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Why White is Trending

why white is trending

Why Everyone is Loving White

In 2016, white is making trends year-round, not just between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Out are the days where it is a faux-pas to wear or utilize the crisp color in your interiors and accents past Labor Day. In interior design, all-white is a strong trend for 2016. 

White feels especially refreshing in the summer, but many are enjoying the crisp, minimal, feeling as many look to decrease clutter throughout their homes. We are seeing the trend carried out throughout entire homes, with the newest luxury kitchens and baths featuring tonal white countertops and appliances, as well as luxurious marble and stone finishes in baths. 

Many are attracted to white because of its simplicity. It serves as a great background for interesting art, patterned interior accents and more. The color also evokes a sense of airiness that can make a space feel open and revitalized. This can be something to consider if you are thinking about listing your home. 

Design Trend of 2016

In luxury real estate, we are always seeing cutting-edge design trends, being the first set of eyes on designer showcase houses and by working closely with top staging agencies. From lush white rugs in living spaces to novel white accents, the refreshing white color palette is transforming spaces. Not only is white being utilized in interior designs, it is also trending in The Hamptons as an exterior color of choice. New homes are being constructed in classic hamptons style with wooden shingle sides done in clean white rather than tan tones. 

The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a selection of "it" white design pieces to inspire you to add a little touch of this trend throughout your home.

interior design white 2016

Bubble Lamp- George Nelson
Ceramic Elephant Bank- Jonathan Adler
Positano Candle- Cire Trudon
A9 Speaker System- Beoplay
Maestria Espresso Machine- Nespresso
Cashmere Throw- Barney's
Grand Baxter Couch- Jonathan Adler


Looking for some white inspiration in luxury real estate? We have got you covered. We are loving the kitchen at our exclusive listing at 117 Bridies Path in Southampton. The brand new construction features a kitchen that is just waiting to be enjoyed with its pristine white calcutta marble counter tops and fresh custom designed white cabinets. Dinner party prep anyone?

117 Bridies Path Southampton NY

And, perhaps the most lust-worthy luxury real estate? This jaw-dropping bathroom at the exclusive 432 Park Avenue. The white backdrop is the perfect frame for the stunning views across Central Park and upper Manhattan. Get a look inside the luxurious 432 Park Avenue condominium here.

And you thought white was boring?

Real Estate and Charity Collide at the Kips Bay Show House

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

The 44th annual Decorator Show House is underway, showcasing work from top interior designers. The townhouse at the Carlton House has been completely transformed, and all for a good cause, namely the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. All proceeds from the events will go to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which provides after school enrichment programs to more than 10,000 youth in the Bronx. 


In 1950, The New York Times announced "Astors to Build Hotel Apartment." The Astor Estates interests has ties to hotel properties in the city since 1848. They purchased 13 consecutive properties to make room for the new building which would become the Carlton House. 

The Carlton House got its name from the then to be demolished Ritz-Carlton, with the new building accommodating displaced tenants with penthouse and luxury hotel-service apartments. In 2010, Extell Development and Angelo, Gordon & Co purchased the property from the estate of the late Leona Helmsley. Now in 2016, the house is designated as part of the Upper East Side Historic, and is one of the largest newly constructed townhomes on the Upper East Side. It is 35 feet wide with approximately 10,000 square feet of living space with an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor space. 

The Townhouse is currently on the market for $49,500,000.

This townhouse presents a rare opportunity to experience amenity living rarely seen with other New York residences. Residents enjoy perks from being neighbors to Barneys New York such as food delivery from Fred's. Additionally, the townhouse resident has access to the full range of amenities offered by the Carlton House including 24-hour doorman, concierge, 65-foot indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and private storage. Entry can be made directly from 61st street or through a private entrance within the Carlton House lobby.

Decorator Show House

The expansive townhouse residence has become a showcase of work from renowned interior designers that have donated their time and skill to create the beautiful spaces. The interior features 5 floors of living space which have been transformed into sumptuous space from a Napoleon inspired sitting room with rich, dark tones to a Clive Christian kitchen complete with Lalique panels. 

The interior designers have spared no attention to detail throughout the home, sourcing their decor from the likes of Hermes, Sotheby's, Bergdorf Goodman, and Roche Bobois to name a few.

Take a look at a few of the beautifully curated rooms in this year's Decorator Show House:

The Show House will be running May 12 - June 9 2016.

19 East 61st Street
Monday-Saturday: 11-5pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 11-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

Tickets can purchased online in advance by visting Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Remember, all ticket proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

5 Tips for Making a Home Office

Home Office Tips

With all the technology it is no surprise that 'telecommuting' or working from home is on the rise as it can provide more work-life balance. Additionally, many run their business from their homes full time. A home office can be a valuable and productive space when done correctly, whether you are sitting down to pay the occasionally bill or running an empire from your home. Here are five things to consider when designing your home office.

Location: Consider what space within your home you are thinking about transforming into a home office. Consider spaces with large windows and light. Your surroundings can highly impact your work ethic and attitude, so if you are going to be spending a large amount of time in your office it is important to ensure it is positioned correctly. Have you given thought to separating your work space from your spouse's? Our 166 Perry Street listing incorporates an office for him as well as a "woman cave" for her which can be a functional work space.

Functionality: Having a balance between design and function is important when it comes to an office since the ultimate goal is to get work done. Of course we all want our spaces to be aesthetically pleasing, but keep functionality in mind when shopping for furniture, accessories, and decor. 

Organization: Make your space organized! It will eliminate clutter and allow for a more efficient work environment. Consider using your space wisely, as many home offices are on the smaller side. Shelves are a great way to use vertical space above a desk. There are some great desks that have a shelf system as part of the desk which is great for storage and organization. We love the amount of storage this Restoration Hardware desk offers.

Color: Paint the wall a color by which you will love to be surrounded. Different colors have different effects on mood and the feelings they evoke. The psychology of color certainly affects each one differently, however, blue is generally said to be the most productive color.

Equipment: Just like functionality vs. design, strike a balance between equipment and accessories/decor. It can be easy to spend on accessories to add to the space, however, it is important to ensure you have the proper equipment first so you can get work done. Invest in a good desk chair such as this one by Herman Miller.