In Gretchen Rubin's Manhattan Apartment, Happiness Gets Personal

The famous author's home is beautiful and meaningful all at once.

katie lydon living room
James Merrell

At once universally beautiful and deeply personal, a Manhattan apartment by Katie Lydon is what America’s reigning authority on happiness calls home.

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katie lydon and gretchen rubin
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Meet the Designer

Katie Lydon and author , her longtime client.

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katie lydon living room chair
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Living Room Chair

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.

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katie lydon vintage table 
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Vintage Table

Prints from hang above a vintage table.

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katie lydon living room
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Living Room

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 .

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katie lydon dining room
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Dining Room

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 .

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katie lydon stair landing
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Stair Landing

A pattern embellishes a stair landing. Rug, .

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katie lydon library
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The library is painted in Brinjal. The bookshelves were designed by , the architects on an earlier renovation.

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katie lydon bookcase
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On a family room bookcase, a shadow box by delights visitors.

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katie lydon master bedroom
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Master Bedroom

A detail from the master bed­room. The headboard fabric is by . Linens, .

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katie lydon powder room 
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Powder Room

The powder room has a mirror from . In the hallway outside, the Cole & Son wallcovering is Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete, through .

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katie lydon daughter's bedroom
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Daughter's Bedroom

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, .

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katie lydon daughter's desk 
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Daughter's Desk

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.

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