In 2008 in the middle of the Real Estate boom a developer we worked with just bought 20 Henry to redevelop it into new condos. Than came the downfall and this project was stalled until 2011. I used to pass by that building on my way to Dumbo and say “that is such a great location, I wonder when would someone jump on the opportunity”
Time passed, by and late last year we got a call from Cristina, a designer we work with to talk about apartment staging in 20 Henry. She said: (always on a rush, super speedy mode)
“can we meet later today with the developer we need to have shades done in one of the models, the meeting is this after noon…”
So we did meet and the process started, only the apartment we met at did not have floors, or ceiling or plumbing. You could see concrete everywhere. The contractor said in 30 days this would be ready and he almost did it. I think it took them about a month an a half to complete the renovation of that unit.
There were a few challenges for the window treatments. The unit we were staging was on the ground level and people passing by could see into the living room. The window were arched at the top, excluding many types of window treatments that cannot be installed on a curved window.
To save money, time Cristina came with an idea to install roller shades in the middle of the window. Normally we hesitate to suggest such a solution since it does look awkward but if you look at the result with the curtains it actually looks very good. In stalling the shades that way solves the problem of privacy, looks very modern and clean almost built into the window.
We ended up copying this installation to other units as the models were moved from place to place while units were sold.
Here’s just a sample of the work being done for residents at Tempo, a brand new condominium in Gramercy Park at 300 E. 23rd Street. We’ve installed these Hunter Douglas Nantucket Shades, Electric Solar Shades, Custom Curtains and Motorized Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades (See images bellow). Check New Developments on our website for more to come!
Winter Fashion Week in New York is fast approaching. The thrill and the glamor of the day is sure to impress even those with just a passing sense of style. You may not be making the trip to NYC for the events, but that does not mean you cannot bring the style into your home.
What Is Fashion Week?
New York Fashion Week happens twice a year, usually in February and September. It is one of the four largest fashion weeks throughout the world. This week of runway thrilling style began in 1943. At that time, the founders of the event wanted to draw attention away from French fashion, which was very popular during World War II. People during this time were unable to travel to Paris to see the finest of the seas don, and this event in New York City was far more accessible.
This year’s trends will be all about bright and bold colors. Some designers are making home, family and friends their theme and inspiration. Collections are featuring styles that are more down to earth. In addition, trend setting this year will be organics. Organic materials with earthy tones will also be very important to the fashion world.
New collections from Duralee source: duralee.com
How Can You Bring This Home with You?
Besides heading to your favorite designers to buy their line of clothing, there are other ways you can use the inspiration from New York Fashion Week to inspire your home’s colors and textures. Here are some tips to do just that.
Update the fabrics in the main spaces of your home. Use beautiful organic linens for tablecloths on your tables or re-upholster chair covers with vibrant pops of color.
For shades or coverings for the large windows on the doors in your home, consider the green fabrics from Kravet. This line of fabrics keeps with the “go green” concept that’s popular with some clothing designers.
Update the look of your curtains with more homey fabrics, such as those found at LeeJofa.com. Simple and yet bright colors can stand out.
Take a note from Winter Fashion Week in New York. Update the fabrics throughout your home to offer more of today’s styles – family friendly, bright colors or organic materials are the way to go.