13 January, 2011

The Duchess Eyes . . .

Two New York Apartments

This week Vogue's online magazine revealed a new installment in its series The APT [apartment] with LSD [Lauren Santo Domingo] and finally featured Ms. Santo Domingo's apartment itself.  Ms. Santo Domingo is a former Vogue staffer who, after a turn in PR at the fashion houses of Carolina Herrera and J. Mendel, is now a Vogue contributing editor.  In 2008 she was married to Andres Santo Domingo, who has been dubbed a "Colombian beer heir" by the New York Post but whose day job involves running a record label.  Though the Andres Santo Domingos purchased, in 2009, a Greek revival townhouse at 23 Gramercy Park South (not too shabby), the article features their home at 31 W. 21st Street in the Flatiron district.  The Duchess is uncertain whether they intend to remain in their Flatiron loft solely while renovating the Gramercy pad, given the pending arrival of their first child, due in April. 

Ms. Santo Domingo currently renovates this room to become a nursery.

It was reported that the couple owns no CDs, no iPod docks, and that their entire listening library is contained within their record collection.  Not very Neu. 

Ms. Santo Domingo's office/closet focuses on a Jonathan Adler desk; she uses
Kelly Wearstler silver dice bookends.

The Lalanne bar.

The living room, used primarily for "entertaining guests."

In a different part of town (UES) reside Kate and Andy Spade.  Kate Spade too was a magazine staffer, then editor, at the now-defunct Mademoiselle back in the 1980s.  Originally from Missouri Ms. Spade (nee Brosnahan) met her husband Andy in Arizona while there to attend ASU.  After moving to New York, and after leaving Mademoiselle, they began her eponymous handbag company and the rest is history.

This may be one of the Duchess's favorite interiors, ever.  Though the Spade family enjoys the privilege of a beautiful apartment and many resources with which to adorn it, there is such warmth and originality to it; there is nothing (visibly) contrived about it.  The couple did enlist the aid of antiques dealer Steven Sclaroff in pulling it all together, and how!  (per Style Court)  C'est magnifique. 

The photographs below were taken by the ubiquitous Todd Selby for his Web site; pay him a visit there because the image quality, and the interview with Kate and Andy accompanying the images, is worth the trip across the interwebs. 

Where, oh where is the man who will consent to watch television on a screen that petite? 

Photographs of apartment of Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo by Claiborne Swanson Frank for http://www.vogue.com/.  Photographs of Andy and Kate Spade apartment by Todd Selby for The Selby is in Your Place.

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