Successfully Selecting Building Signage

As a New York City hallway and lobby designer, I pay close attention to the signage present within a building, keeping it top of mind throughout the design process—trust me, I have definitely witnessed cases in which signage was clearly an afterthought!

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5 Most Common Hallway Design Mistakes

It’s safe to say that as a professional who designs New York City apartment building hallways, I witness a number of mistakes that need remedying. I wanted to share the TK most common hallway design mistakes below—make sure your building is not guilty of any of these!

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Ways to make your hallways look wider

As an experienced New York City based hallway and lobby designer, I am often asked about ways to make hallways appear wider. Today, I’m here to share five key tips to keep in mind when designing your building so that hallways appear as spacious as possible.

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What is Inspiring Me At the Moment

As a creative, I am always eager to learn how others stay inspired, but today, I’m here to share what is inspiring me at the moment. Truthfully, I find that I am inspired almost everywhere I look. 

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Color of the Year Trends and Making a Statement in Your Building

It’s always exciting to hear what paint companies will choose to name the “Color of the Year,” as picks truly can run the gamut from basic whites to soft greens and teal blues to deep, rich reds. This year, green is having a major moment. Benjamin Moore—whose paints we use most often in our projects due to their quality and versatility—announced that “October Mist 1495” will be the hue of 2022.

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Lobby Makeovers are still Key in the Time of Covid

Perhaps you’ve been putting off the task of assessing—and addressing—your building’s interior design needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, there’s truly no reason to delay such endeavors. Despite having just kicked off yet another year filled with masks, hand sanitizer dispensers, and extreme cleaning measures, we’ve witnessed all of our clients forge ahead in redoing their lobbies and hallways regardless.

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Hallway Trends

As a hallway interior designer for the past 40 years, I have definitely witnessed a wide variety of trends taking shape. But I haven’t solely noticed shifts in popular colors and patterns over the years—I’ve also seen building Boards change their outlook on the improvements they’re willing to make in order to enhance a property’s value altogether. 

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Using Live Plants to Make Your Lobby More Vibrant

Indoor plants have been having a major moment for the past several years and have only begun to become more popular as we’ve started to spend more time at home. But green friends don’t just belong inside individual apartment units—they deserve to shine in building lobbies, too. 

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Four Ways to Make Your Lobby Look Welcoming Without Seating

Covid-19 has exacerbated concerns about residents and guests sitting in apartment lobbies, but there are still many ways to make a lobby shine without chairs or sofas. A lobby can still appear warm, elegant, and appealing with the right materials and design. As I always say, if you must do less, you must maximize the quality of what you do—and this philosophy most certainly appeals to designing a lobby sans seating. 

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Compete With New Construction – Brand Your Building Now!

When I founded my interior design firm over 35 years ago, I couldn't have imagined the quantity and scale of new residential development in New York City today.

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What Covid Taught Me About My Interior Design Business

Since the day I hung out my shingle over thirty years ago, any notion that design meetings and presentations could be conducted other than in-person would have sounded ridiculous. But, Covid taught me something about my interior design business that I never saw coming: design meetings can be conducted virtually!

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How A Lobby Interior Designer Selects Colors

Interior design is the key to creating a warm and welcoming space that you love coming home to. Interior designers employ three critical elements to create that feeling – color, light and texture. I’m best known for my work redecorating lobbies and hallways for condo and coop communities in the New York metropolitan area.

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Choosing The Right Paint For Hallway Doors

As an interior designer specializing in lobby and hallway makeovers, my clients are mostly coop/condo communities and management companies in the New York City metropolitan area. The selection of paint would seem to be one of the less challenging aspects of lobby and hallway renovation to the untrained eye...

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Hallway & Lobby Interior Design After Covid

Hallway & Lobby Interior Design After Covid

Finally, the worst seems to be behind us. Our clients, coops and condos, are getting geared up make the improvements they put on hold for the past year. While the pandemic will be a memory at some point (I hope), there’s no question that lobby and hallway interior design has been changed forever.

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How to Keep Your Building Fresh During Bad Weather

During bad weather your coop or condo lobby and hallways need a bit of extra attention to keep them looking and feeling fresh. Wet conditions such as rain, sleet, snow and New York City’s famously annoying slush can wreak havoc on the public areas of your building.

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We’re Renovating A Lot Of Lobbies – Why Now?

It may be counterintuitive, but my firm has received a large increase in lobby renovation proposal requests during the pandemic. Why now? Well, if you’re a New Yorker you’ve probably been stuck at home for months in your apartment, coop, or condo.

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