September 21st, 2012

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We are pleased to announce Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs (ASID/LEED AP), founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™ has been named our new exclusive brand ambassador. Cathy is a nationally known interior designer and five-time Emmy Award-winning television personality. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV’s Hit Reality Series “DESIGN STAR” and has been featured on national programs like “The Nate Berkus Show”, “HGTV’s Top Ten”, “Martha Stewart Living-Radio” and is currently a regular contributor to the prominent shelter sites, Shoptopia, Cotton Candy Magazine, and ehow where she is a presenter hosting her own interior design web series.

Cathy is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes ( ) which is a boutique style full-service design firm, which executes high-end residential and commercial interiors while also specializing in affordable design solutions called Design Recipes, as well as home staging. Cathy is a LEED AP, recognized and credentialed by The U.S. Green Building Council for her exceptional expertise and knowledge of Green and Sustainable design and is the only Green Home Stager in New York City. She is also an NCIDQ certificate holder. A graduate of one of the top interior design programs in the country, The Fashion Institute of Technology, her commitment and vision is to make interior design approachable and affordable to all those who seek the services of a professional designer.

Cathy is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association, as well as a certified staging professional. Credentialed by Certified Staging Professionals (CSP), Cathy is also one of the top home staging trainers in the country, traveling nationwide teaching real estate staging for CSP to aspiring stagers.

Cathy’s new color collection, Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, contains 12 specialty colors hand selected by Cathy Hobbs. To find out more go to:

 Cathys Barcelona Blue 022-3  Cathys Limeade 076-6  Cathys Nantucket Sand 077-1  Cathys Loghan Blonde 085-3
 022-3 Cathy’s Barcelona Blue  076-6 Cathy’s Limeade  077-1 Cathy’s Nantucket Sand  085-3 Cathy’s Loghan Blonde
 Cathys Optimistic 100-5  Cathys Bremen Gray 141-3  Cathys Serengeti Sunrise 095-5  Cathys Natural Stone 165-2
 100-5 Cathy’s Optimistic  141-3 Cathy’s Bremen Gray  095-5 Cathy’s Serengeti Sunrise  165-2 Cathy’s Natural Stone
 Cathys-Agnes-198-3  Cathys Citrus 083-6  Cathys Caribbean-045-4  Cathys Chilly Willy-133-1
 198-3 Cathy’s Agnes  083-6 Cathy’s Citrus  045-4 Cathy’s Caribbean  133-1 Cathy’s Chilly Willy

Cathy Hobbs-Mythic paint brand partner-Hosts 13-EpisodeWeb Series on

August 15th, 2012

5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID/LEED AP), founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™ is hosting a 13 episode web series on  Hobbs was selected to host this web series, due to her National Interior Design expertise ranging from antiques to art déco décor to create this national expert web series.

The web series which went live in Late July, features a myriad of tips on topics such as “Art Deco Interior Design Ideas”, “Semi-gloss vs. High gloss paint”, and “Home Décor With American Antiques” just to name a few.  This informative web series partners her brand Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes with other national brands such as Z Gallerie, Home Goods, Mythic Paint, and Karl Kemp Antiques.

The Cathy Hobbs Web Series will be the first of several web series she will be hosting for the popular expert site.




Cathy Hobbs (ASID/LEED AP) is HGTV Design Star Season 6 Finalist and a 5-time Emmy award winning television personality. She also is a National Interior Design Expert and founder of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, interior design firm based in New York City.  Cathy’s firm specializes in sustainable design, full interior design services for new or existing developments, and home staging/styling. She has design studios in Brooklyn, New York and the Hudson Valley. She is known for modern and timeless interiors that combine pattern, color and texture to create “Hollywood Glamour”.



Since launching in 1999, eHow has become the “go-to authority” in online expert content.  Ehow is an online how-to guide with more than 1 million articles and 170,000 videos offering step-by-step instructions. receives more than 46 million visitors to its site each month.

Prepping your Exterior for painting

July 27th, 2012

Warmer weather means you may find this is a perfect time to repaint the exterior of your home. This can be a huge undertaking, but here are a few steps to help.


Materials: Garden hose, pressure washer, caulk, sandpaper, detergent with mildewcide (or bleach), wire brush/scrapper, putty knife, bucket, exterior spackling, ladder, roller/spraygun, and brush.

Cleaning the surface is essential to achieve the perfect top coat finish.  Use a pressure washer and a detergent with mildewcide to clean the surface. Another alternative to detergent is common household bleach. Use one quart bleach to three quarts water to remove mildew. If no flaking paint is found, sometimes a garden hose and scrub brush will do the trick. Make sure all surfaces are clean of mildew and dirt.

You may still have flaking paint or areas where the pressure washer could not reach. Use your scraper/wire brush to remove the loose paint. There is no need to scrape to bare wood, unless the old paint is not intact. Use sandpaper to smooth out these areas. During this process you may find surface flaws or holes. This can be smoothed out using an exterior spackling compound or other materials rated for exterior use. Once it dries sand smooth and remove any dust.

Over time, caulk breaks down and needs to be replaced. Remove the old caulk from around windows, trim, doors or other caulked areas on your home. Use a paintable exterior grade caulk to re-caulk these areas. Be sure to let the caulk dry to manufacturer’s time frame before priming.

Now you are ready to paint. Be sure to check weather in your area and the temperature throughout the day. Temperature should be above 60° and below 90° before painting. Setup your ladder or scaffolding. Scaffolding works best as you can move it around and work on larger areas at a time opposed to constantly moving your ladder. It will be well worth the money to rent or buy a set.  Be sure to use drop cloths to drape over plants, decking and flower beds to ensure easy clean up later. Try to avoid painting in direct sunlight. Start painting in the morning on the west facing wall and work to the east in the afternoon. Start by priming new wood, bare wood or repainting over existing bright or dark colors. Next, cut in the windows and trim. Now you are ready to paint the siding. Start at the top and work your way down horizontially painting the foundation last.  Repeat this process until you are finished.