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"some of the most intense, least apologetic, Maryosity of all time" (quoting from the TF thread where this link originated.)

by Anonymousreply 11008/13/2017

Oh dear God. The Pepto-Bismol pink walls in the first pic are enough ALONE to make me retch!

by Anonymousreply 103/17/2013

Not all that bad until you get into the living room. Then I had to wonder whether the color was off on my computer.

by Anonymousreply 203/17/2013

You really have to scroll down to the pink rooms to get the full "Maryosity" experience.

by Anonymousreply 303/17/2013

The den is BARELY tolerable, but like the rest of the apartment, far too cluttered. I was liking the bedroom until I encountered the HIDEOUS trompe l'oeil highboy, but the Asian accents are fine. Entering into the hallway we once again see the (literally) nauseating pink walls, along with a perfectly fine George Nelson chair that has been fucking RUINED by the addition of gaudy leopard-velvet upholstery. And finally, the piece de resistance: the living room, quite possibly the single tackiest room I've seen in a NYSD house to date ... which is saying A LOT. The pink walls! The pink CEILING! The blue carpet! The Han Dynasty horse!! And Jesus H. Christ, the LUCITE COFFEE TABLE!!!

by Anonymousreply 403/17/2013

Thank you r4, a voice of reason amidst the cacophony.

by Anonymousreply 503/17/2013

I'm one of the few people on Earth willing to forgive that pink-and-gold color scheme. It's incredibly girly, if that's what you want, but the effect is vivid and glowing.

But I'm not willing to forgive pink and gold and BLUE RUGS!!!!

by Anonymousreply 603/17/2013

It could all work for me, with *a lot* of editing. They have some really interesting treasures.

by Anonymousreply 703/17/2013

I like how they light with lamps. Warm and inviting.

People are afraid of pink. It has "connotations". I painted my dining room a beautiful rosy shade, just right.

Nice place to visit but I couldn't live there every day. Too much whimsy.

by Anonymousreply 803/17/2013

It's like living in a vagina!

The best thing, aside from the beefy ass in the picture with the posing strap,:


by Anonymousreply 903/17/2013

Truly, it's Maryosity run amok. I can't stand the pepto-pink, the orange and the leopard print but I do like some of their furniture, art and tchotchkes. I experienced some serious chair envy.

Also, either everyone's partner should be named Emery von Sztankoczy or we should start using "Sztankoczy" as a descriptive word for something.

by Anonymousreply 1003/17/2013

The painting of the guy with his ass hanging out of a thong really pulls it all together.

by Anonymousreply 1103/17/2013

Boys in the Band meets Norman is that You?

by Anonymousreply 1203/17/2013

Bad design. That pink is gonna fade in the sun in about three weeks.

by Anonymousreply 1303/17/2013

It looks like an antique shop. I expect to find price tags hanging on everything. Fabulous pieces but too much. That said, it looks like the abode of a couple of fabulous old queens.

by Anonymousreply 1403/17/2013

The areas that aren't pink are OK, but would be nice if they removed some of the clutter and things from the wall.

by Anonymousreply 1503/17/2013

I sort of like the fabulousness of it, although it's not my taste by a longshot.

Old queens are a national treasure.

by Anonymousreply 1603/17/2013

I like the 'clutter', but although I like strong colors, the colors are generally garish.

by Anonymousreply 1703/17/2013

This one leaves me speechless.

by Anonymousreply 1803/17/2013

I hate the pink walls, and I don't love most of the stuff they have BUT I kinda love it. I love the randomness of it all. It has a quirky individuality I like, even though I would take out at least half the things they have. It's a VERY 1950s-1960s old-school queen apartment. And that's fine.

by Anonymousreply 1903/17/2013

Hunt Slonem oil paintings are so tacky. And so large.

by Anonymousreply 2003/17/2013

I love it. The whole dust-gathering mincing pearl-clutching damask-rose-scented screaming colorama drama of it. I fully expected to see June Allyson come tip-tapping through the door in a gold brocade house dress and satin kitten heels, offering martins in that growly voice.

It's bright and flamboyant and utterly, utterly fabulous and not beige in any way. I'm sick of seeing tasteful shades of nothing carefully counterpointed by striking tones of neutral. I wouldn't want to live there, for everyday liveablity I need somewhere less cluttered but I love when someone's home is a great big Fuck You to the conform-or-be-ostracised brigade. Dare to be pink!

by Anonymousreply 2103/17/2013

I love R21.

by Anonymousreply 2203/17/2013

I also love R21 -- but especially R11.

