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28 Feb

Make Your Home Fabulous!


Having designed interiors for the rich and famous for almost 20 years, I can honestly say unless a room has a fabulous piece of art or a gorgeous mirror, it does not seem finished. Art is more than just decoration. It can create feelings of happiness, awe, social commentary or even wealth. There are pieces that are actual status symbols: an Hermes Kelly bag or a Cartier watch. A Jeff Koons sculpture can make your guests swoon.
Art, though, does not have to be a privilege. Everyone should be able to enjoy it, own it and live with it. It is a great legacy. Your home should be a place that inspires and relaxes you. Some of my clients come to me with existing art and we decorate around it. Others have no clue and want to learn to include it in their design. 
Art is the icing on the cake when it comes to interior design. It defines, brightens and adds character to a space. You can turn an otherwise traditional, even boring, interior into something chic by simply adding a piece of art. Our job as designers is to guide you through the process. Whether it is a Mark Rothko painting or something found on eBay, it is a reflection of you. Art satisfies a human need to be surrounded by beautiful things. The artwork should be a canvas of your emotion.
The paintings that are shown are from a client of mine in Manhattan; her collection ranges from museum quality to pieces found at flea markets in Paris, New York, Bali and even China, but what matters is that each piece is unique and enhances the room in which it is placed. We created a gallery in a long hallway. The entrance is fun and stimulating. This is where the designer really comes in. Placement, size and lighting are just as important as the piece itself.
Some helpful hints to collecting art are to know what you like and create it around your interests. Do not match it to your sofa! Educate yourself. Two sites that can help are Artform.com and Artfinder.com. These sites will sometimes include affordable emerging artists. You can also visit the galleries in Chelsea, always filled with fabulous finds.
Enjoy the process. It will always bring you joy and sometimes a great investment. Your home should be a place you love, your sanctuary. We don't hesitate to adorn ourselves with fabulous things, why not our homes?
About Denyse Rinfret: Rinfret Interiors has been in business for over 25 years. Denyse Rinfret attended the New York School of Interior Design, which provided a critical understanding of the classics. Her style reflects an elegant and refined look. Denyse has been featured prominently over the years in the New York Times, Newsday, House Beautiful, New York magazine, Traditional Home, House, Better Homes & Gardens and Distinction magazine. Better Homes & Gardens referred to Denise as a “rising star” and in another article as a designer “worth watching.” She won Distinction magazine’s “Designer of Distinction Award” in 2000 and 2007. She has contributed to books including Decorating on a Dime and Breaking the Rules. Denise has appeared on television shows such as Good Morning America and NBC’s “LX Open House New York.”
A new venture at Rinfret Interiors is Rinfret Design Group. Missy Rinfret, whose background includes the New York School of Interior Design, many years working with interior designers, and on the wholesale side with Cowtan & Tout, has joined the Rinfret Design Group. It will concentrate its efforts on first time homeowners and apartment living.
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