01 Sep Why Don’t You… Curate Your Space?
‘Why Don’t You’ is my weekly tribute to legendary editor Diana Vreeland who penned a column of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years begging, “Don’t just be your ordinary dull self. Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?”
Here’s the thing. I’m constantly on the hunt for pieces that ultimately make my apartment feel like me.
It’s a tiny—but big by New York’s standards—studio so I have to be super selective about what I bring home (oooh, there is a joke in there somewhere…).
Last month, I journeyed to Shelter Island to lunch with Jonathan Adler at the vacation home he shares with his husband, Simon Doonan, the creative director at Barneys, natch. “It’s totes chill—it’s like the anti-Hamptons,” he said of his home away from the city.
We were there to toast to his work with Ford. He mapped out a road trip that would meet the fashion girls’ travel needs in honor of the Mustang’s iconic 50th birthday—but I couldn’t stop staring, mouth agape, at their space.
How can I evoke this feeling in New York City? Further in my little studio?
“Surround yourself with stuff you love,” Jonathan suggested for starters. “I don’t think you should settle for anything that will just do. Everything around you should be something you love, that means something to you… and you probably should spend a little bit more than you think you can afford.”
It didn’t stop there.
I peppered Jonathan with questions until he unleashed the ultimate guide to decorating your living quarters with these five things to create a grown up space.
1. A Bar Cart
“Every girl needs a bar car, a place to keep your booze that instantly lets the world know that you are an urban sophisticate.”
2. A Flattering Chandelier
“… that’s dim-able.”
3. A Great Vanity Mirror
4. Couture Bedding
“No matter how small your apartment, the bed should look on fleek.” Uh, his word, not mine.
5. A Good, Expensive Bottle of Champagne
“You just never know when it’s going to come in handy.”
So what do you say?
Why don’t you you create a space that reflects the life you want to live? What did you think of Jonathan’s tips?
?: Angel Lenise