When Paul Davis opens the door to the inviting abode he shares with his partner, Julio Hernandez, any trace of apartment envy quickly dissolves into utter admiration. Think cool, yet romantic; think collected, yet relaxed; think a soothing study in color and flow. It’s a place you’d want to come home to every night, and also one you might not ever want to leave. With fine bones, exquisite proportions, a working fireplace, and large casement windows, Davis and Hernandez’s Greenwich Village pad could very well be the dream apartment.
Twenty four top designers showcased their talents in the classic English regency manor house that is the second Home Is Where the Heart Is Designer Showhouse. NYC&G is proud to be a media sponsor of this great event which benefits the American Heart Association. Tyler Wisler from HGTV's Design Star served as the Honorary Showcase Chair. Kim Radovich, principal designer and president of Kim E. Courtney Interiors Inc., served as Design Chair
As virtually every New Yorker knows, Brooklyn is “it” right now. Filled with young families, artsy up-and-comers, spry octogenarians, and scenesters aching for a break from Manhattan’s madcap pace, the city’s coolest borough couldn’t dream of a more varied and fiercely loyal populace. Parts of it have become especially popular with Europeans, notably the French, who are attracted by its well-preserved townhouses and tree-lined streets.
International travelers with a growing, eclectic art collection, charged Designer Mark Epstein with creating a worldly environment that was also family-friendly.
The frenzied pace of development in New York City’s hottest borough has made untouched Brooklyn brownstones scarce. An up-and-coming decorator and her adventurous clients rev up a late-19th-century Brooklyn brownstone. In 2010, Benjamin and Jennifer Whitfield, émigrés from Manhattan, found just such a house in Carroll Gardens.
When the 600-square-foot studio next to Ronnie Nagler’s spacious two-bedroom apartment in the Phoenix went on the market in 2010, she and her husband, Stewart, bought it, then turned the entire space into a master suite—with an extra-long bed.
When Frances Katzen and her husband purchased a three-bedroom Central Park West apartment last spring, she kept things in the family and hired her brother Mark Zeff, a Manhattan-based interior and furniture designer, to take on the decor, furnishings, and reconfiguration of the floor plan.
One57, the 90-story residential tower that the Extell Development Company was recently erected across the street from Carnegie Hall, left little to chance, the recruitment of top New York designer Jamie Drake to create the building’s luxurious model apartment came from an unscheduled meeting in the lobby.
For the always-on-the-go photographer Stephane Kossmann, the Seventh Arrondissement’s surprising serenity is a welcome retreat
Bernt Heiberg and Bill Cummings are partners both in work and in real life, and their getaway in the South of France—a pristine, dollhouse-like residence in the medieval hill town of Haut de Cagnes—is an elegant testament to their relationship. Which might make things sound like the home is a showcase of treasures they’ve acquired together over the years. But it’s more complicated than that.