It is nice to see all those books on shelves instead of ... you know....

by Anonymousreply 2303/17/2013

My eyes, MY EYES!

by Anonymousreply 2403/17/2013

No comment on the colored string covered walls?

I would love to go to their sidewalk sale. But the overall effect is like an entire meal of brightly colored marzipan.

by Anonymousreply 2503/18/2013

Some interesting pieces but it's so busy. Art covering every inch of wall.

by Anonymousreply 2603/18/2013

Pink is one thing. Pepto Bismal is another.

by Anonymousreply 2703/18/2013

That is not pepto-bismol pink; it's a warmer, richer pink. And I too love r21 (also r25).

by Anonymousreply 2803/18/2013

[quote]trompe l'oeil highboy

That is not trompe l'oeil. That's just faux painting.

by Anonymousreply 2903/18/2013

Thanks for the inspiration, OP! I've turned the NYSD article into a blogpost for my own design blog

by Anonymousreply 3003/21/2013

Imagine being invited for dinner without any knowledge of what you were walking in to and having to be polite without a hint of inauthenticity.

by Anonymousreply 3103/21/2013

[quote]Pink is one thing. Pepto Bismal is another.

Blush and Bashful!

by Anonymousreply 3203/21/2013

T21 nails it. And yes, the lighting is great but so is the atmosphere of deep sensual comfort from all the luxe surfaces. In that way the den reminds me of Chanel's apartment. It's COSY in a way that so much bravura decorating isn't. You could film some great porn there.

by Anonymousreply 3303/22/2013

A long time ago, at the birth of the internet, I met a man on Prodigy and went to his house in Chapel Hill. His name was "Cricket", which should have been warning enough for me.

The house was an enormous colonial with plenty of land, barn and horse stables, you get the picture.

But when we got to the huge living room (think pink marble fireplace, crystal chandelier and 12 X 18 Arabian rug straight out of Versailles), there was not a stick of furniture.

Instead, there were 400-500 plain and ordinary lawn and garden statues and a path from one end of the room that meandered through them to the other end of the room.

There were Negro lawn jockeys, Madonna statues, Jesus statues, Elvis statues, dolphin whale and shark statues, elephant, tiger, lion, kitty cat, big dog, little dog, one grand horse in the corner up on its hind legs, every possible imaginable type of statue ever created in the 5,000 years of Earth's history. All total ceramic kitchy junk usually sold at Coney Island and county fairs.

And this is the funny thing, polite little boy I was back then, we meandered through that path and neither one of us even commented on this site.

Obviously, I did him as quickly as possible and got the hell out of there leaving Cricket, his money, and his mad menagerie in my rear view window.

by Anonymousreply 3403/23/2013

Can there be another by request Tasteful Friends thread? This time about tasteful Jodie Foster home she's just put on the market...

by Anonymousreply 3506/15/2013

Jesusfuckingchrist! Where to start? How do people live like this? There is just too much crap in the house. I dont care how beautiful or important or valuable the stuff is, there's too much of it. Its like the last scene in Citizen Kane.

by Anonymousreply 3606/15/2013

It's very, very, very, very. Very... very.

by Anonymousreply 3706/15/2013

I love these two out of control queens! At least they have a POV and something to say, unlike the hundreds of others featured in their somber and sober tones of gray, beige, bone, and white.

by Anonymousreply 3806/15/2013

Well I love the pink walls with the curtains and the blue rug just makes it pop. Most people are afraid of color.

by Anonymousreply 3906/15/2013

I love the oriental room.

by Anonymousreply 4006/15/2013

There are some really nice individual pieces there, and overall I like the vivid colors, but agree it's too much everywhere. Even if the colors photograph well, I can just imagine being inside that apartment and being surrounded by those Pepto-Bismol walls and thinking "tacky". Counter-balancing the colors with some more neutral areas would make everything pop more.

Also I am not a fan of that particular shade of khaki green in the bedroom - it just makes everything look faded and dated from the 70's.

Also, they can afford nice antiques but they can't afford to patch up the ceiling / water damage above the TV in their bedroom? (and why would they agree to have that photographed)? It contributes to that feeling of things being a bit faded and past their prime, rather than vibrant and playful.

by Anonymousreply 4106/15/2013

It's just always so depressing to see how TINY all these NYC apartments are, and to know what they're paying.

