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“Decorating Cents” was one of the most popular shows on Home + Garden Television, HGTV. On air for a long run of 8 years, I was seen as a guest Re-Designer for 5 of those years. The show had 3 parts, I was in the middle.

In part 1, Joan Steffend, our bubbly red-headed hostess, themed a room with the help of a designer. About 12 minutes into the show was the segment that I appeared on, "The Re-Design."

I enter, tell the camera what I didn’t like about the layout of the room + the furnishings get removed. The pieces then get put back as I see it + explain to the viewers the where and why of the new layout. We always go on a “find” + uncover a piece in a different part of the house, usually in the attic or garage. And yes, lots of editing of possessions. Not everything makes the cut back into the room.

When the room was completely Re-Designed, it looks astonishingly different. It’s sometimes hard to believe, even for me, that it’s the same room. In the last segment of the show, Rob got creative with ‘Trash to Treasures'.


To view photos from these episodes click here.

  Episode: #1913 Why: My first shoot ever. Bad hair day. Where: Park Slope, Brooklyn  
Episode: #2005 Why: My second shoot ever. Great stuff with a view. Where: NYC - Upper East Side
Episode: #2110 Why: Nice House. Quality objects. Where: Haverford, PA
Episode: #2111 Why: Big wreath was placed by rug over mantle. Where: Chester Springs, PA
Episode: #2112 Why: Big home. Lots of sofas! Where: Phoenixville, PA
Episode: #2113 Why: Cool old barn with hundreds of hurricane lamps. Where: Yardley, PA
Episode: #2201 Why: Really nice house, really nice furniture. Where: Chester Springs, PA
Episode: #2202 Why: Unusual layout. Where: Ardmore, PA
Episode: #2203 Why: We created a great music room. Where: Malverne, PA
Episode: #2307 Why: Nice apartment and a friend of my client. Where: Central Park West, NYC
Episode: #2308 Why: It's one of my favorite shoots. Where: Madison Avenue, NYC
Episode: #2309 Why: Unusual location with fabulous view of Manhattan. Where: Edgewater, NJ
Episode: #2404 Why: College student living wanting a little style. Where: Philadelphia, PA
Episode: #2503 Why: Great House. Great B/W Photo over the Mantle. Where: Studio City, CA
Episode: #2504 Why: Nice California home with big pool. Where: Westlake Village, CA
Episode: #2505 Why: Difficult space. Where: Burbank, CA
Episode: #2601 Why: Can't believe how they had the TV! Where: Fallbrook, CA
Episode: #2602 Why: Nice house with clock and cool kitchen. Where: Fallbrook, CA
Episode: #2603 Why: Lovely couple with a child that has lots of toys! Where: Fallbrook, CA
Episode: #2710 Why: Living room for a Rabbi and his adopted sons. Where: Burbank, CA
Episode: #2711 Why: Odd shaped living room. Where: North Hills, CA
Episode: #2813 Why: Nice apartment, creative NYC couple. Where: Astoria, NY
Episode: #2901 Why: True NYC living. Where: East Village, NYC
Episode: #2902 Why: Big Tribeca Loft Space. Where: Hudson Street, NYC
Episode: #3003 Why: Another day close to home. Where: NYC
Casting Tape + Press Kit available.  

Wall Street Journal
"The Comeback Curtain"
March 2012

New York Times
House & Home
"Can This Living Room
Be Saved?"
December 28, 2006

"Quotes on Arts & Crafts Movement Influencing
Interior Design Today"
September 7, 2003

NY Post
Real Estate Section
"Ideas on Alternative Ways
to Decorate your Fireplace"
November 15, 2003

New York Observer
"Signature Style
is Her Mantra"
September 9, 2008

New York Spaces
"In the Zen"
September 2006

"The Empty Room"
May 2, 2007

"Finding Their Space"
October 29, 2004

encore decor

AM New York
"Update Your Bedroom"
March 15, 2007

WNBC New York
"Express Yourself with Floral Blooms"
July 1, 2007

Long Island Weddings
"Tune Into Your Lifestyle"
Summer 2004

"Get the Master Bedroom of Both Your Dreams"
October 2004

social media  

Joss & Main
Curated Collection
August 18, 2012


public speaking  

encore decor
Time Warner Center
The Samsung Experience

"Dream Jobs"
The New York City Board of Education partnered with USA Today to reward deserving 9th grade students the dream of shadowing a mentor in the field of their choice.

The students had to complete a 10 week intensive course in job skills and write an essay. Each of the 30 schools participating selected 2 students who won the opportunity to shadow a mentor, for a day.

Mindy was honored to be invited as the guest speaker for this event.
May 2007

Design Within Reach
"Resolution 101"
"Re-Design Your Space by Changing Your Prospective"
January 2007

The Home Show
"Interior Design"
"What Hue is You?" 
"Bringing the Outside In"

New York Daily News
"Halfway House Gets Makeover"
Article about Mindy's design of the family room in the halfway house run by "Hour Children".
The organization shelters and teaches women newly released from prison how to
reconstruct their lives and provides a loving environment for moms
to reunite with their children.

Design and remodel of recreation room for IGHL-Independent Group Home Living.
Organization provides lifestyle alternatives for people with developmental disabilities.

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