The Rest Of The Story

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.


  1. What a beautiful room. Love the color palette. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful - chic indeed. I am addicted to NYSD. I have read every house tour and interview. I keep meaning to do a blog post about it!

    xo Terri

  3. Hi, Deborah -
    I forgot about this in Veranda....thanks for posting! Will revisit as I have issues going back to the late 90s. This is such an elegant flat. Beautifully curated and very tailored. I love all the "pairs." Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  4. Hi there Deb.....Beautiful interior and really very timeless and I love her vignettes on the walls. I'm with you I love animal prints and lately think I need something in zebra. I bet those stools would look amazing in zebra huh?

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  5. I remember this issue!! I just did a post on my blog about x stools and happy to see your photo showing them.

  6. Hi Deborah,
    I like these rooms too and love Veranda. It never disappoints.
    I especially like the same benches you do and the window treatments.

  7. This space is absolutely gorgeous!! The leopard print benches are fabulous!!!

  8. Veranda is one of my favorite mags + thanks for the reminder.

  9. What a calming effect the clean lined furnishings have on me. So pretty. I will have to go back to my issue and study this feature a bit longer.

  10. Oh yes...a little hit of leopard is incredible. I should add some here and there too. Thanks for the inspiration.
    I hope you'll swing by my place sometime.

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  11. Everyone needs a little leopard in their living room! (and some tiger, too!)


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