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Actress Jennifer Aniston describes the centuries-spanning decor in her Bel-Air home as “Old World meets New World,” a polyglot mix of hand-painted wallpaper and mid-century furniture, silk rugs and polished concrete, antique Japanese screens and Abstract Expressionist paintings. Yet for all the pedigreed pieces on display—artworks by Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, and Glenn Ligon; furnishings by Vladimir Kagan, Edward Wormley, and Arturo Pani—the real triumph rests in the harmony of the various decorative compositions within designer @stephenshadley’s reconceived interior architecture. The custom platform unit in the master bedroom echos the low-slung bed in Aniston’s previous home in Beverly Hills (also designed by Shadley) and her overall preference for a zen environment. Take the full home tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoisdischinger; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @lawrenhowell
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Ten years ago, actress Candice Bergen (@bergenbags) and her husband Marshall Rose set about updating the gardens of their East Hampton home with landscape architect Edmund Hollander. “The man works on vast farms, incorporating Henry Moore bronzes into rolling hills,” Bergen admits. “We stepped up and said, ‘We’d like you to refresh two acres!’ And he did.” Hollander divided the lawn with a white picket fence and a border of hydrangea and Japanese anemones, beyond which he created a secret garden of shade plants, wide-leaf hostas, and ostrich ferns beneath the 150-year-old maples. “This isn’t a garden you’re a slave to; this is a garden you enjoy, where dogs can run around,” says Hollander. “It’s pretty, not perfect.” Read Bergen’s daughter, @chl@chloemalle account of living in the guesthouse of the property, pictured here with Phyllis the cavachon, through the #linkinbio Photo by @obertogili; text by @chloemalle; styled by Howard Christian
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Located in the tony Trousdale Estates enclave of Beverly Hills, the new Casa Perfect by @thefutureperfect maintains the existing floor plan and many of the original details from when Elvis Presley lived there. The rooms feature a mix of designs from the Future Perfect’s stellar roster—including @dimorestudio, @piet_hein_eek, @lindseyadelman, and Ilse Crawford—all organized to tell an evolving narrative of what founder @davidalhadeff views as important, collectible contemporary design. “This isn’t a show house, and we’re not trying to conjure an actual residential interior,” he explains. “I just think that shopping has become a chore, and Casa Perfect is our way of reawakening the excitement of discovering the new.” Take a closer look inside through the #linkinbio Photo by @trevortondro; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelreynoldsnyc
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Built in 1930 by architect Reginald Johnson, author of such Southern California landmarks as the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel and the mansion at Ganna Walska Lotusland, this Montecito property was ripe for reinvention when it was purchased roughly seven years ago by longtime clients of both designs @atelier_am_inc and @richardmanion. Instead of a slavish renovation that would have ossified the Italianate villa into a grand relic, the designers conspired to revitalize the home in order to serve contemporary tastes and needs without sacrificing any of its grand spirit. The client’s child and dog dash down the property’s flourishing sunroom. Take a look at the interiors through the #linkinbio Photo by @stephenkentjohnson; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelbargo
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“I decided finally to plant a stake in the ground and to do something all the way,” says @esteelauder beauty exec @jdemsey of his recently completed Manhattan home. “Everything I’ve ever done before was like a stage set. I was never able to have the bathroom I wanted, the closets I wanted, the backyard I wanted, the kitchen I wanted.” He enlisted the help of architect Joseph Cornacchia to change everything about the 6-story townhouse (even down to the wiring), and longtime friend and designer @bibimonnahan to curate each eye-catching piece. Monnahan worked closely with @starkcarpet to create custom rugs for the entire house, including this graphic black and white number in a sitting area. A painting by James Nares hangs over the sofa by @bebitalia bedecked with @gucci pillows while an Alexander Calder sculpture tops the coffee table. Take the full home tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoisdischinger; text by @thealinacho; styled by @michaelbargo
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Midcentury homes may be a dime a dozen in L.A., but not so much in Austin, TX. So when @tenoversix founders Kristen and Joe Cole moved down south from the West Coast, they struggled to find a home to suit their penchant for vintage-modern architecture. Having lived in a midcentury-modern residence in L.A., the Coles had hoped to settle into a similar type of house in Austin. Instead, they found themselves knee-deep in either new builds or historic homes in the Southern Gothic tradition. The couple decided to take matters into their own hands and build a new home from the ground up with the help of @baldridgearchitects. Take a look inside through the #linkinbio Photo by Max Burkhalter; text by @kamalanair
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One of @nickyhilton’s cats finds comfort on @dporthaultparis bed linens with a @bennisonny fabric covering the headboard behind. “I grew up in a house full of antiques and fancy fabrics and certain rooms you weren’t allowed to go in,” Nicky explains. “And as a child I always told myself that I will never have that when I’m grown up; I would have a house where no room is off-limits.” The recently completed Manhattan loft she shares with husband James Rothschild is not only cat and child-friendly (the couple welcomed their second daughter in December), but also full of family heirlooms, contemporary art, and vibrant colors and patterns. Take the full home tour through the #linkinbio Photo by @stephenkentjohnson; text by @chloemalle; styled by @miranda.brooks.gardens
