Before and After… What a difference

What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes! Can you even believe these are the same spaces?

  • Styled and staged by Joan Arcoleo

Light , White and Airy!

One of our most recent listings…..

Love this welcoming front door, makes the front entrance cheery and open (light floors 😉DSC_0004

So soothing all around, love the hardware backsplash, countertops and window, everything pairs so well togetherDSC_0016

Notice the island and the light floors


Perfection on the lower levelDSC_0050

What a great way to incorporate a retaining wall ! Stunning DSC_0061

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Mixing traditional and Modern architecture

We had to share our clients spectacular renovation merging a traditional Tudor with modern architecture….you will be in awe too!

Check out the full article in the Wall Street Journal



This glass-and-steel rectangular box is a modern addition to a 1920s Tudor home in Rye, N.Y. owned by Chris and Dana Perriello. Designed by Architect Joeb Moore, founder of the Greenwich, Conn. architectural firm Joeb Moore & Partners and a professor of architecture at both Barnard/Columbia and Yale, it is clad in charcoal colored stained cedar and juts out from the rear, with slatted wood walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
On the façade, the house, which has a 200-year-old Elm tree in front, looks like many others on its street in the wealthy suburb.
What had been a sitting room is now empty except for a big white Le Beanock hammock hanging from the ceiling over a shaggy gray rug. The family calls this the ‘unsitting room’.
Interior designer Diana Byrne of DB Design kept the colors neutral but the materials and textures varied to give the whole house a streamlined, contemporary look. Shown here is the living room in the front of the house.
The interior architecture throughout both the original rooms and the addition is contemporary, with little trim and sparse modern furnishings. Another shot of the living room and “unsitting” room.
Ms. Byrne chose wallpaper (like the kind shown here in the dining room) to keep the textures interesting without adding too much of an expense.
Ms. Byrne also used brightly colored high lacquer paint in some areas to give the feel of glass but for less money, as she did here in the bar in the dining room.
The Perriellos knocked down walls to expand the kitchen, which is open to the new addition, including the stairway, and has nano-crystalized glass counters called Glassos.
The kitchen, which had been small, with dark cabinets and stairs going down to the basement, is now open to the dining room.
The steel-and-glass stairway acts as a transition between the original home (the end of which is demarked by the original exterior stone wall, which is now enclosed inside) to the addition, which includes this family room.
The family room has sliding glass doors that open to the new deck. Their dog Sahsa, 12, sits on a cotton chenille sofa.
The new addition includes a master bedroom that cantilevers over the outside deck below.
The guest bedroom is in a space that the couple used as a kid’s bedroom before the renovation.
The master bathroom.
Ms. Periello is a stylist who does wardrobe consulting, so a closet (this is the master bedroom closet) that could keep belongings efficiently was important to her. The couple used a California Closets system instead of custom-made cabinets to save money.
Originally the architects had suggested the guest bedroom go on the third floor, but the Perriellos loved the space and wanted it for their daughter Olivia’s room.
Olivia, shown here with her brother Luke, says she has had as many as six friends at a time on the ‘bubble chair’ in her room.
The custom made bunk bed for their son Luke cost about $7,000. He has a rope that hangs from the ceiling for getting up and down.
The back deck of the house is made from ipe. The couple wanted to have a big enough yard for their kids to play.
This glass-and-steel rectangular box is a modern addition to a 1920s Tudor home in Rye, N.Y. owned by Chris and Dana Perriello. Designed by Architect Joeb Moore, founder of the Greenwich, Conn. architectural firm Joeb Moore & Partners and a professor of architecture at both Barnard/Columbia and Yale, it is clad in charcoal colored stained cedar and juts out from the rear, with slatted wood walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

This glass-and-steel rectangular box is a modern addition to a 1920s Tudor home in Rye, N.Y.  Designed by Architect Joeb Moore, founder of the Greenwich, Conn. architectural firm Joeb Moore & Partners and a professor of architecture at both Barnard/Columbia and Yale.

