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by habituallychic

04 . 17 . 08

When I was shopping on Lexington this past weekend, I walked past Nina Griscom‘s fabulous shop. I only go into the store when I’m shopping for clients since it’s beyond expensive but it’s fun to window shop. Her New York townhouse was featured in House & Garden a few years back and it’s worth a revisit. She has impeccable taste and a great eye which she credits to her friend Bill Blass who taught her great lessons on how to collect antiques. I think the thing I like best about her home is that it’s not too girly. I find it strong yet soothing. Also, elegant but still welcoming. It’s definitely a grown up home and you can see that Mr. Blass taught her well. Her antiques are divine. I would love to own a home and shop as chic as Nina Griscom’s someday so I might have to contact her next for some inspirational words of wisdom! I’m sure she’s got a lot to share!

UPDATE: For more un-styled photos of Ms. Griscom’s fabulous home, check out an in depth interview on New York Social Diary. Thanks to Mitsouko in Toronto for the link. I can’t believe I missed it!

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  1. SimplyGrove April 17, 2008 | 2:13 am


  2. Anonymous April 17, 2008 | 2:34 am

    wish she’d reveal what bill blass’s advice on collecting antiques was. gorgeous space, and i agree, not too girly. the balance of masculine/feminine is what makes it so soothing.

  3. maison21 April 17, 2008 | 4:52 am

    very classic, and very tasteful. you can certainly see the careful, edited eye of mr. blass in her taste, as he was an just as talented in his decorating as in his fashion design.

  4. dianamuse April 17, 2008 | 11:30 am

    Impeccable taste is right! And her shop is amazing. This post could be called ‘a study in fine antique chairs.’ Look at them!! Each one is a treasure. Beautiful post.

  5. Be the change..... April 17, 2008 | 1:05 pm

    I would love to hear Blass’s antique advice as well! I love this house -i have it in my clipping files! Always good for a revisit!

  6. Easy and Elegant Life April 17, 2008 | 4:04 pm

    It seems like it was decorated by someone with a very masculine aesthetic (Mr. Blass’ influence, no doubt) which makes it very appealing to me. This is decor that is timeless, in my opinion. Wish I could do that!

  7. Habitually Chic April 17, 2008 | 4:34 pm

    SimplyGrove, Glad you liked it!

  8. Habitually Chic April 17, 2008 | 4:35 pm

    Anonymous, Maybe she’ll write a book. I’ll have to check and see if I can find anything out.

  9. Habitually Chic April 17, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    Maison21, So classic and well thought out. Just like Bill.

  10. Habitually Chic April 17, 2008 | 4:38 pm

    DianaMuse, I’ve decided recently that I hate square furniture or anything that has to be bought at a showroom. I love the look of antiques and collectibles so much more. They have such a great soul. The chairs especially.

  11. Habitually Chic April 17, 2008 | 4:39 pm

    Be the Change, I know I have some tear sheets of Bill Blass’ home somewhere but I just have to find them. Does anyone else have them or remember what magazine it was featured in? I bought the House Beautiful book he was featured in but there were only a few pics.

  12. Habitually Chic April 17, 2008 | 4:40 pm

    Easy and Elegant, It’s very timeless. I am in love with all thwe antiques. I hope I can have a collection like that someday!

  13. morrismore April 17, 2008 | 6:04 pm

    HC, I believe that there are photographs of Blass’s NYC apartment (as decorated by MACII)in the House and Garden Best in Decorating (1987). http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/039456426X/ref=sr_1_olp_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208455226&sr=8-1

    Great post–you can definitely see the Blass influence of choosing (and displaying)furniture that is classic yet has a sculptural quality.

  14. Anonymous April 17, 2008 | 8:02 pm

    Dear HabChic–


    Here are roughly a billion shots of her townhouse along with a very frank interview.

    I always enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work…

    Mitsouko in Toronto

  15. House & Life April 17, 2008 | 10:14 pm

    Loved reading the interview from NYSD on her. Thanks Habitually Chic. How’s the job by the way?

  16. An Aesthete's Lament April 18, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    Great background for a tawny blonde, don’t you think?

  17. mandco April 20, 2008 | 5:56 pm

    These interiors are gorgeous! I’m so fascinated by all the elgant chairs!