NEWS & AWARDS

Beautiful Kitchens & Baths • "Grand Scale" • Winter 2010
Big spaces benefit from big style. The master bath in Peter and Kathy Belmonte's newly built residence in Saratoga Springs, New York proves it.

"We wanted to create an established, old-world kind of feel," says interior designer Denise Palumbo, who tackled the room with Peter, a custom-home builders.
Kitchen and Bath Ideas • "Worth the Trip" • October 2010
Looking for a family-centered lifestyle, Tim and Lee Wilson and their two young children left Southern California. They found what they were after in the kitchen of a new center-hall Colonial in Halfmoon, New York, outside Albany. Or maybe it's better to say the kitchen found them.

"We weren't even looking in that area," Lee says. "I saw the house on the Internet, and it was the kitchen that really sold me. It was casual yet sophisticated, grand yet down-to-earth–and, most important, fully functional for my family." This showhouse kitchen, named best in The Saratoga Builders Association's 2006 Showcase of Homes, was a collaboration between kitchen designer Bill Kanas and interior designer Denise Palumbo. "We took a fresh approach to traditional by using a modern color scheme of gray, white, and black," Palumbo says. "The palette was inspired by the white wave granite chosen for the countertops."
Fabulous Floors & Walls! • "Designer's Walk" • 2008
This newly built (though it barely looks it) 5,000-square-foot home on Saratoga Lake in Upstate New York is the private residence of builder Peter Belmonte, his wife and grown children. The house sits high on the hill overlooking water and ever changing landscape. Peter, his wife, and Denise Palumbo, president of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers collaborated on and selected all decor elements. (read more)
Simply Saratoga • "Room to Create" • March/April 2012
For a long time , the only thought that went into what a child's room should look like depended on whether it was blue for boys or pink for girls. These days, parents see what their child's room looks like as an opportunity to exercise their creativity, while providing their child with an engaging environment that will help them develop their imagination and sense of ingenuity. This could mean anything from a simple painted mural, to an entire room centered on a certain theme or motif. Finding a practical way to store all your child's belongings becomes its own challenge. Shelving, closets or toy chests can all be modified to remain as kid-friendly as possible, while remaining practical for adults. This should help to transition the room as your child grows older and wants to be involved with their room.

"With a new addition to the family you can start new and fresh," said Erika Gallagher of Plum and Crimson Interior Design in Saratoga Springs. "At the same time, you might want to think about things that will grow with the child, and minimize things that they might grow out of when they turn 6 or 7," she continued.
Life @ Home • "White Out - Transform Your Hearth" • March 2012
Problem:
With limited natural light, this Wilton living room featured dated woodwork that also darkened the room.
Solution:
Erika Gallagher of Plum & Crimson Fine Interior Design of Saratoga Springs first removed the dated woodwork. Then, "We painted everything a nice off-white to brighten up the room."
Life @ Home • "Color Saves the Day" • April 2011
The owners of this Saratoga Springs home had enough of their dated master bathroom featuring the original avocado green fixtures. However, they weren't quite ready to take the financial plunge and gut the room. Enter interior designer Erika Gallagher of Plum & Crimson Fine Interior Design in Saratoga Springs, who had the perfect, lower cost and easier solution. She paired the avocado green with a cobalt blue paint on the walls, along with a bright shower curtain, throw rug and accessories to de-emphasize the colored fixtures that aren't popular these days. "By going bolder on the walls, it turned out that the green was very livable," Gallagher says. "It looks more purposeful, like it was intended to be there, not just like, 'Oh, this is what I'm stuck with.' The end result gives a frsh, more current look to the bathroom."
Life @ Home • "Custom Splendor in Clifton Park" • March 2011
The perfect closet: A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Erika Gallagher of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design in Saratoga Springs helped Fox with this closet design, as well as the furniture and rug featured in the sitting area shown on the cover.
Life @ Home • "Great Camp" • August 2008
The Lake George great camp had been in the family for generations. Now it was the "new" generation's turn and they wanted to update the retreat without loosing family history or the structure's authenticity. "Sometimes that is difficult to do when you are trying to hang onto the pas, ." says Erika Gallaghe, co-onwer with Denise Palumbo of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design of Clifton Park. (read more)
Today's Home • "Plum & Crimson - Fine Interior Design to Color & Brighten" • March/April 2010
The virtues of having an experienced design team on your side when navigating the nuances of home décor options are plentiful.

