This year the city of New York will be laying claim to a convening of elite interior designers. These designers have traveled from all over the country in order to showcase their work within a townhouse built by Charles Platt — a famous architect. Platt’s townhouse is 35 feet in width and worth an incredible $26.8 million. While we doubt we’ll ever get to decorate a home like that, the designers at the event were more than willing to share some of their advice for interested parties back home. From Neal Beckstedt and Richard Mishaan all the way to Susan Ferrier, we’ve got the advice that you need.
No matter how men might feel they have to realize that they decorate differently. At least, that’s what Neal Beckstedt believes. Neal Beckstedt is both a designer and an architect and he runs his own studio in New York City. Beckstedt is of the mind that men don’t incorporate color as much into their every day interior design work. Beckstedt says, “They think masculine spaces need to be white, black, and gray.” Beckstedt’s advice basically sells itself: men, utilize more color when you are designing your rooms! Timothy Brown had similar advice for male designers, “There are ways of having lighter spaces and keeping the masculine feel.”
Let’s swing over to the parlor room in the gigantic townhouse in order to see what Richard Mishaan of Richard Mishaan Design had to say. Mishaan developed the parlor room within the townhouse and he utilized textiles, layers of fabrics, and several exotic antiques in order to give the room personality. Mishaan believes that you should bring personality to your interior decorations, regardless if you might feel like it doesn’t all match together. You want your room to have personality and Richard Mishaan believes in giving your room the chance to tell a story.
For those paying attention to the interior design world, Richard Mishaan has been a breath of fresh air. Mishaan is a guru of the interior design world thanks to his ability to make a room look and feel sophisticated without surrendering to the cliche and chic options that everyone else is using.