Wednesday, January 30

Designer Visions gala in a gorgeous Tribeca refurbished building - three spectacular apartments shine

Designers and Journalists come out on a rainy evening
To enjoy beautiful interior design 
at the Designer Visions Sixth Annual Gala 
in Tribeca, NYC
Tribeca views
Each year Hearst magazine offers creative, magnificent spaces to inspire the design world.  This year, three gorgeous apartments were designed in the swanky,stylish neighborhood of Tribeca at 250 West Street.  Each residence is sponsored by one of Hearst’ three premiere magazines who then collaborated with acclaimed designers for each project:  ELLE DÉCOR with Matthew Patrick Smyth, House Beautiful with David Rockwell/Rockwell Group and VERANDA with Anthony Todd.  Each residence reflects the magazine’s unique aesthetic and point of view.  And, to top off the project with even more creativity, the residences are being used as the setting for Short Films made in a Hearst partnership with 48 Hour Film Project. 
 hands down my favorite room was Matthew Patrick Smyth's dining room.  During the busy evening, Smyth was gracious to pose for a shot.
Smyth utilized layering of textures and contrast materials to create a cozy, warm space
I love the Morrocan tile wallpaper by Schumacher
some photographs courtesy Elle Decor magazine

Matthew Patrick Smyth’s home for Elle Décor was my favorite.  
His dining room packed a stylish punch.  Smyth is known for his blending of European and American traditions in classic settings.  To me, his style works perfectly with this clean-lined modern space, bringing comfort and style to the apartment, and smart how he brought classic and historic, architectural elements in to give it depth.  I liked the hue of the new Benjamin Moore paint color, "Notre Dame" in the living room, which felt graceful and with a little patina although in a newly refurbished building.  He brought in a 19th Century baroque door behind the bed which added character, and I loved the Hermes wallpaper "Feuillage"  in the study.  

all three designers used interesting tile and cabinetry in their kitchens. I like the oversize tile backsplash in Smyth's kitchen, and it adds a nice contrast to the Poggenpohl cabinetry.

David Rockwell’s home for House Beautiful 
is dramatic and eclectic.  Rockwell is known for his unique spaces, including hotels, Broadway sets and restaurants.   The living room utilizes jewel tone colors against furniture taken from a collection of inherited Dutch and Flemish family heirlooms.
some photographs courtesy House Beautiful magazine
one of my favorite pieces was this dramatic oversized
light fixture in Rockwell's bedroom
I particularly enjoyed his working studio where he visualizes an artist at work, and his stylist talents are highlighted here where he created a rich, detailed space. 

 I liked the contrast backsplash tile in Rockwell's open kitchen, which feels like a modern version of a blue and white patterned Delft pottery.  The tile offsets the free-floating cabinetry and offers contrast.  The open, communal space is refereshing and was perfect for this large party gathering

Anthony Todd’s home for Veranda
is edgy and reflects a downtown artistic vibe. Todd is known for creating sophisticated interiors, and in this expansive space he is imaginative, pushing the envelope at times with the unique art collection.  He envisions a well travelled, sophisticated couple inhabiting the home, a place they curate and not "overly decorate" but put together organically through their travels and love of art.   Paintings by Parisian artist Thomas Fougeirol. 
 I was inspired by the large pieces of fascinating art throughout the home
photograph courtesy Veranda magazine
The Heart Designer Visions will host a variety of events until February 26 at the space, as well as an online auction through Charity Buzz, with proceeds benefitting the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. To bid on Designer Visions-inspired items and experiences, please visit  For the first time the public will be able to purchase furniture, lighting and home accessories found in or inspired by the apartments through online marketplace Dering Hall, whose exclusive storefront at:  In addition, a virtual tour and behind-the-scenes video is being made, as well as feature interviews with the editors and designers, sponsor information, and resources available online at and
 Raina Kattelson @stylistslife and Carrie Leskowtiz @Cleskowitz 

IFDA NY Chapter members, Wendy Silverstein and Suzanne Sokolov,
 came out for the festivities
 a similar thread throughout all three homes:   
lots of contrasting, rich fabrics, an impeccable attention to detail but offset with clean lines, good mixes of cool and warm colors in all three interiors.  Use of rich fabrics (particularly liked the flannel and wool), textured materials in the kitchens and lots of beautiful, unique art
The residential building is a refurbished 1906 Neo-Italianate building at 250 West Street
located in the heart of Tribeca’s landmark district.   El Ad Group is refurbishing and offering106 spacious condominium residences with architect Gal Nauer Architects. 
30 unique layouts from open lofts to four plus bedroom homes, and with many amenities and sweeping views throughout. El Ad is showcasing the event in collaboration with presenting sponsors Benjamin Moore and Jenn-Air and premiere sponsors Ann Sacks, California Closets and Littman Brands (Corbett Lighting, Hudson Valley, and Troy Lighting).

Happy Nesting XO