January 31st, 2017
The Wall Street Journal

‘Mad Maximalism’

Last weekend The Wall Street Journal ran the story, ‘Mad Maximalism’, in the Off Duty section and it confirmed something that I’d already suspected–I may wear minimalism-leaning clothing, but my house is decorated in a riot of patterned fabrics–and I’m not alone.  No concrete floors, raw wood beams, or steel (except in the kitchen) here. I’m so obsessed that I bought the URL Palais-Home with thoughts of starting another blog.

But, there are a daunting number of great sites, magazines, and Instagram feeds already dedicated to “old-world sumptuousness.” @cabanamagazine, @aliceinherpalace@markdsikes, @ladolcevitablog, @habituallychic@theglampad, and @quintessence by my friend Stacey Bewkes are just the tip of an enormous iceberg.

Image Hannah de Gournay’s London apartment © Elle Spain, bottom @cabanamagazine


What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • I’m the same and also love not only patterns, but lots of color in my home. I admire minimalist homes, but they’re not me. Wardrobe is different and I’ve often wondered why? I have no theories…at all.

    KathyJanuary 31st, 2017  4:45 PM

  • One possible theory – minimalist clothing is more timeless, season-less, less memorable in a good way. One can wear the same grey sweater for years and it always looks classic. If one wears the parrot print blouse from 2016, everyone remembers it every time it’s worn. So one stays with the safe, timeless choice of clothing, while taking more risks on the personal, interior spaces, like powder rooms and bedrooms. On the flip side, however, buying a print blouse is so much less of a commitment than hanging a print wallpaper. I’ve always skewed towards classic decor, in a minimalist palette. My beautiful four poster bed will always look great, with white sheets instead of, for example, a riot of roses and a custom-colored monogram. If I need to get a little trendy, I throw the shearling over the chair, or buy an ethnic throw. I don’t upholster the walls in a pattern – too much work, money and commitment. I can change my shirt without anyone’s help. If I want to change my wallpaper, I have to hire professionals! I walk into a house filled with print and I feel somewhat stressed out. I walk into a home with little color, but with lots of texture and soul, and I feel good. But to each her own!

    Tori MordecaiJanuary 31st, 2017  6:01 PM

  • Duh. Where have you been? Mimimalism is for a select few with their second or third vacation home. I love complexity, stuff, heritage, antiques, junk. Goodbye Marie Knodo. I love maximalism. And I have room for it. And the complexity of taste to match.

    RebeccaJanuary 31st, 2017  9:02 PM

  • LOVE to be surrounded my color, pattern and special items. I am not one to go to HomeGoods and fill my shelves. I must have some type of attachment to every items I select for our home. Even my three boys have grown to appreciate what surrounds us. For 15 plus years I have been a fan on William Diamond and Anthony Baratta. Sadly, William passed away, but I religiously follow Tony, have been to his store in the Hamptons and have used several of his materials, rugs and patterns. Diamond and Baratta have taught me so much! I truly can appreciate everyone’s decorating style as long as it is a reflection of who they are and what they love.

    MaryBJanuary 31st, 2017  10:05 PM

  • With your unfaltering eye, a blog about home decor would be a welcome addition to the above list. I for one look forward to your point of view on all things chic and homes are an important piece of the puzzle. Such a blog would go to the top of my list. Until then, I continue to enjoy any decor posts interdispersed on Keep It Chic.

    TriciaFebruary 1st, 2017  7:31 AM

  • So funny because my home is full of different colors snd patterns. When it comes to my wardrobe however, I like simplicity and I tend to be monochromatic ! Go figure!

    AllisonFebruary 1st, 2017  9:43 AM

  • Oh Preston please start a design blog! We desperately need your voice.

    MargaretFebruary 1st, 2017  9:46 AM

  • The drawing room is just sublime- those windows are to die for! ….I’m hoping for my hallstairs and landing to be covered in something similar to the bedroom photograph.

    RuthFebruary 1st, 2017  10:17 AM

  • there’s something to be said about going into a home and either asking, or being asked, ‘wow this is fabulous, where’d you get it, what’s the story?’ as Rebecca said above, no marie kondo for me. I love my things, and can tell you about most everything in my home.

    bllFebruary 1st, 2017  11:30 AM

  • LOVE this post!!! More, Please.

    LouiseFebruary 1st, 2017  12:39 PM

  • I have a theory: It take a lot of energy to wear a pattern. It takes no energy to look at one.

    Laura Zinn FrommFebruary 1st, 2017  6:18 PM

  • Thanks for the nice shout out Preston! Loved this great piece!

    Stacey BewkesFebruary 1st, 2017  6:18 PM

  • The pair of floral covered chairs, the pedestal table, fresh flowers, and curtained window are beautiful and inviting – who would ever trade that in for grey suede with black throw pillows against a taupe wall? Minimalism is too contrived and uptight for my taste. The home itself gives clues as to how to decorate it.

    PaulaFebruary 2nd, 2017  12:20 AM

  • I second Margaret-long live maximalism!

    Pia MurphyFebruary 2nd, 2017  10:43 AM


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