The prop and interiors stylist, author, and ultimate design insider steps in front of the lens to share her globally influenced aesthetic
The photo below shows the coffee table of my living room. It’s the most frequented area of my apartment, layered with Moroccan rugs and neutral tones with faded pinks. Dinners with friends usually end with all of us gathered around the coffee table, sitting on the floor or lounging on the sofa. I like to keep my home comfortable—to let friends sink in.
“I spend most of the summer at my family’s house in the Springs [neighborhood of East Hampton], Long Island. I bought the pink sarong last year from a small store nearby, a magical little spot called Martine & Juan. I've taken the sarong to every beach I’ve visited in Costa Rica and Mexico. It’s getting more faded from the sun and now has a few little tears, which makes me love it even more.
“I travel to Mexico quite often, either for work or for fun and exploring. I found the small burlap change pouch by Ariane Dutzi in the shop of hotel Casa Violeta, one of my Mexican homes away from home. The white crochet placemat was found at a market in Mexico City; I was there on a job for Bon Appetit. The aqua placemat is from Coqui Coqui in Tulum.
“The vase is vintage, from Joinery, my friend’s shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the crystals were gifts. The brown textile [beneath the white crochet] is a vintage Japanese fabric that I believe was once used for storing sake. The star is from Nickey Kehoe in Los Angeles. I always have an Astier de Villatte notebook nearby; they come in so many great colors and sizes. The beautiful tarot card is from The Wild Unknown. All the deck’s artwork is by the owner, Kim Krans. I picked out this Lion card during a week when I felt that I needed a little strength, and I keep it near when I perform puja at home.
“I have boxes and boxes of shells and feathers collected from my travels. [The one on the table, above] is from a beach in Costa Rica called Playa Hermosa. I find feathers all the time in the Springs. My family and I have many secret little bays and hiking trails, and we always spot treasures along the way.
“A friend of mine, artist Michael Haff, made the most gorgeous watercolor paintings for an Anthropologie catalogue I styled. The art was inspired by color testing, dip dyeing, and color gradation. This was one of the samples that I kept. It was so beautiful I couldn’t let it go.”