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Colleen Coleman is the Principal of CMC Design Studio LLC located in Saratoga Springs. With certifications in Kitchen & Bath Design, Aging in Place and True Color Expert, her curated design extends into all areas of her field including new construction, historical and major renovations. Her passion is in designing & customizing hand-crafted cabinets for all areas of the residential market.

A Celebration of Summer, Togetherness and Moving Forward 
Spring has sprung, which means that our Saratoga Summer is right around the corner, and what a great summer it will be! We have come out of the starting gate and made it over hurdles TOGETHER…reaching the finish line in a true Saratoga Fashion! So, lets keep a good thing going by continuing to support our local shops as we prepare for our summer BBQs and even celebrate birthdays, showers and graduations together!

I was recently at Granite and Marble Works consulting with a client and was mesmerized by the beauty of nature in their stone offerings. Rather than feature one or two complete slabs, I really wanted to impress on you this sense of AWE that comes over me each time I walk in there. Even in current trend reports, the word “biophilia” appears again and again. It suggests that as humans, we possess an innate tendency to seek a connection with nature; its calming effect on our mental health, the ability to relieve stress and an overall feeling of increased wellbeing.  These stones offer their owners the chance to touch the outdoors right from inside their own kitchen, bath, or even as a table top. Frequently, I express to my clients that they will never look at their stone tops the same twice. Are you ready to have these magnificent gems at your fingertips?!

Granite Marble Works Onice Black Onyx
Granite Marble Works White Soul Marble

Granite Marble Works Calacatta Vagli Marble
Granite Marble Works Fusion Wow Leathered Quartzite
Granite Marble Works LeMurian Blue

Speaking of gems and nature, I couldn’t resist chatting about this organically striking upholstered piece from the Furniture House on the Lake. The Glimmer of Hope Chair stretches our imagination of sitting among the branches in luxury while gold brushed limbs gently wrap you in accents of shimmering white enamel. The performance, neutral fabric creates a calm in a storm of spills and allows you to rest in opulence surrounded by the quiet of natural surroundings…Calm fills the air…If you are already in love as I am, be sure to head over to the Furniture House to experience this chair in person!

The Furniture House

Furniture House 
1254 NY-9P, Saratoga Springs

Granite and Marble Works 
8 Commerce Park Dr, Wilton


Sing Bird Bath
Fly Birdhouse

Accents at Allerdice continues to awaken our souls with lawn jewels that speak to both the wild and whimsical! Look at this stunning Bird Bath Art Pole crafted from hand-hammered, copper-plated stainless-steel resting majestically upon a delightfully decorated, fade-resistant base. And to keep your feathered friends nearby all summer, why not offer a little real estate in the yard with a Birdhouse Art Pole! Each home is crafted with ventilation and drainage holes with a removable rooftop for end-of-the-season housecleaning! And the installation, no worries, there is no digging required. All the hardware to quickly install these fledgling accommodations is included!

Accents at Allerdice 
2570 U.S. 9, Malta

Saratoga Consignment 
3306 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs


Saratoga Consignment Studio
Saratoga Consignment Studio

And how is YOUR seating at home? Saratoga Consignment is definitely a shop to browse if you are in need of main furniture pieces, side tables or decorative accents. In fact, they just acquired this Sofa and oversized Chair by Swedish designer Jonas Wagell. The feather filled cushions with eased edges encourages you to relax as the gently arced arms cascade down to slender, yet lofty metal legs. The lucerne blue fabric is reminiscent of the compact city of Lucerne Switzerland which rests amid snowcapped mountains. Who knew furniture could evoke such a setting as this? There’s only one set…I suggest you don’t delay!

Just last weekend, my husband and I were in downtown Saratoga and loved seeing all the people walk amid shops and dine at local bistros. It was a comfort to see so many of our shops aglow with new items for the Summer Season. Silverwood Home and Gallery is just one of the many shops that caters to our fanciful love of unique ideas for the home. Imagine your next brunch on the patio with Stoneware Tumblers adorned in vintage images of garden insects or perhaps as a fun accent in the bath for toothbrushes or small utensils in the kitchen! Let your mind wonder as these color neutral vessels can add a touch of summer in any décor! Compliment your space with these Canvas Scrolls of Fern, depicting the delicate fronds of leafy blades in varying shapes and texture; each unique as only nature can impart.

