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I don’t know about you, but this year feels like a new beginning to me. Even as the snow is falling, I can sense the warmer air peaking its head into New York, proposing a fresh start to the past few years! I’ve seen our local shops flourishing again, our restaurants packed with diners and smiles a mile wide as I chat with friends about their plans for this coming year! I’d say it's time to start planning for a Spring Refresh! And I have just the right shops to send you to for everything from fun loving gifts to outdoor living space revivals! Shall we…

I’ll have to say, when I walked into Curtain and Carpet Concepts,
my eyes were immediately drawn to these Lush Feather Down Pillows in neutral hues. Ready to spruce up any space in a classic format with timeless essence. These fine linen pillows are accented with luxurious rabbit poms, offering a warmth while calling you to sit for a spell. The knit worsted woolen pillow adds a texture to the mix while the Brazilian patchwork cowhide pillow is perfectly durable for areas of the home with a little more traffic and daily use. 

At Accents at Allerdice, in Malta, I found the most precious items for either your own home or a Spring Pick-Me-Up gift for a friend. For starters, look at the precious Wool Felted Birdhouses! Yes, they’re meant for the outdoors! It just put a smile on my face to see all the varieties available at the shop. And with a sweet, buttoned bottom, it’s easy to clean out and invite in new guests. And as a dog lover, I couldn’t help but select these lovable Pup kitchen Towels, portraying our furry friends at their best! There are plenty more to choose from as well! And lastly, oh…these Chala Hand Bags were so darn cute I had a hard time choosing which ones to show you! From pets to flowers and more, these whimsy bags come in a variety of sizes, transforming from a wristlet, to crossbody or shoulder strap. Even the zipper pull is detailed to coordinate with the theme at hand!

Curtain & Carpet Concepts
46 Marion Avenue #7, Saratoga Springs | 518-886-1389

Accents at Allerdice 
2570 U.S. 9, Malta | 518-899-6222

Out at the lake, The Furniture House is getting ready to update your porch or patio with new selections from Summer Classics. Their new Pointe Collection is crafted of a natural teak frame with raffia woven seat. Not to worry…these weather-resistant attributes are marine-grade, featuring their UV-resistant N-dura™ Resin Wicker, made for years of outdoor entertaining. Mortise and tenon joinery add to the beauty and durability, topped with Summer Classics exclusive Dream Cushion™ technology in a variety of colors and patterns to choose from. Don’t delay, NOW is the time to order your outdoor furniture to ensure you have it just in time for your first pool party!

And look at what’s available at Earl B. Feiden Appliance! BlueStar Appliances have revolutionized cooking, making its owners swoon in giddiness over the color choices! Since 2006, BlueStar made it fashionable to choose your appliance color, right down to color matching your favorite hue if necessary! And with a vast selection of metal accents, your kitchen will surely be one-of-a-kind! Take for instance this 48” Dual Fuel Range with 12” Griddle finished in a hue of green with gold accents.  The exterior beauty goes deep into the culinary magnificence as well. Selected “Best New Kitchen Appliance” at the 2023 IBS Show, this range offers the new X8™ burners capable of producing 25,000 BTUs for searing, down to 500 BTUs for simmering, all with elegant ease. The oversized convection electric oven is multi-racked and fits commercial-size 18” x 26” baking sheets!  Cooking modes include Bake, Convect Bake, Roast, Convect Roast, Broil, Proof and Dehydrate, plus Sabbath setting and a temperature probe. The French Door Wall Oven also features 9 professional-levels of cooking with an enhanced touch-screen and industry leading capacity. The built-in, temperature-controlled bake stone allows for perfect artisan breads and pizzas! And the French doors makes access to hot dishes inside easy to reach when stacked over a conventional oven or tall storage. Best of all, these appliances have been handcrafted right here in Pennsylvania… since 1880!

Let’s keep talking color! Allow yourself to take in this stunning Agate Gemstone Slab currently at Granite & Marble Works. The agate stone exterior is not as impressive as it’s inner parts. Once opened, however, its beauty is revealed in layers of color and movement. This slab showcases the interior diversity of blues, mossy greens, off white, taupe, golden tones, and varying hues of red; all which lead into a dark natural background fusing each slice into a glorious medley of color and mystery. How could an owner of such beauty ever tire of speculating over the amassed collection of agate stones within! In fact, part of this slab is currently being cut for a customer’s kitchen island. I’ll be featuring this process in our Simply Saratoga H&G issue, due out in May! Don’t miss this exclusive look into the cutting and polishing areas of Granite & Marble Works. Stay tuned…

The Furniture House
1254 NY-9P, Saratoga Springs | 518-587-9865

Earl B. Feiden Appliance
1771 U.S. 9, Clifton Park | 518-383-2215

785 U.S. 9, Latham | 518-785-8555

Granite & Marble Works 
8 Commerce Park Drive, Wilton | 518-584-2800


Let’s chat hats! Just in at Impressions of Saratoga, these Straw Hats in a variety of colors and styles are perfect for our upcoming sunny days with hand-in-hand walks in the park. The Saratoga Fedora will naturally afford its owner a tip of the brim to those who pass by while the Wide Rimmed, colorfully woven option with leather strapping is perfect for beach walks and gardening! For the home, they also brought in Leather Keepsake Boxes trimmed with a decorative horse bit ranging in sizes from 12x9 to 9x6. The smallest option has a flip top while the bigger boxes offer a true removable lid. Great as a desktop organizer, photos or even stacked to create a custom side table. And keeping with our conversation on color, look at the vivid Saratoga Pillows crafted from performance fabric and finished in colorful welting & patterns. Prop one up on a guest bed or add a delightful detail to your front porch rocker. Either way, these pillows speak volumes for our love of Saratoga!

Just down the street at Dark Horse Mercantile,I spotted Melissa Crase’s one-of-a-kind painting “Colors of Racing.” She truly captured the essence of this majestic animal with highlights of reds, blue and that touch of green that seems like a summer’s day.  The stance of the trot, for me, depicts the steadfastness of the horse and its ability to ride like the wind when its turn is up to perform! To add to this, Dark Horse also features Glacier Rocks to keep your beverage as cold as the chiller without diluting your favorite aperitif. Made of granite, these circular stones can mull amid your favorite Etched Saratoga Springs Glass and keep your visitors well chilled as the warmer days come to rest on our area. 

With all the colorful trends finally coming back into vogue, I’m loving what 2023 will bring to our area! Its time to re-energize and delight in how fortunate we are to live in such a richly historic area. Let’s all get out this Spring and continue to honor our local shops and eateries. Together, we make Saratoga Springs the best place to live, work and play!

Until next time my friends,

Colleen Coleman of CMC Design Studio LLC
AKBD, CAPS & True Color Expert
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“Creating Environments for Life” TM

Impressions of Saratoga
368 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 518-587-0666

Dark Horse Mercantile
445 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 518-587-0689