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The Simplest Decorating Advice You Will Ever Receive

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Design, Design Consultation, Interior Design Services | 0 comments

The Simplest Decorating Advice You Will Ever Receive

By Michael Bertolini I have been helping my customers create warm and beautiful spaces that are a reflection of themselves for over 60 years. If I were only allowed to give one piece of advice to each of them, it would be this: “Take your time, don’t rush, listen to the house”. I find that most customers are in a great rush to finish the project right away and if interior design is done in this manner, you might well miss out on the things that you will love most in the end. Additionally, it may take time to clarify your own style. Just like fashion, style is putting our own...

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How to Get Ready For Your First Meeting With An Interior Designer

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Design, Design Consultation, Interior Design Services | 0 comments

How to Get Ready For Your First Meeting With An Interior Designer

It is the first job of any great interior designer to get to understand their customer’s personal and distinct preferences for color, textures and styles. Once that is discovered, they will then be able to translate those preferences into a beautiful room that is a reflection of the customer and not the decorator themselves. Before your first meeting with your decorator, we always recommend spending several weeks collecting pictures of rooms, vignettes, fabrics, furniture and even flowers that particularly appeal to you. Aside from tearing out pages from design magazines like Architectural...

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It’s time to think “Garden”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Design Consultation | 0 comments

The seed catalogues started arriving a few weeks ago and yesterday I received my first garden furniture catalogue. The view on to the terrace is bare and bleak…even though we are having unseasonably warm weather. So, it’s time for me to think about what the terrace will look like come the real warm weather. The outdoor furniture I’ve been using for many years is due for a makeover. Or, maybe its time to completely rethink the look. Something more contemporary appeals. It’s the influence of all those catalogues I think. At the shop all the summer stock is bundled...

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Bertolini & Co. at the 1810 House in Warwick, NY

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, Featured, Interior Design Services, Our Shop | 0 comments

Bertolini & Co. at the 1810 House in Warwick, NY

Our Shop is beautifully situated in the 1810 House in Warwick, NY. The building, sitting in the original green of the Old School Baptist Meeting House, was donated to the Warwick Historical Society in 1973. There is a formal Herb Garden in the back of the house, surrounded by English boxwood. Altogether the green, church, garden and 1810 House provide a beautiful vista that represents life in the 19th century. Architecturally the house has its roots in Connecticut design, which is based on the early English yeoman’s cottage. You enter into a center hall which is now a charming small...

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Melplash Court, Dorset, England

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, England, Interior Design Services | 0 comments

Melplash Court, Dorset, England

The house was built between 1590 to 1601 for a relative of Sir Thomas More. Michael Bertolini’s clients, Canadians, who after many years of living in East Asia, purchased this beautiful estate and asked Michael to decorate and restore. It was in bad repair having spent a number of years as an army retirement home for blind English officers, and then turned into a home for boys. It was a five-year project and continued on for many more years. There were thirty rooms and extensive gardens and grounds of twenty-eight acres. ...

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Vegetable Garden, Melplash Court, Dorset

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, England | 0 comments

Vegetable Garden, Melplash Court, Dorset

The original chapel is on the west side of the house, facing the setting sun. Michael turned the chapel into a garden room facing the croquet court, leading down to the sunken Japanese gardens and facing to the left a walled 18th century brick vegetable garden. ...

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Queen Anne Mirrors

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, England, Interior Design Services | 0 comments

Queen Anne Mirrors

As you enter the house there is an oak paneled reception hall with a pair of Queen Anne mirrors reflecting the yellow drawing room

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Drawing Room Melplash Court, Dorset, England

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, England, Featured, Interior Design Services | 0 comments

Drawing Room Melplash Court, Dorset, England

The yellow drawing room with it’s fitted Fortuny curtains and contemporary sofas flanking a hamstone fireplace mantel original to the house. The Venetian chandelier was made in Murano, Italy, and was a gift from the client’s mother. The painting over the mantle is a Chinese Hong painting of Shanghai, circa 1830, one of a number of these views throughout the house. The vase on the coffee table is a Ming Drum, late 18th Century. The crystal column lamps were purchased in London. The crystal column table lamps were purchased from Vaughan of...

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Dining Room – Melplash Court, Dorset

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, England | 0 comments

Dining Room – Melplash Court, Dorset

Melplash, Dorset The dining room wallpaper was especially painted in China for the room and took two-years to complete. The export porcelain dinner service in the breakfront is Swedish, dated 1760 and the blue and white porcelain dinner service on the table is part of an extensive collection of the famous sunken treasure retrieved in the 1980’s. The Chippendale chairs are family pieces, while the three pedestal Sheraton table was purchased in London. The curtains are Thai silk especially woven and dyed to match the Chinese...

