Situation

For their new lifestyle, a retired New York couple decided they wanted a lighter and airier abode. They had a beautiful Manhattan residence that fully suited their working lives. But when they started spending daytimes at home, the apartment seemed dark and dreary, so they began “house hunting.” After a lengthy search, they bought an 18th floor apartment with huge wrap-around terraces and panoramic windows. ASID designer Jamie Drake, one of the nation’s top decorators, was called on to design their retirement retreat. No small assignment, as the interior had not been touched in at least 40 years. Now silk upholstered furnishings, Oriental rugs, and French wood floors characterize the spacious living room. The formal dining room is furnished with handsome silk draperies, a Regency sideboard, and a stunning wood table complemented with upholstered Chippendale-style dining chairs. While wide city view windows flood both rooms with daylong sunshine, they also bring heat and glare.

Solution

Moreover, as designer Jamie Drake wisely counseled, “Protective window film was a must to maintain the pristine color of the furnishings, floors, fabrics and artwork.” Vista™ by LLumar® (formerly UVShield®) Mirage V38 solar control window film was professionally installed on the inside of living room windows to help reduce glare and heat and to provide a degree of privacy. Vista™ by LLumar® (formerly UVShield®) Nuance V48 film with similar properties was selected for the dining room. These films will also contribute to energy savings by cutting down on summer air conditioning needs. Both films block more than 99 percent of ultraviolet rays, helping protect against premature fading.* They are virtually invisible when installed and the professional installation was quick and trouble free.

Result

Thanks to Vista window film, the couple now revels in their sun-drenched hideaway, safe in the knowledge that they are protected from the ravages of ultraviolet radiation. But best, according to them is, “no one knows the film is there!”