A FASHION FORWARD NEW INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT IN CHELSEA FOR THE NEW FALL SEASON

I love talking about some of my favorite interior design projects.  I just completed a new one in Chelsea, a lovely,  storied NYC neighborhood with a decent amount of newly constructed or adapted modern residences, like this one. What makes this one different from most is that the elevator opens right into the apartment. This fun project for a fantastic client took about a year from start to finish.

This space was conceived for a family with two young children. The only initial directives were to design a welcoming entry with a "wow factor" to set the tone and to transform what was a somewhat boring living / dining room into a cool, colorful, and comfortable space for the whole family and guests to enjoy. 

There are a lot of musicians in this family, the custom wall unit was built to house 5 guitars in addition to a television and bar. In the end, the piano was the only piece left over from the old space. I'm thrilled that this charming musical family is as happy as I am with the outcome of their new open living area! 

The elevator entrance opens to a warm welcome. Lush, textural eggplant hued suede wallcovering was applied to the main entry wall to make the sconces and painting pop. An impossibly soft faux fur covered custom New York Interior Design bench provides the posh perch to take off snow boots or put on a pair of perfect pumps. 

The elevator entrance opens to a warm welcome. Lush, textural eggplant hued suede wallcovering was applied to the main entry wall to make the sconces and painting pop. An impossibly soft faux fur covered custom New York Interior Design bench provides the posh perch to take off snow boots or put on a pair of perfect pumps. 

A custom designed glass tile mosaic at the end of the hallway makes this entry sparkle and feel visually larger.

A custom designed glass tile mosaic at the end of the hallway makes this entry sparkle and feel visually larger.

Everything in this living/dining area was designed with the clients in mind. From the bold floral wallpaper (which inspired the entire space) to soft mohair seating and inviting ombre stripes, color & geometric shapes abound. 

Everything in this living/dining area was designed with the clients in mind. From the bold floral wallpaper (which inspired the entire space) to soft mohair seating and inviting ombre stripes, color & geometric shapes abound. 

With an iridescent pendant chandelier lighting the way with bold pattern and color , dinners will never be boring! 

With an iridescent pendant chandelier lighting the way with bold pattern and color , dinners will never be boring! 

This wall unit was custom built to fit some amazing musical instruments. We included a mirrored bar to house family heirloom glassware and some antiques from travels around the globe. 

This wall unit was custom built to fit some amazing musical instruments. We included a mirrored bar to house family heirloom glassware and some antiques from travels around the globe. 

Precious Heirlooms and favorite drinks sparkle against these glass shelves. Hammered metal pulls add the finishing touch .

Precious Heirlooms and favorite drinks sparkle against these glass shelves. Hammered metal pulls add the finishing touch .

Color, pattern and metal tones are repeated around the room. Different shapes and scale are used to keep the visual momentum going. 

Color, pattern and metal tones are repeated around the room. Different shapes and scale are used to keep the visual momentum going. 

This snake skin and metal vintage glass side table along with fresh crabtree branches add color and texture.  

This snake skin and metal vintage glass side table along with fresh crabtree branches add color and texture.  

There is nothing like fresh Dahlias to bring color and life to a room. These beauties pull in tones from the floral wallpaper.

There is nothing like fresh Dahlias to bring color and life to a room. These beauties pull in tones from the floral wallpaper.

 

 

 

 

THE CHIHULY EXHIBIT

If you haven't had a chance to get to the Chihuly exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden, you should go! We went at dusk, just as the summer light was fading.. What a wonderful and inspirational sight! The Seattle-based artist returns to the Bronx with an explosion of light and color that takes over the garden’s spilling over into its expansive grounds.

Dale Chihuly shows his art in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. There are 20 installations set within NYBG’s landmark landscapes.  

“Many of my forms are inspired by nature,” said Chihuly of the appeal of showing his work in botanical settings. “Putting them into gardens feels right to me. I love the idea that people may ask themselves ‘is it manmade or is it natural?'” 

