The Decorating Project: Revealed (in a Shocking Way)!


In what must be the greatest convergence of great luck, timing, loads of effort, lost sleep, manual labor and true proof of Santa, Christmas legend and fairy dust, the results of Porter's and my first decorating commission appear in the home section of this Thursday's New York Times. 

We went from taking six years to fill our windowless loft, to about three months to warm up a brand new, beautiful penthouse with 20 foot high windows that open the walls up 270 degrees, offering clear views from Williamsburg to downtown Brooklyn to the Williamsburg Bridge to the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.  

The owner made a real leap of faith when he agreed to pay two amateur vintage addicts to fill his stark white glass cube. We can only hope that in setting out to buy him new furniture (and a really huge folding kayak), we've managed to make him a home.

I'll share all the details of the fun, adventures, generosity and deals that went into this process in a bit, but in the meantime, reporter Emily Weinstein has perfectly captured our motivations and feelings about the project and photographer Trevor Tondro has made it glow with his wonderful shots. We honestly owe them and our client, Peter, our futures.

 Porter and I (who actually look like sisters in the shot below) decided that it would be an incredible shame to not try to make good on the daydreams and promises we've made ourselves for about two decades. So, with this project, the interiors obsession becomes official with the launch of Hovey Design. Porter will man the ship full time, while I throw myself in on nights and weekends. We absolutely cannot wait. We are eternally grateful (and absolutely so excited and shocked that it's really come true!!!!). Let us know if you need some help shopping, Ebaying or filling your entire house. That's what we're (finally) here for!









All photos by Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

14 comments

  1. Bravo! Congratulations from New Orleans!

  2. Wow. Huge, huge congratulations. May your confident leap take you farther than you could ever dream.

  3. Joy says:

    congrats on everything! looks fantastic to say the least.

  4. Great job! Looks amazing keep up the great work and keep us posted!

  5. Skip says:

    This is awesome and inspiring. Congrats!

  6. Wm says:

    All very handsome! Is the bed in the lighter bedroom from Anthropologie?

    -Will
    www.aTreasuryOf.com

  7. A most sincere congratulations to the both of you. I can't say I'm shocked but I am incredibly envious. I wish you both luck and great success as you bring the Hovey vision to the masses.

    MT

  8. Ladies, I kowtow most reverently. Also, I drool: it's abso-stonking-lutely GORGEOUS work.

    Where's a virtual fainting couch when you need one.

  9. Stunning rooms! And the exactness of the guest room kills me!

  10. mopar says:

    It looks completely amazing. Love the masculine and modern additions.

  11. mopar says:

    It looks completely amazing. Love the masculine and modern additions.

  12. Hello lovely Hollister!

    After months of adoring your Instagram pictures, I've finally come across your lovely blog and work. I am so blown away by your impeccable taste, your magnificent home and your wonderfully interesting family history.

    And most of all, congratulations on following your dreams and pursuing this path! I wish you every success!

    Briony xx

  13. AlwaysMe says:

    I am so happy for both of you! You both have designer eyes and I'm sure will be very successful! Looking forward to the book next spring as well.

    Congratulations, well done.

  14. AlwaysMe says:

    I am so happy for both of you! You both have designer eyes and I'm sure will be very successful! Looking forward to the book next spring as well.

    Congratulations, well done.