Design Multi-Tasker

Gail Gottlieb wears many hats. Not only does she work with her clients at GBG Interior Designs in Huntington, she teaches at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, is the showroom manager for Bassett Furniture in Farmingdale and is spearheading the Interior Design Society of Long Island’s (IDSLI) latest charity project at the Hawthorne House.

Long Island Pulse: What’s one area homeowners should pay more attention to when decorating their home?
Gail Gottlieb: I always recommend adding drapery to windows. Drapery needn’t be expensive and when placed correctly (hang them as high and wide as you can go), they add that special finishing touch, not just to the windows, but the entire room. I still recommend topping windows with a valance, but a more modern approach is to drape a lighter fabric such as silk over a fluted rod that’s capped with interesting finials. To up the wow factor, I would line the fabric with one or two layers first, which gives it more volume, similar to how you would achieve the fullness of a ball gown. It’s an easy way to add that little bit of sparkle to your room.

LIP: You are also the showroom manager at Bassett Furniture, any winter decorating tips?
GG: I always recommend painting one wall in your living room in an accent color, possibly the wall behind your sofa. This technique adds interest and highlights a room in a very updated and economical way. Taking the lead from the paint color, I would add a cozy, textured throw blanket to your sofa along with new accent pillows in coordinating colors. Now you have set the stage for warm nights in front of the fireplace and enhanced your home’s appeal.

LIP: What’s the new trend in home design?
GG: Lately, I’ve seen a resurgence among young homeowners in embracing darker furniture finishes once again. But now they’re more apt to mix things up, perhaps adding an upholstered headboard or a vintage bedside table into the mix.

Design tip: “When contemplating the size of an area rug for your space, the rule of thumb is—bigger is better. Placing all of your furniture on top of a large area rug helps to ground the space while visually enlarging your room.”

lauren debellis

A former magazine editor, Lauren DeBellis has been writing and producing stories about home decorating and design for nearly ten years. She resides in East Northport with her husband.