Ok, so I’ve had a girl-crush on Aerin Lauder for, like, ever. My girl-crush dates all the way back to my Chapin days in NYC -- she was one of the cool, older girls that that I admired from afar because I was way too uncool and awkward to do anything else.
Since then she has worked at Estée Lauder (her grandmother’s cosmetics empire) for over 20 years and has recently stepped away (she’s still a consultant) to start her own company called AERIN. It’s a “chic, modern effortless lifestyle brand,” a description that fits Aerin to a “T.” AERIN now provides wares that make your home beautiful (and you beautiful and fashionably attired in it.) AERIN started out with beauty products and scented candles and has since expanded into home accessories, fabric, rugs. lighting and furniture (among several other categories.)
She has also written a book called “Beauty at Home,” which is full of images of her casually elegant homes in NYC, South Hampton and Aspen. The book also features entertaining and style tips from the woman herself.
Speaking of which…
Here are some images from her drop-dead gorgeous apartment in NYC. Pardon me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard.
The foyer of the apartment features an 18th century tapestry paired with a sleek console table.
Jacques Grange designed this amazing living room -- he also designed AERIN's headquarters, which are definitely blog-post-worthy so stay tuned.
I love the leopard-print arm chairs! For more on decorating with animal print, click here.
Aerin's dressing room is a girly paradise adorned with hand-painted wallpaper from Gracie Studio. (See my post on hand-painted wallpaper here.)
I can totally picture myself curled up in front of this fireplace whenever I get hit with writers-block.
A view to the den -- Aerin clearly isn't afraid of painting her walls dark and I love her even more for it.
MORE bookcases. A girl after my own heart.
Gold was one of Estée Lauder's favorite accents and you see a lot of it pop up in the design of Aerin's NYC apartment, like these dining chairs, for example.
In contrast to some of the dark colors seen in the den, study and dining room, the kitchen is light and airy. I love the art by her two sons displayed on the wall.
Still want more? Click here to watch a video with Aerin as she discusses what inspires her and her love of design.