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86-year-old architect Alessandro Mendini moved within the late-1960s anti-design Italian Radical movement, from which he went on to cofound (along with luminary Ettore Sottsass) Studio Alchimia and later designed for Memphis (founded by Sottsass). All the while, he built buildings, penned books, and served as the editor of @domusweb and Casabella. Discerning as he is, he created not only objects of contemplation, but also ones for practical use—corkscrews for @alessi_official, watches for @swatch, and plastic stools for @kartell_official, among countless others—that deliver his cheerful wit to the masses. In his new vacation home, Mendini’s own works (rare prototypes, wild cabinets, and charming rugs) and those of his friends (Gaetano Pesce and Anna Gili are a few), mix with the Art Nouveau antiques and details that came with the house. “The house makes me think, links me to the past, and detaches me for a few days from the speed of life and work,” says Mendini. Discover more of his own designs through the #linkinbio Photo by Danilo Scarpati; text by @_h_mart_
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The late Oscar de la Renta designed Tortuga Bay resort in Punta Cana 10 years ago to be, he once said, “something that would be unbelievably comfortable, that people would come back to and would tell their friends about.” Spreading the word proved easy: Seemingly overnight, the hotel’s sunny yellow villas and ocean-facing suites landed on every jet-setter’s bucket list. But time and ocean air take a toll. So, early last year, in consultation with the de la Renta’s wife Annette, the owners set about restoring the property to peak comfort, enlisting #AD100 decorator @markhamroberts to help revamp the villas and common spaces while retaining Oscar’s vision. “There isn’t anyone whose taste I respect more,” Roberts notes. “Oscar’s gone, but his spirit is sure alive and well down here.” Take a look inside the refreshed interiors through the #linkinbio Photo by @bjornwallander; text by @carly_olson
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The Casa Perfect experiment began barely over a year ago, when @thefutureperfect’s @davidalhadeff thwarted conventional retail wisdom by opening a showroom within a mid- century house in the hills above West Hollywood. “The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It gave us the confidence to scale up the size and ambition of the project,” he recalls. And scale up he did, by jumping on the 1958 former residence of Elvis Presley, designed by architect Rex Lotery and located in the tony Trousdale Estates enclave of Beverly Hills. The new Casa Perfect may be more grand and imbued with celebrity from it’s reputable legacy, but the DNA of the project remains. “Our goal is still the same—to present gallery-like vignettes in a residential setting so that our clients can have a more intimate, personal experience with the work on display,” says Alhadeff. “I just think that shopping has become a chore, and Casa Perfect is our way of reawakening the excitement of discovering the new.” Read more about the new location through the #linkinbio Photo by @trevortondro; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelreynoldsnyc
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Beauty executive @jdemsey’s Manhattan townhouse perfectly mirrors his “more is more” personality–the description given by @aer@aerin Lauder, longtime friend and associate. He is a passionate collector of photography, and the installation of 575 pictures from his trove was mapped out room-by-room with military precision. The installation—covering all 6 floors—took 9 weeks. One recent acquisition Demsey is especially proud of is a striking @stevenkleinstudio portrait of @nickiminaj painted blue and wearing a pink Marilyn Monroe wig, pictured here in the library. (Demsey recently worked with Minaj on a lipstick collaboration for @maccosmetics.) “His life is his work and his work is his life,” @aerin continues. “You see that in his home, his love of pattern and package and texture; it translates into everything he does.” See more of the home through the #linkinbio Photo by @francoisdischinger; text by @thealinacho; styled by @michaelbargo
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In the high-stakes game of L.A. real estate, a good celebrity pedigree is always a bonus. On that score, @davidalhadeff definitely struck gold when he discovered the new location for Casa Perfect, the L.A. outpost of his furniture mecca, @thefutureperfect. Designed in 1958 by architect Rex Lotery and renovated in the mid-1960s, the house belonged to Elvis Presley from ‘67-73. Those were good years for the King, encompassing his marriage to Priscilla Presley and the birth of their daughter, Lisa Marie. “Celebrity is such a vital part of the cultural commerce of this city,” Alhadeff observes. “I was excited to leverage the Elvis connection as part of our story.” The new Casa Perfect maintains the existing floor plan and many of the original details from the Presley era. A mix of designs from the Future Perfect roster liks @dimorestudio, @rooms_design_, @lucanichetto for @delaespada pictured here in the home’s former dining room, are organized to tell an evolving narrative of what Alhadeff views as important, collectible contemporary design. Get a closer look inside the new Casa Perfect through the #linkinbio Photo by @trevortondro; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelreynoldsnyc
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