American style icon Gloria Vanderbilt with her sons, Anderson and Carter Cooper, at their home in the Hamptons in 1972
In honor of the late Gloria Vanderbilt, decorate outside the box.
“Decorating is autobiography,” the late Gloria Vanderbilt said in her HBO documentary produced by son Anderson Cooper. While she liked to say that “of course, everything is autobiography,” Vanderbilt’s fantastical artwork and layered interiors were so uniquely personal that they’re forever etched in the minds of maximalists, eccentrics and traditionalists alike. On the day of her death in mid-June, images of her inimitable flair flooded feeds, with shots of her Southampton home standing out. At her summer house on Long Island, Vanderbilt boldly wrapped the walls of her bedroom and living room in pink gingham and amplified the look with coordinating sofas and artwork. In my 2014 interview with the style icon, she explained how to be just as creatively confident: “Respond to what your instinct tells you. There should be no one to please but yourself.”