The Style Files: Liliane Hart

Liliane Hart is a New York-based interior designer known for her fresh approach to classic interiors. Liliane founded Liliane Hart Interiors in Manhattan in 2007 after spending several years working for Jeffrey Bilhuber. Through the layering of color, texture, and custom furnishings, she and her team build upon the bones of well-made rooms to create interiors that are both classically gracious and delightfully fresh. Liliane has designed a vast array of houses in New York and throughout the Northeast, ranging from sophisticated city apartments to gracious country homes and coastal retreats, taking a personal and individualized approach to each one. The results are timeless and tailored, thanks to Liliane’s keen eye for detail and her brilliant sense of color. Her work has been recognized in several publications including Luxe, Traditional Home, and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and she was named a 2017 “New Trad” by Traditional Home. Enjoy!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Liliane Hart: My style is classic and comfortable incorporating traditional forms combined with modern furnishings to create fresh versions of timeless design.

PC: How has living in New York influenced your aesthetic?

LH: New York City is both vibrant and impersonal. With so much inspiration at my fingertips, I’m able to create interiors that are unique in character while emphasizing each client’s personal tastes and style.

PC: What does your home say about you?

LH: My home is colorful, layered, comfortable and personal.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

LH:I love looking at interiors books for inspiration and architectural detailing. The Design and Decoration building in NYC is also a great resource for fabric and trimmings. I like to start interior schemes with a few fabrics that the client loves!

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

LH: Marella Agnelli, Peggy Guggenheim, Carolina Herrera, Nancy Lancaster

{Style Icon, Marella Agnelli’s Pale Pink Bedroom in Marrakech as featured in Vogue}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

LH: Honesty and trustworthiness.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

LH: Restaurants, I could go out every night!

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

LH: Jeffrey Bilhuber. I worked for him for many years and he is a wonderful mentor and a true inspiration. His talent and his passion for design is infectious.


PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

LH: Living a full and deeply satisfying life.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

LH: We are currently starting work on a beautiful apartment on the Upper West Side overlooking Central park. It is a landmarked building with beautiful architectural elements. It is inspiring to work with beautiful architecture.

Go-To Outfit: Button down shirt, jeans and flats

Style Mantra: Keep it classic

Scent: Angel by Thierry Mugler

Piece of Jewelry: Watch, necklace, wedding rings

Color I Never Tire Of: White

Flower: Jasmine

Indispensable Design Element: Antiques

Era for Design: Late 19th- and 20th-century English, midcentury Scandinavian

Dream Project: Always love a beach house

Fabric/Textile: Printed Linen and Grasscloth

Hostess Gift: Pretty votives

Meal: Anything Italian

Drink: Lightly sweetened margarita

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Playing card games with my girls

3 Things I Love About My City: The pace, the opportunity and the nightlife

Weekend Destination: Charleston

Hotel: Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires

City: Paris

Museum: MOMA

Artist: Basquiat, Cy Twombly

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: “Three little Birds” by Bob Marley

Actor/Actress: Jude Law

Prized Possession: My 2 girls

Risk Worth Taking: Starting a business

Greatest Extravagance: Quiet Time

Go-To Color Palette: Blue and green

Rule to Break: Start with the Rug

Movie Set Design: The Royal Tennenbaums

I can never have too many…Books

{Photography Courtesy of Liliane Hart}

Browsing at Memorial Antiques & Interiors

The other day, I had some extra time before my first appointment, so I decided to pop into Memorial Antiques & Interiors, one of my favorite places to browse antiques and find inspiration here in Houston. The selection changes every few months, so I like to visit every so often and see what is new.

As you will see here, the majority of the items at MAI appeal very much to Houston’s general design aesthetic, which mostly falls into the French/Swedish/Belgian category. While I can certainly appreciate the beauty of that type of design, it isn’t really my taste, so I like to imagine fresh ways of incorporating a typical French piece and making it feel more modern and eclectic. This French library, for example (also pictured in the first image) would look fantastic in a living room with different styles of furniture, or even in a dining room re-purposed as a china cabinet.
I have to admit that I don’t know who all of the booths at MAI belong to. Some have business cards, like Two Lucys, whose booth is pictured above and in the following images. Others, like Liz Spralding, are frequently present in their booths to ask questions and share the history of her beautiful antiques. I just loved this little daybed in Two Lucys’ booth. It’s rather small, so it would probably work best for a child. I have also been noticing a lot of antique horse heads lately like the one pictured here between the botanical prints.
Lamps, Sconces, Gate Doors, and Grills at Two Lucys

I love how authentic their booth feels!

More from Two Lucys
They actually have three booths at MAI now.

I loved this display of vintage lamps. There is something for everyone!

I thought these bottle lamps were gorgeous!

Isn’t the color of the glass pretty?

I liked the big angel wings on the back wall of this booth as well as the old doors.

This bistro table looks cute from afar…

but it becomes really special once you see that the top is made from an old, mirrored clock face.

I thought this booth had some very chic offerings, from the charcoal sketches, to the lovely settee, and classic mirror.

This booth is fairly new as it was my first time to see it. They had mostly new items like candles, pillows, and John Derian items.

I thought this old limestone table was spectacular! I think the look would be too cold in an actual dining room, but it would look phenomenal in an outdoor area.

This mirror is gorgeous! I love the size, the colors, and the typeface.

Several beautiful mirrors, like this one, caught my eye that day.

This starburst is gorgeous, but pricey!

I thought these mirrors were very cool. They look like they are made from old warehouse windows. I would love to buy the frames and have the mirrors added myself. I bet it would be so much cheaper to do it that way.

A More Ornate Option

This little marble-topped table is great and could be used in several applications.

A Cool French Milk Poster