at home in new york with Olivia CHANTECAILLE

Raised in Manhattan by French parents, Olivia Chantecaille is the creative director of her family’s eponymous cosmetics company, Chantecaille. You may remember the feature in the February 2007 edition of Domino (of course you do) which showed how her spare bedroom was transformed into her dressing room. I did a post way back that showed the redesign of a tiny closet into a home office and last month Stacey of Design Addict Mom did a fabulous job with her closet turned office space. Chantecaille’s redesign is just as brilliantly done.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

Rather than a tour of the cosmetics executive’s entire home, today’s At Home in New York column showcases what can be done in a single NYC space. In this case it is the spare /second bedroom. Here’s what it looked like before.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

Her hope for the redesigned space was for a dressing room that could function both as a vanity area and a lounge, with an aesthetic inspired by 1950s Parisian couture and classic Horst photography.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

If you scroll back up to compare the two images, you’ll see that the closet doors were removed and the closet was painted in grey and white stripes and made into a dressing table niche, complete with a mirror, vanity, and slipper chair.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

For shoe, bag, and clothing storage, Olivia had shelving units designed, followed by custom tent-like canopies made to cloak them, complete with a tufted ottoman to match.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

As you might be able to see in some of the images, Chantecaille covered the room’s wood floor with tufted white carpet tiles.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

A gilded leaning floor mirror and lacquered floor lamp add the necessary outfit-viewing ability, plus added light.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

There you have it: the phenomenal transformation, complete with the before and after.

Olivia Chantecaille at Home

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Photo Credit(s): First photo via Huff Post Home. All other photos via Domino. Photographer: Paul Costello. Prop Stylist: Christina Wressell.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.