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Through my travels as a designer, I have always had a love for mirrors. Some are so unique and brilliant I wish I could collect them all. I have always been in awe of what mirrors bring to a room. Sometimes a gorgeous mirror is exactly what your wall needs. Other times it can be a wall of mirrors, there I go with the clustering again:) It creates that focal point, that pop. From art deco to venetian, or wrought iron to blue glass, there are so may beautiful ones to choose from. Just take a look at a few…









Tyler in the Patterson Flynn & Martain Showroom after selecting shag carpet.

Tyler in the Patterson Flynn & Martain Showroom after selecting shag carpet.

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Tyler in the Patterson Flynn & Martain Showroom .

 At the end of the day, Tyler in the Osborne & Little showroom

At the end of the day, Tyler in the Osborne & Little showroom

Wow, what a great idea. One of my oldest and dearest clients told me this past Christmas that they were giving their nine year old daughter a day with me to design her room as her holiday gift. We each waited a very long time until she had a day off from school. Finally yesterday was the day. She was dropped off at 10:00AM by her Mom in the D&D building into my hands. Her parents decided to take a former work out-room and redesign it for Tyler. The bathroom will now connect into her bedroom. We shopped for bathroom floor tile, wallpaper for her room, silky shag carpeting, tons of beautiful fabrics for her windows and pillows and furniture. I will be posting finished photos of this very grown up young lady’s room when it all comes together. After taking a break for lunch at Bloomies we ran around some more for bedding.. I can’t believe what a great client I had yesterday (she might be my best ever) Tyler is mature way beyond her years and SO decisive..I think I had as much fun as she did!















One of my favorite places to visit while in Manhattan is the Flatiron district. Especially since today really felt like spring, it was such a treat to stroll in this fantastic area. The architecture of the buildings in the Gramercy area are breathtaking. An adorable little place I run into whenever I am in the neighborhood is called “Fish’s Eddie”. It has amazingly unique household (mainly kitchen) items, I always manage snag something fabulous. So next time you are in the mood to experience a little flatiron energy, take a stroll down 5th Avenue downtown toward the 20’s and pop into the one and only Fish’s Eddie.







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One of my favorite things to do when I am lucky enough to get down to Miami is to visit the Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour Miami, Florida. I live in cold gray dreary New York in the winter. Just getting off the plane into the sun changes everything. Bal Harbour is rich in every sense of the word. For me it is rich in inspiration. Just when I think this winter is never going to end, there is color, beauty and shopping, shopping, shopping. I love looking into almost very shop. The Bal Harbour Shops are so bright and beautiful . Only the best lighting, flooring, and fixtures are used. I have always gotten great inspiration from fashion. Spring 2013 here we come!!!!






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When I start a new project one of the first things I do is always take photographs of the “before” job site. The space the exact way it looks when I first see it. Before all the ideas start to form, while I am listening to my clients needs and wants and dreams, before the budgets and kids and dogs are all discussed   This is the raw space, the space that I will try my best to transform into a wonderful reality. A place where my clients will wake up everyday and hopefully have a smile on their face, because that is what it is all about for me. Here are some of my favorite “before and after” photos. Please give me some feedback, I would love to hear your thoughts!   ENJOY!!!


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That’s all for now, more to come soon!!!






One of our favorite clients just moved from one apartment on the Upper West Side to a new apartment in the same area.  The Dorilton, wow what a building! It was built in 1902, restored in 1998, and the Beaux-Art style stands out in comparison to the minimalist style of later architecture.  In a Manhattan increasingly characterized by faceless skyscrapers, the Dorilton really makes a statement. The detail and durability of the materials used are exquisite.


The interior of the building is just as extravagant as the exterior. The foyer holds angelic cherubs surrounded by carefully constructed framework that reads more like art. Upon turning the corner, you’re met with a unique railing that speaks to the structure’s French history. There was no holding back when it came to detailing the interior, and it makes an impression.

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The interior space has stained glass windows, very intricate crown moulding and heavy doors that are all solid wood. The interior wood floors are the finest walnut in a herringbone pattern. Once again, it is ALL IN THE DETAILS!!!! Now starts the fun part, making this new apartment feel like a warm and cozy home to our clients and their three children.




