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The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

by habituallychic

10 . 12 . 10

Wendy Goodman is a very busy author.  She writes for the Home Design section of New York magazine and also found time to write the new book The World of Gloria Vanderbilt.  It seems like a perfect pairing since design plays a big part in Gloria’s life.  As she says in the magazine, “decorating is autobiography” and it’s fun to see her progression from patchwork quilts to dramatic glamour in her apartment.  I can only imagine that the stories in the book are just as interesting!

Gloria Vanderbilt in front of a portrait of her mother and with a cardboard cut out of her son Anderson Cooper.

The painting above the fireplace was painted by Gloria in 1953 but she paints the fireplace when the mood strikes her.  

Gloria in front of anther fireplace during her quilt phase.

The entrance hall.

“A portrait by Miguel Covarrubias of Gloria’s half-sister, Cathleen, hangs in the entrance hall.”

I love the mix of patterns and textures in this room vignette.

Gloria’s studio.

Gloria’s current living room.

Gloria’s home was also featured in Elle Decor magazine in October 2000.
Gloria with her sons Carter and Anderson Cooper.  Carter committed suicide in 1988 at the age of 23.

Gloria’s bedroom in her quilt decorating period.
Gloria and her children.
Photos from W magazine, New York magazine, and Style Court

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  1. Maria October 12, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    another great post! thank you!


  2. Belle de Ville October 12, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    What amazing style she has.

  3. Teresa at Splendid Sass October 12, 2010 | 4:04 pm

    Love the image of Gloria and the cardboard cut out of one of my favorite journalist!
    Have a nice day.

  4. C October 12, 2010 | 4:11 pm

    The yellow stripes are such a moodlifter, that studio is wonderful! Its so cheerful. I love the full length portaits, but ‘cardboard cutout’?

  5. a Broad October 12, 2010 | 11:26 pm

    How sad to see the portraits with the children.
    Cute, the cutout of Anderson .. she has a sense of humor!
    I cannot imagine her life. From childhood until now, nothing was ordinary .. riches and tragedies.. she looked very good in these photos.

  6. The Wool Acorn October 12, 2010 | 11:33 pm

    Facinating. I would love to see more of everything. The cutout is quirky… but that fits, right?

  7. Karena October 13, 2010 | 4:00 am

    A fascinating woman with a very full and exciting life beyond what she had to overcome!!

    Art by Karena

  8. Jane K. Schott October 13, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    What a gal!

  9. Ms. Kyla October 13, 2010 | 7:49 pm

    Thank you for the article! Who is the artist for the painting in her current living room? I love it!

  10. Modern Country Lady October 13, 2010 | 9:34 pm

    I LOVE the quilted coat.My new project hopefully !!!!!