Monday, August 12

History, Design, Architecture and Great Style all come together for the 2013 Hearst Designer Visions Showhouse debuting this Fall in New York City!

Hot Off The Press--
Interior Design News:
The seventh annual Hearst Designer Visions showhouse has just been announced, and this year the 2013 showhouse will take place at the historic Walker Tower in Chelsea, NYC!
photograph courtesy of Walker Tower
Hearst Magazines is showcasing the event in collaboration with presenting sponsors Property Markets Group, JDS Development Group, and Benjamin Moore and premier sponsor California Closets.
Walker Tower: JDS Development Group’s and Property Markets Group’s
and is their newest landmark residential property located at 212 West 18th Street

Opening with a gala celebration this annual event which showcases exquisite design will debut this Fall season at New York’s Walker Tower in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Three of Hearst’s magazines, ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, and VERANDA have partnered again with top designers who will create three fully designed apartments. 

The three designers:
Alessandra Branca for ELLE DÉCOR
Jamie Drake for House Beautiful
Carlos Aparicio for VERANDA
will each put forward the magazine’s unique
point of view when creating these spaces. 

a little something about each designers…
Alessandra Branca for ELLE DÉCOR
 Italian-born Branca divides her time between New York, Rome, Harbour Island and Chicago, where she founded her design firm, Branca, in 1981.
Branca believes classical beauty should be a part of our every day life, but not in a serious environment, but, rather, in an environment graced with comfort, elegance and humor.  She brings old world sensibilities with a chic, practical and vibrant energy to her work. Celebrated for her style and exceptional use of color, Branca's first fabric collection will debut this September, as well as a collection of home and fashion accessories at Bergdorf Goodman.
Jamie Drake for House Beautiful
Drake of Drake Design Associates creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments, and has designed spaces for numerous celebrity clients and notables, including multiple projects for longtime client, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Drake has a wonderful sense of color and unique, honed eye for detail in both traditional and modern styles. Additionally, he has deep roots and involvement in the design community and philanthropic organizations. 
Carlos Aparicio for VERANDA
Aparicio of Aparicio + Associates, a full-service architectural firm focuses on elegant residential and commercial projects. Born in Cuba, Aparicio has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University. He is also owner of Gallery BAC, offering a curated selection of 20th century European antiques for a discerning clientele.
The Designer Visions residences will host a series of exclusive events through the end of the year. Each apartment will be featured editorially in its respective magazine in fall or winter issues at, and
About Walker Tower
Walker Tower is a newly converted luxury condominium building located in the heart of Chelsea at 212 West 18th Street. A joint venture between JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, Walker Tower was originally designed by famed architect Ralph Thomas Walker and completed in 1929. The prestigious 24-story building has been transformed into 47 luxury condominium residences by renowned architecture firm CetraRuddy, with 360-degree Manhattan views. Walker Tower’s comprehensive amenities package includes a 24-hour doorman, concierge, library lounge with pantry and bar, children's playroom, bicycle and stroller storage room, fitness center with yoga room and sauna, and a landscaped common roof deck with dining area, sun lawn, observation area and covered cabana room. 
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With summer coming to a close, and a plethora of design events to participate in this next season, I'm putting this showhouse at the top of my "must see" list!
Happy Nesting XO