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Live Lavishly1 of 12
By Emili Vesilind
For renowned interior designer Jamie Herzlinger, glamour is in the details. "Glamour is not just about glitz," she explains. "To me, it's about an oversized sofa done in beautiful fabric or a really luxurious cable-knit cashmere throw." Herzlinger's sophisticated aesthetic makes for some of the most quietly sumptuous spaces we've seen, so we asked her to dish on her inspirations and how to distill a few of the fantastic details in her recent work.
Runway Redux2 of 12
High fashion is Herzlinger's primary design inspiration—and it shows in her sartorial approach. "I like the glamour and the dress-up. I think how you dress is what your home should look like," says Herzlinger, who names Rick Owens, Roland Mouret and Céline among her favorite designers. "The idea of a pair of beautiful boots becomes a fabulous small gold table in a room."
Keyed In3 of 12
This chic breakfast room is punctuated by the classic Greek key pattern, which Herzlinger used in the flooring and on the wooden base of the table. But if the dining chairs' legs weren't clear Lucite, then the graphic would be easy to miss. "Lucite is amazing because it lets you focus in on the architectural elements," she explains.
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"As far as I'm concerned, it's incumbent upon me to design a space that you're going to not only want to live in, but want to experience." For Herzlinger, that translates into beds and seating that "float" in a room. Avoid abutting walls, oversized or lounge-y low sofas, and stunning but usually solid-toned fabrics. "Prints can get hard to live with after a while," she notes.
New Neutral5 of 12
Herzlinger harnessed quiet glamour in this beige-based room, which features walls, flooring, furniture and drapery in similarly hushed hues. "Then you put furniture that pops out here and there," she says. The effect is chic yet low-key—like a classic Burberry trench coat.
Pop Star6 of 12
Herzlinger designed this black-and-white granite chevron-patterned floor to add huge visual impact to an otherwise subdued space. "I'm in love with graphics because graphics are luxury," she says. "If you have a room in your house and you want to really pop it, this is the way to do it."
Fabric Addict7 of 12
A beautiful bed dressed in chintzy linens won't do. Herzlinger outfitted this sleigh bed with generous layers of off-white sheets and bedding to accent the serene vibe of the boudoir. "I like to do everything all paled-out and soft in the bedroom," she says. "It really relaxes you."
Floor Adore8 of 12
Iconic Italian architect Carlos Scarpa inspired the chic minimalism of this home, which features the same sandy-toned floor throughout. "If you do a floor consistent throughout the house, using it as a backdrop, you can totally pull off minimalism," says Herzlinger. "Then you do [visual] punches with furniture throughout. If you do different floors and all kinds of furniture, it becomes noise."
Hot Seats9 of 12
Herzlinger found these 1950s-era Chippendale chairs in an antique store. "They were in mint condition but in a strange color," she says, "so we painted them off-white in a matte finish." Paired with a gorgeous slab table, the vignette "mixes the masculine with the feminine, which is always my favorite thing to do."
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When designing and choosing lighting fixtures, Herzlinger errs on the side of "too big." She designed this acrylic fixture to be able to hold its own within a very swanky staircase. "Scale is really insanely important," she notes. "I'm personally tired of seeing white bubbles hanging down a staircase. I thought, I'm going to work with mass and over-scale the fixture."
Wall Wonder11 of 12
Instead of wallpapering the walls of this dining room from floor to ceiling, Herzlinger framed huge panels of hand-painted paper in silver-leaf bamboo frames. ‘I love taking something traditional and giving it a modern slant," she says. "I thought, this is much more interesting – it’s hand-painted, and why wouldn’t we frame it?"
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Think outside the upholstered box when choosing seating. This custom couch replaces traditional back pillows with a multitude of silk-covered throw pillows. "You can flip them around and move them, and they're amazing," says Herzlinger, who likes mohair as a sofa textile for people with kids. It's "virtually indestructible."