Jun. 03


Sneak Peek Inside Fashion Designers’ Own Homes

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. It is always fascinating to see how a designer lives in his/her own home.  Is it done up perfectly, or is design forgotten in favor of  comfort to get a way from work?

Fashion blog, Refinery 29, recently gave us a sneak peek inside 4 fashion designers’ residences.  If these shots are any indication, designers never put design aside.

Here is Donna Karan’s guest home in Parrot Cay.

Michelle Smith of Milly’s living room.

Elie Tahari and his family on their SoHo terrace.  I can’t get over the toy Porsche!  No Fisher Price at his place!

You often hear of designers who prefer a restful neutral palette at home.  Not Angel Sanchez.  Check out his bold  living room.  He certainly is not afraid of color.

Want to see more?  These photos are part of a book published by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) showcasing the homes of 115 of its members, including Diane von Furstenberg and Jenna Lyons.  Refinery 29 reports that one designer keeps a collection of troll dolls in his living room, so I guess it is not all glossy perfection!  The price is $65 and all proceeds go to benefit the CFDA Foundation.

All photos via Refinery 29.

May. 31


For Memorial Day: A Home that Celebrates the Red, White and Blue

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Most of us (me included) are so happy about the beginning of summer that we tend to forget the solemnity of the Memorial Day Holiday.  Today should bring out our inner patriotism as we honor those men and women who have served, and are currently serving, our country.  It is time to wave the flag in a big way.  The home I am featuring today certainly does that!

Designed by Diamond and Baratta, this house celebrates our American heritage in a manner that captures our natural exuberance for the summer season.  We get it all.  Being patriotic has never been more fun, not to mention comfy and homey.

The entry way has a wonderful collection of folk art and an amazing rug.

Red, white and blue in the living room is a charming riot of pattern and color that we will see repeated throughout the home.

I love the pastoral mural, painted by Andrew Tedesco, in the dining room.

The sink in the powder room was made from an antique porcelain bowl.

In the kitchen, after you have marvelled at the floor and back splash, don’t miss the stained glass panels in the cabinetry and the gingham ceiling.  

Red, white and blue continues upstairs.  

I don’t know how restful it would be to live in a full-blown Diamond Baratta interior—their homes are not for the introvert— but I love color and pattern and they are masters of it.  Click here to see more.

For sure, it is safe to assume that these homeowners are proud to be Americans.  Go USA!

First photo via Amrit Williams Blog. All other photos by Michel Arnaud via Westchester Cottages & Gardens, Spring 2010.

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