Rara Avis

Designer and style icon Iris Apfel’s exuberant and eclectic style is so evidently translated into her New York apartment. Her vast collection of art, her use of bold and bright patterns, and her humorous touches make her design aesthetic incredibly inspirational. One of my favorite pieces is Iris’ Infanta Margarita portrait, which was the first painting she purchased 60 years ago at an antiques shop in Florence.

(images from here)

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  1. Marisa wrote:

    Wow its so colorful & eclectic. Love it!

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  2. That home is awesome.

    Fashionable Collections

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  3. I used to love Iris a lot until I heard about her stealing jewelry designs from a less famous artist.

    xoxo
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  4. Lucía wrote:

    omg so much stuff in there.

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  5. cailinrua wrote:

    whoa! now that’s my style. you gals have the best blog ever.

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  6. yolie wrote:

    I love Iris! But the space may be a bit over the top. Just a little.

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  7. Bec wrote:

    that dog with the jewels, haha. graet stuff.

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  8. yes it’s such a beautiful painting, and her home is just unbelievalble.

    agnes

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  9. Nomadic D wrote:

    Love to look at it here, but I think if I had to live in a place like that my brain would explode. And that would be messy.

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  10. I love the mix of classic elements with pops of modern bold colors. Very cool!
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  11. Jessie wrote:

    oooooooh how gorgeous. i am obsessed with this apartment.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

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  12. gena wrote:

    she is the cutest! did yall see her at the CFDA awards? – i love her maximalist aesthetic.

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  13. Carrie wrote:

    This woman’s decorating is genius. I NEED that monkey lamp.

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  14. I LOVE HER! so amazing 🙂

    http://hugosnotmyboss.blogspot.com/

    Nina
    x

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  15. zee wrote:

    already love her!

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  16. kate wrote:

    very rococo chic. so much to look at, but so beautiful!

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  17. Ro wrote:

    ahhhhhhhhhhhh !

    I have been in LOVE with her for about 3 years!

    Your blog blows my mind you are by far the best blog out there ( and I read several) !

    love love love Honestly WTF…

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  18. Rococo meets pop meets technicolor dream. This is so cool.

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  19. Nino wrote:

    thank you for the post, tweeting

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  20. She’s a gem! Love it.

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  21. nicole wrote:

    Awesome needs more dust and cats and iwould move in

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  22. Decorative meet Pop meets Technicolor Trance. This is so cool.

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  23. caroline wrote:

    i got to go to this apartment for a different photo shoot! its literally such an eclectic space, different from most NY ones but so very Iris!

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  24. Oh wow! I have to admit I probably would go a bit crazy with all that color and pattern, but what a happy place to visit. And I think I need to find that dog butler! 🙂

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  25. Kathi wrote:

    she must be friends with joe Holtzman, he has such an eye for style and creativity.

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