Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators

Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators

by Michele Keith

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Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America's Top Decorators by Michele Keith

During the week, interior designers select fabulous fabrics, furniture, paint, lighting, and accessories for clients’ homes. On the weekends, they can devote themselves to beautifying their own. Materials and finishes that later appear in commissioned work often appear here first, as designers use the rooms and walls of their primary and secondary residences like a blank canvas for perfecting details and techniques central to their trade.

Thirty-eight private primary and vacation residences belonging to today’s most renowned decorators from around the country inspire with full-color images of exquisitely appointed chic city apartments, elegant townhouses, minimalist midcentury gems, quaint cottages, historic mansions and farmhouses, cozy log cabins, and beachside retreats in locations ranging from Palm Desert to Palm Beach, Austin, Chicago, East Hampton, and Boston.

Michele Keith’s lively, accessible text brings each distinct personality to life, revealing how and why the designers gravitate to styles ranging from firmly traditional to coolly contemporary to Hollywood Regency, how the attributes of each location—setting, proportions, and character—influence design direction, and how designers including Martha Angus, Barclay Butera, Eric Cohler, Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Eve Robinson, and Vicente Wolf choose to spend time in the intensely personal spaces they have created. Each designer’s top five favorite decorating tips encourage all eager to perfect their own homes to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580932462
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.46(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Michele Keith is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Departures, Traditional Home, New York Spaces, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her previous books include Country Living Easy Makeovers and Great Country French Style.

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Barclay Butera
Newport Beach, California & Park City, Utah

He might look like a surfer, but Barclay Butera’s focus is on fabrics and furniture, rather than the Wedge, and it’s the refined elegance and classical tailoring of 1940s couture that inspire him. Butera, whose second passion is real estate, downsized from five houses—one of which was Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs home—to the two he loves most. His primary residence in Newport Beach is country club classic, with gleaming mahogany and patterns galore. Six hundred miles away in Park City, Utah, Butera lets his inner cowboy out, roping in a Western motif with art and antiques.

NEWPORT BEACH
BAREFOOT ELEGANCE
“I’ve learned to slow down here and appreciate what I have.”

Southern California has been Butera’s base for much of his life, so this 1950s ranch house in Newport Beach appealed to him for a number of reasons: “It’s on a huge double lot, rare in these parts,” he explains, “and only three miles from the office. My design team is like family.We work together and play together. This is an easy drive for everyone to make for dinner and a soak in the jacuzzi.”

With entertaining in mind, Butera decided on an open plan for the 2,700-square-foot space. He began by ripping out the bathrooms, reconfiguring beams and ceilings, and installing new cabinetry. Only then did he turn to the décor, immersing the house in an ocean of blues and whites. “It reminds me of the seaside,” he says, finding it “comforting to know it’s so close by.” But this is no typical beach cottage—although there are seashells depicted in numerous antique nature prints on the walls, unusual coral specimens topping books on many tables, and a giant clam shell used as a planter in one of the guest bedrooms. The two-tone color scheme is repeated in each room of the house, but Butera varies the mood by introducing a range of furnishings, textures, and patterns. The dining area borders on formal, its audacious mix of toile de Jouy, stripes, and Chinese porcelains set off smartly by the ebony-stained floor and mahogany chairs of his design. The living room is relaxed with a sofa from his eponymous retail collection, a bamboo fire screen scooped up at a flea market, and leopard-print carpeting. And the family room that opens onto the garden feels easy as a picnic with lots of sea grass, rattan, and the nearly ceiling-high, batten board wainscoting. Butera’s office evokes a different atmosphere still: all-business in sedate stripes and Scottish plaid. The designer’s vision of carefree glamour embraces every room.

Butera collects such vintage silver pieces as clocks, flasks, and ashtrays, tucking them among favorite books on the shelves in his office, and displaying them elsewhere in the house. He also went wild with wallpaper, one of his favorite decorative tools, hanging fourteen different types throughout, including one made of raffia on the family room ceiling. The last step of the renovation was landscaping. “I live in the garden,” he says, “and love to entertain on the terrace.” His favorite type of get-together? Potluck-style dinners, especially when everyone brings a homemade specialty. “That way we can all have fun, and no one is stuck with clean-up—especially me!” he jokes.

PARK CITY COWBOY CHIC
“The smell of the pines, crackling fireplace, friends and family to share it with . . . what’s not to love?”

I’ve admired Park City since I skied here as a kid,” says Butera. “It’s changed greatly since then, but it’s still a far cry from Newport Beach.” A quick drive to the airline hub of Salt Lake City, which makes flying to either coast for client meetings a snap, it offers many of the activities he enjoys year-round, from mountain biking in the summer to the Sundance Film Festival in the winter. Butera bought the loft for its notable location at the edge of a creek, surrounded by Aspen trees, yet only 50 feet from Main Street, bustling with restaurants and boutiques. Under the pitched ceiling that soars to 18 feet at its apex, the two bedrooms, vast great room, and open kitchen reveal his design concept: an inviting interior that reflects the singular colors of the mountains and sky, sunrise and sunset. Multiple patterns, including seemingly discordant paisleys, stripes, Jacobean prints, and American Indian blanket motifs combine with fabrics and rugs in a slew of textures.

As befits an ideal mountain retreat, the rooms display lots of buttery-soft leather, old-timey trunks and horns—big, curvy examples from a Texas longhorn shape a hide-covered chair in his bedroom; sunbleached deer antlers are placed like sculpture on armoires; and those of an elk twist and turn into a lamp near the fireplace. But Butera being Butera, he enhances the cowpoke aesthetic with glimpses of his cattle baron side. “Just because you wear jeans and cowboy boots,” he insists, “doesn’t mean you have to forgo elegance.” His touch of chic is quiet: Some of the trunks are vintage Louis Vuitton, Chinese porcelains add grace to the rustic surroundings, and a number of the antique pocket watches he collects are on display. With a few paintings, the house is complete. “Look at this one,” he says, indicating William “Royden” Card’s Guardian at Katherine hanging in the red master bedroom. “It’s like Utah itself. It brings you back to reality, if even for a short period of time.”

Table of Contents

MARTHA ANGUS
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA

ANDREW FISHER & JEFFRY WEISMAN
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

STEPHEN SHUBEL
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA

MICHAEL BERMAN
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

MOLLY LUETKEMEYER
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA

BARCLAY BUTERA
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
PARK CITY, UTAH

PAM DUNCAN
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
TRES LAGUNAS, NEW MEXICO

JOHN PHIFER MARRS
DALLAS, TEXAS
EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

RENEA ABBOTT
HOUSTON, TEXAS
AUSTIN, TEXAS

BEVERLY JACOMINI
HOUSTON, TEXAS
ROUND TOP, TEXAS

LAWRENCE BOEDER
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
ROLLING PRAIRIE, INDIANA

ALEX JORDAN
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA

SUE BURGESS
CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND
UPPERVILLE, VIRGINIA

ERIC COHLER
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
ELIZAVILLE, NEW YORK

BENJAMIN NORIEGA-ORTIZ
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
SOUTH BEACH, FLORIDA

EVE ROBINSON
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
WATERMILL , NEW YORK

VICENTE WOLF
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
MONTAUK, NEW YORK

LEE BIERLY AND CHRISTOPHER DRAKE
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

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