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Getting to Know SoHo

SoHo comprises the area south of Houston Street, west of Lafayette Street, north of Canal Street, and to the east of either theHuson River, Sixth Avenue, or West Broadway, depending on who you ask. While distinct, it shares many characteristics with its downtown neighbors: Greenwich Village to the north, Tribeca to the south and west, and Nolita to the east. An attraction in its own right, SoHo is in many ways the Midtown of Downtown, with packed streets, high-end shopping, and expensive real estate. Much of the area is now a historic district to preserve its unique character, but that hasnít stopped it from continually ranking as one of New York Cityís trendiest neighborhoods in the minds of locals and visitors alike.

SoHo is often thought of as the poster neighborhood for urban regeneration. Originally a manufacturing area for much of the early-to-mid 20th century, SoHo became a haven for artists looking for inexpensive lofts to rent as limited residential space in the city made housing unaffordable. Saved through strong community activism from being torn down to create a highway across Lower Manhattan, it has since transformed and is now appreciated for its wealth of cast iron architecture on a scale found in few other places in the world.

To see what SoHo has become -- no longer the neighborhood of sweatshops, but instead a shopping mecca -- is essentially a study in contradictions. Some of New York Cityís richer residents pay top dollar to live in cast iron penthouses, while attempts to keep the artistic presence of the area intact have lead to what are essentially artist quotas in residential buildings. Formerly desolate streets are now crowded with visitors seeking the quintessential city experience. Perhaps it is these layers of society that keep people coming back, or maybe itís the architecture. Either way, SoHo will continue to be fashionable for years to come, bringing with it new residents who wish to keep the city one step ahead.

Lofty Ambitions: Creating the Perfect Loft Space

For interior designers, when a potential client informs them just how much they like their style, and that they would like to incorporate it into their own home, it's like winning the interior design lottery. This dream situation happened to me, an Atlanta-based interior designer; in January 2009 a young couple answered an ad I placed on their building's hallway message board in regard to vintage furniture I was selling. The couple, Jeremy and Amanda, own and operate a hauling company located about 90 minutes outside of Atlanta.

Due to their hectic, loud and physically exhausting work weeks, they decided to turn two small lofts in an ultra-modern, glass-and-concrete high-rise into one large, open and airy two-story loft where they could escape on weekends. In addition to their own rest and relaxation needs, the loft, located in an urban area known as Midtown, was also intended as event space, whether for TV and/or music video shoots, or for parties and celebrations in need of an urban, contemporary setting with a penthouse-like feel.

After meeting the couple for the first time in my previous loft, as I was selling furniture to make room for new pieces in my recently purchased house, we instantly hit it off. As Jeremy looked around, he quickly inquired as to what things in the loft were available for purchase, from sofas and coffee tables to area rugs and art. Eager to pare back my overabundance of sleek, modern, chrome pieces to make room for more Danish modern decor in my new house, I quickly made a list of everything Jeremy and Amanda wanted, then got to pricing it all out. Before I could even come to a number, the couple asked me to also bid on designing their newly renovated loft, not only with items from my old loft, but with new, custom pieces as well.