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Pick of the week…for the kids

Campaign for the Westchester Children's Museum

We have all been awaiting the opening of the Westchester Children’s Museum, and it’s finally here, right in our backyard!MAKERSPACE



The Westchester Children’s Museum is a vibrant, interactive learning space providing children, families and school groups the opportunity to nurture curiosity, enhance knowledge and ignite imagination through creative hands-on exploration. The museum is committed to broadening knowledge of the arts, the environment, multiculturalism, and the local and global communities in an educational and recreational atmosphere



Bet on the “White Horse” this weekend

Houlihan Lawrence has a lot of amazing listing and open houses…before the Derby take some time to check them out….

Some of our favorites



RYE, NY 10580


RYE, NY 10580


RYE, NY 10580





House of the day…

16 Jean Street

Milton Point lifestyle with a short walk to beach!

jean street

This 4800 square foot house will be built by Paul Varsames Development.  The finishes are AMAZING! Nothing has been overlooked… think outdoor TV, outdoor shower, generator and much much more.

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Meet Stefan……

You have probably seen him around town, with his striking appearance and friendly demeanor…. NOW you get to meet Stefan Radtke and  hear how interesting he really is!


We fell in love with his work right away and are lusting over his First Light Series photographed right here in Rye, New York. Find out what the photographer is up to and how he started his career.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to live in Rye?
After having lived in Berlin, London, Milan and Munich, and a crazy career as a partner and executive in two entertainment companies, I moved with my family in 2002 from Munich to Rye, New York. It was always a dream of mine to live in New York. Career-wise it led me to reinvent myself and to study photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC.  For about 8 years I have been working now as photographer in New York for editorial and commercial clients. I also have a business degree. It comes in handy every now and then.
Why Rye? Our son was 2-years old when we moved here and Rye offered a lot for a young family, and it is still close enough to the city.
When did you realize you wanted to be a photographer? was it a hobby first?
It was a gradual process. Through my film career I have always been working with creatives and I have always been a big fan of visual arts. Around 2004 a friend told me about the ICP in New York City and I spontaneously signed up for fun. The first class I took was by the famous NY portrait photographer Amy Arbus, daughter of the photography legend Diane Arbus. Amy was known for brutally honest class critique that often didn’t sit well with students. I was quite nervous about that, especially since I didn’t do many portraits. But she turned out to be extremely supportive of my work and still today I follow her advice: “Try to let go!” I guess her encouragement played a big part in my decision to go on this journey.
We absolutely fell in love with your first light series, what inspired this series?
The unusual cold winter we have had played a big roll. Going into hibernation mode would have been so much easier, but I forced myself to find a way how to continue my previous project MOVED. The FIRST LIGHT images evolved over several months in 2014 and 2015 shooting around sunrise in Rye. The opportunity to create those images only lasts for a few minutes each day. It’s a continuation of me trying to let go.
What is your favorite spot in Rye? 
The whole Playland / Oakland Beach area (the pier, the amusement park, the sanctuary, the beach, the park) It’s such a great backdrop.
Do you have a favorite photograph or pice of work? If you can narrow it down, which one?
My work continuously evolves. It has to. So, I am trying not to get attached too much to my images. Usually the latest image is always my favorite.
Have a Heart, Rye NY 2007
Nevertheless, some images in my portfolio are older and I guess I must like those a lot. One of them is a portrait of Lee and Bob Woodruff, who also live in Rye. The image was taken in the tunnel underneath the tracks at the Rye train station, after his tragic accident while reporting from the Iraq war.
Where are your photographs carried in the area?
My in-stock artwork fluctuates quite a bit. Most of the images I do are custom prints where I work closely with interior designers and art consultants. Nest Inspired Home in Rye carries a few of my images as prints behind acrylic glass, and you can see all of my available work at http://stefanradtke.com . To help clients in their decision-making process I often do photoshop mock-ups of their rooms with examples of my artwork in it.
Be sure to check out his website, his photographs take you to another place and give  a sense of calm, which we all need !

