a few weeks ago elle decor asked several dozen designers and bloggers to pick their favorite rooms of 2013 from the pages of elle decor- i was honored and excited to be asked.

i’d like to say that i labored over it for many hours and did tons of research, but i didn’t. i picked my room in my head in less than 10 seconds- the easiest assignment i’ve ever been given. my favorite room, my favorite home actually, from elle decor in 2013 is cynthia franks southampton home. fun fact, cynthia is claiborne swanson frank’s, whom i adore, mother-in-law.

i don’t think it is much of a surprise why i love the space- it’s open and airy, mostly white and filled with light. my exact words were, “I love every bit of Cynthia Frank’s Southampton home, I especially love the loggia that overlooks the pool and connects the living room and dining room. There’s such an eclectic, elegant and refined mix of furnishings and textures- rattan, contemporary art, Lucite, wicker, sculpture, marble, palms, and of course I always love a touch of blue and white. Everything is so chic- I could move right in!”

i’m sure you’ll want to see all the rooms picked and the tastemakers that picked them- see the whole story here (my friend, fellow designer and blogger, paloma Contreras of la dolce vita blog– love her pick!). i hope you enjoy the list, i hope so because i have a lot more year end lists coming up, in the meantime, pardon me, i’m going to start moving in!

photographs by simon upton.


Cynthia Frank in her southampton paradise- photographs by simon upton




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