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!
It’s been a busy week for Horizon! Some of the condominiums at Tempo on 300 East 23rd Street are receiving gorgeous new treatments for their floor-to-ceiling windows.
The staff is installing Hunter Douglas silhouette shades, electric solar shades, and blackout shades and curtains into some of the rooms. The glass-walled exterior at Tempo provides a stunning view of Gramercy, but with shades that diffuse light or darken the room, the condos’ black oak wood floors will be retained. Now, the homeowners can choose how much light they want in their sun-drenched rooms. Opening and closing treatments is convenient and impressive with electric shades, which makes it easy to simply enjoy the luxury of large windows.
New York Fashion Week is coming up, which means a lot of blogs are buzzing about the textiles that will be trending this fall. But what about fabrics inside the home? There are trends in the interior design industry just as their are in regular fashion design. In fact, a lot of trends are transferring over between apparel and interior design. That’s right, the tweed coat you love so much has inspired designers for upholstery and draperies.This season is all about blending fibers, eco-friendly textiles, and bright pops of color.
Fiber blends are a current trend in contemporary home furnishing. Textile fibers are blended to create fabric with improved properties, feel and texture. Higher grades of fibers and yarns are being used, allowing more withstanding durability. This has turned outside spaces into an extension of the living area, bringing more indoor trends to the outdoors.
Source: Design Sherpa
As they have for some time now, green textiles are still prevalent and impertinent. Renewable fabrics have become very important, and as a result, wool, linen, and silk materials have become more popular.
Finishes that are eco-friendly, organic and non-toxic are often used. This year, leather is also making a huge presence in home decor.
Textures used in apparel are crossing over into interior design, such as nubs, slubs, bouclés/chenille, heavy tweed, and textured linen. The use of a variety of weaves and blends create fabric richness, and intricate jacquard patterns are also increasing in popularity .
New developments in yarns and finishes are creating fabrics with a super soft texture and hand. The use of rich metallic yarns and metallic highlights are being used to create surface interest, with hues of silver, gold, bronze, and copper. Some of the important patterns include herringbone, hounds-tooth checks, and paisleys.
Color trends from apparel are also being transferred to interior design. Bright Colors are becoming more popular thanks to home improvement shows on TV, where these colors show up better than subtle tones under the bright studio lights. Inspiration for colors is also coming from the outdoors, with the use of citrus, neutrals, and autumn tones. Color inspiration is becoming more trans-seasonal.
To commemorate the pending natural disasters this week (First an earthquake, now a hurricane?! What’s next, east coast?!), here are a couple delicately- constructed homes designed to withstand mother nature’s fiercest battles:
Although it’s unclear at this point how hard New York will be hit, it’s better to be overprepared than under, so be sure to stock up on vitals like water, candles and batteries. (Remember, most of us have at some point and time spent plenty of hours unplugged. Imagine how the younger generations will survive if we lose power!)
If Hurricane Irene does become serious enough of a threat, protecting your windows and glass exterior is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your house will still be livable if we experience the worst. Once a window is broken, the wind blows rain and broken glass inside, completely wrecking the interior.
Although this is only upon expecting the absolute worse, it’s still valuable information to know just in case. When protecting your windows, don’t waste time with tape. It might keep glass from going everywhere if a large object flies through your window, but using storm shutters or plywood is worth much more in the end.
Hopefully, this will all be just F.Y.I., but keep track of the storm here, just in case! Stay dry, everyone!
Walk into Corner Shop Cafe, and you’re immediately welcomed into a warm and casual environment before the staff greets you with a friendly hello. The cafe is literally at the corner of Broadway and Bleeker in NoHo, and attracts a lot of NYU and shopper-traffic. The employees are hospitable and the selection of food is great (lunch, dinner, weekend brunch), but the building itself is also worth mentioning.
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway
The high ceilings are topped with pressed-tin and a brick wall is exposed, filling the room with a warm, antiquated feeling. Chandeliers hang from the ceiling and intricate sconces branch out from the gray walls. The hardwood floors are stained to match the assorted chairs and tables scattered throughout the room.
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway
Horizon recently worked with Zeff Design to add a pop of color to the cafe by installing pinch pleat curtains in an orange and white floral pattern. The pattern is contemporary, but pairs well with the sconces and pattern on the pressed-tin. The cream velvet trim on the end of the curtains gives them a clean finish and adds to the warm palate at Corner Shop Cafe.
For a charming escape to Paris, without the hassle of passports and jet lag, I highly recommend stopping by La Bergamote in Chelsea.
Upon walking into this quaint little patisserie, located at 177 9th Avenue, the first thing you notice is a giant glass display case filled with a variety of Parisene delicacies- golden, flaky croissants, glossy fruit tarts, light macarons, and a variety of gateaux that look too pretty to eat.
Francophiles will not only appreciate the food, but also the café-inspired decor, like the hand-painted mural, framed photos, and french country counter.
Horizon recently added Phifer SheerWeave roller shades to the windows at La Bergamot. The vinyl-coated fiberglass weave will diffuse natural light and manage heat and light from the sun, so the patisserie will be filled with a soft light that perfectly complements its french aura.
It is always fantastic to get new opportunities, especially when they turn out as well as this one did. In February of 2010, we were asked to quote to furnish curtains for the models of 16 West 21st Street. It was only a construction site, with no name or identity what so ever at the time. Without a deadline and with a two-year stall on the project, there was no rush. Things changed when high profile designer Zac Posner was called to furnish the models and put his stamp on this building. That is when things got interesting for us, too.
The project got a big boost. The top 9th and 10 floors were designated to be the models. As a result, these floors would receive the best treatment from the floors to the walls.
In the master bedroom, the design called for curtains on all the walls. The designer, who is originally a fashion designer, wanted to achieve a look of a woman’s skirt – red on the outside and shiny lining on the inside- installed over the bed. We opted to use a flexible track installed in a half circle to create this look and the same pink sheer curtains on the windows.
In the kitchen, the design called for a wall-to-wall valance that was to be arched over the windows symmetrically – only the kitchen was to be installed at the far right side and this prevented the continuation of the valance. The result was that the last arch is smaller than the first two. In this room, the curtains were to be installed floor to ceiling – outside the window frame and underneath the valance.
In the downstairs living room, the designer wished to install the curtains inside the window casement. The poles are installed inside the window frame since there is molding above the window that prevented any hardware being mounted there. The initial design of swags over the curtains was tossed and instead a purple knot at the top was in place. The 2-inch silver poles with matching rings help extenuate the appeal of the windows.
The Guest bedroom design called for the same idea as the master bedroom only with purple velvet and grey sheers. The sheers are much shorter than the drapes. In the before image one can see the two levels. At the bottom underneath the window, there is a heating radiator. Though we were unsure how it would play into the design due to the fact it was not there at the planning stage, we took steps to work around it. At the end, it was installed vertically and did not obstruct the curtains much.
After spending a lot of time on this rewarding project, we were thrilled with the final design. It received numerous compliments opening night.