the dhny design diaries

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summer 2019

DESIGN diaries

PROJECT REVEALS a b e f o r e & a f t e r y o u ha v e t o s e e t o b e l i e v e & more

MEET THE TEAM b e hi n d t he b ra n d

SUMMER m u s t ha v e s s ho p p i n g g u i d e

Vol. 1.

my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. maya angelo

a note from darci... hello and welcome! thank you for joining me on this new endeavor! what is this new endeavor you ask? well, let’s see here. it’s part passion, a bit of compassion, a whole lot of humor (i hope) and copious amounts of style all wrapped up in this pretty little online magazine. we plan to publish this newsletter quarterly to keep you informed of all the fun and fresh happenings at dhny. stay tuned for all things lifestyle, design, musings, and of course, cocktails.

cheers ~



meet team darci principal designer

darci is the owner, principal designer and fearless leader of darci hether new york. founding dhny in the spring of 2008, darci guides her team of rockstar gals to provide her unparalleled clientele with beautifully curated interiors, outstanding customer service, and a professional yet fun design process. when she isn’t rumbling in the concrete jungle, she enjoys roaming her beloved central park while listening to podcasts or catching up with friends over delicious cocktails, preferably of the bourbon variety.

sarah senior designer sarah is the senior designer and darci’s right-hand woman. a graduate of cazenovia college with a bachelor of fine arts, she has an eye for colorful patterns and is a real auto cad wizard. fun fact: she hails from the electric city and welcomes all references to the office.


administrative assistant

erica is the people manager. client care is her utmost priority, and her project management skills make her an integral part of the design process. aside from her professional prowess, erica is a beacon of positivity. she gives the dhny staff and clients virtual and spiritual high-5’s. when she isn’t winning the office attire game, she writes captivating screenplays and is the mother of our office cheerleader, olive.


social media intern

danielle is the social media intern and the newest addition to the dhny team. she believes social media is vital when it comes to building client relationships. when she isn’t writing creative copy, danielle spreads joy as the class clown of the office with her hilarious catchphrases and quick wit. she is the resident pizza and cupcake connoisseur.

olive office cheerleader olive is the office cheerleader and a constant s ource of snuggles and laughs. in her free time, she enjoys taking long naps (psst she snores!) and snacking on mandarin oranges.


fifth avenue

what the heck is a pied-à-terre anyway?


a pied-à-terre is a home away from home, a secondary residence intended for short periods of stay. whew! now that we have that out of the way, we want to show you the final reveal for our recent fifth avenue pied-à-terre project. when we first walked into our client’s space, we knew we had our work cut out for us. the apartment, located off of fifth avenue, is ideally located next to moma, which provides our homeowner’s with hours of art viewing and inspiration. the interiors of the apartment had good bones, but the space needed a serious refresh to achieve the contemporary and comfortable vibe our homeowners wanted. the couple wanted a space where they could feel relaxed at home yet energized by their new city views. they craved an abode that not only reflected their minimalistic aesthetic but was also spacious and functional enough to accommodate their adult daughter when she comes to visits. the before and after transformation is genuinely stunning...... ........turn the page for the inside scoop.

will ellis photography

will ellis photography

BEFORE here is what our clients wanted: • additional countertop space & cabinets in the kitchen with a kitchen island or breakfast bar • a sleeping area in the living area but not a sleeper sofa •a large walk-in shower in the master bathroom •overhead lighting in the entry, living room & kitchen •designated desk or table to work on a laptop but still be part of the main living space •comfortable yet contemporary furnishings with easy maintenance

AFTER here is what we did: • closed the sliding door opening in the kitchen to allow for additional cabinet and countertop space • added a small wall to create a sleeping nook • removed the bidet and bathtub to create a large walk-in shower • built soffits along the perimeter of the living room walls & added pendants at the bar to bring light • incorporated sofa back table in furniture layout to act as a work surface • selected clean-lined furniture pieces in luxurious yet durable fabrics that brought comfort & style

will ellis photography

will ellis photography

will ellis photography

will ellis photography

emily gilbert photography

hello summer... s

ummer is just around the corner.. finally, right? you know what that

means...barbeques, beach rendezvous and of course beautiful sandal weather. although we will be hard at work gearing up for some exciting new projects, (a pool included) we are feeling the summertime joy. all of us here at dhny have selected some of our favorite items that are giving us serious sunny vibes. grab your glass of rosĂŠ and turn the page to take a peek at what is inspiring us.

DARCI hamptons vibes

SUMMER wish list w h a t

t h e

d h n y

t e a m

vibrant & colorful


i s

l o v i n g

life of the party



rock & roll

think pink


emily gilbert photography

last call...

in true dhny fashion, we would like to end our publication with a cocktail.

nothing says summer like a glass of rosé. #roséallday anyone? so whether you prefer a rosé cocktail, wine, or a rosé beverage of the non-alcoholic variety, we raise our glasses to you, dear reader. thank you for joining us for the first edition of the dhny design diaries. we hope you enjoyed meeting our team (especially olive) and seeing what is inspiring us in our adopted hometown of new york city. have a wonderful summer! stay tuned for all things lifestyle, design, musings, and of course, more cocktails.

cheers ~