The Style Files: Victoria Hagan

The subject of today’s Style Files interview does not need an introduction as she is one of the most well-known interior designers in America today. Victoria Hagan is an award-winning designer whose iconic work reflects a classic American luxury that is fresh, restrained and balanced. Since founding her eponymous firm 25 years ago, Victoria Hagan has been celebrated for her intelligent integration of architecture and interior design. Based in New York City, Victoria’s 26-person firm works on residences throughout the country, providing a full range of interior design and renovation services, all bearing her signature style which is polished, elegant, and timeless.

Victoria recently published her much anticipated second book Victoria Hagan: Dream Spaces by Victoria Hagan and David Colman, Rizzoli New York, 2017. In the book, Victoria shares her philosophy on what constitutes fabulous rooms and lessons honed during her long and storied career. Victoria has received many of the country’s top design honors, including being named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 list repeatedly.  She has also been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, she serves on the school’s Board of Governors and has endowed a scholarship for its new MFA program in Interior Design. 

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Victoria Hagan: Classic American Luxury

{Photography by Pieter Estersohn}

PC: Has living in New York influenced your aesthetic in any way?

VH: Everything about New York is inspirational.  It’s the quintessential American city: full of wonder and built on dreams.

{Photography via ELLE DECOR}

PC: What does your home say about you?

VH: Relax, enjoy, and don’t try too hard

{Photography by Pieter Estersohn}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

VH: Nature

{Photography by Pieter Estersohn}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

VH: Albert Hadley, Angelo Donghia, and Tom Ford.  They’ve all shown us that less can definitely be more.

{Albert Hadley}

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

VH: A confident sense of self

{Photography by William Waldron}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

VH: Vanilla ice cream with chocolate crunchies from Dairy Queen

{Photo via @VictoriaHaganInteriors on Instagram | Photography by Durston Saylor}

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

VH: My late business partner Simone Feldman. She died 20 years ago but not a day goes by when I am not inspired by her.

{Photography via ELLE DECOR}

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

VH: The ability to spend quality time surrounded by your family in places that make you happy.

{Photography by Lisa Romerein}

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

VH: My latest book, Dream Spaces, was just released by Rizzoli. Also many exciting new projects throughout the country, including a New York City duplex penthouse, a couple of very modern houses in the Hamptons and Aspen, a traditional Palm Beach home, and a few great California projects.

Style Mantra: Keep it simple

Scent: Cristalle

Piece of Jewelry: wedding ring

Color I Never Tire Of : Yves Klein blue

Flower:  peonies

Indispensable Design Element: courage

Era for Design: always right now

Dream Project: I never pick favorites

Fabric/Textile: The White Dove pattern from my own line

Hostess Gift: coffee table book

Meal: Ravioli stuffed with sage

Drink: Tab

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Dinner with my husband

Weekend Destination: Southport, CT – it’s perfection

Hotel: Amangiri in Utah

City: Venice

Museum: Musee Rodin

Artist: Rothko

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Anything by my son Harry, who is an EDM producer/ DJ

Actor/Actress: Daniel Craig and Claire Danes

Risk Worth Taking: Following your dreams

Greatest Extravagance: Carving out enough time to relax and enjoy

Go-To Color Palette: I’m always drawn to the colors of nature

Rule to Break: all  rules are made to be broken

I can never have too many… Cell phones – I misplace them all the time!

True Blue

The November issue of House Beautiful features a beautiful project by Lee Ann Thornton. The Greenwich, Connecticut house is filled with exuberant color and pattern, but feels perfectly layered and cozy. Each space has a traditional foundation, with lots of classic furniture and references to the past– a breath of fresh air in a world that can be overly trend-driven at times. Lee Ann and her clients are clearly big fans of blue and white, but she makes it feel fresh by layering in touches of purple, red, and green. This home has so much personality and could serve in a lesson on how to mix textiles with aplomb. 

{Photography by Francesco Lagnese for House Beautiful}

Friday Favorites 11.03.17

Happy Friday! This week has been a great one in that I’ve had a lot of time in our office and have been super productive. We had a great client presentation yesterday and are excited to see the project come to fruition, especially since this family’s house was severely damaged during Hurricane Harvey. You probably also know that our Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time in franchise history– since 1962! Admittedly, Fabian and I aren’t huge sports fanatics, but it has been so fun watching the World Series. The games have been so fun to watch since both teams were so strong and evenly matched. Our Astros played with so much heart and gave our city, still reeling from the hurricane a sense of excitement and hope. Go Astros! My birthday is tomorrow, so I am looking forward to a nice weekend with family and friends. Who says it isn’t any fun getting older? 

Design: I stumbled across this image of this beautiful bathroom by Lynda Reeves on Pinterest the other day and it lead me to a behind-the-scenes video showing the before and after. I loved seeing the transformation of this ultra-chic space!

