NYSD House

Do you click around NYSD House archives and drool on your keyboard?  I do.

Lisa Jackson’s portrait by Francesco Clemente is my favorite piece in her home.   

I also enjoy the art deco chandelier in her dark and mysterious dining room.  Recall seeing this in May 2006 Elle Decor?  I do.

The stacks and stacks of books… I can relate to this look.  I believe that there is no such thing as too many books.  (Mom, that house full is an exception.)

The intrigue behind NYSD is the raw and real-lifeness of the photos.  Minimal styling.  Weights weren’t moved from under the bench, and that delights me.  I like seeing how people really live… Selbyish

I even like seeing that window unit in the kitchen.  Not yet convinced on the ceiling fan with the light kit, but I might come around on that one.

The daughters room is real and pretty.  Don’t you wonder just how old this room’s little occupant is?

photography by Jeffrey Hirsch


  1. Yes, I’m drooling! Especially over the tile floors in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing your finds!

  2. the window unit is unfortunate…but I’ll give it a pass because if I had to choose between one of those or no air, I’d gladly put one in every window in my house. the light kit I’m afraid, is just not okay.

    love the rest of the house…it’s nice to see other people have way too many books too.

  3. I love the cozy feel of the stacks of books in the bedroom! Makes me feel better about my stacks of books in MY bedroom. Almost like they speak of STYLE rather than the chaos that they actually represent :)

  4. Andrea Naville says:

    Hi Erika! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and had a quick question for you… I’m searching for cabinet hardware and can’t find what I’m looking for! ugh! The hardest part of it is that we need backplates…. Do you have any sites that you’d recommend that are dependable & budget friendly???

    Thank you so much for your time!

  5. I really love seeing how things look in real life. Did you post about that kitchen once before– the hardware? Looks familiar. And beautiful. Minus the fan.

  6. I’ve been under a rock – haven’t seen this site. You are SO great for linking to it!

  7. That is an absolutely GORGEOUS art deco chandelier!

  8. Erika, I feel SO behind the times, but I never knew about NYSD homes until reading this post. Thanks for introducing me! I especially drooled over the Sixx Design house — I have their copy of Downtown Chic on my bookshelf. Great post!

  9. I really need to know where I can get some tall, skinny candlesticks like the ones on the dining room table. They are perfect!!

  10. I love it when designers keep it real, too! I do really love a good perfectly composed shot but it is good to remember that in reality we live with things like a/c units, weights, plugs and cords, etc. If the designer embraces this, the room is usually successful. I think the same goes for blogs, too, come to think of it. I read Darby’s blog, and she posts about “keeping it honest” from time to time which I think is great! It helps me remember that everyone is human.

  11. such a pretty home. We have a lights on our fans, I despise them but we need fans and I don’t want to go buy all new ones. they never get turned on though.

  12. I love that wall of built-ins in the daughter’s room! I’d love to have a work and storage space like that!

  13. Love to look at the homes on NYSD, and really not a fan of the ceiling fan..pun intended.

  14. I think I could get over the fan and ac unit in that kitchen – I love everything else about it so!

  15. jennifer huesman says:

    hi! love your blog and website! decorating my study! i want to use the philip jeffries glam grasscloth wallpaper on my walls w/ white glossy built-ins and long desk (108 in.) & seagrass rug –need a killer fabric for curtains and desk chairs (seat) – chairs are bungalow 5 – gray cirused oak – please please help -

  16. I like that there are things on the kitchen counters. Looks lived in and loved. Dining room table and chairs are wonderful.

  17. Boy that Selbyish site really got me chasing rabbits. I do love Robert Longo’s pilot helmets though. The only thing missing from the “lived in” look of the photos is a paci on the counter in the kitchen… and on the nightstand…and on the end table…and on the coffee table.

  18. Agreed on the ceiling fan in the kitchen, that looks a little strange

  19. i couldn’t agree more with the styling comment. it’s refreshing.


  20. I know professional decorators abhore ceiling fans, but where I live (Phoenix, Arizona) it is so hot that everyone has ceiling fans. I don’t care for them in kitchens, but we need them in our bedrooms. I have one over my bed and couldn’t survive the summer without it!

  21. from now on, the weights in front of my bed are staying put when visitors come by! what a beautiful home. thanks for sharing!

  22. I would love to have that kitchen! The kitchen is the heart of the home!

  23. At my last place I had a window unit in the bedroom and living room. It was u-g-l-y but in the summer I wouldn’t take anything for it. I loathe ceiling fans….that would have to go.

  24. I just love that beautiful wooden table in the kitchen, and the little girls room. Nice to know spaces can look pretty without an expert stylist waving their wand first!

  25. I love the color of the girls room – just what I want for my daughter’s room!!! (also loved the little guy peaking about from below! thanks for sharing………..

  26. Jennifer Huesman:

    Asking a professional designer for free design advice is insulting. I am a former antiques appraiser and people constantly ask me to “just have a look” at their grandmother’s sofa, painting, etc… I always say “my day rate is ___ dollars. I take cash or check.” I went into the business because it was enjoyable, but it is also a BUSINESS. Specialized skills come at a premium, period.

    I’m sorry, Erika — I don’t mean to be confrontational on your comments, but it irks me to read things like that and I know you have spoken up about it in the past.

  27. Drooling over everything except the window unit and fan— the rest, all drool worthy no doubt!

  28. I just got finished telling the electrician yesterday how much I dislike fan lights! Ha.

  29. I’m not sure I like the books all over the bedroom- it looks interesting but I don’t think that it is at all practical- There is no place to put anything down and if you get in the bed I feel like the books would go flying : ) Especially love the children’s room!

  30. I like the chairs in the kitchen. They remind me of a little cafe Paris. Lovely…

  31. Great site– it’s refreshing to be reminded that not every space is perfect–shelter mags would have either photoshopped that AC unit out or angled the shot so it’s out of sight… but really, sometimes a girl needs her AC + FAN! …AND C’MON jennifer heusman, don’t put us to shame–you are ridiculous.

  32. loving that cork board backing at the desk!

  33. I love the fabric in the cabinets in the daughter’s room!

  34. Commenting yet again because the more I devour these images, the more I am convinced that this might just be my favorite house that you’ve ever posted. It’s what I strive for my own house to look like… perfectly chic but comfortable and inviting at the same time. SO pretty!

  35. Rachel Koustik says:

    Hi! Ok, I have been a fan for quite a while now and I was wondering how to know the color you painted for a clients’ walls? It’s this picture of a womans study that I just love and can’t seem to match. Sorry if that is strange, I would love to know if that is available information…
    Thank you,

  36. Where can you get the bed shown in these photos?

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