Recently tapped to decorate the conservatory of the 2012 Kips Bay showhouse, this New York designer creates contemporary, casual-chic interiors for fashion-world insiders like Derek Lam.
The Manhattan decorator has brought her elegant, worldly style to homes from Texas to Singapore. She is at work on a line of Asianinspired wallpapers.
In the homes of the well-to-do in Renaissance Italy, no dining room was complete without a credenza— a sturdy sideboard with storage and a place to set dishes. In the mid-20th century, the piece had a renaissance of its own. The clean-lined, elongated new versions, such as Florence Knoll's 1961 classic, proved to be as functional in the office or living area as they had been near the dinner table.
For decorator Sara Story, the credenza might call to mind a Mad Men set, but it plays an essential role in today's interiors. "It offers great storage without taking over the room," she says. It's important to consider how a piece opens, she adds: "In a tight spot, sliding doors are a ."
Designer Neal Beckstedt finds that height is a key element: Taller cabinets work well in dining or bar areas, while low units can hold a TV. "Credenzas are now more media driven," he says. But thanks to modern remote-control technology, he adds, much of the equipment can hide behind closed doors.