Look!: Mark's High-Style DIY

Look!: Mark's High-Style DIY

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 21, 2006

This just in from Mark: "Your website has inspired me to take a few random snapshots of my NYC apartment. I live in a 700 square foot rental in the Financial District. Currently, I'm a "frustrated decorator" that works in advertising. My inspiration has always been the work of "high-style" designers like Billy Baldwin, William Haines, et. al...."

"I'm also often inspired by movie sets, such as the fictitious James Whale home in "Gods and Monsters." As you can see, I'm all about EXCESS with a touch of Chinoiserie!

I love finding great deals on vintage furniture from designers such as Florence Knoll (credenza), Karl Springer (lamp table), Edward Wormley (sofa), Paul Evans (dining table) and Tommi Parzinger (lamps).

The accent fabric I found is by LouLou DK—it reminds me of the burl wood veneer on my Paul Evans "Cityscape" dining table and repeats the "patchwork" theme throughout my space. The rug was purchased from Bloomingdale's rug department (great sales 2x a year) and the chandelier is vintage Murano—which I found in a box at the Chelsea Fleamarket for only $250 (the dealer obviously didn't know what he had)! The chairs and cocktails tables are custom made by Mark Naylon at Modern Living Supplies in Chinatown.

The large photograph above my sofa was taken by my friend, Sasha Eisenman, and shows the aftermath chaos of a birthday party he attended in London. I like the exuberance of this photo and how it "spills" into my room—giving my living room a defined scale and making the rest of my furnishings seem less "precious!"

In terms of tips, I've found that Loré Decorators, in Harlem, are the BEST at making draperies, skirted tables, accent pillows, etc. Loré is the best bargain in NYC!"

Cheers, Mark

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