Friday, October 22, 2010


 Vanderbilt is photographed in front of a portrait of her mother and next to a life size portrait of her son Anderson Cooper.

I was fascinated by last weeks Home Design issue of New York Magazine.  I usually find one or two interiors that appeal to me but I found myself completely smitten with nearly every interior-from two burly brothers rustic retreat in Greenpoint to a classic Firth Avenue manse-the issue was a real home run.

My favorite feature was of style icon Gloria Vanderbilt's chic NYC apartment.  Decorating is autobiography,” Vanderbilt says, at the beginning of the piece.  She takes this sentiment to heart with an apartment filled with stunning paintings, photographs and family heirlooms. There is nothing sterile or staged-her interiors are intimate and reflect her "evolving taste of her hopes and dreams."  She writes and paints in her studio downstairs, where she also creates her “Dream Boxes”—three-dimensional artworks like her dollhouse, an ongoing project expressing feelings about her tumultuous childhood.

A classically trained artist, Vanderbilt is a master of color. When the mood strikes, a wall of forest green may change into deep magenta-her rooms are fluid and reflect her fascinating life.  I admire her style, fearlessness and ability to constantly evolve.

 All images courtesy of New York Magazine


Suburban Princess said...

Welp...that's decided! I need drapes at every doorway in my house!

Have a faboo weekend!

Splendid Sass said...

Wow! Now this interior makes a statement of opulence.
Thanks for sharing.

dovecote decor said...

I read the Town and Country article. She was so beautiful. Color is coming back, I feel it in my bones!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I loved it too. I really liked seeing how her style evolved. It was a great feature - thanks for sharing!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This was a great feature. She is so interesting and has conquered so much. The expression "bold and beautiful" certainly applies to this creative and talented woman.

pretty pink tulips said...

I just read Anderson's tribute to his mom in Vogue - she sounds like an absolutely fascinating woman. A woman ahead of her time.

AB HOME Interiors said...

I agree with suburban princess, I think I need drapes at every door way too! haha I just recently discovered that Anderson Cooper was a Vanderbilt. i admire how hard he works and everything he does over seas.

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North of 25A said...

I am so glad I did not miss this post, because I had not seen the New York Magazine. I have been fascinated by GV since I read "Little Gloria, Happy at Last" - what a story. Did you see the T&C pictures?
Thanks for a terrific post.

Michael Mattison said...

Living abroad, I hadn't run across the name Gloria Vanderbilt in a very long time. Thanks for sharing this -- I hadn't realized she was an interior designer, and a talented one at that.

Great blog, btw.
All the best,

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