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Project Spotlight: Tempo, 300 East 23rd Street

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.

 

Tempo Condos

 

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.

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Summer may be ending, but don’t think you need to stop worrying about sun exposure. You should be taking care of your skin year-long, even if you’re not one of those who ignore the unlimited warnings about over-exposure to the sun. It has become increasingly important to protect your skin. More people today are progressively aware of the damaging effects UV rays have on our skin. As a result, it’s becoming more and more common to find products other than just sunscreen with SPF added in. But there are products for your home that can save you money and spare the mess of lotions.


In collaboration with the ever-prominent green movement, fabrics are becoming more than just a decorative accent to your home. Sun-protective blinds and solar shades enhance your home, but are also very practical because they filter UV rays, depending of the fabric’s thickness and weave. Not only are you protected from the sun, your furniture will not be damaged, but your home will also generate

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Solar Shades at Northside Piers will protect the floor and furniture, and prevent an overheated room.

Consider  the following when selecting a sun-protective shade for your home:

– The denser the weave of the fabric, the more protection from the sun. Shades typically have a weave ranging from 1% to 10%

– Fabric material type distinguishes the UV filter – Materials like bamboo can block up to 98% of harmful UV radiation. Fabrics that are man-made, like polyester and Lycra, are also capable of filtering amount of light entering. Nylon, wool and silk are still good options, and cotton and hemp offer very little UV protection.

-The more dye used in the fabric; the more opaque, which blocks more UV rays. This is not the most eco-friendly product, since it is not made with natural, organic materials, but it is energy-efficient.

– Some companies use chemicals to soften the fabrics. These chemicals are also seen as colorless dyes, and these get imbedded in the fabric offering some UV protection.

With skin cancer rates on the rise, people are more aware of the damage the sun has on our skin, but it is equally harmful to the floors and furniture in our home. Environmentalists and scientists have warned us about the strength of the sun and its negative effects, but interior designers and architects have become just as conscious. Sales of sunscreen have soared over the past 10 years, and manufacturers are in increasing demand of products that function as energy-efficient.

New Kid-Safe Products from RollEase

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RollEase, our trusted hardware provider at Horizon, has a new product that’s compliant with the recommended WCMA safety standards.

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SafetyHold2 consists of two clear anchors at the top and bottom of the window that stablizes the bead chain when mounted to the wall. Children and pets are kept safer at home without the hazardous dangling cords.

 

Back-bending Arches!

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Source: The Snail and the Cyclops

 

Arches, Interior Design, Lighting
Source: weddingplans

I was inspired by these two photos, and how arches in the home can simultaneously add drama and soften a room. They also create a gorgeous focal point.

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Source: Exciting Windows

 

The arch has been found in many different cultures, dating as early as Mesopotamia. The Egyptians used it in tombs and vaults and the Greeks used in for practical construction purposes

These uniquely shaped windows decorate your home, but they can be difficult to dress. Shades, shutters, curtains or blinds can enhance the shape, depending on your personal style.

Here are some inspiring solutions to your arches:

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Source: Allshutter

 

Source: Summerour Architects

 

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Source: House Beautiful

 

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

La Bergamote Got New Shades!

For a charming escape to Paris, without the hassle of passports and jet lag, I highly recommend stopping by La Bergamote in Chelsea.

La Bergamote Patisserie NYC

 

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.

La Bergamote, 177 9th Ave., Chelsea, NYC, Pastries, French Decor, Windows, Roller Shades
Source: NY Magazine

Francophiles will not only appreciate the food, but also the café-inspired decor, like the hand-painted mural, framed photos, and french country counter.

 

Inside La Bergamote

 

The best Croissant in town

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.

 

 

Motorized Window Treatments More Popular Than Ever

In the past, motorized window treatments would need to be hard-wired into your room in order to function. But now, with the various advances in modern technology, that need is no longer an issue and the motor no longer requires permanent residence in your electrical system.

According to Digital Journal:

Homes with two-story windowed focal walls are perfect candidates for motorized window treatments. Rather than managing 20 feet of pull cord or hauling out the step stool to reach the pull cords, the homeowner can open and close these treatments with the push of a button.

So if you’ve been looking for a motorized window treatment, but have been turned-off in the past by the thought of cumbersome electrics being hard-wired into your wall, give us a call or email us and let Horizon take care of all of your custom window treatments; motorized or other.

