As a special weekend cadeau I thought you might like to take a peek into one of my favorite apartments in all of New York.
It belongs to my friend, interior decorator Barbara Uzielli.
Classically sumptuous, accented with antique treasures, her beloved Aubusson rug in the salon and punctuated with touches of whimsy -- note leopard throw pillows on the chintz sofa in the library -- I always want to return to her chic cocoon.
Her apartment is the perfect showroom for her talent and taste. When a potential client wishes to see her work, she takes them chez elle. It speaks volumes about her ideas and interpretations of style, comfort and luxury.
The library is a veritable bijou, it glows. It is perhaps my favorite room ever, any place, with its gleaming lacquered walls. "Eleven coats with sanding between each application," Barbara notes.
We have spent many happy cocktail hours, sipping, nibbling and gossiping within as the gentle lighting bounces off the walls and makes us look positively gorgeous. It is not only a beautiful room, it is a kind room. It induces pleasure and well-being, as does Barbara -- libations notwithstanding.
From the top: Two shots of the library; the salon with working fireplace; Barbara in her bedroom with clouds floating overhead on the dreamy ceiling; a view of the dining room; the hallway leading to the living room. (All pictures from the "New York Social Diary".)