EXPERT ADVICE: FOR THE HOME
Right At Home
Thinking about enhancing your living space? Whether you’re a maximalist, minimalist, or somewhere in
between, LSD’s interior decorator, VIRGINIA TUPKER, lends her expertise.
According to her mother, Virginia Tupker has been a decorator since the age of ten. But the official line traces her career back to 2009. Before then, she honed her editor’s eye at “House & Garden” and in the home department at “Vogue.” Her aesthetic? While no two homes look the same, a distinct mood of refined whimsy runs a common theme: a little playful, always elegant…sincere, but never serious. Most of all, her rooms are ones you want to dive into and live in—but not before taking an Instagram-worthy picture first. Here, she shares her tips and tricks.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR MIXING PRINT AND COLOR?
“I love color and I love mixing clashing prints. Lauren’s barn is a great example of that. I’d recommend starting slowly—with just one color combination OR a print you love and then go from there.”
HOW SHOULD A MINIMALIST APPROACH COLOR AND PRINT?
“A quick fix is to bring color in by tossing pillows on a chair or sofa. Throws work too. The rule: have at least three items in that color in the room. It’s all about the color tones and shades. A room can have six to seven different colors in it to give it life, yet still read as completely neutral.”
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ON HOW TO STYLE SMALL SPACES
“To create height, you need to draw the eye up. Use a uniform hue on the walls, and keep the crown in the same color. Always hang curtains as high as you can. I like to hang canopy beds from the ceiling to create height and drama. I recently completed a townhouse on the Upper East Side that was only 12-feet wide. The client was very concerned about the rooms feeling narrow, so I filled the living room with generous, large-scale, deep furniture and it just made the room work. It may sound strange, but if you put big pieces into a small room, it can make the room feel bigger. Of course, you have to be careful with the scale and get it right, but err on the side of larger rather than smaller for a feeling of spaciousness.”