Habitually Chic Nina Griscom
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
SimplyGrove, Glad you liked it!
Anonymous, Maybe she’ll write a book. I’ll have to check and see if I can find anything out.
Maison21, So classic and well thought out. Just like Bill.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Loved reading the interview from NYSD on her. Thanks Habitually Chic. How’s the job by the way?
Great background for a tawny blonde, don’t you think?
These interiors are gorgeous! I’m so fascinated by all the elgant chairs!