IN PROFILE: BRIGETTE ROMANEK

Interior designer Brigette Romanek, of Romanek Design Studio, recalls the decorating of a friend’s Malibu home as being her first interior design project. Now one of Los Angeles’ buzziest designers and a recent addition to Architectural Digest’s AD 100 list, it boggles the mind a bit to learn that Romanek, a Chicago transplant, is entirely self-taught. One look at Romanek’s Laurel Canyon home; however, shared with her husband, filmmaker Mark Romanek and two daughters, proves that unconventional is Romanek’s MO. Her home, rife in color, mood and texture establishes Romanek’s style as both fearless and endlessly luxe. Her ability to sync visual extravagance with fixed function has resulted in a diverse portfolio, ranging from Hollywood chateaus to Malibu bungalows, and see-and-be-seen-style eateries. To go along with her recent DECASO curation, Romanek recently took time to share some of her handy tricks of the trade, from the classic print she’s vetting for a comeback, to why you’ll never find her skimping on a room’s area rug.

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IN PROFILE: ALEXANDRA PAPPAS & TATYANA MIRON

Design duo Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron began their journey as childhood friends with a strong appreciation of beautiful interiors, art, and travel. After their individual careers led them on different paths, with Pappas in real estate and P.R. and Miron in design, they teamed up to co-found Pappas Miron Design in 2003. Now based in Manhattan, they have become mainstays of the East Coast design scene and become synonymous with their unique blend of modern and traditional elements. With a focus on designing for the clients, rather than around them, Pappas and Miron eschew traditional design notions to create truly unique designs that feel rooted in timeless luxury.

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IN PROFILE: LEXI TALLISMAN OF GREYSCALE INTERIORS

For designer Lexi Tallisman, it’s all in the details. Lexi is the founder and principle of NYC interior firm, Greyscale Interiors, which specializes in the art of je ne sais quoi.  Since opening in 2010, Lexi has led her boutique firm in constructing richly layered interiors that exude a warm yet artful sophistication. With an eye for the details, her projects are never without touches like custom upholstery, vintage art, or unique hardware. When she’s not jetting between projects in locales like Amagansett and Paris, Lexi is boots on the ground (or on DECASO!), sourcing the antiques and specialty pieces that make her work feel so utterly charm-filled. To go along with her collection of DECASO favorites, Lexi recently took time to discuss the ins and outs of her design process, including how she channels “understated drama” and the most unexpected place she’s ever gone for design.  

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INSIDE THE MAGICAL ARTIST RETREAT OF MÉRIDA, MEXICO WITH DESIGNER LAURA KIRAR

In Mérida, Mexico it seems everyone has a story about how they first arrived in the ancient, sun-soaked Yucatan capital, famous for its crumbly Mayan ruins and airy colonial haciendas. For designer Laura Kirar it was a friend’s birthday party that first made the introduction. “After that experience I became enchanted with the culture, the history, and the old architecture,” she says, “including its exciting potential for restoration and redesign.”

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