here’s part 2 of my interview with victoria hagan, we get to find out about all of her favorite things. i thought you’d also like to know that victoria has a new book coming out with rizzoli and a new fabric collection this spring….the collection is inspired by nature…expect a beautiful palette of neutrals, grey’s and yes, blues, which of course i’m thrilled about.

there was  something that resonated with me when victoria and i spoke the other day, something that she said that i have continued to think about and ponder. she said “perfection is an appreciation for the imperfection in the way we live.” something to think about, it made me think.

thank you victoria, i so enjoyed getting to know you, i truly love your work.

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MDS Interviews

Victoria Hagan

MDS- What is your favorite Color?

VH- Indigo, right now. Changes all the time.


VH- What is your favorite Flower?

MDS- Peonies. Especially a huge bunch from the garden.

Peony flowers

MDS- What is your favorite Book?

VH- The Little Prince has always been inspirational in a simple way.


MDS- What is your favorite Restaurant?

VH- Anything Jean Georges


MDS- What is your favorite Accessory?

VH- Flowers of all kinds and the more the better.


MDS- Gift to give or to receive?

VH- Books and books!


MDS- Who is your favorite Artist?

VH- Twombly


MDS- What is your favorite Indulgence?

VH- Coffee ice cream cones


MDS- What is your favorite Store?

VH- The Corner Bookstore on Madison Avenue in New York.


MDS- What is your favorite Vacation spot?

VH- Always Nantucket




i’m thrilled that my first MDS interview of 2016 is with victoria hagan.

i have been a fan of victoria’s for a very, very long time. it seems like with every project or every mood board i create her work seems to always be a great source of inspiration….i always come back to it. it’s like a dear friend. there is just something about it. besides the fact that it defines timeless, it’s serene, approachable and beautiful.

i think it’s about the mix. she really understands the relationship of furnishings and things. she has a great sense of scale. her furniture arrangements are interesting and functional. the spaces are innovative, yet simple, and of course i love when she does blue and white. her blue and white rooms are iconic.

i spoke with victoria last week. it was really nice to talk to her about her work and what’s important to her. she said her greatest source of inspiration is nature, and the views from the homes she creates. her greatest joy is making people happy. we talked a lot about the process of interior design. i love when she said, “if you want something done, ask an interior designer.” so true. and i said to myself, “if you want a home that is timeless and beautiful, ask victoria hagan.”

i really enjoyed this interview. i know you will too.

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MDS- How would you define your style?

VH- Classic American



MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

VH- I grew up in Pocantico Hills, surrounded by nature. The view always dictates my entire design philosophy.


MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

VH- I have always loved archeology.


MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

VH- The ice sculptures in Barneys holiday windows.


MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

VH- The kitchen. It’s a place where I spend time with my family and I always love the view of the water.


MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

VH- I try not to be obsessed about anything!


MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many____.”

VH- “I could never own too many vases.”


MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?

VH- Carrie Mathison


MDS- What do you want to be known for?

VH- Making people happy. I like to say we are in the “happy business”.


MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

VH- Having confidence in one’s own style and not trying too hard!



i love when i come across an interior that i keep going back to. that’s what happened when i saw will fisher’s new london home in the new issue of the world of interiors.

will is an antique dealer and owns jamb, the coolest reproduction brand around. will’s home is one of those places that you enjoy looking at, it’s cool, but it draws you back. you take a look again, you start to notice the finishes and the details, then you start to get inspired.

i’m inspired by the restraint and simplicity of this space. love the lighting and the eclectic mix of furnishings. you might not be able to tell form these pictures, please pick up the issue to really see the beauty, but the hardware on the doors and cabinets are breathtaking, even the hooks on the wall in the entry are worth admiring. the kitchen and the bathroom are so cool, can’t get enough of the bath fixtures and finishes.

then there’s softness that balances out the hard pieces. the subdued palette is soothing, the paint colors are really sublime. love the mix of organic textiles playing against distressed leathers, and the punctuation in each room of the graphic antique rugs.

all i can say is this space is cool, you might not notice at first, look closer, you’ll get inspired.

photographs by simon upton.

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