Designing A Dynasty

Mickey Conlon and John Lyle celebrate

The Season 7 premiere of Selling New York airs today at 11:00am EST and features my favorite NYC designer and dear friend, John Lyle. I’m proud to say that I helped the team and participated in this major project by shining a chair, but that’s as far as my decorating skills took me. Invited to witness the work in progress, I watched the John Lyle Design team and their dedicated colleagues transform a posh but tired midtown apartment into a vibrant, happy home–the place literally sprung to life. I hope you’ll tune in today or at least catch the replay, which I’ll add a later date. There’s really nothing quite like  a makeover, especially one created by so many talented hands.    

Riley: What can we expect on the show today?  

JLD: The usual Selling New York format, but this time with a diva . . . and Joan Collins.

Riley: How did you feel when HGTV approached you?

JLD: Thrilled. This will be my third gig on HGTV.

Riley: What was the most stressful aspect of this event?

JLD: Pleasing the other diva.

Riley: …the most fun?

JLD: I think that will happen later today. And the party was pretty swell. Really the absolute best part was meeting Mickey and Tom.

Riley: Were there any pieces you chose for the apartment that were very personal to you?

JLD: The items from my collection that I staged with were personal to me. The players who helped pull it all together are very personal to me. I am so thankful for their help and generosity.

Riley: Who were some of the other artists featured in the remodeled apartment?

JLD: My sidekick, the talented Michael Stromar worked magic all over the apartment and made curtains. Farrow and Ball donated paint and paper. Rio Hamilton from Niedermaier loaned key upholstered items. Leah from The Antique Center loaned some fabulous antiques. Ronnie Sconto from Illume New York loaned hot lampshades. The lovely Connie Lee (formerly) from Doris Lelslie Blau loaned the most exquisite carpets. My talented artist friends Gary Moran and Jae Yoon Kim loaned their great paintings. And Jawed Farooqi of ROOQ Fine Art & Custom Framing for all of the amazing frames.


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