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ELLE DECOR April 2021

ELLE DECOR is a fashion-savvy home decorating magazine for the new generation of design professionals and consumers who know exactly what they want. Get ELLE DECOR digital magazine subscription today to discover fashionable and inspirational products that bring couture chic to every room of your home.

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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min
nest friends

1. Topiary Bench Designed by Richard Schultz to look like pruned shrubs, this playful bench is a perfect fit for any outdoor space. 55" w. X 26" d. X 34.5" h., $2,764. knoll.com 2. Arch Tile Fountain Echoes of Moorish architecture can be found in this cerulean hand-cut ceramic tile–and-brass wall fountain. 24" w. X 11" d. X 42" h., $3,230. houzz.com 3. PLAXL Planter Classic terra-cotta gets a contemporary twist in this Brutalist-inspired planter pot. 12" dia. x 14" h., $1,540. bzippyandcompany.com 4. Spun Chair Add some whimsy to your yard with this rotating statement seat by Thomas Heatherwick. 36" dia. x 26" h., $895. magisdesign.com 5. Bird Silo Feeder Green in more ways than one, this sculptural bird feeder is made from 100 percent recycled plastic. 7" dia. x 9" h., $62. pidat.fi…

1 min
turning a new leaf

FEW WALLPAPERS ARE more recognizable than Martinique, a riot of fronds created in 1942 by a Los Angeles wallpaper company, CW Stockwell, in collaboration with illustrator Albert Stockdale and canonized a few years later by its installation at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Adapting such a storied motif would be intimidating for anyone, but when CW Stockwell CEO Katy Polsby suggested as much to George Venson, founder of the New York textiles studio Voutsa, he was game. Launching this month, Martinique Celebration skillfully mines that history while making the most of a turbulent year. Polsby provided Venson with rolls of Martinique Encore, a 2019 reimagining of the original banana-leaf pattern in fresh new bicolor hues. The papers acted as a substrate onto which Venson, who is trained as a fine artist,…

2 min
welcome to the issue

WHILE PUTTING TOGETHER this issue, it struck us that when this edition of ELLE DECOR arrives in your mailbox and on newsstands, it will have been just over one (very long) year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a year of seeing our homes in brand-new ways, and over a year of complaining about Zoom’s pitfalls even as we embraced its voyeuristic pleasures. Among those pleasures was catching glimpses of interiors we wouldn’t otherwise have had a chance to see at all, a pastime that has been central to the mission (and mischief) of ELLE DECOR since the beginning. This month we’re being nosy neighbors yet again as we visit the homes of some of the most interesting decorators and designers working today. Our cover star—and star is the…

3 min
shooting from the heart

SYLVIE BECQUET “It’s simple, but not so simple,” says Becquet of her light-filled Paris home, which she shares with her husband and the couple’s terrier, Easy Lady. The photographer has lived in the fifth-floor duplex apartment in the city’s 16th arrondissement for the past decade. There’s nothing fussy to be found among its treasures, but there are plenty of treasures to fuss over: a view of the Eiffel Tower, for one, and a plaster mirror rescued from the set of Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et La Bête. ALANNA HALE For Hale, the centerpiece of her San Francisco apartment is a bookshelf of her own making, built from repurposed wood scaffolding and topped with beloved books and personal mementos, like a ceramic elephant that was originally part of her baby mobile. “The camera was…

5 min
goodbye to all that

THE BELGIAN DESIGN WIZARD JEAN-PHILIPPE DEMEYER HAS LONG BEEN ATTRACTED TO HISTORY—AND TO AN artful reimagining of the past. He describes his style as a kind of “new romance,” with each room conjured through a visual alchemy he calls “a mix of controlled chaos and coincidence.” For the past 15 years, his home has been nothing if not romantic. With its earliest section dating from medieval times, the former hunting lodge—complete with moat—outside of Bruges in East Flanders has served as his home and the base for JPDemeyer&Co, his interior and garden design studio that he operates with his two business partners, Frank ver Elst and Jean-Paul Dewever. Since the trio took over this Gothic countryside estate, they have turned it into an exuberant color- and pattern-filled extravaganza that is…

5 min
here’s to her

JULIA REED COULD CHANGE LIVES JUST BY ENTERing a room. And she entered a lot of rooms. I was one of hundreds who were instantly smitten with her huge smile, her smoky voice, her hearty laugh, and her exuberantly expletive-laden repartee. Her hair was always expertly highlighted and coiffed at the John Barrett salon, and her feet were invariably shod in a pair of Manolo Blahniks—which she claimed were actually comfortable. She was opinionated, wickedly witty, and had a huge coterie of friends. (And that’s not counting the thousands of fans of her books and her sharp and funny articles in Vogue, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, ELLE DECOR, and Garden & Gun.) Reed could head to Havana to find out what it was really like to live there, travel with…