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Hi, everyone. I’m Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs, just like a great dress, it’s okay to mix and match when it comes to different furniture styles. I traveled to Karl Kemp Antiques in New York city where you can find nearly anything relating to antiques. What I’ve done for you is set aside three different distinct pieces from different styles and periods, in order to show you some of the differences. One piece is going to be from the Biedermeier period, another neo-classical, and a third from the American ’50s. This secretary is an absolute show stopper. This would be the highlight in any home. This is from the Biedermeier period, that famous Biedermeier period, Austrian from the 1820’s. So what makes this piece so special? Where do I begin? Inlay upon inlay upon inlay. Just look at all this wood detail. This light burl wood that you see mixed with dark mahogany wood. These are some of the distinctive features of the biedermeier period. Also, all of this architectural Roman detail. These columns that you see throughout the piece, actually gilded in gold. When it comes to antiques Biedermeier is probably one of the most easily recognizable and significant antique styles. So now we have grabbed our passport and we have moved from Austria to Russia. This is a beautiful example of a neo-classical chest. Look at all of this Greek key detail. This mid-century piece, this two drawer chest. But what makes this piece really distinctive and special is all of this ebonized wood inlay that you see. Both on the front, on all of the drawers, and on the side. As well as the bronze inlay that you see on the legs. So now we have left Austria, left Russia, and we have come to America with this beautiful bleached mahogany chest from the 1950s. We’ve seen all of the ornate detail that was distinctive of the Biedermeier period, distinctive of the neo-classical period, and we can now see the contrast with this American 1950’s piece. Just the simplicity of it. With the bronze ring pulls, the very clean lines of the bleached mahogany. So you can really get a sense by looking at all of these different pieces from these 3 different periods, the Biedermeier, the neo-classical, as well as the American 1950s, how different styles evolved.

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HGTV Design Star Season 6 Finalist, 5-time Emmy award winning television personality and National Interior Design Expert Cathy Hobbs (ASID/LEED AP) is the founder of the interior design firm Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes based in New York City.  An ASID, NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and LEED AP, Cathy’s firm specializes in full interior design services, sustainable design, new development construction and home staging/styling. With design studios in Brooklyn, New York and The Hudson Valley. Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes is currently working in the NYC Tri-State Area, including, Long Island and New Jersey, The Hudson Valley and The Berkshires.  Cathy is known for her clean, modern, timeless interiors that infuse pattern, color and texture as well as her “Hollywood Glamour” approach to design. From small studio apartments to gracious homes, Cathy’s approach is to blend her professional expertise flawlessly with a homeowner’s wish list and aesthetic to create an impeccable design.

Cathy has recently introduced two new interior design services: approachable, step by step interior design resource guides in the form of “recipes”, hundreds of  Design Recipes™ are available through Cathy’s site http://www.design-recipes.com.  Additionally, Cathy offers the affordable, consultation interior design service Design On Delivery™ (www.designondelivery.com), offering unparalleled design services to DIY design enthusiasts at a reasonable cost.  Cathy’s design philosophy is based on “approachable” design, working with various budgets in order to achieve the best design possible for her clients.  A regular contributor and expert for local and national media outlets, Cathy has been featured on programs like “The Nate Berkus Show”, “HGTV’s Top Ten”, “LXTV’s Open House”, “The PIX Morning News”, “Living Large” on WCBS-TV”, “Martha Stewart Living-Radio” and is currently a regular contributor to the prominent shelter sites Sheknows.com, Ehow, Shoptopia and Cotton Candy Magazine. To learn more about Cathy and her work, go to www.cathyhobbs.com.

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