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Inspired by wood candlesticks she had seen in Sri Lanka, #AD100 designer @murielbrandolini had each decorative column in her client’s Upper West Side apartment painstakingly hand-painted in stripes—every one a different width and hue. Bold, eclectic interiors are the calling card of the designer, the daughter of a French-Venezuelan mother and a Vietnamese father. She was raised in Saigon and then on Martinique, studied fashion in Paris, and married a debonair Italian financier, Nuno Brandolini. She didn’t train to be a decorator, so she’s not beholden to some set formula about furniture placement or how high artworks should hang on a wall. Thankfully, the husband and wife she was designing for have the same allergy to beige, monochromatic interiors as she does. “If I didn’t go for it enough with color, she would say, ‘Go for it more,’ ” Brandolini recalls. Roland Rainer chairs surround a table from City Joinery in the dining room. Take the full home tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @sturman70; text by @vicklowry; styled by @michaelbargo
Julian Metcalfe and @brookemetcalfe99 enlisted English landscape designer Christopher Bradley-Hole to transform the grounds of their 17th century countryside house. For his new clients he planted a dramatic allée of linden trees—not for nothing is one of Bradley-Hole’s books called “The Minimalist Garden.” “It’s quite severe and architectural,” Brooke admits of the paucity of blooms, “but it means that we aren’t fussing over dead flowers.” Now more time can be spent in the stone-edged lap pool, presided over by an Antony Gormley sculpture. Take a look inside the home through the #linkinbio Photo by @ricardolabougle; text by @janekeltnerdev; styled by @carolinairving
#AD100 designer @ryankorban's first ground-up building in NoHo NYC doesn't break ground until 2019, but the showroom gallery served as a stylish backdrop for friend and fashion designer @brandonmaxwell's spring campaign. "[Brandon] was telling me the concept in an abstract way and describing @jourdandunn getting ready with her son, going out for this glamorous evening in this glamorous but modern space. I was like, ‘Ok, this is the world; this is who would live here; this is who the buyer will be for the building,’" Korban explains of how the campaign came together. Get a preview of the building and fashion campaign featuring Jourdan and her son Riley through the #linkinbio Interior photos by @bjornwallander; text by @janekeltnerdev
“When a ceiling is low, if you don’t create busyness, you see misery,” says designer @murielbrandolini who is the master of artful busyness in a home. In one client’s NYC apartment, Brandolini covered office/guest room walls in a large leaf-pattern print, while the bedspread is a busy stripe. Matchy-matchy it is not. “My husband and I like things to be interesting and energetic,” the client says. “We like furniture and design that makes you think.” The cork bed is by City Joinery and the rug below is by @fedoradesign. Take the full home tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @sturman70; text by @vicklowry; styled by @michaelbargo
When opposites attract, the relationship can be downright electrifying. #AD100 designer @murielbrandolini couldn’t be more different in temperament from one of her longtime NYC clients, a cerebral, business-minded woman who initially discovered Brandolini’s work in a magazine and picked up the telephone. “I’m a very analytical, linear thinker,” says the client, who asked Brandolini to revitalize an Upper West Side apartment for she and her husband. “Muriel leads with passion and feeling. I wanted to ask questions and she would just say, ‘It’s beautiful. I can’t tell you why it will work, but it will.” And that it did. In the den, 2 Gianfranco Frattini armchairs sit astride a wood-grain cocktail table by @ludwigetdominique and a Gino Sarfatti chandelier hangs above. An @ericgizard sofa is covered in a @sahco_official fabric and the fabric border is by @murielbrandolini for @hollandandsherryinteriors. Discover the rest of the home through the #linkinbio Photo by @sturman70; text by @vicklowry; styled by @michaelbargo
For all of its sybaritic bells and whistles, @alexdebetak and Sofía Sanchez de Betak (@chufy)’s apartment hews more closely to the rough-and-ready SoHo artists’ dwellings of the 1960s and ’70s than it does to today’s so-called luxury lofts. The deliberately unfussy materials palette includes weathered floorboards reclaimed from an upstate New York barn; Pipes and radiators are largely left exposed, as are the original wood columns and beams. In the master bedroom, a vintage throw from Paula Rubenstein Ltd. covers a bed custom designed by Alexandre and a Pierluigi Ghianda chair fills the corner. See the entire home through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoishalard; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelbargo
