While perusing Vogue’s APT with LSD section, I came across the home of Alina Cho, on-the-go national correspondent for CNN and host of Fashion: Backstage Pass, and had to share it with you! This NY Midtown apartment has is perfect mix of feminine chic and modern glamour. I love the soft pink walls throughout her home – a color I’d never think to use but it totally works with all of the contrasting fabrics and accents. Enjoy!
This portrait was taken in my living room in front of a Marilyn Minter photograph I bought last year called Blue Shower. Marilyn is a friend and I just love her work. The piece is huge—about 60 inches by 80 inches—and takes up the entire wall. It’s so vibrant, it lights up the room. The dress is by Peter Pilotto, one of my favorite designers.
The foyer is a little jewel with its chocolate brown walls, Hinson gold lamps, and Fornasetti tray. On the surrounding walls are Condé Nast prints of iconic women, including Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, and Jane Birkin.
I always put my favorite books of the moment on the coffee table. The lavender Venetian candy dish is a gift from my decorator, Bibi Monnahan. The gold vase is from ABC Carpet & Home. The flowers are by Miho, who does the most amazing garden roses that seem to last a lifetime.
This is my living room and, if I had to pick, I’d say this is my favorite one in the apartment. It’s a mix of old and new with a lot of mid-century modern touches: The coffee table is Karl Springer, the side tables are Harvey Probber, the lamps are Curtis Jere. If you look carefully, you might be able to tell that the raspberry velvet-covered ottoman in the foreground was once a bookcase (see copper frame). The sofa is a new Vladimir Kagan.
This is my dining room. I just love the green lamps, which I bought at auction on wright20.com. The Saarinen Tulip table and chairs are classic. I found the glass sculptures in the foreground and the Curtis Jere Sputnik sculpture in the background at Flair in SoHo. The photograph was purchased at Holly Hunt. The black vase is Fornasetti – I got this one at L’Eclaireur in Paris.
This is the most-used room in the house! I like to call this the great room. If I’m ordering in, making dinner, or watching TV, I’m doing it here. My favorite pieces here are the Love rug by Tuleh and the paintings by Renée Demsey, the mother of one of my best friends, John.
This is a close-up view of the great room. The bookcase—the famed Cityscape by Paul Evans— is what I like to call the “best deal ever.” I found it at ABC Carpet & Home, and I won’t tell you what I paid for it, but it was a steal. My decorator, Bibi, had the idea to put the Renée Demsey painting inside the bookcase, which I think looks very cool.
You’re looking at the most important vase in the apartment, which sits on top of the console in my dining room. It holds all of my personal cards, invitations, and photos from friends (including their babies!). If I have an upcoming event, I throw the invitation in that vase. I look at what’s inside every few days just to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything important.
This is the master bedroom, a place where I do most of my reading and—since I’m a journalist—there is always plenty to read. The bed was made for me by Avery Boardman, the bedding is Frette, and the metal piece hanging above my bed is Curtis Jere’s Raindrops sculpture in chrome. I love iconic mid-century pieces.
This portrait of me by Will Cotton was a Christmas gift from my parents. I’ll never forget going to Will’s studio. He took hundreds of pictures of me wearing various headpieces made of real desserts. Three months later, this is what arrived. The chair was bought years ago at a now-shuttered store in SoHo called The Coconut Company. We had it recovered in this pink fabric. The Pisces pillow was a birthday gift from my friends, Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini – otherwise known as Kirna Zabête—and the shoes are Charlotte Olympia.
This is also from my bedroom. Peonies are among my favorite flowers, and I love the mirrored side table. The Venetian candy dish was another gift from my decorator. Over the years, she has given me several but never tells me where she finds them—her little secret. The “Snake” watch is Bulgari, and I wear it daily.
Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank