Tracey Stephens Interior Design
June 2010
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How would you describe this room?  I'm tired of using the words "eclectic" and "exotic".  Have your people get back to my people with some juicy verbiage!  If I use your description, you'll get a shout-out in next month's newsletter and I'll take you to lunch.

dining room with leopard rug, custom chandelier

The small scale furniture is the right proportion for this dining room in N. Caldwell, NJ. The walls are painted my favorite ocher (which actually the client had already painted before I ever met her).  Tall red case provides a pop of color & displays small art, accessories and houses the sound system equipment.  The stationary drapery panels have brush fringe on the leading edge and are hung from decorative knobs.  The tortoise window shades provide privacy from neighbors while letting in light.  The colors of ocher, red and black flow into the adjacent living room which was featured as the project of the month in my March newsletter.

skull clock

Collage and encaustic art by local artists Betsy Meyer Donadio, Karen Nielsen-Fried and Hilary Shank-Kuhl. I love how all the pieces work together.

Mindful Living & Green Design --

As you all know, the 3 Rs of sustainability are reduce, reuse and recycle.  I'm all in favor of reusing when possible.  I like to reupholster or paint client's furniture to give it a new look and fresh life.  When I have leftover materials from a project (for example bathroom floor tile) I try to use it in a future project.  The new client reimburses the old client for the cost.  Win-win! 

In this dining room, I have re-used 2 items.  First, the chandelier was a cast off from a remodeling job.  I worked with artist Pam Gosner to turn that trash into a one-of-a-kind custom Room Jewel with swags of red beads, beaded tassels and temple bells.

skull clock

Second, the chairs are from a client who moved and wanted a whole new look.  They were reupholstered for this dining room.

Inspiration - Traveling the Silk Road  
at the American Museum of Natural History now through August 15, 2010

In this exhibit, travel 4500 miles from Xi'an, China to Turfan to Samarkand to Baghdad through dioramas, interactive maps, a musical instrument station, and displays of artifacts.

The exhibit is fascinating and so is the interactive website:

While at the Museum, continue your journey in the Hall of Asian Peoples on the 2nd floor.  I particularly loved this fabulous painted chest from Uzbek:

Uzbek painted chest

Featured in many national publications, Tracey's award winning kitchen and bath design showcases her innovative design sensibility and her exceptional and confident use of color.  Also offered - whole house design services including paint color consultations and furnishings.

If you would like a custom chandelier, or know someone who does, contact me at 973-744-8947 or, and please use the link below to forward this newsletter to your whole wide world!

Tracey Stephens,
Tracey Stephens Interior Design Inc