Marisa Tomei’s Manhattan Apartment
We are always flipping through design magazines here. We love to see creative takes on room design, new products and profiles on designers. And of course we love to see our pretty wares featured too. Check out our media page for some of our recent coverage! We are so lucky to be included in publications month after month. But a few months ago, Elle Décor showed up at our door with a cover feature on the very talented actress and Oscar winner, Marisa Tomei. Standing in her Manhattan living room, I was overcome by her sense of style. It was inviting and warm, sophisticated, colourful, balanced and absolutely full of hollywood glamour. Check out her sofa covered in Kuba cloth! Striking and artful to use the textile like this. I love the richness of the colours in the textile and how they’re balanced by the neutrals of the Moroccan rug and coffee table. And while balance is a wonderful thing, the Kuba cloth is also perfectly augmented by the turquoise velvet and rich orange leather of the floor pillows. Read our 101 on African textiles if you want to learn more about how this amazing textile is created. I was also impressed to see a trio of ceremonial marriage curtains decorated with cowrie shells hung as wall art. These would have come from South Africa and are very rare and quite old. I myself have only ever come across three in my travels and on my buying trips. Marisa merges new and old with such a deft hand. Modern furniture, antiques and mid century beauties are brought together with objets from around the world that each have such a rich story to tell. The look is never precious, never too done. It is eclectic and sensual, cozy and elegant, and obviously a reflection of the person in the space. I for one am impressed by her eye. This is a fine collection of furniture and art. To pull everything together, she hired Alexandra Hayden, an interior designer, based in LA and NYC. I am totally smitten with the space. In the article, Marisa mentions that many of the pieces in her New York apartment are the result of scouring the world’s flea markets and many many hours online at ebay and other auctioneers. It’s a skill she comes by honestly, having spent many hours watching her mom collect and refinish furniture. All images via Elle Decor. Visit Elle Decor to read the full story and see the full image gallery.