Mademoiselle Rose

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Design for living...

After growing up in the Bay Area of California and living in Paris for five years, the designer (and former Fashion Funder) Erin Fetherston moved to New York in 2007 and immediately launched the search for a new space that possessed the same old-world charm as her apartment in France. After searching for more than a year ("It was so much harder than I had expected," she says), she finally found the perfect spot: a recently converted loft in Tribeca with high-ceilings and massive windows that overlook the Hudson River. She took to the task of decorating immediately - a process greatly slowed by the fact that it took several months for her beloved antique and vintage furniture to make the slow boat trip across the ocean. "I spent a lot of time in this big apartment with almost no furniture," she says with a laugh. But, for Fetherston, it was well worth the wait. "I see it as a reflection of my creative universe," she says. "It's romantic and chic, but clean and modern."

 This particular closet, however, is used as more of an archive, as opposed to the one
 she uses every day. “I come in here when I am working and I need inspiration.”

 Fetherston displays some of the most important pieces from her past collections 
on the wall in her closet. 
“My staff made me those pillows a few Christmases ago,” she says.
 “They have the names of my dogs—Koala and Tulipan—embroidered on them.”

 Instead of paint or wallpaper, the designer placed
 a long chinoiserie silk screen against the wall 
in her bedroom for decoration.
 “I wanted this space to be clean, open, & mostly white,” she says of her bedroom. 
“It helps clear my mind.” Also useful? Fetherston had her extra-large bed—flanked here 
by two chinoiserie lamps & an eighteenth-century cushioned bench-custom made.
Fetherston uses the mezzanine loft in her apartment as office space. 
“I believe in creative chaos when I am working,” she says of the now-pristine space. 
“So I like to keep it as clean as possible in those times in-between.”
I was enchanted by this beautiful and charming girl who inspired me!!!
Bisous xox

Photographe by Claiborne
Swanson Frank


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