A project in collaboration with architect, Paul Alter. We customized every detail of the house, resulting in something very original and rich. The window seat area in the living room has a play of antique and new fabrics, with varying patterns.
Upper East Side Dining Room: This dining room was used as a library and dining room together which is a wonderful way to combine functions. It also makes for very cozy dinner parties. We used a Suzani I purchased from Turkey as a table cloth, which makes a good juxtaposition to the contemporary art of the Skier.
New Canaan Bedroom: My client wanted a bedroom that reminded her of a serene monochromatic hotel room she had stayed in. I used a combination of textures to keep it interesting: the headboard is custom-made in linen velvet, the walls are hand painted strie, and the pillow, throw, and foot stool were all made with antique textiles.
Maine Shop: This is a vignette from a shop I had in Northeast Harbor Maine many years ago. Having spent summers there as a child I wanted to show people a way to design their homes in Maine honoring the traditional Maine cottage style but adding unexpected freshness at the same time.
Hampton Porch: This is an outdoor porch I designed that has a seating alcove. We custom-designed the pillows using a design detail from the Turkish tiles hanging on the wall.
Orchid Ball: I designed a tabletop for the most recent Orchid Ball. It was a homage to nature and its abundance. The owls are made by Carter and Cunningham, a sophisticated design duo who are making beautiful pieces of pottery and collage. The tablecloth is one of my custom designs which I am currently making with a small cooperative of women artisans in Turkey.
My Apartment in Greenwich Village: This is a Living Room shot of my former apartment. I combined old world elegance with contemporary twists. The rug is from my father’s house in Turkey; he grew up with it as a child. The lampshades are made from hand-printed wallpaper and the window treatments were inspired by the simplicity of roman shades I had seen in Italy.
Gentrified Farmhouse Hallway: This Hallway shows that when you start with a key piece of furniture it sets the tone for the whole room. In this case my client fell in love with the Arts and Crafts table that is centered in the room. It makes for a gracious entrance and added space for entertaining.
Bedroom Detail: This is a detail of a bedroom I designed in the Hamptons. You can see the combinations of styles and periods layered together. The screen adds a wonderful punctuation. It is designed by furniture designer, Richard Wrightman and can be made with any fabric.
Park Avenue Walls: This wall detail was in an Park Avenue apartment for a client of mine who had warehouses of eastern art and unusual collectibles. Much of this project was about editing and creating wonderful compositions throughout the space. The fish heads were made of pottery and found in Key West. The walls are faux painted-wood paneling.
The Orange Chair: I love this shot of the chair, it has become a symbol for me of combining old with new. By upholstering it in an orange fabric, the chair now has a new life and can be seen differently as a result. The contemporary painting in the background also is a symbol of this. The artist has taken the ancient symbolism of Indian miniatures and created a composition that speaks to our culture today.