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Matthew Patrick Smyth's Moorish inspired dining room for Elle Decor

Matthew Patrick Smyth’s Moorish inspired dining room for Elle Decor

Just back from a private tour of the Hearst Design Group’s Designer Visions Show House (250 West Street), and I’m feeling invigorated by the fabulousness of it all! In their refreshing take on the show-house tradition, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Veranda Magazine present three distinct points of view, integrating all in a terrific Tribeca waterfront warehouse setting:

Elle Decor had the super stylish Matthew Patrick Smyth design their space—a “modern day Grand Tour…for a globe trotting gay male couple who would prefer to be in Bali…” Overtly telling a gay story line? Well done! I’m photographed (top) in Smyth’s rather fabulous dining room, which has us nostalgic for our recent Moroccan expedition. Smyth’s use of Schumacher’s Byzantine collection is highly effective in this challenging space. I’ve been wanting to use this wallpaper myself, and I have to say I’m quite inspired to do so now!

Veranda had their space decorated by Antony Todd in his signature take on global chic—a marvelous mix of styles and periods…fresh and relaxed, with just the right amount of drama.

Antony Todd's sitting room for Veranda

Antony Todd’s sitting room for Veranda

House Beautiful’s apartment by David Rockwell was designed as an “…urban abode” for a pair of global nomads—filled with warm rich textures, the space represents the meshing of diverse cultural backgrounds. More on this in our next post!

I’m photographed (top) in Matthew Patrick Smyth’s Moorish inspired Elle Decor dining room, sporting a Gucci bottle green leather jacket, gray, blue and green check wool pant and navy slip on loafers, Tom Ford pale blue cotton shirt with contrast white collar and charcoal wool knit tie, pearl and pale blue sapphire cufflinks, vintage Rolex watch, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle and my fragrance is Creed Royal-Oud.


  1. CJ Dellatore says:

    Excellent post James, as always! I especially liked MPS’s built in banquettes in the LR. FAB.

  2. love the unexpected color of your jacket.

  3. Dean says:


    So refreshing to see you (slightly) smiling- and that you had the AUDACITY to feature the work of other NYC designers on your blog!!! That impresses me more than anything- it shows how much you’ve evolved, if I do say so myself. The cream always rises, and you are the creamiest!


  4. James Andrew says:

    Hello CJ Dellatore,

    MPS ‘s room was sublime!

    I so enjoyed your recent post – 6 reasons not to start ( or continue ) writing a blog.

    Would love to chat sometime!

    Cheers and Many Thanks,


  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear D. Scott Tjaden,

    Isn’t that bottle green color just sublime!

    Thank You!


  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    There is so much we can learn and share from our fellow designers.

    We all have our very own unique point of view , so I am never concerned with competition.

    Cheers and Many Thanks for your support!



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