What would you be if you weren’t a decorator? I would have a small nursery.
What are you most inspired by? Traveling. I love immersing myself in another culture and soaking up everything I can possibly absorb.
Who do you consider style icons? Albert Hadley and Sister Parish
What’s your go-to hostess gift? Great cookies or chocolate
Favorite album? The Best of Al Green
Favorite museum? Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Massachusetts
Favorite cocktail? Jack Daniels on ice
Favorite restaurant? Paola’s in NYC
Favorite hotel? Hotel Verhaegen in Ghent, Belgium
I learned at an early age that a house is for enjoying life and sharing it with others. One must be careful with good things, but they should never be banished to a closet. It’s the chip or crack that proves something was used and loved.
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Where do you go for fabulous fabrics? Aleta in London
Where do you go for furniture? Anywhere that has amazing 18th-century painted Italian pieces
Who’s your favorite florist? Renny & Reed in NYC
Whom do you call for catering? Glorious Food in NYC
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What paint color always looks great? Lichen No.19 from Farrow & Ball
What’s a pattern more people should use? Mortefontaine Percale Gris from Claremont
Do you have a decorating cheap thrill? Taking everything out of a room and rearranging it completely
What’s a decorating trick you love? Painting a low ceiling a shiny light gray
What will we never see you using? Crushed velvet