The certified technicians at New Magic Carpet keep abodes sparkling inside and out with cleaning and refurbishing services ranging from window washing to grout restoration. Traveling to homes to perform carpet and upholstery cleanings, the IIRC-certified clean teams pre-treat high-traffic areas before cleansing fibers with truck-mounted equipment and 100% nontoxic solutions. The company also offers spring-cleaning services such as interior vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, and scrubbing sessions performed with oversize toothbrushes.
The EPA-certified technicians at Green Air HVAC help homeowners maintain all aspects of their home's heating and cooling, improving the interior air quality while eliminating pollutants such as mites, dust, and bacteria. The staff can work from the ground up, installing complete heating and cooling systems that match the needs and size accommodations of a new home, or conduct a detailed audit of existing systems to spot potential inefficiencies. In a continued effort to rein in energy costs, technicians can also clean air ducts and dryer vents or install remote systems that control the home’s temperature through an iPhone app instead of an outdated mainframe.
Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
The technicians at Prestigious Blinds don't treat the sun like an enemy, despite the fact that it can fade upholstery and add unwanted heat to homes and offices. Instead, they use custom residential and commercial window treatments to "redefine the light" in each space, filtering sunbeams through opaque and sheer drapery, wooden blinds, or bamboo shades. During home visits, the techs lay out fabric samples and discuss customization options, such as printing a company logo, a child's favorite cartoon character, or a passive-aggressive note about a neighbor's lawn onto blinds.
Helmed by husband-and-wife team Benny Aziz and Stephanie Cohen, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture supplies home decorators with modern and classic furnishings. The two-level showroom, laid out by Stephanie who is also an interior designer, encapsulates a wide range of styles, from dignified, conservative pieces of dark varnished wood to tradition-bucking designs that use translucent material and geometric shapes.