I was in NYC last week for the Architectural Digest Home Show (which was crazy crowded on trade/press day).
I stayed at The Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side.
I’ve stayed here before and it’s a lovely small hotel that is very clean, elegant and comfortable. We got upgraded to a small suite which was very nice. The rooms are pretty small (the bathroom is very tiny) so to have the extra space was great.
The views were spectacular, though it was very, very cold outside! Here I am with the iconic interior designer Mary Douglas Drysdale and the future Queer Eye design guru Bobby Berk. Shame it was about 30 degrees out!
I spent Thursday at the Architectural Digest Home Show. Thursday is always press and trade day at the show, which is quite the mad scene. I’m finding that more and more I have little to no tolerance for very crowded spaces, unfortunately. But the exhibitors are varied – from small firms that offer hand made goods to larger companies like Brizo and Smeg.
Co-located with the AD Home Show is the 2015 Dining By Design show which benefits DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids). Unique table vignettes are created by designers from around the country which national sponsors. Money is raised via sponsor fees, public ticket sales and a gala dinner where lucky diners can sit at each gorgeous table display.
Some of my favorite spaces:
Bronson van Wyck and Architectural Digest’s sweet tented space.
Stacy Garcia’s space featured the new line of beautiful wallpapers.
Moen’s space featured beautiful rain shower head light fixtures outfitted with blue LED lights.
A glitz and glam space designed by Noelia Ibanez, sponsored by Fendi Casa and Manhattan Magazine.
Hunt Slonem designed a back-to-back space. For Lee Jofa, sponsored by Kravet.
Spin Ceramics booth designed by Kitty Hawkes.
And the showstopping Marks and Frantz booth, sponsored by New York Design Center.
Some beautiful work for a great cause!
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