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This is the second entry in a series of posts recognizing the small women-owned businesses that support me on a regular basis.

Beautiful Windows is a hidden gem located in the Old Brownstone Mill, Paterson Avenue, Midland Park, New Jersey. Michele and Nicole are my “go to” experts for fabrics, window treatment design, upholstery and more.

Saving The Economy – One Small Business At A Time

Ridgewood Interiors - Saving The Economy – One Small Business At A Time

According to USA Today, Sunday, April 30, kicked off National Small Business Week, “a time to recognize the many contributions of small business owners”. The article, “Rhonda Abrams: Women Business Owners Will Save America”, describes the many challenges that women entrepreneurs face in starting and growing a small business. It asks the reader to “focus on the critical role women business owners make in keeping our economy afloat”.


Ridgewood Interiors showcased in fall issue of GALLERY magazine

Ridgewood Interiors - Ridgewood Interiors showcased in fall issue of GALLERY magazine

Thank you RITA GUARNA,VICE PRESIDENT / EDITOR IN CHIEF, and the staff at Wainscot Media for showcasing my design project in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes & Estates: Fall 2016. The article, “Accessible by Design”, conveys the advantages of universal design principles while showing readers that universal design and luxury homes are not mutually exclusive.

The article begins on page 83 and can be viewed at:  https://issuu.com/wainscotmedia/docs/gallery_fw_16_dig_edition?e=1365693...

#accessiblebydesign  #luxuryanduniversaldesign 

The Most Dangerous Place In Your Home

Ridgewood Interiors - The Most Dangerous Place In Your Home

From toddlers to seniors and everyone in between, bathrooms are the most dangerous room in a home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that every year about 235,000 people over the age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom. Among those, nearly 14 percent are hospitalized. That’s an average of 640 people per day who are injured in their bathrooms all across the United States. Also interesting, younger people were more likely to be hurt in or around the tub, while older people sustained more injuries on or near the toilet.

My favorite tips for a safer bathroom include:

Apps and Appliances: How Smart Is Your Home?

Ridgewood Interiors - Apps and Appliances: How Smart Is Your Home?

Technology is revolutionizing the way we interact with our homes and so an increasing number of home buyers are basing their purchasing decision on the availability of home automation features. As a designer, I am excited about technology that improves our health and safety and makes our living spaces more user-friendly. Examples include appliances like the Samsung Family Hub "smart refrigerator" and GE Café Series "smart oven". Both have apps that allow them to be controlled by your phone.  If you are in the market for home automation products, check out the following link:


What You Don't Know About Paint Could Hurt You

Ridgewood Interiors - What You Don't Know About Paint Could Hurt You

Paint-related products are one of the worst environmental offenders, second only to automobiles. Some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint are volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. As paint dries, these harmful VOCs are released into the air at high levels.  When they enter the air, they cause air pollution and a number of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes, nausea and even cancer. Although VOC levels are highest during and soon after painting, they continue to seep out for  years.

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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Home 

I've fallen and I can't get up! Over 700,000 people of all ages are hospitalized every year due to a fall. Bathroom flooring can be particularly dangerous. Glass and glazed ceramic floor tiles with an anti-slip finish provide superior traction and do not require routine sealing. Grout lines between tiles provide texture that increases traction - the smaller the tile the greater the grout lines.

#Safeandhealthyhomes  #Ridgewoodinteriors  #noslipbathroomfloor



The dirtiest place in your home!

Ridgewood Interiors - The dirtiest place in your home!

According to WebMD your kitchen sink is the dirtiest place in your house and is actually worse than your toilet! Consider this before purchasing a new sink.  Because of its durability and easy-to-clean, nonporous qualities, stainless steel is great for high-germ zones such as kitchen sinks and countertops. Copper is loaded with antimicrobial properties, which makes it an excellent choice for bacteria-filled kitchens. Always read the use and care statements and warranty and ask where the sink is manufactured before purchasing.

#dirtiestplaceinyourhome  #ridgewoodinteriors  #healthyhomedesign


Ridgewood, NJ mapping an “age-friendly” future!

Ridgewood Interiors news

The following article discusses how five Bergen County towns are on a mission to be not just a place where “kids can grow up but also where their grandparents grow old”.

For the full article go to


#townsforallages  #ridgewoodinteriors  #aginginridgewood

Taplynn's Tips for a Safe and Healthy Home - Bedtime Lighting

Taplynn's Tip for Night time lighting

Navigating a home in the middle of the night can be dangerous!  Experts say it's best to sleep in total darkness because light exposure can limit your body's synthesis of the sleep hormone melatonin. If you wake up at night and need to get out of bed, it helps to have some strategically placed warm-color night lights -- but the light they give off should be dim. Your goal should be to see well enough to avoid hazards, without having to turn on a bright light so that it's easy to fall back to sleep.

The following improvements can lessen the risks associated with moving around the house at night.

• Use plug-in lights to illuminate pathways commonly used at night, like the one between the bed and the bathroom.