At once universally beautiful and deeply personal, a Manhattan apartment by Katie Lydon is what America’s reigning authority on happiness calls home.
Katie Lydon and author , her longtime client.
In the living room of Rubin’s Manhattan apartment, Lydon — a Londoner turned New Yorker — created English homeyness by covering a pair of club chairs in a poppy pattern. The room is filled with personal touches, like bookcases inscribed with the birth years of family members.
Prints from hang above a vintage table.
Rubin’s family — and occasionally the members of her book club — enjoy the coziness of a living room outfitted in fabrics and illuminated with the glow of multiple layers of lighting, including chandeliers from . The Venetian plaster treatment on the walls was created by . The curtains are in a .
Bamboo River Blossom, a seldom-seen , is paired with gold-leaf ceiling panels from the same company. The dining room’s chandelier is by , and the tabletop accessories are from .
A pattern embellishes a stair landing. Rug, .
The library is painted in Brinjal. The bookshelves were designed by , the architects on an earlier renovation.
On a family room bookcase, a shadow box by delights visitors.
A detail from the master bedroom. The headboard fabric is by . Linens, .
The powder room has a mirror from . In the hallway outside, thewallcovering is Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete, through .
Lydon conceived daughter Eliza’s room as a classic but imaginative space that she wouldn’t soon outgrow. Cole & Son’s Fornasetti II wallpaper, Macchine Volanti, is through . The headboard is in Last Hurrah, a fabric. Pillows, .
The drawings were given to Eliza over the years by her paternal grandmother. Desk, . Rug, .
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This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of CQ.