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Lisa Pomerantz Oct30

Lisa Pomerantz

As an interior designer, I am always interested to see the myriad of ways in which people give new life to their furniture and interiors. Sometimes it can be as simple as a coat of paint, a new piece of art, or rearranging the furniture. And sometimes it can be slightly more complicated. For example, I am starting to tire of my living room sofa – a Christian Liaigre tuxedo in a neutral shade – perfectly chic and understated, but I’ve just grown a little weary. I’m starting to think about having it reupholstered, and really need to bite that bullet… as I know that new fabric will give it the pick-me-up that (I think) it needs. In 2008 Elle Decor photographed the Chelsea townhouse of fashion executive, Lisa Pomerantz. Five years later, the family has moved uptown, and their new, duplex apartment is featured in the magazine’s October issue. Both apartments are beautiful, and well-appointed – but what I enjoyed most was seeing how different and fresh things can seem with some new upholstery, or simply by shuffling them around a bit. Here are the photos for comparison – first is the current apartment, and then the family’s previous, downtown home.    a view of the master bedroom – love that Trewin Copplestone painting!   the living room – calming, understated, and super chic.    the master bedroom – aside from PETA, who doesn’t love a coyote fur throw?    the dressing area – a Swedish desk, and a Danish chair.    the study – love that vintage rocker, and the astronomy prints!   stainless steel countertops in the kitchen – simple and so utilitarian.   great versatility in the dining room – and always love a Wegner Wishbone chair!    the bedroom of...

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Tom Scheerer Aug30

Tom Scheerer

There are a number of decorating and design books that I have been eagerly anticipating, but perhaps none more than Tom Scheerer’s – the first from this brilliant interior designer. Tom Scheerer Decorates (written by Mimi Read with photographs by Francesco Lagnese) will be available on September 10th, but I am fortunate and thankful to have received an early copy from Vendome Press. His approach to decorating has been compared to the likes of Billy Baldwin and Albert Hadley – and while their influence is evident in his work, there is something that is so very singular about a Tom Scheerer interior. Scheerer’s decorating looks a great deal like him. It’s tall and commanding but often quiet. It’s smart, correct, breezy, chic, well-edited – and just a touch eccentric. It balances refinement with all-American ease. Yet it is un-American in its emphasis on recycling, reinventing, and not overdoing things. The expression “decorated to death” never applies. Make no mistake: Scheerer’s clients are plenty affluent (as all decorating clients are). But when you look at a Scheerer room, money is never your first (or second or third) thought. In an age in which houses exhibiting unchecked exuberance, high drama, or conspicuous luxury get all the attention, he has cultivated his own restrained brand of chic, a look he describes as “cheerful” and “no nonsense.” But it is so much more. Mr. Scheerer divides his personal time between the city (with apartments in both New York and Paris), the country (his family’s beach house in East Hampton, and a farmhouse in Maine), and the tropics (a home in Harbour Island, Bahamas) – and Tom Scheerer Decorates is appropriately divided into these three sections: City, Country, and Tropics. In all of these projects you see the hallmarks of his...

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Chez Welch May06

Chez Welch

With perhaps limited exception, celebrities homes are beautifully appointed, decorated to the nines, and chock-full of high priced antiques, furniture, art, and accessories. Often times though, their singularity – what makes them them, is lost in the fray. Florence Welch recently opened up her new, London home for Vogue – and while it’s not exactly to my taste, it is so uniquely Florence… that I thought it was worth sharing. Cheerful granny meets boho-chic is perhaps the easiest way that I would describe the home – but it’s full of interesting antiques, art, and objet. Enjoy the quick photo tour! a roll arm sofa – anchored by an antique, Bergama rug   a view of the joyful, avian themed living room   loving the skylight in the bright, airy kitchen   a nineteenth century English mirror hangs above the living room fireplace   an antique, upholstered sleigh bed (an eBay score) in the bedroom   another view of the bedroom / boudoir   love the clean, soothing tones of the master bath   a shot of the stairwell, replete with renaissance tapestries and art   another shot of the granny chic master bedroom   Photos courtesy of...

