February 2018: I ♥ NY
It’s the last leg of winter, and these past few weeks have been a barometric rollercoaster. Whether you’re feeling the itch to get out and do something or just want to cozy up at home and rethink color schemes, we’ve got you covered. Read on for the latest in New York City real estate, design, and what’s going on around town.
The Story: The Makeover
The Jump Off
There’s something so exciting and satisfying about designing a space that you are living in. Creating rooms that lift you up or calm you down and that suit your lifestyle will really help you settle in to your new home, wherever it may be, or make you feel home again if you are ready to change it up. Here are some basic principles of interior design to get your started.
One of the first things you should think about when designing a space is the mood that you want to create. Color is one way to express the mood of a room. Textures, shapes and decorative art also add to the mood and personality of a space. Think of what you want to feel when you walk into a room and use that as your inspiration. Another rule? Keep it functional. Think about how you and your family use each room, where you like to sit, what view you’d like to have from your bed or sofa. These questions can guide you to make the most of each space. And finally, make sure to keep scale in mind. It’s important that the pieces in a room are not too small or large for the space. Bulky furniture will make a room feel much smaller while pieces that are too small will make a room feel empty and unfinished. Spacing is also important. Ideally you want 36” of walking space around each object, of course, in NYC where we live in tighter quarters, 30” might be a more realistic number.
The Wrap Up
There are a ton of great designer apps as well as some amazing interior designers who can help you create your dream space. To get inspired, start by leafing through some home décor magazines like Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Real Simple and Domino Magazine which all have fabulous photos sure to get your creative juices flowing.
The Conversation Cheat Sheet
Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite…
Some new laws are on the books for property owners and landlords, and they’re hitting some big ticket items like bedbug legislation and smoking policies (hint, it could go either way on that last point). In other news, here are the top 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC. And if you’ve ever bought a condo or townhouse, you probably remember the shock of closing costs (inflated by the enormous flood of money towards title insurance). You might be equally shocked to learn where that money is going.
What to do when our newsletter cover story has inspired you into redecorating your home…
Check out how three professional design teams envisioned the makeover of a real-life rental apartment, and check out the really cool after photos! And although many homeowners get the renovation bug when it’s time to sell their place, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy that deep soaker tub a few times before your buyer falls in love with it? Check out these bath remodels and spring into action. But before you let all this remodeling and the eventual “Honey, do” list get the best of you and your relationship, read this.
What to say when you hear people talking about Olympic medalist Chloe Kim…
Know who else got gold? Leprechauns. Don’t miss NYC’s famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Fifth Avenue next month on March 17. But first, there’s plenty in February to keep you busy. Unleash your creativity at Lego Live, February 16–18, and spend hours of family fun building and learning. Speaking of family fun, February school break is next week! NYC museums, ice skating rinks, and parks are hosting a multitude of special events to keep those kiddos busy, like feeding the penguins in Central Park. Want an indoor option? Check out Our Senses: An Immersive Experience, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.
The Gabriele Moment
Here’s what I’ve been up to these past few weeks as I walk, bike and race between the bridges and the parks.
About the last three years…
I feel incredibly lucky to have the kind of job that sparks my creativity, inspires me to rise to challenges, and allows me to help others find their place in the world. I want you, my clients, to know how much I appreciate your business and that I will always be available to you, even long after your closing date. I appreciate all of your referrals, and will always take the time to connect with those friends and relatives you send my way. My last words of thanks go out to Robert Reffkin, Leonard Steinberg, Gordon Golub and Rob Lehman. Thank you for your continued trust in me and my team. We are looking forward to many more amazing years with our Compass family!
They Said It
“I’m writing to enthusiastically recommend Gabriele Sewtz to anyone selling property in brownstone Brooklyn. We were thoroughly impressed with her expertise, professionalism, kindness, and skill. From the day we met her, Gabriele and her team showed real vision for how to market, prep, and price our apartment.” ~ CC and DD, Seller
Don’t take my word for it! Read more independent reviews of my services from members of Park Slope Parents.
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Each month, in this new section of our newsletter, you’ll find stories to inspire you. We’ve reached out to our clients, colleagues and friends to ask them to answer the question of what home means to them. Is it the struggle to save up for the dream of home ownership? The quest to find your place in a new community? Or simply finding a place where you’re free to be you? Read on. Reach out. Connect.
Writing the Story of Home
By Guest Contributor Hanna Neier
When I met Gabriele, I was a newlywed living in a rental studio in the Upper East Side. It had a nice view, good closets, and a teeny tiny kitchen that I hardly ever cooked in. Most importantly, it was an easy commute to work. At the time, I was a litigation attorney at a midtown law firm.
My husband and I loved that studio. We loved the nightlife on Second Avenue, the pulsing energy of our corner of Manhattan. But we wanted to start a family. And, given the option, we wanted to welcome a baby in a home of our own — one in which our hypothetical child would not have to sleep in the closet.
Gabriele helped us find a two-bedroom brownstone apartment on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn. It was a life changer. Our new neighborhood was greener, calmer and friendlier than our old one. Neighbors hung out on stoops talking to each other, friends greeted each other on the sidewalk, pulling strollers to the side for a quick catch-up before continuing on with their day. Life felt so deliciously different. Coming home from work, I was finally able to unwind.
When we welcomed our first daughter home (to a room of her own, not a closet) my world seemed to grow and shrink at the same time. When I emerged from that newborn haze, I made the decision to leave law for the foreseeable future. I wanted a new career that fitted this new world, this new home I had created. I wanted a slower pace, a more personal stamp on the work that I did. I went back to writing, my first love, and a skill that had served me well in litigation. I took on clients who needed help finding their voice, honing their message, or who simply needed a keen editorial eye. It was then that Gabriele came into my life again. She is now one of my favorite clients. For me, home is everything. It has defined everything. It has given me everything.
Hanna Neier is a freelance writer and content editor. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
We love hearing from our nuclear families, downtown hipsters, animal-friendly citizens, and our eco-conscious dwellers. All the movers, shakers and transplants. The Gabriele Sewtz Team aims to reinvent what it takes to make the real estate journey effortless. And in doing so, aligns with the Compass vision of helping others find their place in this world. It can be a scary place sometimes, but we’ve got your back. If you agree, would you take a minute to help us out with a referral?