Thursday, April 9, 2009

Steven Sclaroff hates Karate-chopped Pillows. Me too.

I've always adored Steven Sclaroff's designs. His interiors are comfortable and subtly surprising--my favorite! He uses antiques and modern pieces together to create beautiful rooms. His use of color is also incredible. When I read in this in House Beautiful a few months ago, I knew we were soul-mates. He said that these were his biggest decorating pet peeves: Karate-chopped pillows. That look would never occur in 'pillow nature.' Prominently placed family portraits. Best avoided if you're not royal or papal. TVs that are disguised. They've been around for decades, so just embrace your TV. Would you buy an armoire for your stove?" True that, Steven Sclaroff.

This living room is absolutely gorgeous and unpretentious. The sofa is in perfect scale and I think you know how I feel about the gallery wall behind it. I feel pretty good about it.

This is a little display from the Jack Spade Store that he redesigned in downtown NYC. I'd love to have little drawers like that for collecting little things.

How perfect is this little green bedroom? The contrast of the uber structured hotel style bedding with the curvy headboard is perfection.

Clearly he's "in" with the Spades as he collaborated with Kate Spade and redid her apartment in NYC. The light flowing into this room is so pretty and the use of color is....astounding.

The floor is killing me with love/classic beauty. Kate Spade's kitchen.

Again with the great use of color. I don't think I'd ever look twice at that red striped chair but it fits in this room like a little glove. The bathroom beyond this is also so gorge. I love it so much I'm not even mad about the exposed pipes under it.
Of course, he has his own 1st Dibs shop full of amazing antiques, furniture, accessories, and vintage fabrics.

I NEED these adorable coasters by Piero Fornasetti! They're only $450 for the set of 8!
Also, a lover of folk art, here is a folk art model of a factory for only $675.

I think overall his interiors are thoughtful, and it seems like he's having fun while doing them. Also, word on the street is that he has a little obsession with squirrels and after I saw this commercial the other day, so do I. Did I mention that we're soul-mates?

Alicia B.


Raina said...

Slightly off topic and has been asked a million times before, but how is it that Andy Spade and David Spade are brothers?

Alicia B Designs said...

waaaaaaaaiiiit. That's true? I thought it was just a vicious rumor!! I was thinking about it when I typed "the Spades" but never would have dreamed they were related. NEAT.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I totally agree with you and Steven. I hate the Karate-chopped look to pillows. When I read what he wrote in HB I was happy to know I wasn't the only one.

Raina said...

Yep, totally true. I read a gossip item that said David woos women with free Kate Spade handbags. Um, ew.

Down Comforter said...

Some interesting design work. I love those blue chairs :)