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Glen Ridge, NJ master bedroom  
The room seen above and on my website
was the second master bedroom design created for longtime clients.  The first design was in 1998, when they were moving back to NJ after 5 years in London.  I had the summer to get the entire house ready for their return.  From May - August I designed and coordinated work on 3 bathroom renovations, floor refinishing, painting, wallpapering and furnishing the 3 story home.  This was before email was in popular use so we communicated by fax and Fed Ex.  They came to NYC once for a 3 day whirlwind shopping-decision-making-power-meeting.  After 10 years, the room needed freshening and the room pictured above is the result.

Now having worked with them on 3 homes for over 15 years, I have a deep sense of what they like.  Our relationship is so wonderfully relaxed, and full of trust and mutual respect. 

The clients have now moved permanently to their home at the Jersey Shore.  I am so pleased to be working with them again to help them blend and merge furnishings from the Glen Ridge house and beach house.  We're starting with the master bedroom reusing many pieces plus the beautiful rug from the former living room.  Stay tuned for the transformation!
Welcome to my Award Winning newsletter! Constant Contact All Star Award 2012*  
2nd year in the row!
 
Constant Contact All Star Award 2012
 
Thanks to all you readers who made this possible!
And welcome to all you new subscribers. 

*"This status is an annual designation that only 10% of Constant Contact customers achieve.  The standards for becoming an All Star this year were tougher than ever, and that you managed to do it for 2 consecutive years is quite an accomplishment."  Why, thank you! 

Green Design & Mindful Living ~
The National Association of Home  Builders recently released "What Do Home Buyers Really Want?"

Good news!  Buyers want energy efficiency.  Some of the most wanted features: 
  • energy-star rated appliances and windows
  • energy-star rating for the whole home
  • ceiling fans
  • energy efficient floor plans
Read more from this article.

More buyers do not want a two-story entry foyer because of the difficulty in heating and cooling that huge space.

Article from National Association of Realtors. 

Inspiration ~
I love the result of taking a traditional form and twisting it, whether in an interior or in other art forms.  The super creative Matthew Bourne did a stunning re-visioning of the classic ballet Swan Lake almost 20 years ago and now he's focusing his singular vision onto "Sleeping Beauty - a Gothic Romance".  Can't wait to see it!
New York City Center
October 23 - November 3, 2013
Trailer: Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY 
Trailer: Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY
 

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 are ready to redesign your living space, or know someone who is, contact me at 973-202-8130 or tracey@traceystephens.com, and please share this newsletter with your whole wide world!

Tracey Stephens,
Tracey Stephens Interior Design Inc