In Gretchen Rubin's Manhattan Apartment, Happiness Gets Personal

The famous author's home is beautiful and meaningful all at once.

katie lydon living room

At once universally beautiful and deeply personal, a Manhattan apartment by Katie Lydon is what America’s reigning authority on happiness calls home.

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katie lydon and gretchen rubin
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Meet the Designer

Katie Lydon and author , her longtime client.

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katie lydon living room chair
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Living Room Chair

In the living room of Rubin’s Manhattan apartment, Lydon — a Londoner turned New Yorker — created English homeyness by covering a pair of club chairs in a poppy pattern. The room is filled with personal touches, like bookcases inscribed with the birth years of family members.

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katie lydon vintage table 
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Vintage Table

Prints from hang above a vintage table.

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katie lydon living room
James Merrell
Living Room

Rubin’s family — and occasionally the members of her book club — enjoy the coziness of a living room outfitted in fabrics and illuminated with the glow of multiple layers of lighting, including chandeliers from . The Venetian plaster treatment on the walls was created by . The curtains are in a .

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katie lydon dining room
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Dining Room

Bamboo River Blossom, a seldom-seen , is paired with gold-leaf ceiling panels from the same company. The dining room’s chandelier is by , and the tabletop accessories are from .

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katie lydon stair landing
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Stair Landing

A pattern embellishes a stair landing. Rug, .

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katie lydon library
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Library

The library is painted in Brinjal. The bookshelves were designed by , the architects on an earlier renovation.

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katie lydon bookcase
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Bookcase

On a family room bookcase, a shadow box by delights visitors.

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katie lydon master bedroom
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Master Bedroom

A detail from the master bed­room. The headboard fabric is by . Linens, .

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katie lydon powder room 
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Powder Room

The powder room has a mirror from . In the hallway outside, the Cole & Son wallcovering is Fornasetti II Chiavi Segrete, through .

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katie lydon daughter's bedroom
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Daughter's Bedroom

Lydon conceived daughter Eliza’s room as a classic but imaginative space that she wouldn’t soon outgrow. Cole & Son’s Fornasetti II wallpaper, Macchine Volanti, is through . The headboard is in Last Hurrah, a fabric. Pillows, .

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katie lydon daughter's desk 
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Daughter's Desk

The drawings were given to Eliza over the years by her paternal grandmother. Desk, . Rug, .

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This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of Natipernavigare.

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