The Year Was 2000
In the '90s an artistic friend of mine, who described herself as "living on the wrong side of the tracks," got me hooked on Elle Decor. Back then she could afford few things seen on the pages but she swore by the magazine as a great source for original ideas.
Elle Decor, October 2000, is an issue that stands out in my own mind. It was filled with stylish, soulful homes that really reflected the spirits of the owners. Christina Greeven (now Cuomo) was on the cover and her New York apartment was featured. I still love the caned sofa with the bright pillows. Click here for more glimpses of that residence.
Below, Elliott Puckette's Cobble Hill home -- shared with husband Hugo Guinness -- made the issue too. (For related information click the Puckette label at the bottom of this post.)
Many other innately chic women were included...
Above and below, the Seville home of Nati Abascal.
Below, Gloria Vanderbilt's home was described as autobiographical; filled with references to the famous relatives from which she once tried to distance herself. Note too the mix of opulent pieces with more humble American craft. There is a portrait of Vanderbilt with sons Carter and Anderson Cooper.
Princess Siki of Somalia, below, in the South of France.
Even Alexa Hampton's illustration of the late Bill Blass' home was in this issue. The magazine described it as "drop-dead" and one of the most stylish of our time.
Finally, for my fellow Charlie Rose fans, did you know he has been on the cover of Elle Decor? I'll see if I have the issue packed away. For more vintage tear sheets, click here.