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The Apprentices

At home with Nate Berkus’s right-hand women

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Adler’s Golden Touch

Living Room: A shrewd mix of patterns and textures is brightened with accents of dark green and yellow, Adler's favorite colors.
Living Room:
A shrewd mix of patterns and textures is brightened with accents of dark green and yellow, Adler’s favorite colors. Get Adler’s look »

What was the starting point for your design scheme? I’ve always been fascinated by Diana Vreeland, and she had a leopard-skin rug, so I wanted one, too. Of course, her apartment also had a completely red-lacquered room, which is a little much for me.

What’s your decorating approach? It’s similar to the way I dress-I love to pair vintage with J. Crew. I also like to mix materials. In my living room, I have a 1940s vellum Jean-Michel Frank-inspired coffee table and a gilded tree-base table, and the fur pillows on the couch are made from my husband’s grandmother’s old fur coat, so that adds a sentimental touch.

What is your most valued item? The Richard Serra lithograph above the couch. It’s called “Double Ring."My husband and I bought it for our first anniversary. It’s funny-I love color, but with art, I’m attracted only to black and white.

What overall feeling were you going for? I wanted the space to feel well collected, comfortable, but put together-not slouchy.

 

Buxbaum’s Hint of Paris


Dining Room: Buxbaum painted the Directoire-style cabinet (originally stained wood) Black and white to give it a modern flair. She filled it with her favorite things-including a bone-carved crab that “my fiance wishes I would throw away, but I love,” she says. To add rustic flavor,she upholstered her LouisXVI-style chairs in burlap. As for the pieve de resistance- the glass topped, gilded-iron wheat sheaf table:” Coco Chanel had one just like it in her living room, ” Buxbaum says. Get Buxbaum’s look »

What was the starting point for your design scheme? I often accompany my parents to France on buying trips, and there are two things, both French ’40s, that I’d been saving: the pineapple brass lamp and the brass faux-bamboo coffee table. The table was in storage at my parents’ for so long, my dad was threatening to sell it.

So, is your place inspired by a Parisian apartment? I love Paris and have spent time living there, but I was careful to mix styles. With every project, we have a system of checks and balances: We mix modern with rustic with antiques.

Tell us about your fabulous rug. I’ve always loved black and white, and I saw a similar antique tribal rug in British Elle Decor that I asked [rug and textile designer] Madeline Weinrib to re-create for me. Nate later bought the same rug, and it’s now part of her collection.

Did Nate help you design your place? He is a genius at floor plans. He came over one day and dragged the heavy mirrored cabinet I was using as a nightstand into my living room. I was like, “Great! Now I need a new nightstand!” So, I stole a campaign-style set from my parents’ store. They’re ready to put me up for adoption.

 

For more information on resources, see Buyer’s Guide.

 

Photography: Andreas Larsson

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