Silverwood Home and Gallery


Silverwood Gallery and Antiques

And if you are looking for something special for your summer guests, be sure to head over to Impressions for these Camp Craft Cocktails, packaged in mason jars which set the tone for a summer day of relaxing in the sun! Each jar contains everything you need to make 16 delicious infused shots. Just add alcohol! So flavorful you can drink them straight or mix them into your favorite beverage, like iced tea or sparkling water. And, what would be better to serve this beverage in than a set of Saratoga Glasses etched with a map our city. Buy a set for yourself or pick up a few to give as a memento to visiting friends.

Impressions of Saratoga 
368 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Impressions of Saratoga
Dark Horse of Saratoga

Dark Horse Mercantile 
445 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

Just down the street at their sister store, Dark Horse, you’ll find great
ideas for Father’s Day.

The Barbour Performance Polos and Cascade Caps are both perfect for any outing
with the original Dark Horse, “Upset,” embroidered on each.

Just around the corner at Saratoga Signature, you will find all your lawn ornament needs including this stunning Cast Aluminum Colt. Standing at four feet long, this gentle foal is finished in black with a brown dry brush, ready to adorn any lawn for the upcoming track season. Need to spruce up your front porch or patio, choose from their vast array of Cast Aluminum Urns on display, ranging in various sizes, some with traditional handles or set upon a base for a look of grandeur. Be sure to use urns of different heights to allow your eyes to see a cascade of color throughout your display of summer flowers!

Saratoga Signature

Saratoga Signature Interiors 
82 Church St, Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Signature

Marcella Brentwood

Marcella's Appliance 
15 Park Ave, Clifton Park

Marcella True Outdoor

Onto outdoor entertaining, something we have been waiting months for! Over the past year, we have definitely witnessed an increase in outdoor entertainment spaces, again, this idea of biophilia. Even here in upstate NY, there has been a huge upswing in outdoor kitchens with all the amenities! At Marcella’s, they offer True Residential Outdoor Kitchen Appliances ranging from grills to outdoor, UL-rated refrigerator drawers. True believes in a “point of use” philosophy which means that where food and drink are enjoyed is where food and drink should be stored, and for many of us, that’s out at the pool or patio! Why miss out on the fun of friends when all your entertaining needs are where you are…in your outdoor kitchen! For instance, the 15-inch Undercounter Beverage Dispenser – Single Tap will give you the perfect serve, ideal for the home brewers or beer connoisseurs. To top it off, it can be converted to a Beverage Center, wine cabinet or even into an all-refrigerator mode, customizable to your needs each and every gathering! Not a beer lover, then take a look at the 24-inch Undercounter Beverage Center, with its exclusive balanced refrigeration system with the ability to maintain a temperature as low as 33˚F, keeping your drinks icy cold even on the hottest of poolside days. Forgot to fill the fridge before the party, the rapid cool down mode will rescue the day and have your drinks ready when the party begins! 

And the Big Green Egg BBQ Cooker is still a hot item for many outdoor enthusiasts. Why? Because this avocado beauty has the capacity to grill, smoke or even bake. The kamado-style design is noted by the domed lid and ceramic construction that creates a convection-style cooking, just like in your main kitchen. Heat is distributed evenly around your food allowing you to be the Culinary King or Queen of your BBQ gatherings! 

Marcella Nashville

The time is now! Get your summer on! Prepare your outdoor spaces…
get ready for entertaining, dancing and swimming the summer away!
I can already hear the laughter, the kids as they play amid the
chatting adults and grandparents taking in the surroundings of
their loved ones. We are back and stronger than ever!
Let’s get our Saratoga On!

Until next time my friends,
Colleen Coleman of CMC Design Studio LLC
AKBD, CAPS & True Color Expert
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