Renovated Rye Brook Gem for $2.55M, Bloomie’s Annual Rug Tent Event, Monet-Inspired Home Gardening Demo

House of the Week: Renovated Rye Brook Gem

$2.55 million

Annual property taxes: $44,036

14 Beechwood Blvd, Rye Brook

This six-bedroom center hall Colonial in the Hillandale section of Rye Brook was built in 1926, reportedly by the founder of the Life Savers Candy Company that, at the time, had a factory in Port Chester. An extensive renovation in 2008 added a large family room; an expanded master bedroom suite with a dressing area, two walk-in closets, upscale bath with two vanities, oversized whirlpool tub, and steam shower; customized closets in every bedroom; wiring for sound inside and out; new heating system; and a new roof. "This is a very special and unique home,” says listing agent Melissa Kaminsky. “It was completely renovated by the current homeowners and offers the opportunity to move right into a beautiful new home. One of the most spectacular rooms is the gourmet kitchen. It’s truly the heart of this home and has everything to make just being in the kitchen pure pleasure. It’s very spacious with cherry cabinets, granite countertops, marble tile backsplash, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, a large island with an abundance of storage, a breakfast area, butler's pantry, and a built-in desk area. Add to that picture windows with beautiful views of the property, not just from the kitchen, but throughout, make it an exceptional place to live." The sixth bedroom (now used as a playroom) with a full bath and large storage closet over the garage provides a practical alternative to the small unfinished basement. Other pluses: a large front porch complete with swing, a 1,000 square-foot mahogany rear deck, and outdoor fireplace. For more information, contact Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Melissa Kaminsky at (917) 748-8880 or visit     


Bloomie’s Annual Rug Tent Event

It only happens once a year—Bloomingdale's ever popular Annual Rug Tent Event. Take advantage of the chance for first dibs—plus the added bonus of an extra 15 percent discount—on two private preview days today, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22, (from 10 am to 8 pm) before the event opens to the public on Thursday, August 23, through September 3. The yearly sale, famous for its thousands of unique, handmade oriental rugs offered at a savings of up to 75 percent, is easy to find—just look for the big tent in the Bloomingdale's parking lot (175 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains). Tent sale hours throughout the event: Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. For more information, call (914) 684-6300 or visit


ArtFull Living Designer Show House Extends Run

Photo by Bryan Barger Photography

Charles Burleigh-designed master bedroom

The ArtFull Living Designer Show House at Glassbury Court (3370 U.S. Rte. 9, Cold Spring), a collaborative effort between area artists and interior designers and brainchild of Cold Spring glass artist Barbara Galazzo, has extended its run and will remain open Friday through Tuesdays, noon to 4 pm through Sunday, October 14. In the last remaining session of the Lunch & Lecture series on Tuesday, August 28, at 12:30 pm, interior designer Charles K. Burleigh will offer insight into the designer’s creative process and the many different ways to approach interior design. Burleigh’s “From Empty Box to Home” discussion also explores the collaboration between participating artists and designers in determining the selections of art, furnishings, and accessories in conceptualizing the show house. The $40 ticket price includes lunch, lecture and a house tour. Artist Kirsten Olson Lyon will share her thoughts on “Sculpture in Clay” in the final Conversations with Artists session (a house tour is included with the $20 fee) at 1:30 pm on Sunday, August 26. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (845) 265-3618 or visit




Monet-Inspired Home Gardening Demo

The summer is flying by, but there’s still time for gardening inspiration. Sonia Uyterhoeven, The New York Botanical Garden’s gardener for public education, will explore ways to capture light and shadows in the garden during a special “Light and Reflection in the Garden” workshop at 2 pm on Saturday, August 25, or Sunday, August 26 at The Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx). This French-themed home gardening demonstration is part of “Monet’s Garden,” a tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet and the gardens that inspired his art. The 45-to 60-minute hands-on instruction allows plenty of time to ask your gardening questions. Expect the program that convenes in the plaza of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to be held outdoors, rain or shine. Help also is available through tip sheets at the Home Gardening Center's Kenneth Roman Gazebo and online at or through the Plant Information Hotline (718-817-8681 or For more information or to purchase tickets at $20 (includes an all-garden pass), visit, e-mail, or call (718) 817-8716).


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