Style: I am so ready for sweater weather! I got a taste of it when I returned from San Francisco last weekend and being able to wear a cashmere sweater in Houston was glorious! I wish we had a true fall season because it is my favorite. I am crossing my fingers that the temperatures will cool down a bit so that I can wear more sweaters. I am currently loving this cotton fisherman’s sweater (I can’t stand wearing wool!), this chic black turtleneck, and this pretty ruffled sleeve sweater for date nights.

Read: I was pleasantly surprised the other day when Ashton, who manages the bookkeeping and accounting in our office shared a photo from Molly Sims’ new book, Everyday Chic in which she lists my blog as one of her favorite sources of design inspiration. I have loved Molly since she was a model in the 90s, hosted House of Style on MTV, and now that she has her own lifestyle website. She has beautiful taste and exemplifies the chic, effortless California lifestyle that so many aspire to. 

Eat: With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about entertaining! I love hosting my family’s Thanksgiving Dinner and this year, I am also planning to host a nice holiday dinner to thank my wonderful team for all of their hard work over the past year. If you’re hosting a fete this holiday season and are on the hunt for what to serve, check out this list of 16 Easy Dinner Party Recipes.

Shop: My aesthetic can lean very feminine in some aspects. Case in point, I have been loving bows lately! When done right, the effect is ultra-chic rather than twee. I currently have my eye on these chic bow flats, these leopard bow mules, and this darling hair tie.

Have a wonderful weekend!

A Note on Style: November Round-Up

Hello, LDV readers! This is Karima Hunter from A Note on Style. November marks the final round-up and review of fall items on my wish list. Many of these pieces I’ve previously talked about so I like to circle back and see which looks still feel important to me. I’ve fallen for sweaters, loafers and blazers, but not in my usual go-to classic palette. There’s always a place for black, navy and gray but this season Interesting colors have taken prescedent and feel fresh and modern. Take a look…

I held off on buying sweaters early in the season since its been so warm, but now is the time to snap up some favorites. Pastel blue, blush pink, lilac and sage green look modern and add a great deal of interest to everything from everyday jeans to pleated skirts.

1)Vince 2)Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini 3)3.1 Philip Lim 4)3.1 Philip Lim


I live in flats and had been looking for an updated loafer this season, preferably in something other than black. Cognac, red, navy and even white look especially appealing right now. I’d treat any of these colors like a neutral and would toss them on with anything from a dress or skirt to casual jeans.

1)Celine 2)Mansur Gavriel 3)Chloe 4)The Row 5)Alexander Wang 6)Dolce &Gabbana


I’ve talked a lot about blazers this season and still feel very strongly about their importance. They truly go with everything and if you find one that can take you from day to night with jeans or a slip dress, you’ve got a winner. If the menswear look is too much, than try velvet in one of the seasons gorgeous colors.

1)Frame Denim 2)Sonia Rykiel 3)Topshop 4)Basler


Lastly, it’s at this time of the year when I need a little make up boost. Any glow from summer has faded so I like to add a shade that boosts my skin tone. A year round bronzer does wonders to hinting at a healthy complexion from within and a swipe of color on the lips makes me feel pulled together and polished.

1)Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham 2)Charlotte Tilburry 3)Bobbi Brown 4)Guerlain




In the Mood: November 2017

{Veere Greeney}

I just love green! I especially love the rich hues like moss, olive, and chartreuse, more so than brighter colors like emerald and kelly green. Rich green tones can go masculine or feminine, modern or traditional. I don’t know that I have just one favorite color. I love black, white, pink, but green is right up there, too. It is a color that always inspires me. I find it to be chic, versatile, and enduring. I’ve been using green quite a bit in client projects lately and even have a #GreenisGood hashtag that I often use on Instagram. Whether you commit to it fully, decorating an entire room from floor to ceiling in a beautiful hue of green or if you prefer it in small doses as an accent color, it is virtually impossible to go wrong with such a tasteful, classic color. Since my birthday is in November, this month’s mood is all about one of my very favorite colors– ultra-chic moss green.

{William McLure @william_mclure on Instagram}

{Azzedine Alaia}

{Tory Burch}

{William McLure}

{Vestiaire Collective}

{McGrath II}

{William McLure}

{Giorgia Tordini}

{Paloma Contreras Design}

{William McLure}

{Olivia Palermo}

{Wendy Labrum}

{William McLure}

{Image via Pinterest | Original Source Unknown}

{Mark D. Sikes}

{William McLure}

{Anna and Caroline Burke}

{William McLure}

{Giorgia Tordini}

{Mark Cunningham}

{William McLure}

{Eva Chen via The Zoe Report}

{Paloma Contreras Design}

{William McLure}

{They All Hate Us}


{Betsy Brown}

{William McLure}

{Olivia Palermo}