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Garden Terrace, Melplash Court, Dorset

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation | 0 comments

Garden Terrace, Melplash Court, Dorset

View of the terrace from the library. The furniture is teak from Thailand and the terrace was made of local bathstone. This terrace is the entrance to the formal Rose Garden filled with examples of 18th and 19th Century roses. It is one of three terraces planned to overlook the three ponds done in Japanese style....

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English Garden “egg” Urns, Melplash Court, Dorset

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, Featured | 0 comments

English Garden “egg” Urns, Melplash Court, Dorset

Michael and his client bought these “egg” urns in the Thieves Market in Bangkok. Originally potted to hold hundreds of eggs in vinegar. They were retrofitted with lead liners to hold a miniature water lily garden. The pair of them, flank a series of stairs that lead down to a secret garden which contains an eight-foot granite statue of an 18th Century Lohan. A Lohan is an ancient man of great wisdom. This statue was purchased again in the Thieves Market by Michael and his client in Sri Lanka, for the outlandish price of $30.00...

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English Garden Codestone, Melplash Court, Dorset

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation | 0 comments

English Garden Codestone, Melplash Court, Dorset

All good 18th Century gardens were comprised of foreground, middle ground and then a wonderful focal point. This Codestone urn, a copy of an 18th Century garden urn, climaxed a long view from the croquet court.

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English Garden, Melplash Court, Dorset

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, Featured | 0 comments

English Garden, Melplash Court, Dorset

The garden was originally planted by Lady Tiarke in the 1940s. This lady was famous for English formal gardens. Michael’s client upon purchasing the house immediately reorganized the basic pattern that Lady Tiarke set, which had deteriorated during of WWII. It represents a purely English concept of “green rooms”. One vista as you would move from one room to the other, would give you a sense of this green...

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Sitting Room – Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, Interior Design Services, Thailand | 0 comments

Sitting Room – Bangkok, Thailand

The contemporary furniture for this room was made in Bangkok, copying Regency chairs. The pair of consoles are Chinese lemon wood alter tables. Three of a series of twelve, rare Chinese scrolls of the Yao period, were framed in red lacquer. Red is the dominate color throughout the entire room. Rare saddles, temple urns and scholars tables are all in red lacquer. The cushions are antique batik found one at a time. in the local markets on a Sunday. They were originally sarongs…worn by men. Blue and white porcelain accessories dress the room. ...

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Green Reception Room – Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, Thailand | 0 comments

Green Reception Room – Bangkok, Thailand

Flanked by a temple hanging in heavy threaded gold and a Persian carpet in cream tones, is a low table which is actually a classic 18th century Thai bed. The client collected a number of these and they are used as low tables throughout the house. They are heavily carved from Teak and lacquered in red. ...

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Sitting Room – Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, Interior Design Services, Thailand | 0 comments

Sitting Room – Bangkok, Thailand

Michael wanted something dramatic in this room…so he settled on building a staircase into the room sixteen feet wide. One problem, getting lumber in 16 foot lengths. A quick flight to the Northern Thai jungle ensued. There elephants ripped the chosen trees out of the ground with chains. Once dressed, the tree trunks were chained together thrown into the river and floated into Bangkok three days later, where they were met by Michael and crew at the dock. ...

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Breakfast Room-Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 in Design Consultation, Interior Design Services, Thailand | 0 comments

Breakfast Room-Bangkok, Thailand

This informal dining area is a typical mixture of Asian and English furnishings, with a Sheraton sideboard, 19th century picture and bamboo chairs and tables made locally in Bangkok to our design from English Sheraton chicken coop dining chairs. The door panels are filled with Chinese shop front doors, pierced and lacquered in black and gold. ...

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Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 in Design Consultation, Thailand | 0 comments

Bangkok, Thailand

This is the entrance to the Bangkok House. The doors are Hong Kong shop doors, made of teak and wrought iron. Michael designed the arch over the doors, copying the iron work on the doors.

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Thailand Library

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 in Design Consultation, Interior Design Services | 0 comments

Thailand Library

The sofa is Avery Boardman upholstered in Brunswig and Fils, leopard fabric and centers the room flanked by English oak Tudor chairs and a red lacquer bridal chest as a coffee table.

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Red Bedroom – Thailand

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Design Consultation | 0 comments

Red Bedroom – Thailand

The red bedroom was designed around a Jim Thompson fabric no longer in print. Sentimentally, the trunk at the foot of the bed, an American seaman’s chest, belonged to the client’s great-grandparents.

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