ESTELLE BOND GURALNICK
Design maven, editor, writer, and
collector with a knack for
discovering talented designers.
“I consider myself a rule-breaker.
I’m not held back by preconceived
formulas. Everything looks as
though it just happened, but the
truth is, I give it a lot of thought.”
the dining room’s floor-to-
ceiling window (above left)
affords a treetop view. Damn
Everything but the Circus, a
lithograph by Corita Kent, hangs
above the rattan settee. Estelle
Bond Guralnick and her daughter,
Jody Guralnick (above right), sit
in the master bedroom, where a
painted white hall tree that
belonged to Eugene Guralnick’s
father holds hats and handbags.
As a newlywed in the 1950s, Estelle Bond Guralnick traveled to Paris with her husband, Eugene “Gene” Guralnick, a surgeon at Mount Auburn Hospital. They stayed in a historic hotel in the old section of the city where the walls of their bedroom suite were painted a warm, enveloping rose color. “I just loved it,” says Guralnick. “It was restful to me, but also dramatic. I’ve painted my own bedrooms that color ever since.” That includes the master bedroom of her apartment in a high-rise co-op building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a
location she picked for its views of the Charles River and proximity to Harvard Square. “A decorative painter did it in the style of Venetian plaster,” she says of the finish, which reminds her
of that long-ago trip abroad.