Journalist and philanthropist Jacaranda Caracciolo di Melito Falk grew up in a “very cozy” Milanese house that her mother, Anna Cataldi layered with treasures brought back from India and Africa, where Jacaranda spent much of her childhood. Her upbringing may have contributed to the comfort and ease with which Jacaranda uses color and pattern in her family’s Tuscany home, but the house also owes something to the unpretentious chic of her American grandmother, Margaret Clarke. In her son’s bathroom, a curtain of Atoosa fabric by Swavelle/Mill Creek creatively clashes with @mosaic_del_sur wall tiles, while terracotta floor tiles by Fornace Biritognolo line the floor. Take the full home tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoishalard; text and styling by @hamishbowles
Who doesn’t use @pinterest for their home project? Even Jacaranda Caracciolo di Melito Falk started an inspiration board when decorating this old former convent in Tuscany– stripes, toiles de Jouy, and the daintily high-style interiors of the decorator Madeleine Castaing, who also celebrated the unusual greens and blues in which Jacaranda delights. What resulted is beyond anything a computer screen can generate. With the help of @tommasoziffer, the journalist dressed commodious sofas and armchairs in kinetic upholstery fabrics (“the funkier, the better!” she declares) and commissioned artists to paint the walls bold tones of eucalyptus and arsenic-green as seen here in the library. The floor-to-ceiling shelves are filled with old bound volumes of the innovative leftist newspaper “La Repubblica” and the weekly newspaper “L’Espresso,” both cofounded by Jacaranda’s father and famed for their powerful graphics. Discover the rest of the home through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoishalard; text and styling by @hamishbowles
For gastronomic pleasures in @alexdebetak and Sofía Sanchez de Betak (@chufy)’s SoHo loft, Alexandre created the ultimate chef’s kitchen, centered on a monumental stainless-steel island that is the ne plus ultra of bespoke cookery. “The kitchen was custom fabricated, cabinet by cabinet, by a Chinese metalworking shop in Brooklyn. I spent a year with those guys, driving them nuts,” he recalls. Predictably, the couple enjoys entertaining, and the kitchen allows them to do so on a grand scale, whether that means cooking pasta for 100 for a book launch or making paella for a throng of fashion-forward guests. The sink fittings are by Chicago Faucets and Étienne Fermigier bar stools provide seating for the sous chef. Sofía wears a @maisonvalentino dress while Alexandre wears a @savekhakiunited shirt. Discover the rest of their home through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoishalard; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelbargo; fashion styling by @martiarcucci
“Neither of us rides horses or actually even owns a pair of Hunter boots,” quips writer @brookemetcalfe99. “So as much as we like to think we’re going to the country, it’s really a rather urban escape.” She and her husband Julian Metcalfe wanted a weekend place that wasn’t too far from their primary residence in London. And it had to be in a setting that wouldn’t feel too rural or desolate. An impromptu drive through the South Oxfordshire village of Great Haseley, where Julian’s grandmother—the alluring Baba Metcalfe, youngest daughter of George Curzon, former Viceroy of India, and a high-society heartbreaker par excellence—once had a weekend place led them to a stately 17th-century manor, right next to the parish church. As Brooke recounts, “We stood up on the wall, looked in, and thought, Oh, my God, it’s perfect.” The parish church rises above the Metcalfe’s stone-edged lap pool surrounded by linden trees. Take the full tour of the grounds through the #linkinbio Photo by @ricardolabougle; text by @janekeltnerdev; styled by @carolinairving
Take one step inside the Manhattan loft of @alexdebetak and Sofía Sanchez de Betak (@chufy), and you know you’re not in Kansas anymore. Witness the tatami room, which includes three types of sake on tap, a video projector, and a hydraulic table that rises mysteriously from the floor for casual dining. Or the proliferation of vintage Japanese toys throughout the home. “I have a big family of robots. They’re my little friends, my little monsters,” Alexandre says of his long-time collecting obsession. But for all of its sybaritic bells and whistles, the apartment hews more closely to the rough-and-ready SoHo artists’ dwellings of the 1960s and ’70s than it does to today’s so-called luxury lofts. “We wanted to respect the history of this place and not try to make it something that it isn’t,” Alexandre says. Take the full loft tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoishalard; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelbargo; fashion styling by @martiarcucci
“We threw out all rules,” @brookemetcalfe99 says of the 17th-century English manor she decorated in almost 4 months. “Nothing had to fit any pattern or mood.” She and her husband, Julian Metcalfe, had the luck of moving into the home that was already graced with lovely light and good bones: high ceilings, original mantels and cornices. They pooled art and furniture from previous homes and scoured auctions, flea markets and “maddeningly expensive” London shops. “There’s no law of rhyme or reason to it, which was really liberating,” Brooke explains. In a guest room, custom mirrors wrapped in wallpaper flank a linen-covered four-poster. Vintage chests topped by Japanese lamps sit below and a needlepoint rug covers the floor. Discover the rest of the home through the #linkinbio Photo by @ricardolabougle; text by @janekeltnerdev; styled by @carolinairving