And all the clutter just makes it seem smaller.

by Anonymousreply 4206/15/2013

[quote] I fully expected to see June Allyson come tip-tapping through the door in a gold brocade house dress and satin kitten heels, offering martins in that growly voice.

We called those lovely outfits "hostess gowns".

by Anonymousreply 4306/15/2013

Ah that's what happened to Emery.

by Anonymousreply 4406/15/2013

Help! We can't breath!!!

by Anonymousreply 4506/15/2013

Which one is the top?

by Anonymousreply 4606/15/2013

Most gays would look at those two and immediately think "such queers".

by Anonymousreply 4706/15/2013

How do you have that much stuff and keep it dust free? You'd have to hire a maid to work at least 40 hours a week just on dusting. How do they do it? Is there no dust in NY?

by Anonymousreply 4806/15/2013

I like it, and I say bravo to the pink walls AND the orange curtains. I'm sick to death of Restoration Hardware GREIGE.

by Anonymousreply 4906/15/2013

Does the place not have a kitchen?

by Anonymousreply 5006/15/2013

I'll chime in on the side of loving the pink and orange, but I would like more balance between the two. It does remind me of an upscale antique store, but imagine these two have had a lot of fun collecting all these items.

Very Mary and I love it!

by Anonymousreply 5106/15/2013

Where's the shitter?

by Anonymousreply 5206/15/2013

The glass vases aren't the only thing that got blown in the pink room.

by Anonymousreply 5306/15/2013

I like for them. They seem really down to earth and, well cool to me based on the interview.

Once you get past the pink (which I like, for them), it's well-proportioned and not gimmicky.

by Anonymousreply 5406/15/2013

Marry me, R21.

by Anonymousreply 5506/15/2013

I just can't picture either of those 2 rolling over in bed at night saying "oh baby, I need some lovin'! Come over here and split my man pussy wide open"!

by Anonymousreply 5606/15/2013

I love R21 too.

by Anonymousreply 5706/15/2013

I like some of the midcentury style pieces peppered through the place, but between the clutter and the hideous walls/old dusty looking wall art, I'm not a fan of the rest.

Greige, as listed above, is boring too, but pink didn't work here. Orange or something that either dovetailed nicely with the wood tones or countered it nicely (A blue, perhaps) would have looked a lot cleaner.

by Anonymousreply 5806/15/2013

You know it's horrific when you can still see that color after you close your eyes.

by Anonymousreply 5906/15/2013

[quote]The painting of the guy with his ass hanging out of a thong really pulls it all together.

This seriously had me in a chuckle fit for the past 5 minutes. My chest hurts from laughing so hard. Bravo, r11!

by Anonymousreply 6006/15/2013

I only like antiques if the person who owns them actually went to that country and bought them. There is something declasse about being Balinese antiques in some warehouse in Connecticut. Now, if you actually bought it in Denpasar, then it's a different story.

by Anonymousreply 6106/15/2013

Odd that a floss-like piece of cloth on a man in painting essentially makes it no better than a velvet Elvis.

Much more tasteful if he was nude.

by Anonymousreply 6206/15/2013

R11's post is funnier than the one that made W&W.

by Anonymousreply 6306/15/2013

Ucch, you know there is a frantic scene when they bring a rent boy back to the place and they have to hide all the good pieces.

by Anonymousreply 6406/15/2013

[quote]There is something declasse about being Balinese antiques in some warehouse in Connecticut.

Declasse? Pretentious, much?

If the interior works it doesn't matter where the shit comes from --- unless you can't pull a pin from your sphincter with a tractor.

by Anonymousreply 6506/16/2013

The don't bring their rent boys there R64. They have a warehouse dungeon for that.

by Anonymousreply 6606/16/2013

"Help! We can't breath!!!"


by Anonymousreply 6706/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 6806/16/2013

Well, Mother always taught me to say something nice in every situation.

Isn't it marvelous that they have a pre-war apartment?

by Anonymousreply 6906/16/2013

It looks like someone barfed rainbow sherbet in an antique store.

by Anonymousreply 7006/16/2013

The horse is too much. It's the sort of thing an elderly suburban frau does after she's been abroad. "And I bought the coolie's hat right off the head of my rickshaw driver!"

by Anonymousreply 7106/16/2013

I love it.

by Anonymousreply 7206/16/2013

Like so many of these places, it isn't a home, it's a statement.

