House of Funk
Airy Tudor, Montclair NJ
House of Funk has worked with LuAnn Nigara for almost a decade.
This particular project was interesting, as it involved updating a beautiful Tudor for modern times while honoring the 100-year-old home’s existing charm. They knew Window Works would bring in the quality and sophistication this home deserved.
The team at House of Funk knew the windows in the sunroom and master suite would be tricky.
Before the redesign, the sunroom was a visually busy space directly off of the family room—with heavy, faux tile covering all but the ceiling. Boring blinds and the faux stone walls took away from the amazing view and made the space feel very closed in. The goal was to make this room relaxing while keeping the space feeling very open and airy, and connecting it with the outdoors.
They decided to install three pairs of stationary drapery panels for the windows and French door. There wasn’t enough room between the ceiling and the window and door molding for the original hardware they selected, so they had to change the direction of the first design. The designers swapped in iron rods with French returns so that the panel drop wouldn’t hit the molding.
The fabric is a white sheer with gray geometric stripe by Romo. It’s lined with a warm color liner, and features a gray woven contrast band along the bottom of the panels. The drapery is a huge part of those charcoal and sepia tones and details that create a dramatic, yet calm, moment in the space.
In the master closet, the biggest challenge was that the window was off center. Since the window wasn’t moving, Window Works suggested centering the drapery and faking the width. They then went with a flat roman shade, and extended the full width between the two hamper towers, not just in front of the window, to be centered on the wall. The fabric is a beautiful floral design by Romo. It adds a dose of whimsy to the room’s rich and moody hue.
A happy client and an award-winning final product…
House of Funk knew this project was a success when the clients told them that they did an amazing job of “creating modern, functional, sophisticated rooms and imbuing them with a period appropriate look and feel to capture, continue, and celebrate the existing charm of the 100+ year old house.” The cherry on top for House of Funk was winning second place in The American Society of Interior Designers’ NY Metro Chapter’s Design Excellence Awards for living space design for the sunroom.
Sandra Funk, House of Funk