Bedroom Window Ideas

Custom tie back curtains

If you are looking for great ideas for bedroom window treatments, there’s many directions you can take. Open bedroom windows can fill your room with a nice morning breeze and warm natural light. However, bedroom window treatments are needed to provide you with privacy, too. They also need to have the right style to fit your bedroom decor and help control energy efficiency. The good news is that there are many options available to you. Solutions include blackout shades, sheer curtains, blinds and many other drapery combinations.

Soft Sheer Luminettes with Light Control Vanes

Bedroom Wood Blinds

 

Some bedrooms have one large window in it. If that is what your bedroom has, then you need a large window treatment that is going to work well with the space. A good option for the bedroom is traditional drapery. You have the benefit of added material for privacy and energy efficiency. Drapery is often large enough for oversized windows, too. Another option for large windows is to layer with two curtains. One of these can be a solid option, to provide the privacy that you need while the other can be a sheer for nice daylighting.

Traditional drapery and sheer curtain combination


In bedrooms where you have more than one window or you have a smaller window, you also have options like roller blinds, solar shades, roman shades or drapery. You can even use a combination of these to get the look you are after.


Blackout Shades over a layer of Solar Screen Shades


Stylish orange gold sheer drapes for daylighting and blackout shades for full privacy

Also, consider blackout shades. There are several options on the market but all work the same way. These drapes block out nearly all of the sunlight, giving you a very dark room, ideal for getting good sleep at any time. Electric blackout shades are available that make it easier to control multiple window treatments. You can also choose a dual shade with one being a solar unit and the other being a blackout unit.

Multiple bedroom windows with electric shades and sheers

Choosing the right bedroom window treatment is essential to getting the right look for any bedroom space. A wide range of colors, patterns and fabric options help you to customize your bedroom style.

Ideas for Kitchen Window Treatments

The kitchen is the heart of your home. Windows here can really open up the space and provide you with great light. However, having window coverings is important. For some homeowners, there is a need to have treatments for privacy. For others, energy efficiency is a reason to add treatments. However, considering the area of the home, there are certain things you need to think about such as if the window treatment is a good choice for cleanliness and for the aesthetic beauty, it offers. There are some outstanding options available to you.

Consider what you need first. If the kitchen in your home is adjacent to the dining room or other formal place, or the kitchen has a more formal look to it, the window treatments need to reflect this aspect. Also important is cleanliness. Since many windows are placed right above sinks, it is easy for everything from splashes to grease to get on them. You need a product that is easy to clean and maintain.

The good news is that there are a wide range of options to choose from. For your kitchen window treatments, consider solar shades to keep temperatures in control and to reduce the overall ability of others to see into the window when you do not want them to. You may want to consider silhouette shades or cellular shades too, since these are easy to maintain but do provide that formal, elegant look.

Kitchen window treatments are available in numerous styles and function options. You are sure to find a wide range of colors, styles and fabrics to select from so that you can personalize this space. You can enhance the look and function of your window when you select the proper kitchen window treatments for the space you have selected. This is a great way to change out the look of this space inexpensively, too.

Why Do People Need Window Treatments?

Electric privacy shade for bedroom
Electric privacy shade for bedroom

Window treatments provide much more than just a covering for your window.  Some types of window treatments can help to reduce energy costs. Other products add a decorative element to the room or allow you to take full advantage of the space no matter how you want to use the space nor what time of the day or night it is. Privacy is yet another of the key benefits of window treatments.

As you can see, there are numerous reasons to use window treatments. Consider your options carefully.

  • Select window treatments that are able to block out the sun so that you can get some sleep during the day. Blackout shades and drapery works well for this.
  • Add some decorative flare with a few ornate rods and a stylish tassel on your drapery in the living room. This makes it more elegant in the space.
  • Consider the benefit of cellular shades or other types of blinds that block out others from seeing into your space. This is a critical feature in places like the bedroom.
  • For larger windows, you should look into solar shades or drapes. These do not allow sunlight to overheat your home during the summer months. They also help provide a layer of protection so that your home does not lose as much energy in the summer or winter months.
  • Change the look of the space. Choose vertical blinds, for example, to elongate the look of a window and make the room look higher.
  • Choose blackout drapery to help create the right ambiance for your movie theater room.

From a design perspective, having window treatments just makes sense. However, the right treatments can sell a home or transform a boring space into one that is a lot of fun and functions better for your particular needs.