When you have a team like Denise Palumbo and Erika Gallagher advising you, both certified by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and with over 30 years of combined experience in the field, you can be assured that every feasible option will be explored in order to maximize your budget.
Capital Region Building • "Inspiration and Dedication: Decorating a Parade Showhouse" • July / August 2012
Inspiration, organization, communication, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears go into a Showcase home. First, we usually start with the location, and then the questions begin... size, style and price of the home. Builders, designers and architects all meet to review the site plans and specifications of the home. Will the kitchen nook accommodate the family size that is the target market for the home? If it’s an empty nester market do the specifications call for blocking in the shower walls for future grab bars? (read more)
Capital Region Building • "Top 5 Ways to Add Pizzazz to Your Kitchen or Bath" • March / April 2012
#1 Texture
With all the smooth, hard, shiny surfaces in kitchens and baths it is essential to add texture. This can be done through fabric window treatments, jute or reeded baskets, woven rugs and, of course, towels. These elements add warmth and cut the echo because they absorb sound. For a twist on the traditional towel bar, try adding a leaning ladder to hang bath towels on. Roman shades on bath or kitchen windows can serve a dual purpose. They not only open and close for privacy and light control, but also provide a way to get fabric in a room that usually has none. (read more)
Capital Region Building • "Form Meets Function" • March / April 2011
It is universally accepted that investing in updating bathrooms is a wise investment. In many cases, it is a great investment in your happiness as well. The main request design professionals hear today is one for a low-maintenance, high style and timeless design. Creating a bathroom that is easy to maintain, convenient to navigate and use, and makes you happy to look at first thing in the morning is sure to be “worth the money.”

This bathroom, designed by Denise Palumbo of Plum & Crimson Fine Interior Design and executed by Teakwood Builders, Inc. is a perfect example of taking a dated “standard” master bathroom, and transforming it into a true retreat for the homeowner. (read more)
Capital Region Building • "People's Choice Awards" • November / December 2008
Peter Belmonte and John Witt were the builders of two exceptional houses in the 2008 Showcase of Homes. (read more)
Capital Region Building • "Faux Painting" • September / October 2008
There are many ways to transform a space, but none as customizable and dramatic as decorative painting. There are numerous finishes, techniques and artisitc touches to explore from exciting to new, to classic tried and true. (read more)
Capital Region Building • "Kitchen and Bath Design" • March / April 2008
When beginning a new kitchen or bath project it is important you do your homework. This is typically one of the biggest investments in your home. Taking it step by step will help you achieve the kitchen or bath of your dreams. (read more)
Capital Region Building • "Gray is the New Black" • September / October 2007
Interior Designers are frequently asked “What is this year’s new color?” or “What are the latest hot color trends?” It seems everyone wants to know what’s coming on the horizon. Maybe they will be inspired to use these colors in their home to get a new look. Maybe they will have to buy new furniture, paint their walls, and totally redecorate because the color gods have spoken and suddenly everything they were content with is now “out.” The reality is that color trends are not a reason to completely change your interiors, but they can encourage you to update your home’s look with choices you never before had. (read more)

Capital Region Building • "2007 Saratoga Showcase Commitee" • Sept / Oct 2007
Every year a dedicated committee a Saratoga Builders Association members work steadfastly to produce a successful Showcase of Homes. There are members who have been involved from the very beginning, others a few years and some brand newones this year. (read more)

Capital Region Building • "The Best Of" • September / October 2007
(see more)
Capital Region Building • "Warmth and Luxury" • March / April 2007
For the bath, it is all about space and convienence. Large master baths with oversized walk-in showers, rain heads and body spray systems are becoming more and more common. Today's trends in kitchen and bath design are about warmth. (read more)
Saratoga Builders Association • Showcase of Homes • 2012
(in conjuction with Belmonte Builders)
Multiple awards, including Realtors Choice, Peoples Choice and a tie for Best Interior Design.

Saratoga Builders Association • Showcase of Homes • 2011
(in conjuction with Belmonte Builders)
Multiple awards, including Realtors Choice and Best Interior Decorating.

