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David Scott of David Scott Interiors opened the doors to his design firm in 1991. A graduate of New York School of Interior Design, he now serves on the Board of Trustees and continues to design beautiful spaces across Manhattan. He’s given us a peek into his new home in New York City’s United Nations Plaza and shares his inspiration, plus design tips you can use in your home.


David says: I conceived of my home in an iconic NYC modernist building as a beautiful place to relax, enjoy the views, entertain and most of all be comfortable. The design style is contemporary with eclectic vintage and modern furnishings. I selected the furniture and art specifically for this apartment and gut renovated it in 13 weeks. The feeling I achieved is elegant and welcoming through layering the textures, styles and careful editing. All of the walls in the apartment are white plaster, which has a unifying effect. It changes from bright and light during the day to warm and sexy in the evening.


The living/dining room is a large space with a loft-like feeling. I grounded the room with a large sofa and seating group in the center of the room, allowing great views of the cityscape. A neutral palette works best when the neutrals are varied and punctuated with an accent color. In this room I chose a beautiful, rich blue velvet on the Robsjohn Gibbings chair, which came from a wonderful painting over the server. Using art as inspiration, your interior can give you a lot to draw from. The art just has to be something you love.


The library is a darker, cozier space directly connected to the main living room with a huge cerused and ebonized oak pocket door. This room is filled with deep chocolate fabrics, leather, dark wood and orange accents. It’s a place to relax, watch TV and read a book. Always remember to have varied light sources in a room that serves many purposes: lamps for reading, accent lights for art and candles for mood.


The guest bathroom has modern and clean lines and is a balance of light white glass tile and dark brown marble. Contrasts create drama and the bathroom feels warm yet crisp through its use of materials. Dimmers installed on the lighting allow you to create a softer light in the evening but still allow it to bright when shaving or applying makeup.


The long galley kitchen has a beautiful view from its dining area. To make the room feel wider I used all white cabinets, counters and backsplash. I wasn’t afraid to have an all white kitchen, the key is to have a dark floor.


The master bedroom is a luxurious retreat that has a beautiful bed as the central focus. I used a silk carpet to ground the room and a great piece of art to balance the wall of windows on the opposite side. A desk by the bed serves double duty as a nightstand.

See more of David’s work at David Scott Interiors.

All photography by Marili Forastieri.


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7 Responses

  1. Glau says:

    I'm so sick and tired of designers' houses that look like showroom shots. David Scott's house on the other hand is beautiful and actually looks lived in! The sofas have wrinkles and the tables aren't cluttered with objects. Thanks for sharing these photos; they are truly insipiring.

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