A Timeless Apartment

A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place.  It should smile at you and create fantasy.- Juan Montoya

The new issue of House Beautiful is out and is chock full of gorgeous spaces and great ideas.  The issue is about having the perfect home at every stage of life.  It highlights everything from the first apartment to the family home to the empty nester townhouse.  One of my favorite spaces was the Manhattan apartment of designer Justine Cushing.

She’s lived in the apartment for nearly 45 years and has never redecorated except for some occasional tweaking.  It just goes to show that decorating with classic, timeless pieces never goes out of style.  To me, the space looks like it could have been designed yesterday.

That chinoiserie desk is to die for!

Justine moved into the space in 1970 and painted the walls a custom shade of orange that she’s never changed.  It makes the perfect backdrop for her art collection.

There is nothing chicer than glazed walls!

Many of the pieces are family heirlooms which I love.  And most of the paintings are by Justine’s grandfather Howard Gardiner Cushing.

A painting by her grandfather hangs above a midcentury bar cart. Love the mix of old and new!

A Richard Avedon photo of Justine’s aunt Lily.

Designer Justine Cushing.

I absolutely loved Justine’s bedroom with it’s canopied, tented bed.  It looks so inviting and cozy.  I think I could spend my whole day in it!

Be sure to pick up this month’s House Beautiful, if you’re looking for some inspiration!

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