Designer Friday: Liliane Hart

For the past twelve years, Liliane Hart has been hard at work. The Manhattan-based multitasker is a residential interior designer catering to clients looking for spaces that reflect who they are. And although that’s a wide request, it is one Liliane welcomes; from seaside beach-lovers’ getaways to elegant swanky martini-mixing midtown apartments, her years of design experience have given her the tools to express personalities in places no matter how different one project may be from another. Although she decorates interiors, Hart finds herself happiest outside. This Designer Friday, join me in a heart-to-Hart conversation with Liliane. In this airy living room, crisp whites and sun-bleached wooden fixtures give the room a sense of seaside serenity finished off with a ceramic conch and a seashell-clad wardrobe.

Andrew Joseph – How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Liliane Hart – I work very hard, and frequently at a breakneck pace, but can very easily leave it behind at the end of a day.

Andrew – What modern design trend makes you cringe?
Liliane – All grey or brown rooms.

Andrew – What’s your favorite time of day?
Liliane – I love coming home to my well lived in apartment and playing card games with my girls.

Andrew – What is one thing no one knows about you?
Liliane – I love being outdoors: I think that is when I am happiest.

Andrew – What’s one ingredient you put in everything?
Liliane – Salt! I don’t like the taste of food that isn’t salted.

Andrew – What’s your biggest fear in life?
Liliane – Spending too much time working and not enough time enjoying my life.

Andrew – Favorite bad movie?
Liliane – Chevy Chase’s Vacation, so utterly ridiculous!

Andrew – How would you define your work in three words?
Liliane – Classic, personal and edited. Hart can do conventional, but she’s also mastered the unorthodox. In this stairway lobby, she pairs a pale purple couch with a conceptul circular side table.

Andrew – Favorite piece of clothing you own?
Liliane – I have a couple of silk dresses that always make me feel pretty.

Andrew – Favorite place to view art?
Liliane – I love the galleries in Chelsea. I always wish I would prioritize and visit them more frequently.

Andrew – The best gift you’ve ever received?
Liliane – A watch my husband gave me – he sets it early so I’m always on time.

Andrew – Least favorite color?
Liliane – Brown, I like wood tones but I just find brown to be a muddy color that doesn’t speak my language.

Andrew – Sweet or savory?
Liliane – Both, I love to eat.

Andrew – Who is your ideal client?
Liliane – An open-minded, collaborative client that enjoys the process.

Andrew – Are there qualities in potential clients that you identify that make you know you have to run away?
Liliane – Yes, when they start the initial conversation by saying: “I know I can do it but….” In this kitchen, neutrals are made new with a textural and timely design.

About Liliane Hart | Liliane Hart founded her eponymous Manhattan-based firm in 2007. She and her team are dedicated to giving clients a positive decorating experience while creating beautiful, comfortable spaces that express the personalities of their occupants. Responsive to clients’ needs, attentive to traditional craftsmanship and contemporary style, a skilled liaison with architects, artisans, and contractors, Liliane Hart designs interiors in tune with the elements of a great home as well as the pleasures and demands of 21st-century lifestyles.

Having grown up in a classic American house in which art, antiques, and everyday furnishings kept casual company, Liliane Hart is an instinctual creator of visual charm and easygoing elegance. Advanced studies in art and design, and years as a Senior Designer with an AD 100 firm schooled her in the formal and practical arts of decorating. Drawing upon the lived and the learned, Liliane creates a unifying aesthetic for each home whether it be a serene country residence in Connecticut, a fashionable Manhattan loft, or a bohemian seaside house.

Liliane Hart’s work has been published in such publications as Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Design New England, House Beautiful, Luxe, Ocean Home and Traditional Home.

About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.

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