If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live? Without question, Paris.
What are three words to describe your style? Timeless, Approachable, Inviting
Tell us about your childhood bedroom? Totally mod! It had Kelly green shag carpeting, chrome and black leather paperclip chairs and a bold Kelly green and navy graphic stripe that ran around the room.
What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? A 19th century American sideboard that I bought off the floor from the Ralph Lauren Stamford store when I worked there as manager. I just sold it.
In the history of design, if you could hire any designer other than yourself, who would it be? Thomas Britt
No room is complete without a dog.
People think of me as shy, but I am really shy.
Things you omit from:
A flower arrangement – carnations or lilies
An hors d’oeuvre platter –paper doilies
A bar cabinet – Plastic swizzle sticks. They give me the creeps.
A song for:
Dinner at home- Natalie Cole’s duet with her dad, “Unforgettable”
Working at your desk – Cher’s “Believe”
Going for a run –I don’t run.
Biggest Vice? Shopping
If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? The first electric SUV, a Rivian.
Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how? Timeless, easy going and colorful. I’m not the tallest person in the world, so I do have to think about proportion.
Who is your star crush? Cher. I met her once and totally flubbed it. I want a do-over!
What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it? Scenic wallpaper
If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be? Bunny Williams’ “An Affair with a House”
For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for? Livability, attention to detail and, most of all, joy.
A Few Favorites:
Movie: Auntie Mame. Surprised?
Book: “Make Way for Lucia” by E.F. Benson
Scent: Hermes Bel Ami
The fabric you always come back to: Rogers & Goffigon linen
Dream project: A house for Cher. Actually, even a closet for Cher.
Meal: Steak and mashed potatoes. I’m from the Midwest.
Drink: Aperol Spritz. I had my first one in Capri a hundred years ago and have loved them ever since. I guess I’m not all that Midwestern.
Hotel: Hotel du Cap. I guess there’s a pattern here.
Travel Destination: Capri, of course.
Artist: Painter Sean Mellyn
Thing to collect obsessively: Anything with a dachshund on it.
Era in the history of design: NOW!
Museum: The V&A. I could spend days just looking at the porcelain collections.
Paint Color that always look great: Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray
Favorite person to follow on Instagram: Cher’s best friend Paulette Howell. pauletteakapauly
Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Definitely dogs!