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At Home with Gwyneth Paltrow – Part One

by habituallychic

10 . 04 . 07

I have to say, the November 2007 issue of House and Garden magazine is already one of my all time favorites. It might be because it’s all about New York with fabulous interiors of fabulous people or it could be because I was granted access to a behind the scenes look at the Gwyneth Paltrow photo shoot in the Hamptons. Either way, it’s spectacular! I thought it would be fun to show you the photos from the magazine first and then in the next post, I’ll show what went into creating them. Enjoy!

Gwyneth describes the aesthetic of her home in the Hamptons as minimalist with a feminine twist and that’s clearly evident from the preponderance of pink! Apparently Chris Martin is in touch with his feminine side as well. The home is surprisingly modern yet completely homey and comfortable looking. In the living room above, pieces from the Domus Design Collection are paired with Madeline Weinrib’s Hollywood Regency chair and china and vases from Calypso Home.

In the foyer above, a Bolero chair by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair is upholstered in Schumacher’s Lace in Aqua while a Directions’ Glam console table topped with a découpage barnacle lamp from John Derian. The art is actually needlework by Ann Carrington and seems to be a cheeky nod to Chris Martin’s English heritage and their other life in London. I love the mix of patterns of the aqua chair fabric against the Zoffany Cordoba wallpaper in Gray.

“Paltrow took charge of the house’s design nearly from the beginning. The spec house was already under construction when she first came upon it, but she worked with Washington, D.C.-based architectural designer Michael Minkoff to tailor the house to her family and her taste.” She also had a little help from House and Garden editor Kim Gieske who gave her design source suggestions and produced this feature for the magazine. Tom Dixon’s Mirror Ball pendants, from Property in New York hang over the staircase.

Paltrow splurged on the Tord Boontje blossom chandelier in the dining room but saved on the appetizer plates from CB2.

One of my favorite rooms in the house is the kitchen and apparently, I’m not alone. Photographer Eric Cahan told me that it was getting a lot of attention. Probably because we all dream of having a kitchen that spacious and beautiful. I usually prefer white kitchens but I love the dark grey/black cabinets. There is something slightly English looking about it. Also, a little Kelly Wearstler looking too. I am definitely rethinking my dream kitchen after seeing it!

“The kitchen is lined with custom cabinets by Minkoff while the pair of striking chandeliers are by Home and Co. for Birgit Israel in London. Seamless concrete counters are by Remik Studio, in Brooklyn, NY, and are punctuated with a stove from Jade Range, Brea, CA. The island’s butcher-block top is from Bally Block Co., Bally, PA. Windows and doors throughout by Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co.”

Paltrow’s daughter, Apple, chose the fabrics for her canopy bed. I’m having flashbacks to my own pink canopied bed from my childhood. The custom canopy bed by Jonas in New York. We use Jonas for a lot of projects and I can attest that he is the best! The showroom with all the furniture styles in muslin is so much fun to wander through. The fabrics are from Raoul Textiles. Monogrammed pillows by Lori Jayne Monogramming and More, Palm Beach, FL, and the headboard is Ballard Designs’ Stevenson. The floor is covered in Stark Carpet’s Silverton in White.

I wish there were more photos of the master bedroom but I guess I can understand the desire for some bit of privacy. From what we do get to see, it looks dreamy. The bed is Usona’s Thurman and is covered in Edelman’s Cashmere Calf in Super White, and Wendell Castle’s Muse side table topped with Vaughan?s Lausanne Crystal lamp. Wallpaper is Wook Kim’s Feu in Gray. Carpet by Tai Ping. All bedding by Donna Karan.

When Paltrow couldn’t find a vanity that she liked, she had one made out of a Paul McCobb dresser. I love the little kiddie stool. So cute!

Photo shoots can’t be all work and no play right?! And they’re probably even more fun when you’re wearing a dress by Etro.

And now for the part of the tour that made me VERY jealous! Ms. Paltrow has her very own tea house looking pilates and yoga studio! Biatch! Ok, that wasn’t very nice or professional of me to say that but you know you were thinking it too!

I was surprised to see the interior look to be covered in what appears to be plywood. Paltrow says she would like to cover the walls, floor and ceiling in bamboo so maybe that’s the reason. Oh yeah, and in case you weren’t already really jealous, the pool house has furniture by Janus et Cie and her dress is Calvin Klein. Sigh. Must be nice.

Photos by Eric Cahan

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  1. Claudia @ The Crafty Weasel October 4, 2007 | 8:58 pm

    LOL LOL LOL Damn, biatch, I was thinking that too!!!

