We kick off the new year with an exclusive interview with architectural color specialist and interior designer, Joan Ffolliot, of DoubleFFDesign. Joan lives for color. Since graduating from high school in New Hampshire, she has lived bicoastally for most of her adult life. From Vermont to California, Rhode Island to Washington, each move offered the opportunity to drive across the country (9 times!) and soak in the forms, colors, and light as it changes from place to place.

Joan officially pursued a Fine Art career, first getting her undergraduate degree in Sculpture at the University of Washington and then getting her graduate degree in Sculpture and her professional certification in Interior Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in…

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This month's featured home is a beauty! Located at 743 Creek Locks Road in Rosendale, New York, this must-see restored 1850’s former industrial space with a striking brick facade would be an ideal live/work space. Outside this charming home evokes the essence of a Provincial country retreat complete with mature vines and beautiful blue wood shutters. Inside the freshly painted thee-story home has amazing potential to utilize the rooms in any combination of ways. Create cozy living spaces, home offices for more than one person, or a combination of the two with plenty of living, working, and storage space throughout.

The home is great for spreading out and entertaining. There is a chef’s gourmet kitchen with all stainless steel appliances…

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Let's face it, the cost of a smaller home makes the idea of owning a weekend getaway a real possibility.  Why spend all your hard-earned cash on summer shares, weekend B&Bs, or ski shares - when you can have your own property and start building equity at the same time?  Or, maybe you're at a point in life where you want to downsize. There's something intriguing about minimalist living.  With less space (these homes are less than 1000 square feet), you'll want to focus on streamlining your belongings and furniture. Go for a few special pieces in each room; "quality versus quantity" is your new mantra! If you find yourself renovating, try adding a few clever design details, maybe new windows to let in more light, and think about a fun mix of colors to…

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