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THE EXPERTS

MASTER CLASS

P.GAYE TAPP
ON ICONIC
STYLE
I spent years researching my new book, How They
Decorated [Rizzoli], because Im fascinated by how trail-
blazing women expressed themselves at homefrom
Georgia OKeeffe, who never would have dreamed of
h iring a designer, to Babe Paley, who went through a
string of them. They all wanted rooms they could be
comfortable in. As Gloria Vanderbilt put it, Decorating
is autobiography. as told to Kathryn OShea-Evans

LOUISE DE VILMORIN

DE VILMORIN: THE CECIL BEATON STUDIO ARCHIVE AT SOTHEBYS; POOL: JOHN RAWLINGS/COND NAST VIA GETTY IMAGES;
BEDROOM: BALTHAZAR KORAB, COURTESY OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS; OKEEFFE: PHILIPPE HALSMAN/MAGNUM PHOTOS
PHOTOGRAPHERS BOOK: STUART TYSON/STUDIO D; SALON: ROGER GUILLEMOT/CONNAISSANCE DES ARTS/AKG-IMAGES;
Blue and white is a very French way to
treat a room that goes back centuries,
but the way heiress deVilmorin used this
Georges Le Manach chintz in the salon
of her chteaueverywhere!makes it
work. This was a family home, and
everything in it was sacred to herthe
inherited furniture, the Chinese pieces.
She united it all with that fabric. >>

BABE PALEY Paley was a known perfectionist, but


in Jamaica, she could let her hair down. The hat rack isnt
hidden away in a closet. This was all about embracing functional
outdoor livingrattan pieces and red cushions say relax.

GEORGIA
OKEEFFE
A true original, OKeeffe
didnt bring antiques to Santa
Fe, she worked with what
she had, mixing modern
and adobe. The patent-
leather blackout curtains
in her bedroom are a flash
of her New York days. The
Buddha hand, in mudra
pose, means fear not.

56 HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
THE EXPERTS

MASTER CLASS

Stick with the real meat


your cat loves.

LESLEY BLANCH The British author and nomad


had a caravan of things from far-flung journeys that became her
rooms. She threw down rugs and fabulous needlepoint pillows
she made; it was all very spontaneous but created instant
ambience. It was her genuine lifestyleshe didnt go online and
buy 25 pillows just for show. She could pitch her tent anywhere!

Give your cat the tasty treat

BLANCH: HENRY CLARKE/ROGER-VIOLLET; LIBRARY: DERRY MOORE; BRUCE: THE CECIL BEATON
made with high quality meat.

PHOTOGRAPHERS BLANCH INTERIOR: HENRY CLARKE/COND NAST VIA GETTY IMAGES;

STUDIO ARCHIVE AT SOTHEBYS. FOR MORE DETAILS, SEE RESOURCES

EVANGELINE
BRUCE
In the hostesss library,
SHEBA Meaty Tender Sticks the colors of the wall
What Cats Want
. and cabinet fabric came
from a 17th-century
sheba.com painting of Pocahontas
in Jacobean dress.
If theres ever a way to
create a memorable
room, its using one
fabric from head to toe.
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