Tabulous Home Tour: John Demsey

March 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

John Demsey is obviously a brave man, he’s the President of Estée Lauder, not afraid of color and recently remodeled and decorated a 5,300 square foot, 6 story New York City townhouse. Demsey and his daughter didn’t have to go far to find their new home, it’s just 2 doors down from the townhome he had been renting for the last 10 years. Demsey tells Architectural Digest he was ready to plant a stake in the ground and create a home, he has created an altar to color, pattern, and art that is hard to look away from. Demsey has filled the home with color everywhere, from the walls and rugs to fabrics and light fixtures. A gorgeous home has also been created for Demsey’s wonderful art collection which includes 575 pieces of photography. Join me today for a tour of this kaleidoscope of color in a home and remember to be inspired, you don’t have to do it all but maybe you see something that might work for you. Enjoy!!!

The Living Room of the townhouse is a cacophony of pattern and color. A flame stitch rug lays the groundwork for the room that’s filled with a vintage Willy Rizzo sofa, a Friedeberg hand/foot chair and some of the homeowner’s vast photography collection.  

The Powder Room of the home is covered in Schumacher wallpaper where the Donald Robertson Illustration collection is on display.

The Library (above & below) is a salute to red and houses art and collections. Below you can see more pattern on the chair and drapes and a Steven Klein portrait of Niki Minaj. 

Black and white carpeting anchors this colorful room which houses an Alexander Kalder sculpture as well as a collection of Gucci pillows.

Demsey has a daughter named Marie Helene and her room could easily be the home of a woman of any age. A beautiful Schumacher fabric covers the walls, headboard and roman shades on the windows. 

Words are my own.
Images are courtesy of
Architectural Digest.

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