Saratoga Builders Association • Showcase of Homes • 2010
(in conjuction with Belmonte Builders)
Multiple awards, including Best Interior Design.

Saratoga Builders Association • Showcase of Homes • 2008
(in conjuction with Belmonte Builders)
All categories were swept for awards, including Best Interior Design, Best Interior Layout, Best Kitchen, and Best Mast Bath.

Saratoga Builders Association • Showcase of Homes • 2007
(in conjuction with Belmonte Builders)
Numerous awards won including Best Kitchen, the prestigious Realtors Choice award as well as Runner-up for Best Interior Design and Runner-up for Best Interior Layout.

Saratoga Builders Association • Showcase of Homes • 2006
(in conjuction with Belmonte Builders)
Numerous awards won including Best Kitchen, Best Master Bath, Best Floorplan and Runner-up for Best Interior Design.
Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association • Parade of Homes • 2009
(in conjuction with Del Zotto Builders)
Numerous awards won including Runner-up for Best Interior Design.

Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association • Parade of Homes • 2005
(in conjuction with M.A. Schafer Construction)
Numerous awards won including Best Interior Design, Best Interior Floor Plan, Best Kitchen, Best Master Bath as well as both the People's Choice Award and the Realtor's Choice Award.

Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association • Parade of Homes • 2004
(in conjuction with M.A. Schafer Construction)
Numerous awards won including Best Interior Design, Best Interior Floor Plan, Best Kitchen, Best Master Bath as well as both the People's Choice Award and the Realtor's Choice Award.
ASID Award (New York Upstate Canada East Chapter) • 2008
Honorable Mention for Residential Project - Northeast
Chrysalis Award • May 2007
Best Interior Design Remodel
The Saratogian • "Designers Get TV Makeover" • December 15, 2011
The designing women at Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design are best-known for their home decorating talents. In their wildest dreams they never expected to be the subject of a TV fashion, hair and make-up makeover.

Nevertheless, Plum and Crimson principals Denise Palumbo and Erika Gallagher, along with staff associate Kelly Daly, journeyed to New York City to tape a segment of the syndicated “Nate Berkus Show.” The episode will air at 10 a.m. Friday on ABC. (read more)

The Saratogian • "Best in Building Announced" • September 20, 2011
The 2011 Showcase of Homes winners were announced this weekend, and the event will continue over the next two weekends...Executive Homes...Best Interior Decorating...Winner: Belmonte Builders, Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design. (read more)
Capital Region Business Review • "Homespun" • March 2007
As the housing market in the Capital Region cools, a cottage industry has been heating up to help sellers put the best possible face on their properties and perhaps, make better sales. (read more)

Capital Region Business Review • "Best Interior Decorating Award" • October 2004
Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association, Parade of Homes, in conjunction with M.A. Schafer Construction.
Glens Falls Business Journal • "Outstanding Homes" • 2007
Builders that had entries in the 13th Annual Showcase of Homes gather at a reception and awards ceremony held at the Saratoga Hotel and Conference Center. (read more)

Glens Falls Business Journal • "Showcase of Homes Awards" • November 2004
Awards given out by the Saratoga Association at the reception for the annual Showcase of Homes covered a broad spectrum this year. (read more)
New York Business Development Corporation • "Business Awards" • May 2005
(Seventh Annual Luncheon hosted by NYBDC)
Denise Palumbo and Erika Gallagher both with over 10 years of individual experience in the interior design industry realized an opportunity to grow personally and professionally by joining in their own venture. (read more)
Dine by Design • "A Benefit for the Junior League of Albany" • November 2004
Denise Palumbo and Erika Gallagher of Plum and Crimson Fine Interior Design designed a tablescape for the gathering room table. With over 20 yearscombined experience, the designers offer complete interior design services in the Capital District and beyond. (read more)
home | about us | services & products | new home/remodel construction | portfolio
testimonials | news | contact us
© Plum & Crimson Fine Interior Design
5 Spring Street • Saratoga Springs • New York • 12866
p: 518.306.5283 • f: 518.306.5285
e: info@plumandcrimson.com
Design • Color • Style • Furniture • Finishes • Window Treatments • Space Planning • Design • Selection • Details • Art • Decorate • Create