The 1926 Historic Ridgewood home of Russ Hensch seems as if it came straight off the pages of a fairy tale. A welcoming pergola greets you at the foot of a winding sidewalk leading up to the home. Couple that with elaborate landscape design and the home’s rich, warm colors, and one can imagine Hansel and Gretel skipping up to the classic Tudor door.
Sometimes it takes an expert to bring that dream home out of your imagination. You know what you want … but can you create it? Whether you wish to remodel or merely make minor changes to your landscaping and decor, here is advice from designers who can help you customize your living space to your life.
You’ve probably heard horror stories of home projects left unfinished by a contractor who turns out not to be able to do the work he promised, or who leaves town and leaves you with a mess. If you’re planning on hiring a contractor, here are seven things you need to know to make sure your project goes as planned.
Willy Pogany, famous children’s book illustrator and set designer for the Ziegfeld Follies, painted the game room ceiling inside John Ringling’s home, “Ca d’Zan,” in Sarasota, Fla. The ceiling is a whimsical illustration of the Venetian Carnival and features John and Mable Ringling with their pets.