As I was preparing my own home this New Year’s Eve for a small party, I knew I had to share my thoughts on lighting. Lighting an interior space might be the most important aspect of all.

I was having a small get together, I wanted to give my place an intimate , comfortable, and inviting feeling.. First I dimmed ALL the lights on the first floor of my house. Next I placed strategic up-lights in dark corners. Then, I lit my two fireplaces and crowned the space with candles. I had large sterling silver candelabras placed on the bar area. Then placed other candles ALL over the place. Large glassed inclosed candles, small water lights, and soft scented candles. Aside from always using my best china , silverware, and trying to make my food presentation beautiful, the lighting made all the difference . My space GLOWED.. Everything came to life. People also look better in soft glowing lights …

One of the biggest mistakes my clients make is to install recessed lights in a living room. I usually advise my clients to close them up.. Lights need to be AMBIENT. The light in a living room should be from table lamps,standing lamps or a soft light from a chandelier . The feeling at my house (I was told) was luxurious, cozy warm and inviting. We had a great time with all our close friends, and neighbors . My primary goal was to make  them feel special, I think that was  accomplished.. and that fact made me feel great !     Happy 2013!!! xoxo


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Whether you have noticed it or not, brass and gold have begun showing up within the design world once again. It is the “jewelry” of choice for interiors. It has been within the past few years that it has really become a must-have for some spaces. Gold and brass have been making their appearance as accents, furniture, hardware, lighting, and more. Kitchens and bathrooms are a great place to start when adding this metal into your home. For example, in an all white kitchen with gray finishes, having touches of gold or brass can really warm up this otherwise cool space, while adding interest and contrast. It can be displayed in the hardware on the cabinetry, or even in the hardware such as the faucet. When adding these metals it is wise to not to go overboard, since with any other trend, it goes in and out of style. That is why it makes it so important for the metals to make sense in the space and be carefully selected. If you are worried that the use of gold and brass is too traditional, think again! Designers are using these finishes with sleeker styles of fixtures to give the piece a more contemporary feel. Here are some examples of some spaces displaying the gold and brass metals. I love this new, cool look..Enjoy!

Hello, all! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find beautiful and interesting home decor inspirations. I’m so happy to be visiting with you at New York Interior Design to share a guest post about winter dÈcor inspiration. I’ve chosen what I think is one of the loveliest of color palettesógorgeous stormy blues.

I’ve pulled together eight rooms that show how appealing moody hues can be, for both background colors and accents. As seen in the storms that inspired them, these palettes are created by a lovely†mix of blues, with green, gray and even purple undertones. Please enjoy!

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From pale blue gray to dark and mysterious navy, this living room is filled with stormy hues like clouds moving in from the ocean or rolling up over the mountains.

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This eclectic space is one of my favorite stormy looks. I adore the wall art above the fireplace and the dramatic architectural detailing at the ceiling.

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With red accents, this lovely home office is enveloped in a moody blue. The large painting adds a literal stormy element to the design

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Shades of watery blue are dramatic in an intimate sitting area. I love the textures on the velvet loveseat and the contrast of a brilliantly-hued Chanel poster.

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What a lovely mix of color we see in this space. Once again artwork is the focal point and literally interprets the stormy theme.

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A muted stormy palette is stunning in this inviting beach house living space. In the soft glow from the contemporary pendant light, it’s a lovely mix of colors.

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A single stormy shade of blue works beautifully in one of the Bellinter House bathrooms. The glossy dark wood flooring offers a lovely contrast.

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A moody tall watery blue tufted headboard looks stunning against a wall painted in a much paler blue hue.†Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these stormy blue spaces? Leave your comments below and be sure to visit our website for more home decor, lighting, and inspirational interiors!

It is amazing what you can discover when you have the time to walk around New York City and really pay attention to what is around you. I had the luxury just the other day to wander around looking for inspiration for a wrought iron railing for a stairwell that we are designing in one of our client’s homes. While I was walking up and down the streets I couldn’t help but notice all of the beautiful metal grid work that was created on the buildings. Some of the work was very simple straight lines, while others were very ornate and contained gold and brass metals as well as the wrought iron itself. It is incredible how this architectural detail can add so much character and interest to its surroundings. Next time you are in the city and have some free time, I highly recommend taking a moment to really admire the beautiful architecture and other details that this city has to offer. Here are some of my favorite examples..

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