The Style Files: Pappas Miron

As childhood friends in Connecticut, the founders of Pappas Miron Design developed an appreciation for beautiful interiors, art, and travel from a very young age. Design, decoration, and collecting were such an integral part of their lives that it was inevitable that the pair—Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron—would grow up to found an interiors firm. They have developed their portfolio over the past decade through word-of-mouth referrals, from clients who love the fresh eye they bring to residential homes of all styles. Projects vary from traditional Upper East Side pre-war apartments, to summer homes in Nantucket and the Hamptons, to a bachelor’s elegant Soho loft. Threaded through each project is a unique perspective that reflects a love of rich colors, unique textiles, contemporary pieces, and one-of-a-kind custom furniture and antiques.

Before founding the firm in 2003, Alexandra graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history (including a semester in Paris), and worked in real estate development in Boston and Palm Beach and at Verdura Fine Jewelry in PR and Events. Tatyana graduated with a degree in art history and architecture from Tufts University and an Associates degree from the New York School of Interior Design. She worked in the offices of acclaimed New York-based designers Eric Cohler and Tori Golub prior to founding Pappas Miron.

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Pappas Miron: Confident. I don’t care about trends. I like what moves me, whether it has provenance or not. I like hand made pottery from artists upstate in bland matte colors as much as I love Imari. Having the confidence to throw it all together is when the magic happens.

{Alexandra Pappas (right) and Tatyana Miron (left) | Photography by Brittany Ambridge}

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

PM: NYC is truly an inspiring place to live. There is so much great design & architecture all around us and we are constantly surrounded – the amazing tile & mosaics in the subway, countless museums, design hotels and the street style of everyday NYers. It’s impossible to not be inspired every time you talk a walk outside. The hard part is to remember to stop and pay attention!

PC: What does your home say about you?

PM: My home is full of personal treasures. It says that a creative person lives there with her family, and that it is truly a place to be comfortable while still being chic. Nothing is off limits. We use our china and glasses on a daily basis. I don’t wait for a better time than now to enjoy our space. – Tatyana

My current home is a very Parisian feeling apartment in an 1850s Greenwich Village Townhouse. I have soaring ceilings, a fireplace and beautiful parquet wood floors. It’s glamorous but not perfect, slightly broken down – filled with treasures from years of design hunting, bold art and modern furniture. It’s mostly grey, white and black – but art really make it colorful and warm. I suppose my home, like me, is welcoming, cozy, chic but not precious. -Alexandra

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

PM: Nature has always been an inspiration to me. I will stop while taking a run in the woods to photograph a vibrant piece of moss or a mushroom that goes from beige to green to charcoal. I love the patterns found on insects. I am also inspired by the work of my colleagues and by historical interiors. SO many great artists out there. – Tatyana

I love old houses, design books, art exhibitions, old copies of World of Interiors and other designer’s work. Little tiny elements like the palette in a painting, or a trim on a valance can spark a new design idea for me. – Alexandra

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

PM: I tend to favor classic and simple for day to day – 70s Jackie O, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Marina Rust Connor, Amanda Brooks – simple, elegant and you aren’t quite sure what they are wearing they just look effortless. I don’t want people to recognize my clothes so I tend not to buy the IT Bag or shoe favoring more timeless styles. For night time – I love a crazy printed dress, a jacquered evening coat of my grandmother’s and big jewelry – think Diana Vreeland, Giovanna Battaglia, JJ Martin and Uberta Zambeletti (or at least that who seem to populate my fashion Pins!). – Alexandra

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

PM: Good Humor – Tatyana

Loyalty – Alexandra

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

PM: Late night television – Tatyana

Vodka Sodas – Alexandra

PC: Who has been your greatest professional influence?

