Our guest editor today is Caitlin Rutkay—C.R. Interior Designs—a fabulous designer, visionary and go-getter who knows her chops about interiors. We are thrilled to have her. Enjoy her article following…
The carefree hours of summer give way to an autumn routine. Outdoor living moves inside and more often than not, I find clients assessing their interior surroundings this time of year. Not that I am a purveyor of seasonal decor, but I will attest to being seduced by the warm tones associated with fall.
“I will attest to being seduced by the warm tones associated with fall.”
If you are taking stock of your color scheme, floor coverings and window treatments this time of year, keep these thoughts in mind:
- There is no interest in a monochromatic room. Even fabulous spaces that seem to have a one or 2 color palette, upon closer inspection, are richly layered. If painting a room is not practical or in your budget, consider simple panels or Roman shades at the windows that are a contrast to your floors and walls. (see slideshow …)
- Go bold. If you do take the plunge and paint, go out of your comfort zone and choose something that does not appear otherwise in the room.
- Cozy accessories make an impact. Fringed throws or faux fur pillows are big favorites of mine to add texture and warmth to a ready for fall room.
- Freshen up with florals. Nothing reinvigorates a space like a freshly potted plant or live arrangement. It need not be fancy-think a tiny boxwood planted in a terracotta vessel available at a garden center.
- Don’t overdo your seasonal table. Think simple as a backdrop for the meal and not the other way around.
About Caitlin Rutkay
Caitlin launched C.R. Interior Designs in 2007 after many years in Manhattan working for venerated decorators. She brings her cultivated eye to every project, whether staging a home or building a home from the ground up. For her, each project must represent its owners and speak to their lifestyle. Comfort, functionality and precise attention to detail are hallmarks of her work.
Always a student of history, she is keenly aware of how the past influences design choices of today and tomorrow. Her experience managing multifaceted design jobs makes her uniquely prepared to work side by side with builders and architects.
Since 2007, Caitlin has completed renovation and decoration projects throughout Essex, Morris, Union and Somerset counties, as well as Manhattan and Westchester. Her Nap Room at the Twin Maples showhouse (Summit, NJ 2008) was featured in Showhouses 2, A Decorators’ Tour by Jeffrey B. Snyder (Schiffer 2010).