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}

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