Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Woman of Great Style






A friend was kind enough to send me the October issue of Residence magazine, a Dutch design magazine (which, by the way, is a beautiful publication). I was excited to see this article on Caroline Herrera's Upper East Side home. I don't remember seeing these images before, although they could have been published in an American magazine. Anyway, I thought I would share them with you.


Unfortunately, I can't provide a lot of commentary as I can't read the article- I don't speak or read a word of Dutch! However, I think Herrera's home is as elegant, grand, and sophisticated as she is. It just goes to show that beautiful design is appreciated around the world.




The formal (and very red) living room. A sumptuous mix of fabrics.


Herrera's feminine bedroom. Can anyone identify the fabric??


The Warhol portrait of Herrera actually seems to fit right in with the predominately traditional furnishings.


A more neutral and softer color scheme in the dining room and in the image at the right (possibly her entryway?).


A display of old family photos. I can definitely see the attractive resemblance between the child in the photo in back and Caroline Herrera Jr.

(All images courtesy of Residence, October 2007)

26 comments:

  1. Oh you are so lucky! I had hoped Carolina, Jr. or Sr. would be included in Vogue Living (the book.) Mother and daughter obviously both love rooms swathed in fabric. Carolina, Jr. seems to have the same rooster toile, in blue, in her home. I'll look it up -- think it's Pierre Frey or Brunschwig.

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  2. Courtney- I couldn't remember if these images appeared in an American mag or not. Regardless, they're still fun! Thanks for checking on the fabric :)

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  3. I think it might be La Coq from Pierre Frey.

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  4. Jennifer - I have seen Herrara photgraphed in her living room, but I can't remember seeing the whole room like that. So much drama! I think it's interesting that her home is so colorful, but I usually think of her as wearing black and white. Gosh, she looks amazing in a crisp, white blouse, doesn't she?

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  5. Thanks Courtney! Appreciate your help :)

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  6. I love all the Herreras. There was a great feature in Vogue many years ago of Patricia Herrera in her mother's room red toile room wearing a Carolina Herrera designed dress in the blue and white toile version of the fabric. It was spectacular.

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  7. Patricia- I once read where her white shirts never seem to wrinkle!

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  8. Habitual- I do remember that article, and unfortunately I threw that issue away without saving the article!

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  9. Anonymous11:57 AM

    I believe Herrera's house was published in House and Garden about 8 years ago. I have been inside it, and the best part is when, in the red sitting room, her Great Danes get up on the furniture, specifically the striped benches. I've been there and seen it happen.

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  10. What beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing Jennifer!!

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  11. Anon- That's wonderful! There was a day when, had those dogs been mine, I would have had a heart attack. Now I realize that life is too short (and furniture can be reupholstered).

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  12. Anonymous2:05 PM

    And if you keep your dogs well-groomed, there's less mess. FYI: I used to have a friend in Dallas with two rambunctious yellow Labs ... whenever she had new slipcovers made, she would walk the dogs around the block, preferably during a light rain, and then when she returned home, she would let the dogs into the newly slipcovered room, shut the door, and walk away ... When the dogs were finished jumping up on the sofa or chairs or whatever, she would have the slipcovers removed and washed (she always used cotton) and put back on. Her reasoning? The dogs were going to make a mess at some point in time, so she might as well get it over with. Seems like sound advice to me, and so, so English.

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  13. Well, that's certainly one way to do it! I also like how Bunny Williams uses faux-fur throws on her sofas so that her dogs can enjoy being up on the sofa, but they don't destroy the fabric either.

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  14. I still swoon over her daughter's apartment that was featured in domino. such effortless style.

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  15. This house was featured in In Style in February 2003. There was also a room where the walls were covered in ticking: to-die-for chic. The article was written by Hal Rubenstein, and has been in my book of tear sheets forever.

    The In Style article was skimpy on details, but allowed the following: The red rooster toile is Pierre Frey. The boy in the sailor suit is Reinaldo Herrera's brother. Carolina Herrera calls the walls "framboise," not "red." Also, the Herreras have a house in Venezuela, but this is their only other home -- nothing in the Hamptons, Palm Beach, etc.

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  16. It's gorgeous, just like the woman herself. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Dear Peak of Chic - love the post - dont' worry about not speaking Dutch! Great taste extends beyond language borders! She certainly is an incredibly talented & stylish lady! :-)

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  18. Sarah in Marrakech (or rather, Paris!)6:56 AM

    Love love love! I adore that over the top baroque excess! Our landlord in Marrakech, a guy who is big in the world of fashion and design, teases me about this - he prefers simplicity, but no - I love the drama of it. Great post!

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  19. Mamacita- Thank you very much for this additional information. That room with the ticking sounds divine!

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  20. Mamacita- Thank you very much for this additional information. That room with the ticking sounds divine!

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  21. She is so timeless and CHIC

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  22. I forgot The red toile is a fabric of Comoglio called les coqs and it exists in red and in blue . NOw comoglio is sold by P.Frey. Comoglio was a wonderful factory with so many wonderful archives

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  23. I loooove this blog - you do sush great work! I have added a link to you on my blog, hope that is ok...

    Interesting post btw, The bedroom is so feminine and romantic!
    I just read an article in Vogue Living about Carolina Herrera Jr, not as good taste as her mother I think but still much alike.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  24. Great Pictures and ifo. Thanks!:)

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  25. Oh,love the pics and that last one is especially devine - I really love seeing people's tablescapes!!
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    Anna

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  26. What a treat to see Carolina's home!

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