A condo with incredible NYC views gets a no-expense-spared renovation. (Photo courtesy of CD Interiors)Kimberly L. Jackson | For The Star-Ledger
The living room of a W Hotel condominium in Hoboken is frequently updated by interior designer Cindy Dzurita of CD Interiors. The coffee table was made by of reclaimed wood by the Hoboken company FlowerBox. One brick wall is painted with white graphics inspired by vintage Coca-Cola ads.
For many people, the views, services and amenities that come with a stay at a glamorous waterfront hotel are part of the spare-no-expense splurge known as a vacation. But for those who live in the nearly 40 privately owned condominiums at the top of the W Hotel in Hoboken, the brand's "whatever, whenever" promise summarizes a lifestyle of everyday luxury. An area entrepreneur was among the first buyers of these residences that sold out before the hotel opened in April 2009. Five years ago, he moved from his two-bedroom unit to a more spacious three-bedroom. Like his first, the larger apartment is among those on the hotel's top floors, 18 through 25, and boasting spectacular views.
The entrepreneur now shares this hotel home with his wife and young daughter. In addition to the floor-to-ceiling windows with vistas across the Hudson River to the Manhattan skyline, the family enjoys valet parking, 24-hour room service, housekeeping, and a dedicated concierge. The 2,700-squre-foot apartment was gut-renovated before move-in, and the updates are ongoing, says Cindy Dzurita, whose Manalapan Township company CD Interiors has worked with the owner to furnish and decorate his W Hotel residences since he moved there in 2009.
The condo has what the owner describes as an industrial chic vibe. In a recent update, a wall garden by the Hoboken company FlowerBox was installed in the open-plan dining area. It replaced a crackle-finished white wall to serve as a backdrop for the owner's artwork, which includes lithographs by artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The green wall measures 10 feet high by 19 feet wide within a framework of reclaimed wood. It is made of bun moss, one of about 40 plants the company uses in its preserved indoor gardens. "All the individual moss pieces, which are approximately 2 to 6 inches, are arranged by hand to include maybe thousands of little pieces in this amazing garden," says Karem Ozseker, FlowerBox artistic director.
Plants plucked at their peak are preserved with a glycerin solution that they take up through their roots. The plants are then heated gently to evaporate any moisture before they are used in a garden. "In this preservation system, our plants keep their freshness and softness for a minimum of five years," Ozseker said. "They require no watering, lighting or soil." The preserved gardens are fully biodegradable. Dzurita says her Hoboken clients enjoy the green space the preserved garden has added to their dining room. "It really has enhanced and changed the whole feel of the space," she said. "It's a very large wall, so it is dramatic."
FlowerBox also created a reclaimed wood coffee table that adds warmth to a living room with black leather seating and a brick wall painted with white script inspired by vintage Coca-Cola ads. The living room also features a Teckell foosball table that doubles as sculpture. Its transparent crystal top is accented by chrome player bars and a base of chrome-trimmed white lacquer legs.
"Everything is custom, high-end design," Dzurita said of the furnishings, fixtures and accessories her clients selected. Like the preserved garden, Dzurita found the Italian game table years ago at an Architectural Digest Design Show. The Manhattan show, which runs March 16 through 19 this year, is one of the few design industry events offering public access to furniture and other household goods typically available to the design trade.
There is contrast throughout the Hoboken condo. Hard concrete flooring and walls, shiny lacquer cabinetry and durable stainless steel elements are juxtaposed with cushioned upholstery. In the master bedroom, a black leather headboard with quilt-like diamonds climbs almost to the ceiling. There's a plush fur throw on the new wooden coffee table.
For the nursery, Dzurita selected the soft touch of velvet upholstery and cushioned closet doors in sweetheart colors of pink, red and white. This baby girl has her own bathroom, where Dzurita surrounded the tub with low shelves that make room for plush towels and rubber duckies.
A stunning powder room features a stainless steel toilet with complementary walls of poured concrete tile. A large print showing construction workers perched on a steel beam high above 1930's Manhattan is encased within glass panes.
There's an abundance of crystal - Baccarat and Swarovski - to carry light and sparkle through the space. It dangles from chandeliers and embellishes upholstered surfaces. Marble is the preferred material for kitchen counters and bathroom walls.
Dzurita says her clients choices enhance their enjoyment and ease in hotel living. They update their home frequently. "A lot of my clients do this," the designer said. "Things get old looking and you get tired of them."
What they renovatedThe dining area and living room of a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium apartment at the W Hotel in Hoboken.
Who did the work: Cindy Dzurita of CD Interiors, Manalapan, and FlowerBox Wall Gardens, Hoboken
How long it took:The project is ongoing
What they spent: An estimated $500,000, including the gut renovation five years ago and more recent updates such as the wall garden.
Where they splurged?" There's really no expense spared on anything we do there," said Dzurita.
What they'd have done differently: Nothing.