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Taylor Tomasi Hill Mar01

Taylor Tomasi Hill

When it comes to fantastic street style, few fashionistas catch the attention of the photogs quite like Taylor Tomasi Hill. And with her runway slender frame, and flaming tresses, it’s not hard to see why. Within the past year the New York editor was named artistic director of Moda Operandi, launched a capsule collection for the Chinese department store, Lane Crawford, and moved into a new, downtown apartment. Taylor is known for her daring personal style – mixing unexpected patterns, textures, and colors with an ease and undeniable sophistication. Her effortless approach to style is just as evident in the home that she shares with her husband, Chase. a bold Eskayel tie-dye wallpaper in the entry   lots of plants and loads of light   a glass covered florist sink serves as furniture in the living room   an old doll mold retrofitted for use as a lamp   a vintage, farm-style table in the dining area   taxidermy (baby chicks) that were picked up at the Armory antiques show   Taylor in the open and airy kitchen   a view of the eclectically arranged kitchen shelves   a vignette featuring a portrait of Taylor by the artist Blue Logan   a specialty hot sauce that the couple has flown in (monthly) from Belize   a favorite Arthur Elgort photograph hangs above the bed   a view of Taylor’s highly enviable closet   Photos courtesy of...

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Tory in Southampton Feb24

Tory in Southampton

The March issue of Vogue magazine features a beautiful spread on the newly renovated Southampton estate of fashion designer Tory Burch. Built in 1929 by a wealthy industrialist, the house is wonderfully grand – in both scale and design. Following a flood, Burch had planned a remodel of her previous Hamptons property, but quickly fell in love with the romance and beauty of this Gatsby-esque estate. She saw a home where her family could spend holidays, and where her sons could one day bring their own families. Originally built by the architecture firm of Hiss & Weekes, and decorated by society decorator Elsie Sloan Farley – the home’s recent renovation was completed by Tory’s friend and frequent collaborator, architect / designer Daniel Romualdez, and decorator pal Eve Hood. I, for one, have a touch of real estate envy. Check out the gorgeous photos… Tory with her fourteen-year-old twins, Henry and Nick, and eleven-year-old son Sawyer a view from the main drive the poolhouse dining rotunda custom Iznik-inspired panels in the dining room a bedroom featuring floral wall upholstery from Colefax and Fowler the solarium featuring antique, woven chairs from John Himmel the newly restored pool pavilion peeking through the gallery into the wood-paneled library a view of the former ballroom replete with needlepoint chairs, crystal chandeliers, and lively botanical prints Tory’s boys the formal garden, re-created by landscape architect Perry Guillot   Photos by François Halard, courtesy of...

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Rouge et Rose Nov14

Rouge et Rose

Color-blocking has been such a huge trend this year, and my favorite example of this is the rather unexpected combination of reds and pinks. Aside from Valentine’s Day, it’s not a color combination that you see too often – but when it’s done right, it is oh so right! My favorite example of this trend, and the look that inspired this post is Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli. The colors play perfectly off of her alabaster complexion and auburn hair. So many designers have used reds and pinks in their recent collections – from Valli and Prabal Gurung to Katie Ermilio and J.Crew. Here are some examples of this trend – as seen in fashion, art and design. Enjoy! Emma Stone (in Giambattista Valli), Sarah Jessica Parker (in Prabal Gurung), Zoe Saldana (in Prabal Gurung)   Dree Hemingway, June Ambrose, Rose Byrne (in Bottega Veneta)   Rihanna, Rashida Jones (in Stella McCartney), Sarah Harding   Rihanna (in Sonia Rykiel)   looks from Katie Ermilio   looks from Katie Ermilio   looks from J.Crew   looks from Jason Wu and Ruffian   menswear looks from Tom Ford and Versace   Bottega Veneta advertisment   Alexander McQueen clutch   Hermès scarf   Cecily Brown painting   Miles Redd’s living room   another living...

