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Treasure Hunt

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, Interior Design Services, Warwick | 0 comments

Treasure Hunt

We happen to live in an area where you don’t have to travel far to come upon some wonderful auctions and even entire house sales. The Hudson Valley is filled with auction galleries, antique stores, consignment shops and flea markets. We love to take time to peruse them in order to find just the right piece for a customer or something to add to the shop. Take the wonderful red chinese table pictured here; we simply upholstered a cushion to place on top and it now is the centerpiece for a customer’s dressing room. It’s all about the hunt!

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The Simplest Decorating Advice You Will Ever Receive

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in 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 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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Bertolini & Co. wishes you a very happy holiday season!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Interior Design Services | 0 comments

Bertolini & Co. wishes you a very happy holiday season!

Holiday Decorating Tip… Our favorite decorating supplies are found right outside the door. When working with evergreens be generous and use variety. Don’t be afraid to add in other plentiful greens, like boxwood, for texture. Pick up those large pinecones and look for color from holly, cedar, and hypericum berries, or whatever else you have handy! We have hundreds of unique gift ideas currently in the shop. Don’t forget to tuck some of our fragrant Italian potpourri in with your gifts and stocking stuffers! Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!...

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What’s new in the shop?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 in Emporium, Interior Design Services | 0 comments

What’s new in the shop?

We’ve added several new items to the shop and selected a few highlights. First, a French wire basket circa 1890, filled with blue and white porcelain balls. These are in our garden room and would make a charming addition to a sunroom. The French wire basket is priced at $275.00 and the blue and white porcelain balls (there are 18) are priced at $160.00. At a recent country auction we were fortunate to pick up an English copy of a 1750 kneehole desk in burl walnut and inlay. Probably around 100 years old this versatile piece would be at home in a bedroom, study or living room. One...

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Warwick Grove

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in Interior Design Services, Warwick | 0 comments

Warwick Grove

This home in Warwick Grove was blessed with high ceilings, wonderful wood floors and a fantastic floor plan. The living room was open to both the dining area and the kitchen. We painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth, a warm, inviting red. The windows were treated with sheer linen curtains and a documentary print by Greeff called Calico Bird, for side panels and valances. The dining room chair pads were covered in a carmel and red check. The sofa was upholstered in a natural linen/cotton with a fine red stripe by Lee Jofa. In the kitchen we choose a Miele Hood in...

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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, Interior Design Services | 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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Granville, Massachusetts

Posted by on Jul 1, 2011 in Interior Design Services | 0 comments

Granville, Massachusetts

Our latest interior decorating assignment was for a client’s country home. This client is a serious collector of international and american artifacts, including antique fabrics, carpets, furniture and architectural elements. Our assignment was to redecorate a guest bedroom. The challenge was to integrate the sophisticated collections in this room without having the room seem too sophisticated. The look should be “country chic and elegant”. After all, this is a New England country home. The bed is American four-poster. The headboard an elaborately carved Thai roof...

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Melplash Court, Dorset, England

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, 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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Queen Anne Mirrors

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Antiques and Decorative Accessories, Design Consultation, 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, 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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Guest Bedroom, Melplash Court

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

Guest Bedroom, Melplash Court

The bed in this guest bedroom came out of Michael Bertolini’s townhouse on 64th Street, New York City, and so, it was always called, “Michael’s Room”. The footstool was custom made for a piece of antique flame stich purchased from Michael. There were no closets in the room. Michael bought Armoire doors and custom built a closet to fit the doors. The portrait, one of eighteen, came from and old Swiss-German family residing in Chester, New York. The collection was spread throughout the house to give it the character of the 18th Century…”instant...

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The Nun’s Room, Melplash Court, Dorset

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

The Nun’s Room, Melplash Court, Dorset

In the guest bedroom, one of ten, the iron canopy bed and Edwardian slipper chair came from a picker in Middletown, New York. The dressing table is a country Louis XVI, oak, found in London and the mirror was a family piece. The toile is a Brunschwig and Fils. The bed is dressed with a collection of antique lace and muslin. The room was given the name, “The Nun’s Room”, because of the delicate canopy...

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The Tulip Bedroom, Melplash Court, Dorset

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

The Tulip Bedroom, Melplash Court, Dorset

In the Tulip Bedroom, the 18th Century mahogany bed was found in Chester, New York. It is called the Tulip room because the Thorpe fabric was a replica of an 18th Century English print on a snuff colored background, with multi colored tulips. The love seat was found in Warwick, New York. The room faces the interior formal vegetable garden through antique casement windows. The garden was laid out to care for the vegetables and herbs in the 18th Century. ...

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Sitting Room – Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, Interior Design Services | 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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Sitting Room – Bangkok, Thailand

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Design Consultation, Interior Design Services | 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 | 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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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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The Green Room Thailand

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

The Green Room Thailand

The client’s collection of fine Thai bencharugn five-color porcelain dominates the end wall of the reception room. in the foreground is a rosewood scroll table, Chinese, of the early 19th century. Above it is a western style portrait of a Chinese merchant, circo 1840.

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