A Day With Doris

A Lesson in BotanyMary having a cup of coffeeDoris shared that she had a huge crush on Laurence Olivier
Doris with her brick collection and a hat made by a friendI made Doris put on her “Swedish Shades” Peering over her mother’s beloved piano
A Hollywood Moment, Doris as a child Vintage MarimekkoDancing in her garden as a young girl

I feel so lucky to live in New York and have the opportunity to meet such amazing and inspiring people.The other day I was invited to have lunch with two special ladies, Mary and Doris. Doris invited us back to her home for coffee and stories after giving us a architectural tour of her neighborhood. Mary had mentioned that Doris had exquisite taste and I could definitely gather as much, but was nonetheless taken aback by her stunning apartment and magnificent flair for design.

Everything in Doris’ apartment is artfully arranged with her special touch. Its a world where neoclassical and contemporary design elements blend harmoniously with whimsical charm. Miniature chairs sit beside precious antiques and vintage family photos. Fine art pieces are mixed with wonderful drawings and paintings done by artist friends. These works hang on the walls of a place that her boss once remarked, “Where do you think you are, Versailles?” after she mentioned the idea of installing big mirrors in the living room.Doris’ apartment is a reflection of herself, charming and graceful, contemporary and intelligent.

Doris is a natural teacher, storyteller and design wiz. She worked at the Whitney for over 30 years in charge of all museum publications. As we toured her apartment she espoused upon plants, old movie stars, furniture and fashion design and we discovered that we both were born without defined ankles. My grandmother was a librarian and I always thought she knew everything. There wasn’t a question she couldn’t answer. She used to say, ” I know a little bit about a lot of things”, but truthfully she knew a lot about most things. Doris is the same way, an expert, ready and willing to share her treasures, her knowledge. I learned that she pretends not to love chocolate although she really does and that you can transform old bricks into ancient treasures by placing them upon a beautiful antique dresser. I could go on and on, but hopefully these photos will give you a little peek into her magical world!

  • A brick collection and a love for Laurence Olivier? Doris, I think I adore you.

  • What an amazing woman and a beautiful home. Love the "Swedish shades".

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful place!


  • Sue

    What an inspiring home. Doris is truly a gem.

  • ari

    Lucky indeed to meet Doris in NY.

  • So beautiful and inspiring…
    Thank you.

  • Beautiful! Comfort! xxoo Patty

  • Doris is truly creative and has an innate sense of design.
    It is interesting that you let us take a deeper look into the home and life of one of the many special people you have previously photographed. Very special. Thanks!

    When I see the pictures of Doris the young pretty girl, it strikes me that some people think that older people are an entire different species, when old people really are young people who only happened to grow old.

  • Anonymous

    WoW!! You really have a wonderful gift–people invite you into their lives and homes! I feel privileged to see just a bit of all this! Lovely home and art! Thanks for sharing this experience with us! Please share as much of these folks philosophy as you can with us! Aging is so denigrated in this culture. Love your blog!

  • what are inspirational home, thankyou for posting this, beauy and creativity gets better with age!!!!xx

  • barbara

    Just one word – sophisticated.
    Thanks to Doris and you that you give me that exclusive view.

  • Magnificent!

  • wow I would love to spend a day with Doris! ^_^

  • thank you so much for this! whenever you shoot people I wish I could see their homes 🙂

  • What an absolute joy to come across Doris & her amazing apartment! thank you Doris & you too, Oh King of Advanced Style!

  • What an elegant woman, and what a lovely and personal apartment. Lucky you, to visit!

  • Her interior is as classy and interesting as her exterior. Very inspiring.

  • this was an absolute treasure of a post. it feels like a privilege to see such a home. thank you and doris for letting us in.
    mary is a master of understatement.

  • She's amazing. I love her little shadow boxes and that shelf full of treasures you can see on the wall behind her in one of the photos. I'd love to be her friend!

  • adoring your blog & Doris is an absolute fave! thanks, kee

  • Anonymous

    Doris' home and style are very covetable. Maybe i should quit buying fashion mags and just move to NY!