whole apartment is elegant and feminine.”
The warm and dramatic library provides contrast to the neu-
tral tones everywhere else. “We kept the whole house light, but
Anne wanted the library to be spectacular,” Van Boven says. “To
ensure that, the walls are treated with a fractured faux-tortoise-
Accompanied by dark chocolate bookcases, a beveled and
mirrored fireplace surround, bamboo matchstick blinds, and a
ceiling treated with silver leaf over gold leaf, the room is a show-
stopper, yet intimate and cozy.
“The ceiling was inspired by Mrs. Gardner’s private rooms
at Fenway Court, where she papered the ceilings with tea paper,”
says Fitzpatrick, an overseer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner
Museum in Boston. “Layering the silver over gold brings warmth.
We redesigned the love seat and the two upholstered chairs to
look more Deco and covered them with deep plum mohair. At
the hem, they are fringed, which is sexy.”
Fitzpatrick considers the library her hommage to Yves
Saint Laurent. On one wall, she displays a self-portrait in oils
in which she depicts herself wearing formal dress and holding
“Designing rooms is like putting together an outfit: You have
to think about how things will layer and relate to each other,” says
Fitzpatrick. “My home is opulent but not garish. When I think
of design, I say that life is in the details.”
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(facing page): 1. Opalescent glass tiles intersect the marble bathroom
floor. 2 . A Chinese chest rests on a deeply carved stand that probably
originated in Italy. 3. In the light-filled kitchen, a window seat and table
create an inviting corner for morning coffee. 4. A pair of bird lamps rest
atop a 1940s chest of drawers from Maison Jansen.
in the master bedroom, the walls
are upholstered with the creamy
white silk that forms the window
treatments. Gregory Van Boven
designed the upholstered headboard.
The gilt-and-polychrome bedside table
is 19th-century Italian, while the club
chair is Ruhlmann.