Over the years, we’ve found that four key styles define our aesthetic. To be sure, you can find plenty of items on our website that don’t fall into these categories, and we aren’t suggesting that these are the four “best” styles. But these are the styles that have resonated the most with us and with our customers. Take a look and see if any of them speaks to you—or if you prefer a combination of styles. (After all, we’ve long been all about the mix!) So long as the items in your home share one characteristic—that you love them—they’re sure to work beautifully together.
The New Traditionalist
For the New Traditionalist, “classic” isn’t set in amber to remain unchanged forever. Instead it’s timeless style that is updated to work with ever-changing lifestyles. Embracing everything from Louis-style chairs upholstered in stain-resistant fabrics to abstract art interspersed among a gallery wall of antique portraits to streamlined dining chairs around an ornate 18th-century dining table, the look is refined, serene, and above all, elegant.
Muses: Kate Middleton, Nancy Myers, Reese Witherspoon
Materials: burlwood, Carrara marble, cherrywood, mahogany, velvet
If the Eclectic had a motto, it would be “Why match when you can mix?” Eclectics invented the mash-up; there is no such thing as clashing colors or patterns. Hues can never be too bright, though quieter palettes are fine too. Kilims layered atop Beni Ourain rugs, suzani pillows atop a striped sofa, a Chippendale-style mirror hung against neon palm-frond-print wallpaper: Why not?
Muses: Wes Anderson, Iris Apfel, Drew Barrymore
Materials: bamboo, lacquered wood, Lucite, rattan, sheepskin
As the name suggests, the Naturalist goes all in on natural materials and textures: richly figured wood with minimal finishes, sisal and jute rugs, rattan and rush baskets, grass-cloth wallpaper, plenty of plants. Artisanal craftsmanship from around the world, however, is also key to Naturalist style. Pillows made of mud cloth complement a linen-upholstered sofa; unglazed hand-thrown ceramics sit atop a live-edge table. The overall effect is earthy, laid-back, warm, and inviting.
Materials: grass cloth, hemp, jute, linen, rattan, sea grass, sisal, wood
For the Curator, quality trumps quantity every time. The clean, modern lines of the furnishings allow the luxurious materials—silk, shagreen, suede, marble—to command attention. Gold, brass, and sparkling glass lighting and accents heighten the element of sophistication.
Standard-bearers: Kelly Hoppen, Alyssa Kapito, Thomas O’Brien, Kelly Wearstler
Muses: Athena Calderone, Tom Ford, Solange Knowles, Julianne Moore
Materials: alpaca wool, cut or printed velvet, etched glass, faux fur, leather, marble, shagreen, silk, suede