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Panel: Saratoga’s Top Design Experts Weigh In On Spa City Design

Everyone from our new Design Editor Sue Waldron to DeRocker Design's Edmond DeRocker bring you the facts.

In our latest edition of Saratoga Living magazine—the 2020 Design Issue—we wanted the top design experts in Saratoga Springs to weigh in on what Spa City design means to them right now—and what you can do, COVID-19 pandemic or not, to get your Saratoga home ready for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

Sue Waldron, Saratoga Living Design Editor (@suewaldron)

Describe Saratoga style in three words.
Historic, timeless, eclectic

If you could improve one thing about Saratoga, design-wise, what would it be?
More buildings renovated and “re-loved” while preserving original structures

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Swap out your pillows, seasonally

What’s your favorite piece in your own home?
A vintage baker’s bench that was rescued from Skidmore College


Lisa Bates, Lisa Bates Design (@lisabatesdesign)

Describe Saratoga style in three words.
Grand, historic, green

If you could improve one thing about Saratoga, design-wise, what would it be?
Less homogenous design for new homes

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Less is always more

What’s your favorite piece in your own home?
An old German baker’s rack on wheels


Brendan Flanigan, Brendan Flanigan Interiors (@bflaninteriors)

Describe Saratoga style in three words.
Charming, inviting, effortless

If you could improve one thing about Saratoga, design-wise, what would it be?
More color and inventive palettes

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Use mementos to reflect you in your space

What’s your favorite piece in your own home?
A set of Parisian antique leather chairs from the Paris flea market


Tara Sweet, Studio Sweet (@studio_sweet_store)

Describe Saratoga style in three words.
Historical, with sensibility

If you could improve one thing about Saratoga, design-wise, what would it be?
Nothing

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Paint—a fresh palette is an easy way to create a focal point or subtle mood

What’s your favorite piece in your own home?
A vintage 1930s Parisian club chair


Deborah DePasquale, TOGA HERITAGE (@togaheritage)

Describe Saratoga style in three words.
Enchanting, sophisticated, quaint

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Limit modern design “improvements” to the racetrack

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Repurpose what you already own or bring in fresh flowers

What’s your favorite piece in your own home?
Kintsugi eggshells by local artist Elisa Sheehan


Nancy Smith, Saratoga Signature Interiors (@saratogasignature)

Describe Saratoga style in three words.
Timeless, transitional, equestrian

If you could improve one thing about Saratoga, design-wise, what would it be?
Nothing

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Forget about trends—make sure your space reflects your own style and personality

What’s your favorite piece in your own home?
A secretary desk with French details that I purchased when I was 15


Edmond DeRocker, Edmund DeRocker Design (@FrontStreetHome)

Describe Saratoga style in three words.
Tastefully historic, healthy

If you could improve one thing about Saratoga, design-wise, what would it be?
New construction architecture

What’s one foolproof interior design tip everyone should know?
Less is more

What’s your favorite piece in your own home?
Almost every item

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