    Fabulous post, fabulously chic! 🙂 Can’t wait for the next installment!

  2. ALL THE BEST October 4, 2007 | 9:08 pm

    LOVE IT!! Of course you are right, the kitchen is WONDERFUL!!!

  3. Habitually Chic October 4, 2007 | 9:10 pm

    Claudia, I have to walk 10 blocks to yoga and she just has to cross the backyard! So not fair!!!

  4. Habitually Chic October 4, 2007 | 9:10 pm

    Ronda, I would kill for that kitchen!!!

  5. Claudia @ The Crafty Weasel October 4, 2007 | 9:30 pm

    LOL LOL LOL! 🙂

    About that kitchen – I have to agree that there is a slight Britishness to it. Even the colour. I love white kitchens too (same type of millwork) but I’m with you, this one looks absolutely gorgeous – and cosy too!

  6. Anonymous October 4, 2007 | 9:35 pm

    Yay! Thank you…I’ve been waiting for my issue to come, but I think I’ll have to go out and buy a copy! Do you know…is the wallpaper in the bathroom Kelly Wearstler’s?

  7. Alice Olive October 4, 2007 | 11:14 pm

    I love the description “minimalist with a feminine twist” – perfect! Love the little Chucks artfully positioned.

    Beautiful photography, especially looking up the staircase.

    I’ll have to invest in this mag now!

  8. Suzy October 5, 2007 | 2:18 am

    I haven’t seen this on the stands here yet, so thanks for the preview! I was quite suprised to see how femnine the house is…love the kitchen though. And I wish I had 1)the space, and 2) the time for a yoga/pilates room/building! Biatch indeed!

  9. Habitually Chic October 5, 2007 | 3:00 pm

    Hi Anonymous, the wallpaper isn’t credited anywhere but it definitely looks like KWID.

  10. Habitually Chic October 5, 2007 | 3:01 pm

    Alice Olive, I loved the shoes in that photo too! It really is the best H&G issue ever!

  11. Habitually Chic October 5, 2007 | 3:02 pm

    Suzy, although I am completely jealous of her home and exercise studio, I think it’s going to make me work extra hard so I can afford one too!

  12. Peggy October 6, 2007 | 2:17 am

    AMAZING. Even in Texas we can appreciate class and style and this house has it! Thanks for sharing the inside story… The Ann Carrington needlework art is my fav.

  13. Things That Inspire October 6, 2007 | 11:02 am

    Great post. My favorites are the Meridiani bed in the master and the Boontje chandelier. Beautiful!

  14. Anonymous October 8, 2007 | 10:40 pm

    I’m an interior designer in Manhattan. Am I expected to believe that Paltrow did this herself, or with some helpful hints from the editor. I think not.

  15. Anonymous October 9, 2007 | 2:46 pm

    I have to say I absolutly love the Wendell Castle Collection white lacquer table. I have worked with that collection before and they are great in terms of quality of product and lead times. Its a total hit in this room!!!!

  16. Louisa October 17, 2007 | 2:19 am

    Great post!

    A question about the paint color in the kitchen – are the cabinets truly black/grey? In one of the photos in the magazine, they look to have an almost teal tinge to them. Perhaps it’s my computer monitor but I’d love to know the exact color name!

  17. Kelly October 19, 2007 | 1:29 pm

    Thanks so much for the Behind the Scenes look! That kitchen went into my Inspiration File the moment I saw it…

  18. Anonymous October 19, 2007 | 4:00 pm

    Have you seen apple pink monogrammed pillows. See mine at :


  19. Jamie Meares January 2, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    found your blog today. lots of prettiness. loved this issue too.

  20. Anonymous February 10, 2008 | 4:52 pm

    Who makes the purple geometric fabric on the bench on the cover? I have been looking for something like this everywhere.

  21. Habitually Chic February 10, 2008 | 5:15 pm

    The fabric on the bench is from Florence Broadhurst.

  22. nicnob February 22, 2008 | 3:10 pm

    Who makes the fabric on the two pillows on the cover?

  23. étudiante April 9, 2008 | 3:47 am

    i love every bit of this entry!

  24. Anonymous April 18, 2008 | 5:57 am

    I love the pink plates used in the dining room…what brand are they?

  25. Anonymous July 30, 2008 | 12:53 am

    love the extra pics not in the mag. as for the birgit israel awesome chandeliers in the kitchen, where can I find something like that? didn’t see them on her website.