During December twelve years ago I ripped this page out of Elle Decor. Everyone I know seems to have a visceral reaction to it -- they either love the quirky arrangement of framed family photos or are unnerved by the irregularity. Last night I was able to catch up with the magazine's editor in chief, Margaret Russell, and chat about it. She told me that the picture of free-spirited Lorraine Kirke's study with those adorable kids standing on the slouchy red sofa was a close contender for the recently released Style and Substance, The Best of Elle Decor, but in the end the team opted to include Kirke's bold red kitchen instead.
Soon I'll be back to share what she said about the Kirke apartment as well as other homes that are featured in the book. (By the way, in case you don't know, it's a huge hit. Already in its third printing.)
Photography at the top by Fernando Bengoechea, Elle Decor, December/January 1997