Tuesday, March 6, 2012

{house tour: aerin lauder}

A peek inside the home of Aerin Lauder, the granddaughter of Estée Lauder, and the co-founder of the international cosmetics company {images via Vogue.com}. It's a lovely place filled with personal touches:



A photo from Princess Grace given to her good friend Estée:




Gorgeous scalloped bedding:


Lauder keeps a personal, framed letter from her grandmother hanging over her nightstand:




Very pretty right? I am loving that lately, homeowners, their children and even sometimes their pets are being included in interior pictures. Here's a question for you guys, what do you think of the photos {like the kitchen shot above} where things are perfectly staged to look imperfect and 'lived in'? The coat, skateboard and purse suggest 'real' people live here ... I think we are going to see more of this real-life trend in interior photography. Do you like it or would you rather just see the room staged to perfection, as typically seen in decor mags? Just something I had recently been thinking about, I'd really love to here your thoughts!

28 comments:

Brooke said...

What a fabulous home tour! I love seeing home owners in a home tour and a 'lived in' look to the house. Perfectly staged interiors can sometimes look sterile and lack the vibrancy of a well loved home. Thanks for sharing!

M (at) Invoking Inspiration said...

This is very unique. It is done right because the eclectic and overly traditional patterns do not feel stuffy!

mwaxter said...

Such an electric mix but somehow it works really well.

Gawgus things... said...

I definitely like to see a house that looks 'lived in' complete with toys in the corner and a coat slung over a chair because that's how we all live, right?!
Emma x

Designwali said...

love the brass in the kitchen! i like the lived in look...most of know when its staged & pretty...so a jacket here and there adds a nice reality to it.

Julie said...

I love how the kitchen looks lived in, I bet the look is much harder to achieve than one would think. Choosing and adding the right items/accessories. The rooms feel welcoming & warm when they've done this, I find. Not as staged, even though I suppose they still are. What a lovely home, I absolutely adore that she has put her personal touch in every room, no fear to go with what she loves, that's huge!

Diane James Home said...

First I have to agree with everyone else - this home is absolutely gorgeous, chic and classic just like its Aerin Lauder herself. And I don't mind some staging - the turkey on the dining room table and the wiskey in the decanter seem appropriate. But I do have problems with matching shoes to the anemones in the bedroom and the Coke can on the kitchen counter feels to much like product placement. I'm sure the stylist could have found a red cookbook to add this color if need be. Sometimes making a room "look" lived in actually makes it more artificial and staged.

amy walters said...

I'm totally crushing on those deep green velvety slipper chairs. Sooooo luxe!

MrJeffery said...

that blue dining room is incredible.

xoxo J and V said...

Love her place! LOVE that the kitchen is imperfect, real & lived in! Looks like a home and makes it so much more personal:)

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

Aerin's house is one of all my all time favorites. Really love her bedroom!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love her style. Her living room is my favorite. Love the blue and white.

Laura@happyroost said...

wow, what a beautiful home. I love the hardware on the kitchen cabinets!

Laura
www.happyroost.blogspot.com

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

She's so stylish! Love her home!

{The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller said...

Love the green framed children's art in the kitchen.

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

My favorite room is the kitchen..... and, yes, I love a room that actually looks like someone has used it! :)

Lisa said...

I don't mind having the place looked a little lived in but a can of Coke on the counter is a little too much for me. Maybe a bottle of Perrier water, though ;-)

Simple Dwellings said...

What a gorgeous home. She is so beautiful! I love that lately, there are more 'real' photos in magazines. It makes you feel as if the family truly uses the space! This was a great spread in Vogue!

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Okay first off ...... she's gorgeous! Not surprisingly though coming from a thoroughbred family. The home is magnificent except that I think I may go batty with that wall paper in my bedroom. As for the photography, YES! I think it's a wonderful trend and I will do my best to see to that there is life in my photographs. Love the jacket just strewn. It's very much different than a nice throw on the furniture for sure.

hardydanielle said...

Very unique and you can see a lot of character throughout! Thanks for sharing, beautiful home!

Haus and Home said...

She is so beautiful and so is her home. I love the dinosaur skeleton in the kitchen! Seems like a down to earth mom.

Wrenaria said...

Not a fan of the "lived in" staging. I'd rather have the spotless fantasy. I don't mind the pets or owner being in the pics though, especially the pets. But I love animals.

Wrenaria said...

Not a fan of the "lived in" staging. I'd rather have the spotless fantasy. I don't mind the pets or owner being in the pics though, especially the pets. But I love animals.

Brillante Interiors said...

Too fake...with skateboard, jacket etc. but I love to see pets in pictures, same for children and a little of family life!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Great home and kitchen! I love to see pets especially in homes - I think they add such a comfy, homey feel. But the coke can, skateboard, jacket in this kitchen is so contrived - it has the opposite effect of what they were trying to achieve.

Meaghan [for a song] said...

wowza- the drama of that living room is incredible! I'm also loving the hardware in the kitchen. Great house tour :)

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

ADORE her kitchen and how she uses animal print as a neutral- fabulous!

Pamela said...

All I can think of is a child using that skateboard indoors and it flying up and gouging out those nice cabinets or a smashing a light fixture. Skateboards are outdoor equipment. It was very distracting for me. A canvas bag or a brown paper bag with groceries makes sense. I love seeing pets in houses. The reality is however, that it is an endless task picking up after messy people - at least in my family summer house. What my family leaves around is never charming or picturesque. It's old tools, document boxes, plastic ugly kid stuff,wet moldy towels etc... Aerin Lauder is fortunate to have inherited from her stylish grandmother & she has updated the house beautifully - I think style must be genetic!

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