Mario Buatta, who has been decking out elite homes for more than 50 years, is celebrated for crafting interiors that always balance luxury and wit. We pored over his latest book and then asked the famed designer for advice on achieving his spirited, sophisticated style.
1 Everybody has a look, whether or not it’s fully realized. Make yourself aware of what you like and cultivate it.
“Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration”
2 Create a color palette for your house as a whole rather than working room by room. When considering wall colors, first decide the purpose of the space. Remember, color can make a powerful impact, altering moods, feelings, and relationships.
3 Take the decorative objects off your stacks of books. Books are for reading; they’re not just stylish props.
4 When you throw a party, take note of the ways your guests rearrange your furniture for their comfort, and consider making those changes permanent. Homes are meant to be lived in: everything should be within arm’s reach, and daily needs should be anticipated.
5 Your home is not a showroom, and it shouldn’t resemble one. Don’t over-style, don’t be boring, and don’t take yourself too seriously. Your surroundings should be distinct and functional, and remind you of where you came from.
Marrying masculine and feminine design elements, this piece of functional art boasts a powder-coated finish that’s both hip and graceful. Put it next to the sofa to soften your living room or beside the tub for bath-time accessories.
Iacoli & McAllister wire side table in pink
When established retailers foray into the wallpaper market, the results are often too safe (and occasionally even boring). But Serena & Lily, maker of California-inspired furniture, housewares, and textiles, has gotten it right in a new collaboration with York Wallcoverings, one of the nation’s oldest wallpaper manufacturers. The six patterns, available in a range of gentle colors, may look delicately hand-painted, but they’re fully washable.
Serena & Lily “Wide Stripe in Shell,” “Feather in Bone,” and “Jaipur in Cactus”/double roll