Thursday, October 24, 2013

IFDA NY member, Jamie Drake brings Hollywood glamour to the 7th Annual Designer Visions Showhouse

the 7th annual 
Designer Visions Showhouse 
with views from
Jamie Drake's project for 
for House Beautiful magazine.
written and photographed by Tamara Matthews-Stephenson
IFDA NY Chapter member, Jamie Drake has been a great support to the IFDA NY Chapter over the years, and we continue to be his fan.  We are lucky to have gotten a sneak preview of Drake's designs at the 
Designer Visions Showhouse where he brings his sophisticated sense of color and combining for House Beautiful magazine in this lovely, historic Art Deco building, Walker Tower in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.  The home is a homage to color, Art Deco sensibilities, and yet it feels fresh and new.  These pink colored walls are pure perfection, and Benjamin Moore's paint sets the tone for an elegant, sophisticated interior.  
Jamie Drake’s muse for the design is a “Client” who works at a major fashion magazine.  She is edgy, elegant and exudes a timeless sensibility.  She is the granddaughter of the entertainer, Josephine Baker, and loves to entertain at home with her daughter.  
paint sources: throughout apartment walls and trims painted by Jonathan Kutzin of America Painting. The trim & ceilings throughout painted in Opal Aura: Semi-Gloss & Flat, and unstained doors Teal in Semi-Gloss;  living room walls Salmon Peach from Color Preview Collection by Benjamin Moore Paint.
House Beautiful is known for profiling designers with a great sense of color, and it is no surprise they invited Drake and his team to design this apartment.
sources: Paramount Sofa in Onyx Fabric by Glant with Metallic Cord with Tape in Antique Gold Trim from Samuel & Sons by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman.  Pillows (on Sofa) Covered in Couture Atelier Metallique N 13 in Noir D’Or Fabric by Glant with Fine Metallic Twist in Braun Gold Trim by Samuel & Sons, Barbados in Garden Multi Fabric from Donghia, and New Silk Twill in Sea Coral Fabric from Jim Thompson by Arabelle Taggart
Nenuphar Table Black Patinated Bronze Hubert le Gall 21st21st
period chairs in the dining room set the tone
sources: Antique Deco Chairs Covered Fadini Borghi’s Palmarola Anice, Pierre Frey
Round Henry Dining Table w/Andes Granite Top, Bronze Base Egg Collective 
  We have an even deeper respect for Drake after taking note that he allows his design team to shine, giving them creative license and crediting them for their work.  
 The apartment boasts incredible views. the above light fixture on of Drake's designs

While on the topic of supporting designers, 
we hope you will attend our IFDA NY chapter annual 
Rising Stars of Design event, 
which will be in the stellar Christopher Guy showroom in New York City in November.  
Details here soon, 
but please mark your calendar for
November 19!
Congratulations to Jamie and his team! 


  1. Great post and terrific blog! I have just been appointed VP of Communications for the Florida Chapter. I am going to be writing posts for our blog on our website. While I have been a blogger for 3 years with my own blog , this is the first time I will be writing for an organization. I see you write mostly about the events your chapter holds or attends which is great. I was wondering what you might think about also including topics on our industry that would encourage discussion. That way we could start a dialogue among our members, Also do your chapter members get emails when you publish a new post? I guess what I am asking for your input. Should a chapter blog mainly be a way to share about events or a place to share information and experiences, offer support and bring up topics of mutual interest for discussion?
    Any help you can give me would be fantastic. Feel free to email me at
    Thanks so much, Marsha Koch

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