It's hard to be excited about the publication of my book Creativity at Work today when some people don't have homes or electricity right now. But I just saw a photo of my publisher powerHouse Books. Their combined book store and offices in Dumbo, Brooklyn sustained extensive flood damage. Maybe the best way to help them them and others affected is to resume our daily activities and get back to business.
I also want to thank Preston from Keep it Chic for her interview with me. I worry that she had to flee her home that was in the path of tidal flooding. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Many of you also received an invitation to a private book party at Flair Home on Thursday, November 1st. I haven't been in contact with them yet but the lack of electricity and public transportation leads me to believe that the event will probably have to be rescheduled. I will keep you posted.
Thank you again to everyone who checked in with me and remember that you can help residents affected by the hurricane by donating to the Red Cross.
Thank you to everyone who checked in with me yesterday and this morning. I live on the Upper East Side and did not lose power or experience flooding. The wind was intense though and the tree on my street was not so lucky. There were some rumors that all of New York lost power. ConEd preemptively shut off the power to most of lower Manhattan and areas in flood Zone A to prevent transformer explosions and electrical fires. The storm surge has flooded many areas and the clean up is going to take days. If you would like to assist with the relief efforts, you can make a much needed donation to the Red Cross.
Getting down to Tribeca from the Upper East Side is always a struggle. None more so than on Friday when there were no taxis on the road due to a Muslim holiday and no downtown 6 subway trains due to an investigation. But the Hearst Designer Visions show house was worth the travel effort. It's always one of my favorite show houses and this year instead of being inspired by a movie, the apartments located in 250 West Street served as sets for the 48 Hour Film Project. The designers involved include Antony Todd for Veranda who I'm featuring first in this post, Matthew Patrick Smythe for Elle Decor, and David Rockwell for House Beautiful. You may have already seen David's design in the November 2012 issue of House Beautiful on stands now. The others will be published soon.
The most amazing part of these spaces are the "muses" that are created to inspire each space. Hearst starts the story off but works in conjunction with each designer so that each space is designed for a very specific "client".
The Veranda apartment designed by Antony Todd is "the only family residence, with the family having recently relocated from the Upper East Side to Tribeca. The high school aged son loves to hang out in his new neighborhood, which his friends think is much cooler than uptown. His mother works in finance and secures funding for luxury brands. She has taken over the master bedroom closet with her collection of Badgley Mischka, one of her top clients. Her loving husband, who is in marketing, keeps his clothes in another closet elsewhere in the apartment."
The closet which is sometimes dead space in a show house was personally styled by Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka. Talk about chic!
Antony Todd said as soon as he saw the apartment he thought "downtown loft". It's filled with new pieces he designed and vintage treasures from his shop on East 11th Street. Once I post the other two apartments, you'll be surprised how they each chose a similar color palette of grey tones punctuated by a pop of color. In Antony's case, it was fuchsia and raspberry. The darker walls are Night Shade by Benjamin Moore.
Since we're about to be hunkered down at home for the next two days, I'm glad I was able to get out and about recently. I saw a lot of great decorations and preparations for Halloween as well as beautiful changing leaves. Hope they don't get ruined by hurricane Sandy and you all stay safe and sound.
I also want to thank everyone who came out to my book signing for Creativity at Work at Archivia Books today. We actually almost sold out of the books which was amazing for the day before a hurricane. If you couldn't make it and want a signed copy, you can call Archivia Books to order one. I will walk over and personally inscribe it for you.