Rothschild's priority, she says, was "to make a place both my husband and my children would be proud of. I wanted to make not a grand house, but a home for them. Evelyn had always lived in a house, and he was ready for a home."After calling on Los Angeles decorator Michael S. Smith (he had been working with her on a design for a townhouse), Rothschild decided to take another look at River House, a palatial 1931 building perched above the East River. "It was the quintessential grand apartment," Smith agrees. "But it was laid out beautifully, especially for entertaining and Lynn loves to entertain. And it has windows facing all four directions, and almost no one in New York has that." Though Smith is better known for elevating the casual style of movie stars, moguls, and supermodels on the West Coast than toning down old world luxe in Manhattan, Rothschild had no doubt about the designer's ability.