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Lyons’ Den Nov12

Lyons’ Den

If you follow this blog you know that I have major love for Jenna Lyons (president and creative director of J.Crew) – and as any good design devotee will tell you, Lyons’ home is almost as fabulous as she is. Our first look at the beautiful 1880s townhouse was in the November 2008 issue of Domino magazine, and since then the spectacular home has appeared in countless magazines and blogs. Jenna and her husband (artist Vincent Mazeau) bought the Park Slope, Brooklyn townhouse in 2004 – and now with a divorce pending, have decided to put the house on the market. I’ve always been a Manhattan snob, but I think that I’d have to jump ship if given the opportunity to live in this gorgeous home. Anyone looking for a townhouse in the $4 million range? Check out the Sotheby’s listing, and enjoy the photos! Jenna in her master bedroom   Domino magazine, November 2008   the façade of the Park Slope townhouse   a view of the living room   another view of the living room   the dining room   the kitchen   another view of the kitchen   kitchen nook   looking down into the garden   another view of the garden   the master bedroom   the en suite bathroom   another view of the master bathroom   the terrace off of the master bedroom   Jenna’s dressing room   son, Beckett’s room   another bathroom   the foyer   the media / play room   entrance to the garden floor   the floor plans   Photos via...

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Aerin in Aspen Nov03

Aerin in Aspen

When it came to decorating her new Aspen ski chalet, Aerin Lauder turned to interior designer Daniel Romualdez. Working with a restrained and neutral palette, Romualdez created a luxuriously aery home for Lauder and her family (husband, Eric Zinterhofer and sons, Will and Jack). To her, it “feels like a tree house”… a cozy and relaxed retreat from the hustle and bustle of their busy, New York lives. Reclaimed wooden boards and clean white walls create a warm yet simple backdrop for the plethora of special, mid-century furniture – while sumptuous cashmeres and furs lend an air of rustic sophistication to the gorgeous home. “Aerin was very clear that she wanted a very simple house,” says Romualdez. “It’s really just a ski house, very informal, with an open kitchen so she can make breakfast for everyone and chat. She chose to avoid the billionaire neighborhoods like Red Mountain and go for something more local and low-key.” Next year Ms. Lauder (scion of the vast Estée Lauder fortune) will launch her very own luxury lifestyle company – one that will include beauty products, accessories, tabletop, and housewares. To read more about Aerin’s Aspen home, as well as her latest venture, check out this article. In the mean time, enjoy the beautiful photos courtesy of Vogue. Aerin in a Burberry sweater and Daryl K pants   the living room features a Jean-Michel Frank sofa, and Hans Wegner chairs   the mudroom   Will and Jack in the game room   the library   Sledding on the toboggan run with her sons, Will and Jack   a bathroom   another view of the living room with a George Nakashima table   Aerin in Olivier Theyskens and a fur cap by The Row   an Andreas Gursky photograph in the master...

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Christine D’Ornano Aug02

Christine D’Ornano

Last year Elle Decor published a feature on the gorgeous London home of cosmetics executive (and scion), Christine D’Ornano. Over the weekend I picked up a copy of Elle Decor España, and immediately recognized the bold and cheerful interiors. D’Ornano shares the Notting Hill home with her financier husband, Marzouk and their three adorable daughters: Isabelle, Alma, and Inès. Having grown up in a glamorous Paris apartment, style, it would seem, is inherent to Christine. The house is wonderfully sophisticated, but fun and eclectic – with an ease that makes it a beautiful family home. A few of the highlights (for me), include the fabulous pair of Claude Lalanne chairs, the dreamy, blue George Smith sofa, the pink walls of the drawing room, and those yellow dining room chairs! Enjoy the photos.   Photos via Elle Decor & Elle Decor...

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Minnie Mortimer Jul23

Minnie Mortimer

The Malibu home of fashion designer, Minnie Mortimer is the latest to be featured in Vogue’s APT with LSD – and just like the clothing that she designs, the interiors are young, eclectic, and quintessential California chic! Mortimer shares the house with her Academy Award winning screenwriter husband, Stephen Gaghan, and their young daughter, Tuesday. Enjoy the photos. Minnie in the sunroom of her Malibu home   a pastel portrait of William Faulkner   a salon style collection of art   loving the layered look   a diverse selection of magazines and books   an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furniture   a BAFTA award nestled into a library shelf   where’s waldo – errr, Oscar?   lots of light in the sunroom   checkers and backgammon sets kept in monogramed suitcases   a gorgeous bloom from Minnie’s garden   daughter, Tuesday’s playroom   a view of Minnie’s closet   Photos via...

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