the stairs leading down to the basement.  What a great use of the space, affording even more storage for toys, books, etc, anything you want to display or maybe keep together in decorative boxes.

Built-ins are also a great way to add extra storage and make functional use of the space underneath a window seat.  In these examples, the built-ins create a beautiful focal point also.

The family dog can live like royalty in this unique doghouse.dogbed
The children’s library can look like this.
This home-office would make anyone happy to be there.
Yes, you can always use more storage space; with a little creativity you can make functional use of those “nooks and crannies,” and also add some interest!   

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Dorm-Ward Bound

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s that time again.  It seems that school just ended, graduation ceremonies and parties done, and while that’s true, Dorm-Ward Bound students are starting to plan and shop. Those important items they will be packing up and taking with them on their new or returning college experience.

On a recent trip to Bed Bath & Beyond, I saw quite a few teens shopping with their parents.  They are getting a jump on the checklist items to bring with them to college.  It can be overwhelming, but with stores like Bed Bath & Beyond or Kohl’s, to name just a few, when shopping in the store or online, you can find a wide variety of bedding, bath, storage and organization items.  Consider pre-ordering what you need at a store near your home or online. Then all you need to do is pick up and pay for the order when you arrive at the college destination.  Dormify specializes in dorm room decor.


Show your school spirit

Electronics and chargers for electronics come in many shapes and forms.  I particularly loved the colorful Keurig Brewing Systems, and bold-colored bath accessories, hampers, bold and vibrant bedding and accessories.

Check out some of the colorful and free spirited bedding ensembles, storage ottomans, stacking bookcases, bungee chairs; so many items for students to create a functional and stylish space or area all their own.

Pastels can brighten up the room

Pastels can brighten up the room

Bungees are cozy place to study!


Carry it all in a caddy

Carry it all in a caddy

At the end of the day, after tests, writing papers, etc, a student should have a special space to come back to, a place where they can study, hang out, or just relax and of course, sleep!!!

Celebrating Summer!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Celebrating Summer!

Happy  240th Birthday America!

This July, we at Creatively Transformed are concentrating on transforming our Summer into one never to forget.  Summer is way too short not to make the most of it. Summertime and the living is easy. . . the long, lazy days of summer are here. Beach weather, watermelons, fruit-flavored sorbets, sand-between-your-toes, fireworks, barbecues, flip flops and bathing suits come to mind for most people when they think of summer. But life is busy and these days, many of us find ourselves wishing we’d made more time for our favorite fun-in-the-sun activities: a picnic in the park, catching lightning bugs in the backyard, or a night out at the outdoor movies or a concert. You know… the stuff memories are made of.

Summertime brings a variety of free concerts to Long Island. So, pack a picnic, grab your lawn chairs, put on some insect repellent and head outdoors to listen to great local music. Throw down a blanket, spread out the snacks, uncork the wine, and watch the kids boogie under the evening stars as you sway to some cool and breezy melodies. The outdoor concerts are in full force, beckoning visitors to get outside and enjoy the thriving music scene. The free events will keep you tapping your feet. So get out there, enjoy the weather and tune into the music.

Though new blockbusters may grab all the headlines, summer movies reach new heights in the great outdoors. Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular summer activity. It is called open-air cinema.  There are several outdoor movies scheduled all across Long Island. Most of the movies are free or raise money for charity.  Some films are sponsored by Chambers of Commerce and even serve free popcorn.  It is a great opportunity to enjoy some under the stars, sitting on lawn chairs or blankets.

You can never have enough red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July! But think about all of the outdoor beauty that we have here on Long Island.

Get out there and enjoy it!


Breaking Up With Your House~~WHAT?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Breaking Up With Your House~~WHAT?


I was watching TV the other night and a commercial came on that got me thinking about the process of selling a home and how emotional a process it can be.  There is hope, though, if you prepare for this process; it can relieve some of the time and stress involved.  Consider this scenario; the commercial may be familiar to you…


You may have lived in it for 10 years, maybe longer, but over that time you put YOUR personality and style into it.  It has become a retreat, a place to relax at the end of busy days; an emotional connection has been made over this time.  You find now that a decision has to be made and selling “Our Home” because of  a job relocation, downsizing or another life changing situation isn’t always an easy decision to make.  It’s time to “BREAK UP WITH YOUR HOME” you have to change your mindset from HOME to HOUSE.  You have to think of your home as a house, a commodity that you can market and sell.  To increase the sellability and profitability on this house,  these changes  can be a major factor to bring a quick and profitable sale:

  1. Transform the house from taste specific to a more neutral style to appeal to the most amount of potential buyers.
  1. Buyers look for “turn-key,” well maintained and updated condition.
  1. You need to create an emotional connection for these buyers so they can make it their “NEW HOME.”  You want that  FIRST IMPRESSION to wow buyers and create that important emotional connection.

As a Home Staging and Interior Redesign Specialist, and owner of Creatively Transformed Home Staging and Interior Redesign, I can help make the transformation needed to showcase a house and get it sold, so you can move on to create another “HOME” that you can “LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE” all over again!!


