When Sara and I began dreaming about how to decorate our house, we tried really hard to focus on timeless style and avoid anything too cutting-edge or trendy. After all, we wanted to create a family-friendly home with furniture, fabrics and objects layered upon each other, telling the story of who we are. Dark moody walls and reclaimed industrial metal pieces may be en vogue today, but we wanted to stick to the classics, and for that, we looked to a few tried-and-true sources.
One inspiration for me has always been Aerin Lauder's East Hampton house. It's been featured time and again in House & Garden, Elle Decor and Vogue Living. When I first saw it, I fell in love with its timeless appeal — that preppy, north eastern, colour-loving thing that just gets me every time. We thought if we applied some of this history-laden style to our little place, it would feel dressed up, yet casual at the same time.
Here's a peek at Aerin Lauder's home:
Ideas I was taking from this East Hampton dream house? Lots of blue and white porcelain, seagrass and sisal to keep things casual, soft colour on the walls, traditional furniture mixed with global prints, brass hardware in the kitchen, wallpaper in a bedroom or two, and a casual airiness on top of all of that old-school formality. And I really think we achieved the look we wanted. Check out my house in the June 2011 issue, on stands May 9th.