ICS Magazine

Schmutz that dirties everything it touches makes white home interiors a true luxury in New York

July 15, 2009

NEW YORK – Jayne Michaels, an interior designer who lives on East 57th Street in Manhattan, throws open her windows every chance she gets. "I need light and air in my life," said Michaels, who favors gauzy fabrics in pale colors.

But breezes carry dirt, especially in New York, so once every six months Michaels pays about $400 to have her sofas, chairs, chaises and rugs shampooed.

It's another price of living in New York: Call it the dirt tax.