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Could Saratoga be more Summer? What a wonderful early start to our warm weather, extending pool splashes and long lake weekends! I even finished my garden beds by Memorial Day! And now, we have the whole summer ahead of us to experience the warmth of weather, family and friends traveling from afar! Let’s explore some fun summer goodies from our local shops to spruce up your abode and put a little smile on your face when you see how simple things can make such a big difference!

At Compliments to the Chef, they’ve zeroed in on fun for cooking. What could be more cheerful in the kitchen than these Multi-Colored Pakkawood Cooking Utensils! Each individual piece is crafted from many layers of beautiful hardwoods and infused with natural and chemical-free dyes, creating a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork right in your kitchen! Put them on display instead of in your drawer to add a fun pop of color…but be sure your guests know they can cook with them too! And what better pans to pair them with than Hestan Nanobond Stainless Steel Pans! These are perfect for any cooktop and work marvelously with induction surfaces, including the CopperBond pans. The Triple-bonded construction with exclusive ProCore™ heats 35% faster than typical clad cookware and offers 20% more cooking surface than pans of the same size. The flush rivets also allow for easier nesting in storage and prevent food build-up at the handle-pan joint. And there are so many more advantages…be sure to stop in and ask John Reardon about the many sizes offered and which are best for your style of cooking.

Compliments to the Chef
33 Railroad Plce, Saratoga Springs | 518-226-4477

Just down on Broadway, Silverwood Home & Gallery is boasting Vintage-style Prints on Canvas. What Saratoga home is complete without an equestrian framed print to pay homage to our hometown sport of choice! Be sure to head over and see the selection available while they last! And if your household is similar to how mine was, full of rough and tumble kids, dogs and lots of friends, this adorable Needlepoint Throw Pillow, and others, showcase a little classic style while injecting humor into any room. Not your grandmother’s needlepoint, but they’re sure full of timeless sayings we’ve heard through the generations…with a spice of wit!

Silverwood Home & Gallery
398 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 518-583-3600

Is your patio furniture looking a bit aged? Or possibly you’re in need of a new front porch, people-watching perch? The Furniture House presently has this marvelous Wesley Hall Teak Chair on display in the Glens Falls Showroom.  With the outdoor collection consisting of a coordinating chaise and sofa, you could outfit an entire patio or pavilion with timeless teak offered in a full range of performance fabrics and colors! And don’t limit these beautiful pieces to the exterior, they’re perfect for a sunroom overlooking your favorite Saratoga view!

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

Now, after updating your outdoor furniture, you need to add a few colorful touches to the yard!  For all my lake lovelies out there, look at this adorable Art Pole “Life is Better at the Lake” discovered at Accents at Allerdice…Wonderfully painted with an Adirondack theme and ready to install in minutes. They have many different styles, so even if you live in the heart of Saratoga, don’t be shy to check out their summer inventory! And my eyes couldn’t help but be drawn to this adorable Cast-a-Line Mobile with Glass Fish. The sweet metal figure with rod in hand sets the tone for relaxation while the chimes beacon you to sit back and unwind for the day…possibly even to plan a fishing trip! And if you don’t have a boat, maybe a more economical option would be these delightful Boat Appetizer Bowls, perfect atop a charcuterie board! But don’t stop there, be sure to catch a few of the Lake Themed Toothpicks for your olives, cheese cubes and melon balls! All-in-all, there’s a full summer theme abound…be sure not to miss the boat!

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

At Finishing Touches, they’ve just brought in some new Teak Outdoor Life-sized Cranes to add texture and height to any garden bed. These delightful creatures can be captured in pairs looking upward with necks “craned” high or bent low in hopes of finding a morning catch. With a metal footing, these summery fowls install in seconds and offer a season of enjoyment for all ages. And…can I spill the fudge…Yes, Finishing Touches is bringing in the most delightful selection of Gourmet Chocolates, Fudge and Truffles to pair with their coffee bar. Watch for the signs out front for the official debut…then be sure to save some for me!

Finishing Touches Home Decor 
450 E High Street, Ballston Spa | 518-584-1490

Now, for all my readers who roll up their sleeves and love to cook and entertain all year round, wait ‘til you see this! Currently on the Latham showroom floor at Earl B. Feiden’s, you’ll find the redesigned Bluestar 60” RNB Range Series featuring restaurant quality performance with endless customization! Besides the 750+ colors that get my designer energy just a tingling, they offer integrated griddles, char broilers, and wait…French Doors! You heard me correctly…now you can have two full ovens, with full access, without leaning over a hot door! Brilliant! It’s UltraNova TM   power burner delivers up to 22,000 BTUs while the gentle simmer burner at 130°. With other options such as an 1850° infrared broiler and extra-large convection oven which holds 18” x 36” commercial baking sheets, your options are endless. Let’s not stop there…it’s best to pair this enchanting cooking chef-d'oeuvre with a proper BlueStar Pro-Style Atlas Hood. Whisper quiet with professional-grade performance, this uncompromising masterpiece offers a multi-stage grease capture system that easily cleans in your dishwasher! With accommodations for either top or rear discharge, your kitchen appliances could never perform or look more stunning! But wait, there’s more…I always wanted to say that…up the ante just one more level by incorporating a BlueStar Salamander Broiler into your cooking suite. The four-position, adjustable grilling rack can flawlessly broil a rare steak, crisp chicken or gently perfect crab cakes to please even the pickiest of diners. Two independently controlled 11,000 BTU infrared ceramic burners are at the heart of this 215 square inch of cooking space. Go ahead…you deserve the colorful options BlueStar has to offer…with all the professional features of a fine restaurant in your own home!

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

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

Summer, summer and more summer! Let the sun shine, the flowers bloom endlessly and laughter be uncontainable! We live in the best city with the best people…Be sure to stroll our Saratoga Streets, stop into shops and give a friendly “Hello,” or dine the evenings away at local bistros and restaurants. But most of all, make this Summer one to remember!

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

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.