Photo Credit: Victor Ancelson 

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THE DORILTON

One of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an interior designer is to decorate an apartment in a prewar landmark beauty.  I have just been honored with decorating such a gem. The Dorilton was constructed in 1902 and designed by Janes & Leo, the New York City-based architectural firm of Elisha Harris Janes and Richard Leopold Leo for real estate developer Hamilton M. Weed. It is located on the Upper West Side of NYC. 

The building is noted for its opulent Beaux-Arts style limestone and brick exterior, featuring monumental sculptures, richly balustraded balconies, and a three-story, copper and slate mansard roof. The exterior masonry, decorative terra-cotta work and chimneys and roof were expertly restored in 1998 by the Walter B. Melvin architectural firm.

This is our latest project... I am so excited to share it with you!  Please Enjoy!!! 

All photos of this exceptional exterior and interior are by: Jonathan Beckerman 

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ABSTRACT ART HUNT

 

By admin On April 9, 2015 · Add Comment

Recently, I have been scouring the city for great looking, unique pieces of artwork in the abstract style, for some savvy  clients.  From paintings to wall sculptures, it has been an exciting adventure to see what is currently being exhibited in the art market today. One of the most popular areas of Manhattan for art is the Chelsea neighborhood, recognized for its plethora of art galleries, constantly updated exhibitions, and the variety of up and coming artists. Another fantastic destination for art is the 10th floor of the NYDC (www.nydc.com). There is always a new exciting art exhibition promoting exceptional artists. Take a look at some of the pieces I loved at the various galleries below:

STEVEN W. MILLER

Private Art Gallery | New York, NY | By Appointment Only

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KATHI ROBINSON FRANK

1stDibs at New York Design Center • 10th Floor

200 Lexington Avenue | New York, NY 10001

                                                                                                    "Transition"                                                                           Mixed media on canvas 72" x 56" (on hold)

                                                                                                    "Transition"

                                                                         Mixed media on canvas 72" x 56" (on hold)

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ANDREW ZIMMERMAN

March 12-April 11, 2015

Sears-Peyton Gallery 

210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 802 | New York, NY 10001

                                                                                                      Rescue Green,  2015                                                                                                               ZIM344                                                                         wood panel with urethane paint, 42 1/2 x 26 inches

 

                                                                                                  Rescue Green, 2015

                                                                                                             ZIM344

                                                                       wood panel with urethane paint, 42 1/2 x 26 inches

Light Lemon , 2015 ZIM345  wood panel with urethane paint, 46 x 36 1/2 inches

Light Lemon, 2015
ZIM345

wood panel with urethane paint, 46 x 36 1/2 inches

A13 Atlantik Blau MET , 2014 ZIM327  wood panel with urethane paint, 46.5 x 35 x 1 3/4 inches

A13 Atlantik Blau MET, 2014
ZIM327

wood panel with urethane paint, 46.5 x 35 x 1 3/4 inches

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AMBER COWAN

"Chroma Revival"

Heller Gallery

303 10th Avenue | New York, NY 10001

GRAY 80   2014 Flameworked American pressed glass/steel/mixed media 68 x 24 x 5 in.

GRAY 80

2014
Flameworked American pressed glass/steel/mixed media
68 x 24 x 5 in.

SKY BLUE, COBALT AND SLAG (DETAIL)   2014 Flameworked American pressed glass/steel/mixed media 34 x 39 x 9 in.

SKY BLUE, COBALT AND SLAG (DETAIL)

2014
Flameworked American pressed glass/steel/mixed media
34 x 39 x 9 in.

SKY, MILK AND METAL   2014 flameworked American pressed glass/mixed media 32 x 9 x 7 1/2 in.

SKY, MILK AND METAL

2014
flameworked American pressed glass/mixed media
32 x 9 x 7 1/2 in.

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ANNI KOCH-KNUDSEN

Agora Gallery

530 West 25th Street | New York, NY 10001