Scout Tips: How-To Decorate Like a Fashion Designer

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In his Greenwich Village, New York, townhouse, fashion designer Marc Jacobs has created a glamorous retreat that’s as sophisticated as his body of work. The result of a collaborative partnership with interior decorators Paul Fortune, John Gachot, and Thad Hayes, the four-story house is a neutral haven that blends designer decor, sumptuous textures, eye-catching antiques, and irreverent art that signal Jacobs’s insouciant personality. “I’m not big on having a particular concept or look,” he says. “I just want to live with things I genuinely love—great Art Deco furniture, pieces from the ’70s, and contemporary art. But I didn’t want the house to feel like a pristine gallery or a Deco stage set—just something smart, sharp, and comfortable.”

Here’s how to think like a fashion designer and get the measured yet eclectic look in your own home:

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Consider your lines. Seamless surfaces, crisp corners, and streamlined furnishings create a look that is clean, ordered, and free of visual chaos. In the television room, a Gracie lacquer cocktail table and custom-made Jonas sofa clad in a Manuel Canovas silk blend create uninterrupted flow.

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Pile on the artworks. Every room in the home is punctuated with world-class pieces worthy of the finest galleries. In the living room, a 1962 painting by Ellsworth Kelly hangs above a custom-made mica mantel and a pair of Giacometti bronze stools.

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Create a color story. The soothing hues found throughout the home barely deviate from a warm palette of gold, beige, and brown. The master suite gets its only variances from a rose-tinged John Currin painting over the bed.

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Play with texture. In the foyer, cane-backed Frits Henningsen chairs are paired with a patinated cabinet by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, a gilded Jansen mirror from Bernd Goeckler Antiques, and a silk rug by Tai Ping.

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Layer in the whimsy. “The television room was so perfect that I felt it needed something to disrupt all that order and refinement,” says Jacobs. He did just that with an unexpected giant sculpture of Dopey from Paul McCarthy’s “White Snow” series.

~Architectural Digest

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