tips & tidbits: matthew patrick smyth.
August 17, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER MARGONELLI
Imagine being handpicked to collaborate with a living legend like Gloria Vanderbilt. Are you nervous yet? If you answered yes, then we’re with you, but when New York-based Matthew Patrick Smyth got the call, he was as cool as the rooms he designs, and it shows. The two worked to recreate the look of Vanderbilt’s 1940s bedroom for a decorator show house, and Smyth nailed it. Dressing the walls and ceiling in silver foil and filling the room with vintage furniture and flowing fabrics, he transformed the space into what he calls “a little jewel box,” while remaining true to his classic understanding of interiors: “I tend to believe that the best trends to follow in interior design are ones that will endure.”