PM: My mother. She is immensely creative and talented. She was never formally trained, but has an eye for beauty and an appreciation quality. She was smart enough to buy a H.T. Lindeberg house at the age of 25 when everyone else was buying white clapboard. I grew up surrounded by beauty which has informed my style ever since. – Tatyana

My family and my business partner’s mother. – Alexandra

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

PM: Being with family and friends in a beautiful place, eating and drinking and taking long walks, naps, eating outdoors. – Tatyana

Family, Ocean (swimming & sailing), Good Food, Great Friends & Lots of laughter. – Alexandra

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

PM: We are so lucky to have wonderful clients. We just completed a stunning apartment in Brooklyn that no one has seen, the clients have not even moved in yet. It is sophisticated and youthful, bright and moody, old and new. We are like proud parents of a little beautiful baby. – Tatyana

We are working on some beautiful residences here in New York. Most exciting for me is that I am gut renovating an apartment for myself in a 60s modernist building that has a very Bauhaus feel – it will be much more modern than our usual work. It’s exciting to have complete control on a project. – Alexandra

Tatyana:

Go-To Outfit: Anything knit

Style Mantra: Granny Chic

Scent: Bulgari “Green Tea”

Piece of Jewelry: Long gold chain with a pendant or anything with Jade

Color I Never Tire Of:  Chartreuse

Flower: Ranunculus

Indispensable Design Element: Old Lamps with modern shades

Era for Design: 1930’s Italy

Dream Project: Any interior with a client who is daring and fun

Fabric/Textile: Needlepoint and tapestry

Hostess Gift: Ruinart Champagne. The best.

Meal: Oddly, arugula with lemon, parmesan and bresaola

Drink: Negroni

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Long walk, nap, time with my kids.

3 Things I Love About My City: People on the street, quiet weekend morning in Soho, Gorgeous lobbies.

Weekend Destination:  Anywhere where you can enjoy nature and being outside. Most recently we have been spending a lot of time in upstate New York.

Hotel:  Tadao Ando’s OVAL at Bennesse House, Naoshima Japan

City: Any city in Italy

Museum: Benesse Art Site, Naoshima

Artist: Gerhard Richter

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Oh Yoko, by John Lennon

Actor/Actress: Javier Bardem / Penelope Cruz

Prized Possession: My children

Risk Worth Taking:  Marriage

Go-To Color Palette: Brown, Turquoise and Chartreuse

Rule to Break:  Speeding.

Movie Set Design:  I AM LOVE. The Villa Necchi in Milan. Extraordinary.

I can never have too many…Coats. It’s a problem.

Alexandra:

Go-To Outfit:Since it’s 5 degrees today – classic blue skinny jeans, navy vintage cashmere turtleneck sweater, chocolate brown tall boots & grey shearling coat, stack of gold bangles, Verdura ‘knot’ pave diamond studs.

Style Mantra: quality over quantity, fit over fashion.

Scent: Annik Goutal Petite Cherie (since college)

Piece of Jewelry: Alexander the Great coin necklace made for me by my brothers

Color I Never Tire Of: Turquoise

Flower: Peony

Indispensable Design Element: Texture & Form

Era for Design: Hard to pick – love elements from almost all eras and like to mix them in our designs, but perhaps Arts & Crafts or Modernist Movement

Dream Project: A yacht or a hotel

Fabric/Textile: Mohair Velvet and Mudcloth

Hostess Gift: vintage embroidered cocktail napkins

Meal: Grilled branzino and a greek salad with a big slice of Feta and lots of capers

Drink: vodka soda, 3 limes

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work:  pilates followed by a nice big glass of wine

3 Things I Love About My City: walking endlessly, people watching, museums

Hotel:Gritti Palace Venice

City: Paris

Museum: Neue Gallery

Artist: Giacometti

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Paul Simon, Graceland

Actor/Actress: Tilda Swinton / Jeremy Irons

Prized Possession: My Alexander the Great ancient Greek Coin necklace

Risk Worth Taking:  last minute travel

Greatest Extravagance:  jewelry and caviar

Go-To Color Palette:turquoise and camel

Movie Set Design: I Am Love, In the mood for love, To Catch a Thief

I can never have too many…Cocktail Rings!

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