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Written by Rose Bennett Gilbert   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:33


Triple-helping of window treatments includes smart roller-shade-style screens that filter glare and soften the view.

Q: We bought an apartment on the highest floor we could afford, and boy do we regret it! The windows are floor-toceiling, and the glare is awful all day long. I've put up curtains — sheers because we do love the view. But they don't block the bright light, and my mom says the sun will fade our new rug and sofa. What to do?

A: Believe your mom. Ultraviolet rays may tan us darker but they'll eventually fade the color out of everything else. Make haste to find a way to block them.

I have two suggestions: a light-blocking window film. Vista and 3-M are reliable sources. The films must be applied by a professional technician, but they cut glare and sun gain dramatically while barely darkening your room at all.

Second suggestion: Follow New York designer James Rixner's lead and screen the scene with sheer woven roller shades. The sleek high-rise that hosted this year's Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator Show House (its 40th-annual fundand fashion-raiser) was all about wall-to-wall windows.

So James devised a tripletreatment that both dressed-up and softened the wide expanses of cold, glaring glass. First, he installed screens that work like roller shades (Hunter Douglas' Alustra Woven Textures Soft Screens; next to the glass. Over them he hung wispy, floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains to filter the view. Then he installed heavier, gathered draperies that draw away to the sides and stack there, adding a touch of color and glamour.

"The shades allowed for light and a partial view, masking the unattractive outdoor elements," James explained. "In the afternoon light you see the fabric shimmer — it's refined and elegant, not like the corporate look you get with some shades."

James also added his custom touch — a row of dark fringe along the shade bottoms — just for good measure during the Kips Bay open house.

Q: Why save holiday decorations for the holidays alone?

A: Because, you may say, you'd soon grow tired of seeing such seasonal symbols as Santas and menorahs.

Not if they're truly works of fine art, says Gary Rosenthal (, metal sculptor and pioneer in contemporary Judaica. He believes holiday trappings deserve a new lease on life year 'round.

So while handcrafted menorahs from The Gary Rosenthal Collection may be shining especially bright during Hanukkah this week, the artist has designed them to be fashionforward all year long — they're inspired by on-trend colors. For example, the decorative fused glass elements in his latest collection rely on Pantone colors, Gary says, "so our sculptures coordinate with fashionable interior design."

The collection also includes dreidels — children's traditional spinning tops — that come with sculpted brass, steel and copper stands so, the artist explains, "from across the room, they look like contemporary art."

Rose Bennett Gilbert is the coauthor of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 08:41