Because of the mixed histories of Home & Backyard, Architectural Digest, and Vogue, the Condé Nast Archives is a wealthy repository of photographs of living rooms with chairs grouped right here, a settee and chairs over there, and a card or eating desk elsewhere. One among inside designer David Netto’s favourite such areas is discovered within the Manhattan house of Louise Grunwald, a former Vogue editor, and her late husband, Henry Grunwald, Time Inc. editor-in-chief turned America’s ambassador to Austria. Apart from its suave, nougat palette and chic Franco-American air, the Grunwalds’ Park Avenue front room—adorned by Albert Hadley and mentioned by Netto and me on a latest episode of The AD Aesthete—has 4 seating areas composed of a wide range of chairs (vintage French fauteuils in addition to totally upholstered membership chairs) and tables, plus a few sofas, one a three-seater and the opposite a love seat. Even when the 25-foot-by-18-foot room have been half its dimension, a few seating prospects might be squeezed in.
Particularly nice, too, is AD100 inside designer Jeffrey Bilhuber’s front room for Jenny and Trey Laird, the powerhouse fashion-advertising govt, and their two youngsters in New York Metropolis. Positioned on the parlor ground of an 1870s brownstone, the house is centered on a velvet-skirted octagonal desk, round which spin off a number of seating areas. Right here, the Lairds can hang around en famille, collectively but additionally aside, because the dense furnishings positioning is sparked by eclectic late-Nineteenth-century interiors and their wealthy array of snug locations. For Chez Laird, which means slipper chairs, a settee, armchairs, ottomans, a banquette, and extra, in a colourful, boho, and surprisingly claustrophobia-free tackle the horror vacui of Victorian days.
Nearer to house, my sitting room in Cooperstown, New York, is nineteen ft extensive by 30 ft lengthy, which is, to my thoughts, just about an ideal measurement. (The usual-size American front room, if the Googled statistics maintain true, is 22 ft extensive by 28 ft lengthy.) When my husband and I moved into the modest although much-expanded Victorian farmhouse 5 years in the past, the house appeared daunting. At this time, after many journeys to flea markets, storage gross sales, nation auctions, and an area thrift store, its size has been damaged up into 4 seating areas that took till not too long ago to finesse to our satisfaction. (In case the next description of its contents sounds grander than it’s, my husband, aided by a field of receipts, informs me that the entire room price about $4,000 to furnish.)
A low Georgian-style bench is parked beneath one sunny south-facing window with a view of the highway, which implies that it’s often commandeered by a number of canine. An oval desk, set perpendicular to a different window on the identical wall, is used as my desk. At one finish of the room are grouped a Forties Louis XV-style sofa, two Sixties Regency-style japanned armchairs, and an 1850s American Classical pedestal sport desk, the place we often have breakfast, lunch, and dinner however which additionally works nicely for jigsaw puzzles or a film evening with a laptop computer.