That bedroom would, literally, drive me INSANE...

(and someone should tell that guy that it isn't a good idea to paint the walls the same colour as your face - WTF is with that?)

by Anonymousreply 7306/17/2013

This is what Grey Gardens would've looked like if the Beales' trust fund didn't run dry.

by Anonymousreply 7406/17/2013

OK R55, but I get to name the cats.

by Anonymousreply 7506/20/2013

Take away 15% of the oh-so-au-courant "gestures" and tone the fuck down the Indian wedding pink and orange and it's not bad.

New Yorkers are the most groveling slaves when it comes to following fashion trends (not to setting them, at least not in interior design). They lack the confidence of their own convictions -- and is there any greater evidence of this than a small apartment so crammed to the gills with the execrable pictures of Hunt Slonem? There's more originality and confidence among the "rising talent" of a second string Tulsa country club designer showcase house.

by Anonymousreply 7606/20/2013

I didn't know where to post this, perhaps someone can start a thread.

"Actress Catherine Deneuve is selling her château in Eure-et-Loir"

Article's in French, however I heartily recommend scrolling down to the slideshow (it says "READ")+ the Scribd from Sotheby's for amazing views of the château.

There's a 70m2 sauna on the second floor and a home cinema in the attic on the third floor.

by Anonymousreply 7704/21/2014

That place in OP's link ... vibrant clutter. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 7804/21/2014

That's quite lovely r77. Can't decide which I like better: Vivien Leigh's mill house or this one.

by Anonymousreply 7904/21/2014

So many things, and nothing of any taste or value.

Those fake Regency chairs get a lot of mileage; they're in practically every photo. The probably cut-down portrait of George I has been improperly reframed, floating oddly high within the passe-partout, the top of his head lopped off. It's what art dealers derisively call a "decorative piece". Likewise the furniture and everything else: there's nothing there of any quality or value, except maybe those fucking wretched Hunt Slonem paintings that every queen in NYC simply must have. And no juxtapositions that make common things appear uncommonly good.

That cream leather upholstered Art Deco credenza, gilded with gold radiator paint is even more hideous than what is surely the ugliest plexiglass coffee table known to man -- and all milky and yellowed with nicotine like an old tooth. A close third in that race must be the designer's own waterfall-edged coffee table in the den ("available to order.")

Yet another example of the NYC dictum that bad on top of bad on top of bad might somehow be mistaken as good; that fourth-rate "whimsy" might be immune to criticism.

If the guy were not a designer, it would just be the digs of someone overly dramatic and tasteless who likes his layers of fusty tat. But the old coot even has the nerve to get humpty about his clients who are not all he'd like them to be.

by Anonymousreply 8004/21/2014

Have to admit: I LIKE a lot of their stuff. But I don't think I'd want to spend much time there if I had a bad case of nausea.

by Anonymousreply 8104/21/2014

LOVE that cement tootsie in a Roman sandal. Where can I pick one up?

by Anonymousreply 8204/21/2014

There's not a square inch of wall that isn't covered with something. What have they got against drywall?

by Anonymousreply 8304/21/2014

Most beautiful East Sussex retreat, thank you R79.

My girlfriend says Vivien Leigh wins.

by Anonymousreply 8404/21/2014

It looks like it smells like gardenias and poop.

by Anonymousreply 8504/21/2014

Don't mind the pink walls but what screams MARY to me are the Japanese series of "the road to enlightenment"---blocked by the tatty big-screen tv

by Anonymousreply 8608/13/2017

It's so crowded, I think I'd have a mild panic attack being so surrounded.

by Anonymousreply 8708/13/2017

I like the burled high chest of drawers in the bedroom. Someone up thread pitched a fit about it.

