In my line of work you cross paths with so many talented people – editors, stylists, photographers, PR professionals – it’s out-of-this-world inspiring. Since they’re often kind enough to interview (or photograph, or work with) me I wanted to have a space to turn the tables on them. To see what makes them tick, what stories their homes are telling, and more.
This month I interviewed Wendy Goodman, an international and inimitable leader in the design community. She’s responsible for New York Magazine‘s twice-a-year Design Hunting magazine, as well as the perfectly-produced “Great Room” features.
If that doesn’t sound glamorous enough, Wendy has written books on Tony Duquette and Gloria Vanderbilt, and covered fashion and design for Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Times Magazine. We met in Paris almost 20 years ago – I was interning and she was an editor at House & Garden. A beautiful friendship developed then, and has continued all these years later. She’s not only an amazing talent, she’s also one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Read on for her on-point answers and a glimpse at some the “Great Rooms” in her own life. And of course – make sure to follow her (@DHWendyGoodman) and New York on Instagram!
When it comes to decorating “rules”…
I don’t really believe in decorating rules, not that I ever knew what they were! To me, the best decorating is inspired, original, and very personal, so how could rules apply to that?
What is the most unexpected thing in your home?
Hmmmnn, that’s hard to say, as it’s such a brew of stuff that even after a visit with Marie Kondo, the Goddess of tidying herself, I simply live in the midst of a forest of things.
What does your dream house look like?
My dream house is the apartment I live in now. I would simply have more fresh fresh flowers ALL the time, and build floor to ceiling bookshelves in my living room. My current obsession is to completely cover the walls and ceiling of my bedroom in the painted fabric that is on my headboard. The fabric was painted by artist/designer, Richard Lee, after a D. Porthault print now out of production. Some day that will happen.
What’s your signature touch in your home?
My signature style at home is having what I call, ‘a curling up place’, and my personal style is never being without my pin hung with loose pearls. I wear it every single day, no matter what, plus or minus a few pearls.
What are you currently obsessed with?
Forever obsessed with original D. Porthault linen designs.
A look at some of Wendy’s favorite rooms…
Above, on the left: This is a painting my mother did of the first summer house she and my father rented on the North Shore of Long Island when they were newly married. I am in the baby carriage under the tree. I love this painting more than I can say, and cannot imagine a more perfect summer house than this one, now long gone.
Above, right: The porch of my parent’s summer house that became their year-round residence until we sold it two years ago. This room was magical, always filled with the most beautiful light and views out to the lawn, beach grass, and the Sound beyond. My mother decorated this room in the simplest, most inviting way.
Above, left: This is the room I always stay in at Dawnridge, Tony Duquette’s home in Beverly Hills, now owned by Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson, who have built a new house in the jungle garden. When I wrote the book, Tony Duquette, with Hutton, I spent surreal, awesome weeks at a time here. Coming back to Dawnridge and this room is like returning to my own private fairy tale.
Above, right: I snuck this photo of the ladies locker room at The River Club, as I LOVE old clubs, and the way they take care of their members. There is a feeling of total escape from the world, and anything that isn’t comforting and attractive. The more old-fashioned the better! The color palette here is just soothing and cozy, and God forbid there isn’t a fresh towel at the ready, waiting for you.
All photographs courtesy of Wendy Goodman & New York Magazine.