Posts in Design
5 Tips for Preparing Your Property to Sell

With the post Labor Day real estate market right around the corner, we are working with sellers to get their properties ready to list. No matter how beautiful your space is, here are 5 things you can do to get it ready to sell (or spruce it up if you are sticking around) and see much better returns! Well staged homes can demand 20% more than those left untouched. Contact me if you are looking to get your home in shape!!

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As the weather warms up, many of us will be heading to the beach or the woods to cool off. As the sun sets, a fire is a great way to extend the day bringing friends and family together for smores and drinks.  Growing up digging fire pits into the dirt/sand a lining with rocks, the art of the summer night fireplace has come a long way.

This weekend, the New York Times highlighted a handful of firepits in several price price. Which is your favorite? Click through pictures to review and shop!

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House of the Week: Zink Cabin in the Catskills

On the eve of last week's nor'easter, my wife and I decided to skip the storm in the city and escape to the Catskills for a day of skiing/boarding at a local mountain. We reached out to our friends, Doug Jaeger and Kristin Sloan, to see if their cabin was available and what was planned as a quick get away turned out to be a refreshing mini-vacation in an idyllic setting overlooking the snow covered Kerhonkson Hills.  Check out Zinc Cabin, our House of the Week.

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LES Art Installation Celebrating Mom and Pops Shops

Lower East Side photographers, James and Karla Murray, have been shooting mom and pop bodegas, newsstands and diners for years. As the city rapidly changes, they celebrate the mom and pops retail that defined downtown neighborhoods with their unique aesthetic character. 

The couple,  as part of the "Art in the Parks UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant Program" will create a structure the celebrates favorite shuttered shops including  the dearly departed lunch counter, Cup & Saucer

Check out their collection of independent business in their book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (2008) and the article here

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Best home goods and furniture stores in NYC

New Yorkers have some of the most unique and fashionable taste when it comes to decorating their homes! As a real estate agent, I have the pleasure of visiting these spaces daily and recognize that the creativity is an expression of both the owner's style as well as the plethora of options they have when it comes to shopping. 

Curbed recently posted a fantastic list of the Best Home Goods and Furniture stores in NYC. I'm a huge fan of Tictale, John Derian,  The Future Perfect and of course, ABC Carpet and Home. Which are your favorites? Who would you add?

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House of the Week: East Village’s hidden Cape Cod-style rooftop cottage asks $3.5m

Ever wonder about that little Cape Cod cottage on the roof of the building at 1st Ave and First Street in the East Village? Walking past it daily, I was thrilled when a couple of my colleagues, Nick Gavin and Josh Doyle got the listing. The cottage is ideal for an artist space, guest house or rooftop retreat and with an asking price of $3.5m, comes with the two story penthouse below it!

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Lenny Kravitz, Designing Interiors in Nolita

Since founding Kravitz Design in 2003, Lenny Kravitz's many projects have included wallpaper for Flavor Paper, furniture for CB2 and Kartell, door levers for Rocky Mountain Hardware, a chandelier for Swarovski, a watch for Rolex, public spaces for Miami’s Paramount Bay condo building and penthouse hotel suites for SLS South Beach. 75 Kenmare is his first multiunit residential project in New York.

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