What are three words to describe your style? Eclectic, Intelligent (I hope), Elegant
Tell us about your childhood bedroom? At 13, black walls, David Hicks carpet, horn mirror, low slung beds and David Bowie posters.
What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? Two apt ware urns from A. Smith Antiques on 60th Street. I love them every bit as much today as I did then.
In the history of design, if you could hire any designer other than yourself, who would it be? Mark Hampton- duh.
No room is complete without books.
People think of me as loud and funny, but I am really much louder and much funnier.
Things you omit from:
A flower arrangement: baby’s breath
An hors d’oeuvre platter: smoked salmon (bad breath)
A bar cabinet: crème de menthe
A song for:
Dinner at home: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
Working at your desk: Anything by Jamiroquai.
Going for a run: Running where?! Why?! Maybe the theme from Jaws.
Biggest Vice? All of them.
If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy?This has happened- I bought 11 boxes of mozzarella sticks by accident.
Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how? No. My wardrobe is a sad black blur.
Who is your star crush? Chris Hemsworth. John Hamm. Alexander Skarsgård.
What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it? Use a lot of Victorian Furniture.
If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be? Neoclassicism in the North, Hakan Groth
For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for? Being beautiful and livable.
A Few Favorites:
Movie: Great Expectations, 1940 and Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson and Laurence Oliver.
Book: Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie
The fabric you always come back to: Tiger silk velvet
Dream project: A series of boutique hotels
Meal: All of them.
Drink: Casamigos Reposado with mango La Croix!
Hotel: Bristol, Paris
Travel Destination: Somewhere new: next up Egypt.
Thing to collect obsessively: Souvenirs of the Grand Tour
Era in the history of design: Napoleonic France
Museum: The Vatican and the Soane.
Paint Color that always look great: HC 77 – Benjamin Moore
Favorite person to follow on Instagram: My kids’ friends. The potential for terror is enormous.
Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? None