February 5, 2014

Media Rooms

This blog is the first of a series of blogs to come, that focus on media rooms.

In the 21st century, technology has become an integral part of modern day life. As we move forward in this era of technology, it seems that the media room is increasingly becoming an essential part of the home. As a result, many of my clients have transformed their dens, basements, and lower-level rooms into highly sophisticated home offices, media rooms, and man caves. To fully execute our clients’ visions for these rooms, we begin by gathering all of the desired features our client would like for the space. The rooms are typically an office space with the latest technology as far as computer screens, television screens, and extensive sound systems. We successfully accommodate our clients by familiarizing ourselves with the best and most advanced technology available, we then incorporate these technological appliances into a design that is functional and comfortable.

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For sound systems we have found that while some clients prefer a sono system, others request a completed sound system mounted on racks in closets. As far as lighting goes, we firmly believe the lighting installation requires extensive care and attention. When lighting the room, we consider all the different needs for lights, from desk lighting, and task lighting, to mood lighting for optimum relaxation. When it comes to controlling the lighting, television, and sound among other technological appliances, we recommend the Lutron RadioRA 2 system. This system effectively brings together all of the facets of a media room.

Media Room Inspiration, photo by
Media Room Inspiration, photo by

In case you are unfamiliar with the Lutron RadioRA 2 System, the website offers this description, “RadioRA 2 is a wireless total home control system. This energy-saving system gives you the ability to adjust the amount of daylight and electric light (using light controls and automated shades) as well as temperature in a single room or throughout your whole home. The system also turns off standby power to small appliances when they’re not in use.”


Sarah A. Blank


Sarah Blank Design Studio is a high-end architectural design firm that specializes in high-end kitchens, butler’s pantries, libraries, and master bedrooms, bath suites.  The firm works predominantly in Fairfield County and Westchester County. Our award winning firm, with 33 years of experience, often works beyond the kitchens and baths of a clients home, and designs the architectural interiors for many of the projects that have been commissioned.