heritage with a twist

Aerin Lauder describes her style as "heritage with a twist." The granddaughter of the late Estee Lauder, she has a lot of heritage on which to build. I find her classic, confident, glamorous American beauty iconic. Her Manhattan apartment and East Hampton home, which she inherited from Estee, have been featured in House and Garden, Vogue Living, Harper's Bazaar, and Town and Country. In this month's Elle Decor both of Lauder's homes are featured once again but this time in greater detail than ever before. Both homes reflect her style mantra, staying rooted in traditional design but filled with fresh modern flair. Be sure the check out the full issue, which is complete with a "style shortlist" made by Lauder herself. I won't ruin the surprise by posting all of the pictures but here are several from the spread to whet your appetite...

The closet/dressing room/home office of Lauder's New York home has been featured in the blogging world many times before but it deserves posting again as it seems to reflect the essence of Aerin. The beautiful, feminine, floral Gracie wallpaper was used by Estee in all of her homes. The vintage Gabriella Crespi desk adds an undeniably fresh flair to the traditional backdrop of the room. The fantastic chandelier that crowns the room was picked up by Lauder at a Paris auction.

The master bedroom of the Hampton home was featured in the final issue of House and Garden; however, the image from Elle Decor does the room more justice. I love how Lauder swathed the room in Michael Devine's Gramercy fabric. If you are unfamiliar with Michael's fabulous fabrics check them out here. The bed is dressed in none other than Leontine Linens.

Following Aerin's tweaked traditional style, this poolhouse is reminiscent of 1950's style icon Babe Paley's Jamaica home. Could it be more devine?

Many of the rooms in Aerin's New York apartment were designed by the famed French interior designer Jacques Grange. I love the coffee table table with the Greek key detailing, the french mid-century couch and the fabulous fur throw.

As a mother I love that Lauder showcases her own children's artwork around her home. It can be a challenge to find places for these mini-masterpieces but this seems to be an appropriate and interesting way to display them.
There are so many more images to see from Lauder's fabulous homes. I promise I haven't shown you all of them. Be sure to pick up a copy of Elle Decor if you don't already subscribe.
(all images courtesy of Elle Decor, July/August 2009; photographers Simon Upton and William Waldron)

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