a peek inside creative director deborah lloyd's chic country home
May 21, 2012  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

we went on a quick road trip upstate with vogue brazil for a photo shoot at creative director deborah lloyd’s vacation home in highland lakes, new york. here, deborah gives us a peek into her sweet abode with snapshots of the charming curiosities adorning her shelves and sharing decorating tips on how to add a dose of delight to your surroundings.

what made you fall in love with highland lakes and want to build a home here?

“it’s only 2 and a half hours away from brooklyn and it’s my haven. the minute i step over the threshold i feel like i’ve been away for a week. lush with greenery, it feels a long way from the world of fashion. it’s the perfect escape.”

how do you get here?

“i take penelope pitstop, my 1961 e-type jaguar convertible with the top down. it channels the lillian bassman photograph!”

what’s your favorite way to spend a summer day here?

“it starts with breakfast on the balcony listening to the birds, then a walk down to the lake with the dogs. i would do a little gardening before a lazy lunch, then spend the afternoon on the lake. the evening would begin with early cocktails (3) and wrap with dinner under the stars watching fireflies.”

you’re an avid vintage & flea market shopper. tell us about your finds on display here.

“so many! the purple velvet french chair (2) and the “jazz” print (4) are from the brooklyn flea market. i found the french pigment jars (7) at a flea market in paris years ago, and they’ve followed me from my time there. the black and white lamp (5) is my most recent find, from brimfield. i actually redesigned the entire bedroom around it, adding all the kate spade new york animal vases (1) as the perfect friends. as for the owls (6), my favorite bird takes up residence wherever i am.”

what’s your decorating style?

“very light and airy. this is a wooden farmhouse with a wraparound porch circa 1910. i’ve mixed found pieces that reflect its country style with a bit of mid-century modern, french vintage and a dose of kate spade new york glamour (8).”

did you take a different decorating approach here than in your brownstone in brooklyn?

“it’s a little more relaxed and country. the decor of a vacation home should be functional, comfortable and relaxing. nothing should be too precious—wellington boots, dirty paws and gardening clothes are all welcome! in the summer, i like to brighten up the space with colored flowers, mostly from the garden or farmer’s market.”

what are your top five tips for creating a space you love?

1. pick wall colors that you can happily live with. soft colors or a neutral are good, with white trim color. brights are good to add as accents.

2. your house should not only look good, but it should be comfortable. chairs should be lounged in!”

3. fill the space with things you love and make you smile.

4. take your time decorating—it should be a long-term project that evolves.

5. remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

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