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2017 New Trad Liliane Hart

Get to know our New Trad Class of '17

Produced by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer

Liliane Hart

Which “traditional” design rule(s) do you swear by? We believe a living room should always have several different seating areas. Whether you're entertaining or enjoying the living room with a friend, there is something welcoming about having multiple seating options.

Another design rule we adhere to is the careful consideration of floor plans in advance of specifying furniture.  We discuss at length our clients’ needs before creating floor plans that work for their lifestyle.

Which design rule(s) do you break? I rarely start a decorative scheme with the rug, unless the clients own something they love. A client recently showed me a porcelain plate and asked me to use the colors in the plate as color inspiration for the entire house.

Do you have favorite “traditional” design elements? We love using antiques in our designs. The patina and sculptural forms of antique furniture personalize and create visual interest in any interior. Traditional floral fabrics and chintzes are common in our interiors. I love florals for their beauty but also because they inspire so many different color directions in a room.

Which iconic interior designer(s) do you admire and feel are still relevant today? Furniture and/or product designer(s)? I admire Nancy Lancaster from Colefax and Fowler, one of the creators of the English Country House style. She had a great list of seven rules one must follow to make a room feel comfortable and not overly decorated. She also loved color and was very adept at mixing patterns and antiques of different eras.

Hans Wegner’s furniture designs have a timeless quality to them that appeals to our design aesthetic. The simplicity of his materials: the blond woods and natural woven seats work well in most casual settings.

What design eras inspire you? Late 19th- and 20th-century English, Gustavian, midcentury Scandinavian

Which antiques or vintage designs do you think have held up over time and play well with today’s updated traditional interiors? The klismos chair is such a great form and works well in any traditional setting. I love painted English furniture and traditional English upholstery from Howard and Sons—it is so comfortable! I also think midcentury Scandinavian pieces blend well and add a modern feel to a room with formal antiques.

Give us a couple of examples of modern and traditional design elements that work well together. We frequently combine modern upholstery forms with antique furniture. The juxtaposition of a minimally detailed sofa and a more elaborate antique feels fresh and allows each individual piece to shine.

What is a classic color combination that still feels fresh? Green and blue still feels fresh in today’s modern interiors. 

Do you have a favorite go-to palette at the moment? Green and blue with shades of ivory, beige, and white.

How would you define today’s “new traditional” design? The “new traditional” design seems to be an edited version of traditional design. Clients are increasingly more interested in paring down their belongings and simplifying their interiors. I enjoy the editing process, but love to have a few great antiques to work with in each room!

How would you describe your personal design style? My design style is a youthful blend of traditional and modern elements that emphasize functionality and beauty. Through the layering of colors, textures, antiques, artwork, and personal furnishings, we aim to create beautiful, comfortable spaces that express the personalities of their occupants. We believe high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are key elements to creating a successful interior. We are inspired by our client’s vision, their homes, history, and the joy of creating something deeply personal.