Indre Rockefeller's love of color and prints is clear to anyone who's lost an afternoon to , the online home of straight-from-the-runway trunkshows, where she serves as General Merchandise Manager and Creative Director of trunkshows. Her talent for scouting new designers—as well as styling their pieces in unique ways—extends to her expertly pattern-filled Manhattan home, debuting on ELLEDECOR.com in early 2014.
Before the big reveal, we're delighted to introduce Rockefeller's elegant and airy tablesetting with its mix of vintage pieces, statement pieces, and her creative use of "main" and "supporting" patterns.Produced by Amanda Frank; Photography by Kelly Stuart for ELLEDECOR.com
The key piece in Rockefeller's entertaining arsenal is the dining table. The smooth, gleaming surface makes such an impact in the room that Rockefeller never brings in a tablecloth, instead preferring to let the table speak for itself. "There's a glow to it," she explains. "Especially in the evening, candlelight, overhead lighting, everything reflects." Another benefit? How simple it is to clean. "Spilled wine comes right off," she says with a laugh.
The chairs, decked in a repeating geometric, weren't always so bold. "I originally bought them in solid brown, and lived with them for a little bit. Eventually I had them reupholstered because I wanted them to bring a warmth to the room." Rockefeller, who worked with Jessica Stambaugh and Danielle Mastrangelo of on the apartment, refers to the new blue upholstery as a "supporting print—they work with the other patterns in the room and allow the floral of the curtains to be the main print."Produced by Amanda Frank; Photography by Kelly Stuart for ELLEDECOR.com
"I'm drawn to pieces that look like they have a story, even if I don't know what that story is," says Rockefeller, who especially loves the vintage-inspired glassware she and her husband purchased in Japan. After discovering colored glassware in Morocco, Rockefeller was inspired to bring the look to her own home. It was such a beautiful way to present even simple beverages," she says. They add so much warmth, and truly transport you."Produced by Amanda Frank; Photography by Kelly Stuart for ELLEDECOR.com
Rockefeller set the table with oversized plates in a festive pattern, drawing on inspirations near and far. "I grew up in a home that had a lot of color and prints, so I've always been drawn to them," she says. "I also lived in Finland for a year, so I connect with pieces that have a Scandinavian feel to them." After selecting patterned glassware as well, she took a restrained approach on the napkins, selecting plain white linens. "You add more and more, but then you have to take away," she explains. She also continued the white theme with the floral arrangement. "White flowers are pure, timeless, and seasonless. And white roses can add warmth and softness without competing with other elements in the room."
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