The Outdoors Contained

We recently had the pleasure of meeting the ladies behind the business of the Outdoors Contained. The concept is that the Outdoors Contained will come to your house and plant your outdoor and indoor planters. They also offer watering programs. Contact them:


We asked “The Amy’s” a few questions , now meet Amy Fowle and Amy Dolan :millerspring14

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to live in Rye? AF – I am from the Midwest and landed in Rye when my husband got transferred to NY for work almost 7 years ago. We looked at a couple of towns in the area on a whirlwind weekend trip and Rye instantly felt like home.

AD – I grew up in Massachusetts and started planting and working at garden centers in high school, as well as Winston Flowers post college. I have been planting ever since. I moved from MA to NYC to Rye. I fell in love with Rye town park, and we bought our first house shortly after in Rye 9 years ago. carasum14

What is your favorite rye spot? Restaurant, park, shop etc

AF – June & Ho is my favorite spot in town. I love the culinary delights coupled with the gorgeous flowers June always has in the back. They have all of my favorite indulgences in one place. I also love taking long walks around Milton Point – to me there is nothing like being on the water. I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful community.

AD – I love Rye for all its Natural wonders! I love Rye town park, rye nature center, but I love driving down to the fishing pier on Stuyvesant and looking at the city. Nothing like something yummy from Cornerstone and a beautiful view of NYC!


There is usually something every season that I fall in love with. Last year it was Hellebores in the spring, Pony Tail Ferns in the summer, Coleus in the fall and miniature evergreens in the winter. We go to so many great nurseries I find myself wandering and enjoying each plant or flower for what it is. Crazy enough, I find inspiration sometimes not from the plants themselves, but looking at trends in interior design. It is intermingled more than you might imagine. Flowers used to be so structured and are now going back to the very organic and wild look. Just like interior design is having a rustic push – natural elements coming to the forefront, and throwback to wallpaper and painted tile. In my mind, it all goes hand-in-hand.

AD – I follow a lot of gardening blogs and take my inspiration from some very talented landscapers and floral designers, but I like to think I have created my own style. There is something to be said for a round pot, with good drainage and creating a textural wonder with something tall, something flowing and something full and lush, add a splash of color and it is pure heaven in a pot!


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Ready to sell? Ready to stage?

Great tips from our friends at Westchester Magazine

6 Westchester Home-Staging Quick Hits

Local home-staging expert Marlene Gold offers up insider tips designed to put your home’s best square foot forward.



An accredited staging professional, certified interior decorator, and former PR exec in the home-furnishings industry, Larchmont’s Marlene Gold founded Gold Staging & Redesign in 2008. Since then, home staging—visually presenting a house to its best advantage—continues to be a critical real-estate marketing tool. Want to attract serious buyers this fall—or just spruce up the family home? Check out Gold’s expert advice.

Refrain from staging in your own decorating style.

Professional stagers remove the sellers’ personality so that it doesn’t distract buyers from envisioning the home as their own. This should not be an opportunity to express your personal talent and style, explains Gold.

Consider a neutral color palette. Light grays, blues, and whites are current, says Gold, and will help buyers envision their own furniture in your house. Check out HomeGoods, Target, and Pier 1 for accessories, and IKEA and Home Depot for lighting fixtures with the look of upscale designers at discount prices. Gold also likes Overstock.com for well-priced designer bedding.

Refrain from putting tablecloths on dining-room or kitchen tables. The more shiny surfaces there are in a space to reflect the light, the brighter and more spacious it will appear, says Gold.

Choose one or two large pieces of art for less visual clutter. And refrain from hanging art on an angle—too distracting, Gold explains—or covering every wall with lots of small pieces.

Invest time and energy on your home’s exterior. Curb appeal counts—many buyers will do a drive-by before scheduling the first appointment.

Resist the urge to “decorate to sell.” You may think that by buying lots of new accessories and occasional furniture you will give the room the “wow” it needs but, says Gold, “You’re just trading clutter with too many distracting small things.”