I've been studying the September 2008 issue of Veranda ever since I posted the photo of Laura Montablan's office last week. It's a jam-packed issue with interiors to suit every taste. The variety of interiors reminds me of the dessert trolley at restaurants from a bygone era. Remember those? There were so many choices--Boston Cream Pie and Baked Alaska flambé, to name a few. Or how about traditional New York Cheesecake? I would have liked a taste of each, but could only choose one.
And if I could only choose one interior from that magazine, it would be Laura Montalban's apartment. If you read the interview about Ms. Montalban at the New York Social Diary, you'll know that she was the design director for the late Bill Blass for over thirty years. If you've seen photos of Bill Blass's Sutton Place apartment, you'll know that like Blass, Laura Montalban has great taste.
Her apartment is filled with Beidermeier and English furniture, classical prints, Billy Baldwin slipper chairs and even a Jonathan Adler Greek key rug. Silver boxes and an iron coffee table with a black glass top contrast with the wood furniture (see the NYSD website for more). The walls are soft gray.
And I can't take my eyes off the leopard print fabric (by Clarence House) on the benches. Now I'm wondering if it's time to bring some leopard into my living room.
All photos by Bruce Buck for Veranda, September 2008.