Introducing This Thirty day period&#39s Visitor Blogger: Athena Calderone

Photo: Chloe Crespi

The interior designer turned blogger, who counts Peter Som and Pamela Love as associates of her interior circle, will engage in the part of unconventional hostess on ELLE.com this thirty day period.

Athena Calderone doesn’t contemplate herself a design and style purist: “If you really like some Georgian sideboard and you also really like this supermodernist piece, just know that it can all perform together,” she says. In reality, pairings that problem the beholder are the cornerstone of her lifestyle website, Eye-swoon, the place she posts fashion editorials, cooking tutorials with designers, and images of interiors that catch her eye. “When factors come to feel a tiny bit off to other folks, that’s the truest testament of your style.” To that end, Calderone’s two New York residing spaces—a penthouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and a seashore home in Amagansett, the two of which she shares with her audio-producer husband, Victor, and their eleven-yr-previous son, Jivan—are stuffed with modern day items from Danish architect Ib Kofod-Larsen, plush Dunbar sofas, and blend-and-match chairs unearthed on eBay.

A former actress, Calderone stumbled on her affinity for creating what she calls “a nicely-curated home” while outfitting her town apartment with the aid of good friend and former Bergdorf Goodman director of retailer layout John Rawlins. Jointly the two introduced layout agency Rawlins-Calderone in 2007 and have because dreamed up eating areas in the Lodge on Rivington and private-searching suites at Bergdorf’s. But for Calderone, 38, home—more particularly, the kitchen—is where her heart is: “I approach a plate of foodstuff in a extremely comparable way to how I technique design and style,” she suggests, “by incorporating varying textures and juxtaposing components.” And punctuating the comedian-brilliant galleries of seared fish and homemade mille-feuille on Eye-swoon are Calderone’s Alexander McQueen seems to be, Jamie Bochert–esque bone framework, and jet-black fringe.

“My daily life is a follow in opposites,” she claims. “I’m as happy managing all around to trend occasions as I am shelling out a Saturday night rearranging the attractive add-ons on my bookshelves.” Does she contradict herself? Usually, and that’s the position.

This report appears in the August 2014 situation of ELLE journal.

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