Barbara and Michael Orenstein

Barbara Orenstein Interiors Incorporated
40 East 88th Street
New York, New York 10128


A family guest room overlooking Shinnecock Bay was what Barbara and Michael Orenstein chose as their first showhouse room. Married for twenty-eight years and partners for six, each saw the room exactly the same way and had the exact same desire - to furnish it as it might have looked when the house was built in 1905: a mix of pieces that seem collected over time. This is a trademark of the Orensteins, whose tastes lean toward traditional furnishings and the English country look. With its emphasis on comfort and durability, the space feels lived in, and with bright, light color and cheery patterns, it's a room that says summer.

"I see it as a feminine room a man would feel comfortable in," Michael observes, "For me," says Barbara, "it's a romantic retreat...where charm is everything."