An ambassador for classic decorating and bold color, Anne Hepfer designs rooms with staying power. Anne’s history with House & Home stretches back for more than a decade, and that kind of longevity isn’t an accident. For starters, the designer — who grew up in leafy Greenwich, Conn., but regularly made pilgrimages to galleries, museums and showhomes in New York — has a serious design pedigree. Following a bachelor of science at Vanderbilt University, she attended Parsons School of Design and was hired by esteemed Manhattan architect Daniel Romualdez right after graduation. She started her own design business in 2003 and, the following year, after marrying a Canadian, she moved her firm to Toronto.
Anne excels at translating a client’s vision into something that suits them so perfectly, it becomes an enduring style statement. “I’ve been tagged the Queen of Color,” says Anne, chalking up the title to her willingness to take risks. “I create customized interiors and, when I design, every element is intentional and has purpose and function.” It’s something she explores in her first book launching next August, Mood: Interiors & Inspiration, which opens the doors to spaces she’s created for an international clientele (with locales from Muskoka to Miami to San Francisco), as well as for her own family. “It’s very hard for me to define what my style is since it’s constantly evolving,” she says, “but it’s classic and timeless. I look back at projects I did 15 years ago, and I think they still stand the test of time.”
Anne designed a neoclassical revival home for a blended family with five teenagers that’s full of Anne’s signature touches. Primary colors, vibrant art and plush, curvy furniture are amped up by bespoke flourishes including edge trim on triple-fold drapery and headboards embellished with pleating or black piping. “What I love about this house is that it’s sophisticated, but you can’t take it so seriously,” says Anne. “It’s a fun house, ready to host joyful family moments.”
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