Outdoor Living Spaces-Bringing the Inside-Outdoors

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Outdoor Living Spaces-Bringing the Inside-Outdoors

With the temperature climbing, producing warm, sunny days, you may be making plans for your outdoor family-friendly space.  Whether you are thinking outdoor dining/entertaining, a poolside retreat or a beautiful flower garden, begin by formulating a plan and envisioning how your finished space will look and feel.  This helps to make the best decisions in designing your outdoor retreat.

Top influencers dominating outdoor living landscape this year, according to Trex Company, a wood-alternative railing and decking manufacturer, are integrated benches and outdoor kitchens, with theme settings becoming popular as well.  The look of the tropics seems to be dominating outdoor design themes, bringing in the ambiance of exotic island getaways with Tiki torches, cabanas, waterfalls and deck boards featuring warm colors and multi-colored streaking with inspiration from tropical hardwoods.  There seems to be an increased interest, also, in multi-level decks, curves, cantilevers, pergolas and walls to create a three-dimensional look,  while defining different functional areas.  Aesthetics plays a huge part in many deck-building decisions, but high-performance and low maintenance materials are important to homeowners looking to spend more time enjoying their outdoor space than having to maintain it.

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With the addition of outdoor kitchens, dining nooks and fireplaces, integrated benches with colorful cushions and pillows, storage components and lighting are adding interest and function to these outdoor spaces.  Choosing the right furniture pieces will help bring a fresh new look to your outdoor space, and there are great options to create and redefine those spaces.

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Sectional seating is a very popular option now as it is very versatile, redefining a space in minutes.  You can literally go from close configuration for poolside conversation to strategically placed seating, creating an open look to encourage mingling.  A pair of garden stools can create a unique coffee table or if extra seating is necessary, they can handle the job easily.  Accessories or a brightly colored accent piece can bring pizzazz into the design, or try a tiled bistro table or Papasan chair.  Pillows, cushions, umbrellas and outdoor rugs and curtains can transform a weather-worn space into a refreshed and renewed outdoor oasis.  Be sure to add in those special accents – lanterns, wall décor, statues and wind chimes – treasures that are uniquely you, letting your personality shine through. OutdoorKitchenBlog3

Relax and enjoy the upcoming spring days and evenings outdoors, with the anticipation of the lazy days of summer coming just around the corner~~SO YOU CAN LOVE THE HOME YOU LIVE IN – INDOORS AND OUT~~

Vanishing Walls~Open Up the Look

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Vanishing Walls~Open Up the Look

In new construction houses or in older houses, do you notice that walls seem to be vanishing to make way for open-plan layouts, producing multi-purpose areas?  In many cases kitchens, dining rooms and family/living rooms flow seamlessly into one another.  This creates a beautiful, spacious look and feel, but you may ask “How do you decorate this one large multi-purpose space?  How can this kitchen, dining room, and family room be decorated to create a cohesive look showcasing these three spaces?”

  1. Color

The key to creating this open floorplan is continuity.  Wall color is the No.1 element for achieving continuity.  The same “warm” or “cool” color should be used throughout the space.  Another choice would be to paint architectural elements, chair rails, soffits or pilasters in a variation of the main color, from light to dark.

Large furnishings are most successful when chosen in a mono-chromatic (using any shade, tint, or tone of one color) palette; for example, three shades of green.  This creates an easy flow, with the eye travelling throughout  the space without interruption.  Using pops of the same color, for example, the fabric color for the sofa in the living room and chair-seat fabric at the dining table, to the fabric for the shade on a table lamp creates a comforting sense of continuity, moving from one space to another.


  1. Flooring  

In a open floorplan living space, keep the flooring material consistent.  Changing flooring material will chop up the flow of the space.  Laying wood planks on the diagonal, or setting tiles in a herringbone pattern can create a different look, but the main thing is to keep it the same throughout the space.  Layering rugs on top of hardwood or tile floors can soften the look and add warmth, while also identifying the rooms also.  Rugs are very versatile; they add personality, color, texture and style, and they anchor the furniture arrangement on an area rug, creating a conversation zone in this open space.

  1. Art/Accessories

The use of artwork and accessories enhances the space by using these items in repeating or contrasting tones of the existing color.  Add texture with picture frames, and add interest by not only hanging artwork on the walls, but bring it into a space by placing pieces on a ledge or tabletop. Decorative folding screens  are problem solvers too.pic2

  1. Furniture Arrangement

Furniture arrangement is critical in open floorplans.  Separate but useful ‘zones’ can be defined by a simple sofa table or sideboard behind a sofa, connecting family room with dining room.  Bring furniture “off the walls” to create a conversation, reading or dining space.  This produces a feeling of light and airy.  Open plans need unity so keep color and materials to a minimum.


  1. Window Treatments

To further unify the space, choose window treatments that work well in the entire interior, not just one particular zone, and this will further unify the space.  Hang window treatment 3” – 6” beyond the side of the  window frame for a grander look and more light.  To create the illusion of a taller window,  mount rod 4” – 6” above the window frame or halfway between ceiling and window frame.

Open floor plans sometimes can be a challenge to decorate, but the unity and flow of the spaces are great for entertaining and are warm and inviting.  So, providing the wall or walls you would like to remove are not load-bearing, or the issue can be treated in another way, go for it.