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La Vie en Blue

Margaret Elman describes her favourite color as “everything from the palest robin’s-egg blue to sky-and-sea aqua to Tiffany-box blue to full-on, whipping bright 1950’s-diner turquoise.” It’s therefore not surprising that she has done up her New York apartment, which she shares with her husband Dave, in this blue green tone, cleverly pairing it with touches of metallic gold, chocolate brown, chartreuse, and cream to create a stylish and unapologetically pretty space.

Margaret finds inspiration in everything from 1930’s Hollywood movies, vintage Oleg Cassini dresses, fabrics by Verner Panton and Alexander Girard to “the scent of privet bushes in bloom or giant Italian lemons.” “My style right now is kind of Marie Antoinette meets flea market meets a few items fro the 21st century,” she explains. Growing up in New York City with an artist mother and a novelist father, Margaret developed a keen eye for good design through years of scouring the flea markets and antiques stores. In decorating her home, she has managed to mix the old with the new, adding a feminine and glamorous touch throughout the apartment. In the spacious cream toned living room, she placed a pair of graphic chartreuse chairs around a pretty painted antique table, on which sits a small hand-carved wooden Buddha, an unexpected but calming presence.

Margaret found the round dining table at the flea market and gave it new life by lacquering it herself. “I loved the shape of the pedestal and I think works really nicely for an entry with flowers,” she says.  On display in the dining room is Margaret’s extensive collection of hats on vintage hat stands all in pink and aqua. Dave shares his wife’s enthusiasm for their Sunday routine. “I do love our kitchen with its diner table and banquettes where Margaret and I pore over the newspaper over hot cups of coffee and omelets.
left Margaret found the round dining table at the flea market and gave it new life by lacquering it herself. “I loved the shape of the pedestal and I think works really nicely for an entry with flowers,” she says. On display in the dining room is Margaret’s extensive collection of hats on vintage hat stands all in pink and aqua.
right Dave shares his wife’s enthusiasm for their Sunday routine. “I do love our kitchen with its diner table and banquettes where Margaret and I pore over the newspaper over hot cups of coffee and omelets.
On the wall above the chair is one of a pair of prints in blue and gold frames that Margaret found at the flea market. “They remind me of our honeymoon in Italy,” explained Margaret, “and the color was spot on.”
On the wall above the chair is one of a pair of prints in blue and gold frames that Margaret found at the flea market. “They remind me of our honeymoon in Italy,” explained Margaret, “and the color was spot on.”

Images and words: Ngoc Minh Ngo via Taverne Agency

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