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Spotlight On Anna Burke Interiors

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The pinnacle of good design, in my book, is where comfort and beauty meet. That one can actually imagine sitting down and enjoying the spaces which populate the portfolio of Anna Burke Interiors is a testament to her ability to cater to both needs.

Only it isn’t just Anna. Anna Burke Interiors is steered by Anna and her sister, Caroline. I’m obsessed with sisters–my own and generally–so the fact that this pair sits at the co-helm of the company is just about my favorite thing. 

The Burke sisters don’t mess around when it comes to resume, either. Prior to launching her eponymous firm, Anna worked under Celerie Kemble, a name one doesn’t easily forget whether invested in the design world or not. Her work has been featured in up and coming publications you might have heard of, such as The New York Times T Magazine, Elle Magazine, Lonny, Domino, and Vogue.com. Meanwhile, her counterpart, Caroline’s background includes working directly under the editor-in-chief of Glamour Magazine. 

Stunning East Hampton home by Anna Burke Interiors

Stunning East Hampton home by Anna Burke Interiors Stunning East Hampton home by Anna Burke Interiors

If I could summarize what I perceive as the Anna Burke Interiors Recipe, it would be: 1 or 2 doses of incredibly unique (must be vintage) pieces, 1 layered approach to design, wherein nothing purposefully, obviously matches, yet the whole ensemble comes together in the most unexpectedly cohesive sort of way, striking art, a healthy amount of color, and the general sense that rooms are designed to actually be lived in. 

Take a peak into the world of Anna Burke Interiors... Take a peak into the world of Anna Burke Interiors... Take a peak into the world of Anna Burke Interiors

Spotlight On A Layered, Sophisticated, Family Townhouse In NYC

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I have a feeling that if we ever actually met Alison Cayne in person we would hate her. After all, she, of the New York cooking school Haven’s kitchen, she, the mother of five children, she, the untrained, sole decorator of her West Village townhouse, would surely dredge up our all feelings of insecurity and insufficiency we thought we’d long ago reconciled. This woman is good at everything, we would marvel.

But here, on the internets, we can be content to admire with awe and respect. 

We can, at least, applaud her take on design, not even necessarily because it is any of our personal interpretations of the perfect space, but because it is hers.  

“I think decorating is a lot like cooking—you just have to learn what you really like and how to get that effect.” She told One Kings Lane. “I realized this doesn’t have to be anyone else’s favorite place. It just has to be my favorite place.”

Amen, mister sister. 

Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer.

Photography by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane

Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer.

To the untrained eye, most things, I think appear formulaic, design included. You have to do this style with that style and this tile if you do those floors and always, always hang your curtains as close to the ceiling as you possibly can. 

(That last one is true, though; don’t let anybody tell you differently.)

But the reality is that any space or creative entity is merely the manifestation of one person or a team of people’s preferences and sensibilities. Why did a designer use a mix of vintage and modern art? Because she liked them together. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer.

If we, like Alison Cayne, know what we like (and have an eye for it, excuse me, Cayne) then we need only trust our inclination and not worry so much about how disparate items will marry together. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer. Sophisticated, layered & family-friendly! This townhouse is a masterpiece designed by... an untrained designer.

The more you it is, and the more you know who that you is, the more sensational it’ll end up being. 

Anyway, that’s the thought we’re going with today. 

Spotlight On Jenny Wolf Interiors (Redux!)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The last time (aka the first time) I featured the work of Jenny Wolf, it was circa 2012.

A lot has changed since then; I hadn’t begun overcoming my banana-aversion for one (now up to stomaching a third, frozen, in my pro-shake, for the record and applause). I owned those gold Superga sneakers that were great until they’d had their day.

2012 was pre-Greek funnymoon, and pre-first house purchase.

I still had my long-standing hair-cut allergy back then. And I’d never seen a single episode of Scandal or the Great British Bake Off.

But you want to know what hasn’t changed? Jenny Wolf is still cranking out gorgeous design. Actually, I’d hazard to say that she’s gotten better with the passing of years.

Just you take a peep at this random assortment from her portfolio if you don’t believe me:
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Jenny: congratulations; in the time it’s taken me to be able to choke down a segment of frozen-mushy fruit, you’ve further proven your design prowess with spaces that are traditional at their roots, current in their presentation, and all together delicately, deliberately injected with a sense of story and personality.

My peel’s off to you.

And now you: tell me something about 2012. What’s one thing you started back then, and how’s it grown? Or: one thing you released that year? Or! Why November 2016 is SO much BETTER than 2012 ever was?

Can’t wait to read your comments, kids.

XO