WESTWEEK IS HERE ALONG WITH THE MILLION DOLLAR DECORATORS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of PDC
In case you have not heard, there is a new design show hitting the airwaves soon. This celebrated design line up does not need much by way of introduction. They are all familiar LA arbiters of taste and style and each possesses their own type of creative magic. They have been tapped to participate in the newest Bravo "docu-drama" genre design show, Million Dollar Decorator, coming early summer to the buzzy network. Giving a behind the scenes look at the design process, you will have fly - on - the - wall access to shopping with clients and see the hard work that goes into managing a design firm in the city of Angels. The show is sure to be entertaining with this cast of characters. If you are in LA for Westweek, I will be moderating a lively Q and A with Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner, Kathryn M. Ireland, and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. It is sure to be fun so I hope you can be there!
Details:
3:00 pm
Thursday March 24th
Pacific Design Center
Blue Conference Center
Suite B259

HERE ARE THE 2011 KIPS BAY SHOWHOUSE DESIGNERS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of the New York Times
The house the way it looks today at the left, and the way it originally looked in 1924 when built by architect Frederick Sterner, on the right.

Two of this year's designers, Brad Ford and Harry Heissmann

The entrance and the first of four staircases in the house

There is Chinese painted silk on the walls in the dining room Matthew Patrick Smyth is doing

The dressing room was assigned to Cayley Barrett. I love these doors, they are so 60's

With four stories, 16 rooms and 10,000 square feet, this year's Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, being held in a neo-Federalist style town house located at 163 East 63rd Street, is going to be a transformation to behold. The former brick home of New Yorkers Maurice Brill and John Hay Whitney was built in 1919 by Fredrick Sterner. The house seems to have been divided for two families, so their is a vastly different look as you work your way up the floors. Back on track for April, this year the showhouse will begin April 28, 2011 and run until May 26, 2011. I cannot wait to see the amazing work that is generated by this group, where industry veterans and a new, up and coming generation of designers come together.

Here is the incredible designer line up for this year:

Amanda Nisbet Design
Aurelien Gallet
Barbara Ostrom Associates
Bilotta Kitchens of New York
Brad Ford ID Inc.
Campion Platt
Cayley Barrett Associates, Ltd.
Fanuka Inc.
Greener by Design Richard Heller
Gunn Landscapes
Harry Heissmann Inc.
Jamie Herzlinger Interior Design
Jeff Lincoln, Inc.
Celerie Kemble for Kemble Interiors
Mary McDonald Interiors
Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc.
Richard Mishaan Design
Robert Stilin LLC

Congratulations all!