“I want to live in the chaos of color,” Laurie Thiel told her decorator, Miles Redd. So he left no surface untouched, creating an interior that’s more boldly glamorous than chaotic. domino gets a lesson in liberation decorating.photographs by Paul Costello text by Zoë Wolff
go bold in the bedroom
“Bedrooms are about being in bed, so there should be something amazing to look at on the walls,” Redd says. He showed Laurie only a small square of this reproduction 18th-century Chinese wallpaper, and she was sold. The custom birdcage bed references the menagerie on the walls while drawing the eye to the skylike ceiling. The fantastical taffeta curtains—a double edge of box-pleated ruffles—are a Redd invention. (“I stole the idea from an Oscar de la Renta gown,” he admits.) All the elements combine to evoke a modern aviary. “My husband and I think our bedroom is the most peaceful place,” Laurie says.
think in vignettes
Laurie wanted each space to have a new identity—like entering another world with each door opened. According to Redd, once you cross a threshold, you’re liberated to change the walls (and the floors and ceilings). Proof of the philosophy can be seen throughout the apartment. Here, the graphic hallway leads to the more organic bedroom. Laurie loves “looking down this striped tunnel and seeing little trees popping through.” The bedroom’s chevron rug cleverly recalls the hallway walls, providing a loose but effective thread. Redd notes that the reappearance of touchstones from one area to the next ensures that this stylistic freedom doesn’t result in discordance.
don’t be confined
by the architecture
The bones of the apartment are ultramodern, but Laurie didn’t want the typical white-loft look “White walls feel unfinished to me,” she says. The dining area and the neighboring living room and open kitchen are painted a high-gloss lavender—because there’s no distinct threshold, the walls stay consistent—which extends to the ceilings. “With a moldingless space, it looks less prefab to treat the ceilings as well,” Redd explains. The floors throughout the apartment are stained a bittersweet chocolate that appears ebonized.
glare but honor
the view of
Manhattan’s bustling Meatpacking District.
Pink and yellow
accents help feminize
the masculine room.
work from the ground up
The mid-19th-century Turkish Oushak rug was the springboard for the room’s regal-pastel palette of lavender, apricot and silvery greens. “If you get the floor and walls right, you can put anything in your house,” Redd explains. Here, the surfaces are eccentric but the furniture restrained—“so if you move, you can leave your wacky place but not be stuck with wacky furniture,” Laurie says. Indeed, her pieces are varied in style and period—from antique to Deco to mid-century—but cohesive in their elegant proportions and rich hues. The wood coffee table was bought for its shape (rounded edges are kid-friendly) but given the royal treatment with gold-leaf paint.
While each space in the house is a distinct entity, there are subtle links throughout. The wallpaper, ceiling and pink dresser in daughter Charlotte’s room recall the lavender living room with its pink accents. As in the living room, the Chinese Khotan rug inspired the color scheme. The chocolate-brown carpet in son Lukas’s room transitions nicely from the dark floor of the hallway, while the grass-cloth walls serve as a giant bulletin board for kid art.
Wall to wall
Laurie’s decorator, Miles Redd, gives us inside tips for designing spectacular surfaces.