I do love seeing how people live at home, especially if they are as super-stylish and sophisticated as our friend, legendary interior designer and entrepreneur Howard Slatkin. And so it was with great pleasure that Scott McBee and I had a luncheon chez Slatkin today!
Staged interiors artfully depicted in books tend to make them look better than they ever could in person, but I can tell you that Slatkin’s interiors met and thoroughly surpassed our wildest of expectations. We commenced our visit in his ravishing living room with iced teas. Of course the conversations moved quickly to design and decoration, and we continued on with an extensive tour of his place—I was full of questions as I took in as much of his incredible interior as I could. I have to say, it is so good to know that artisans still exist that can create the kinds of details that Slatkin designed for this, his ultimate dream apartment!
Over lunch, we discussed the state of interior design and how it seems that things have become so homogenized and dare I say, boring. Slatkin to the rescue! Thankfully now we have Slatkin’s tremendous new tome, Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer’s New York Apartment—a tour of his magnificent Fifth Avenue apartment richly photographed by Tria Giovan. I am convinced it will go far to inspire designers and their clients alike with the amazing possibilities that exist. Fifth Avenue Style is a biography of a dream home—here, Slatkin presents his most realized design aesthetic, unleashing his dreamiest of fantasies—and all is executed with the bravado and assuredness of a true master.
Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer’s New York Apartment is a fascinating read—I devoured the book in one sitting! In it, Slatkin shares every step in creating his apartment. He’s devoted a chapter to each room, generously explaining in great detail his process and inspiration (I note that we share so many of the same design favorites—from Renzo Mongiardino to Pauline de Rothschild). Each chapter includes the most beautiful and highly considered inspiration-board. No detail is left out, and there are a great host of informative musings on the inner workings…including the “back areas” (which are so important!)—Slatkin refers to these as the “soul” of the house.
Do pick up your copy on Amazon here—certainly this is a must for the Holidays: Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer’s New York Apartment
I’m photographed in Slatkin’s “screening room,” with its warm and rich palette. I’m sporting a Gucci cotton cashmere cognac colored corduroy suit and brown suede slip on loafers, a Ralph Lauren wool challis tartan tie, Tom Ford dark green micro check cotton shirt with French cuffs, antique Scottish agate cuff links, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle , vintage Lodenfrey loden cape. My fragrance is Creed Bois du Portugal.