MEET THE DESIGNER
A WESTPORT DESIGNER BRINGS A SENSE OF REFINED GLAMOUR TO EACH PROJECT
How would you describe your personal style? This is a hard question to answer, but in the words of Coco Chanel, "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!" What's exciting to you right now in the world of interior design? The creation of new green materials that, given the right application, can go very glam and also be very resilient, which I really appreciate for my clients with kids and pets. What's the predominant design direction that you see today, based on your own clients/projects? I love to approach my design work as sculpture. Creating a space that has dramatic tension yet at the same time is harmonious and reflects back to my clients an energy of beauty. I want them to experience their home like a great piece of art; when they look at it from every point of view they just know it's beautiful. Where is your ideal place to have a second home and why? I'd love to have a pied-à-terre on the left bank of Paris and just peruse through the galleries and admire the beautiful architecture. What are the "of the moment" colors? They follow fashion. Lots of metallics right now! Lots of brilliant colors: canary yellow, fuchsia and kelly green (please use in moderation). Tell me about your home. What do you love most about it? It was love at first sight! It's a tiny historic cottage in Westport. Everything is white, with touches of silver, mirror, acrylic and fabulous artwork. It has spectacular light and it's just got a great vibe. Which item in your home is most invaluable to you? Buster, my Coton de Tulear. He is nine pounds soaking wet and the house is all about him. He's white, too! Name a source of inspiration: I love the whole concept of Andy Warhol's Factory, with its tinfoil-covered walls and artists, poets, musicians and socialites all hanging out. That scene, set against the fab fashion and music from the period, is so glamorous. What are your favorite materials? I tend to go for things that are pleasing to the touch in upholstery. I love anything that sparkles in lighting: crystal, glass, sterling silver, chrome. And when it comes to tabletop, anything that is both luxe and durable. Name a dream client (dead or alive)? Thomas Jefferson—I would love to take a stab at Monticello! I strongly believe: That living in a beautiful, defined home is not a frivoled pursuit, especially now. Beauty lifts the soul; it inspires and creates the feeling that welcomes you home. I always cringe when I see: Visible panty lines.