I like the Indian wedding pink and gold, and I may actually borrow this look for a single room I am about to redo. They seem like a nice couple...I wonder f they are still together?

by Anonymousreply 8808/13/2017

To me OP's feature is Barbara Cartland meets Bordello chic.

by Anonymousreply 8908/13/2017

I wonder if they have all that crap displayed in there so that visitors are able to buy it on the spot? Like how some hipster cafes will let you buy your vintage coffee cup if you so desire.

by Anonymousreply 9008/13/2017

[quote]Seven years later the apartment is complete, full of the spirited color that reflects their attraction to unique objects[/quote] It took 7 years to get this place all Queened Up?

by Anonymousreply 9108/13/2017

Yes, it took 7 years to fill that place to capacity. If they stay there any longer, they will have to be rescued by the authorities, because the apartment will have turned into a hoarders' den.

by Anonymousreply 9208/13/2017

I like it, and I like them, the way they natter on about the price of groceries in the article. I'd pull maybe a third of the clutter out if it were up to me , but I love the Old Gay Dads vibe of the place, kinda like visiting the guys on "Viscious".

by Anonymousreply 9308/13/2017

I'm gonna ask what everyone is wondering...Do you think they still do it, with each other I mean?

by Anonymousreply 9408/13/2017

I mostly like it. I go back and forth on the pink orange room.

by Anonymousreply 9508/13/2017

That does it. I'm changing my name to "Emery von Sztankoczy." So buy-bye, Jaedyn Skyylar Ricketts!

by Anonymousreply 9608/13/2017

I surprisingly like the pink/orange/blue combo, and my style is the exact opposite of theirs.

by Anonymousreply 9708/13/2017

Voted most likely to be murdered by Psycho Rent boys

by Anonymousreply 9808/13/2017

Che brutto!

Everything but the Blumenfeld, Georgie.

Apparently they could not find room to pop it in between the audacity and the pepto pink.

by Anonymousreply 9908/13/2017

I love it! They made the apartment their own home and they filled it with beautiful treasures. It's cozy, warm and inviting. It's a visual delight. It's wonderful to see a home with personality. I'm tired of looking at sterilized, minimalistic houses and apartments with no warmth and color.

by Anonymousreply 10008/13/2017

It's a bit.... different, but I can't honestly say that I hate it. I would really enjoy visiting someone's home that looks like this. There is so much to look at. That said, living there would be a nightmare for me. Def would be hard to keep clean, but the dealbreaker for me are the perfect hiding spots for countless types of insects and arachnids. Dunno what the situation is like in NYC, but I would die a little inside each time I saw a pest knowing that I will probably never see it again in all that clutter.

by Anonymousreply 10108/13/2017

Most good interior designers decorate their own home to use as an advertisement of their abilities for their prospective clients. What they end up with are grotesquely overdone interiors that require constant maintenance to keep at the ready for a new customer to see.

by Anonymousreply 10208/13/2017

It says they are partners. I what type of business?

by Anonymousreply 10308/13/2017

[quote]what screams MARY to me are the Japanese series of "the road to enlightenment"---blocked by the tatty big-screen tv

Yes, that made me laugh too. They don't have much aesthetic principle, do they? It's all, "Well, this thing is supposed to be decorative, so let's decorate the house with it!"

That said, it didn't seem quite as bad as I expected. But they're elder gays - haven't they ever heard of Coco Chanel? The rule is, before you show your apartment to the photographer, take one thing down off the walls (or maybe 5). There's way too much clutter.

by Anonymousreply 10408/13/2017

Very understated.

by Anonymousreply 10508/13/2017

[quote]And there’s also the time. When you’re doing things that are custom, it takes time. It used to be easier to explain delays to people in the past [than it is now] because we’re living in the age of instant coffee and instant gratification.

Aw, dude.

The age of instant coffee?

by Anonymousreply 10608/13/2017

Overall, I like the fact that they went all out and indulged themselves. I like color and hate the boring black and white and beige look, although I think I'd always feel restless with that pink and orange combination. I'd rather see that combination in a flower border. And I would need to heavily edit all the knick knacks, no matter how precious they are.

by Anonymousreply 10708/13/2017

You gotta love a pair of tacky old queens. The place is perfect for them and I wish them all the best. (seriously)

Don't decorate for anyone else

by Anonymousreply 10808/13/2017

This is how gentlemen of the better sort should comport themselves.

One can only imagine the impression this makes on gentlemen callers!

by Anonymousreply 10908/13/2017

I wouldn't go for the hot pink and sun yellow walls, but by God, I am sick of beige, taupe, mud brown, grey, and greige interiors. We are looking for a house to buy and I shudder at all the redecorating all of them would require to create a more uplifting environment.

by Anonymousreply 11008/13/2017
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