Monday 8 April 2013

interior design: the paris home of lauren santo domingo of m'o

Lauren Santo Domingo probably needs no introduction. She has been around in the fashion world for quite some time and is often referred to as a bottled-water heiress. She now runs her own successful fashion business, Moda Operandi, or M'O, which she co-founded with a fellow Icelander, Aslaug Magnusdottir.

Lauren and her husband live in New York City but they also own this Paris flat that was featured in the September 2012 issue of Vogue US. It is located in the heart of the Saint Germain district (on the Left Bank) and it happens to be right above the flat of Lauren's mother-in-law. When they bought it they turned to decorator François Catroux to help them with the renovation. In the Vogue article he refers to the style as a 'mixture of grandeur and bohemian' (p. 866).

Of course I had to open the post with the library room. Okay, first it was a tie between the library room and the gorgeous terrace but the book lover in me won when I reread these words of Lauren in the article:
To me, libraries aren't all about decorative first editions and bindings. I actually read these books. When I am in Paris, I read a lot. I can really disconnect here. I feel like when I'm in Paris, people assume one is looking at beautiful things and can't be troubled by this tedious e-mail.
The painting, L'Offrande (1950), in the library is by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (1902-82) and the table is by architect and designer India Mahdavi.

The stone-floored terrace is a Madison Cox design. It is filled with lavender and roses and also has olive trees, jasmine and pots of wild strawberries. In the article Lauren says that when in Paris they always have their breakfast there. She also says she loves it and you know what, I believe her!

Below you see photos taken in the drawing room, dining room, hallway and master bedroom. The couple borrowed the dining table from their decorator François Catroux, who designed it in the 1970s. He lent them some pieces of modern furniture while they were gradually furnishing the Paris flat.

If you want to see a few more images then follow the interior links below or take out your September 2012 issue of Vogue and turn to an article called 'French Open' on page 860. In it you will also find an adorable photo of Lauren and her son (then 14 months old).

As you can see from the images below, Lauren is a stylish lady. The photo to the right is from the Vogue article; the other two are old street style shots.

photo credit:
1-7: Oberto Gili for Vogue US, September 2012 via Sukio + terrace photo via Mark D. Sikes / 8: unknown source via RosieOM /
9: Norman Jean Roy for Vogue US, September 2012 via Mark D. Sikes / 10: Citizen Couture via Netrobe


  1. Gorgeous woman and stunning place! Especially the library and the garden. And it's all in Paris. Basically, a dream come true for many, isn't it?

  2. Of course I was drawn to the library too. And I wouldn't have my breakfast anywhere else but on the terrace too. Lauren is a stylish lady indeed.

  3. LSD has amazing style. It's no wonder her Paris home is so gorgeous. I need to go find my Sept. 2012 issue of Vogue now :-)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  4. She is amazing and I love the decor of her home, relaxed yet still elegant and refined. I have to say it's the first use of "bohemian" that I've been drawn to. That word is so over-used and sadly over-done here in California, as an excuse to throw on a bunch of mish-mash hippy stuff and get away with calling it style. Haha, how do I really feel about that? Anyway, beautiful choice for a profile, I love it!

    xo Mary Jo

  5. stunning apartment :)

  6. I lurve it - FAB and the library is just divine, want to bury my head in books there for hours.
    Happy day to you,Ax

  7. Wow! it is fabulous. The mix of classic furniture with pieces that seem sculptures is gorgeous!! The library room definitely inspires to don't stopping reading, and the coffe table there is beautiful.
    Lauren is classy, pretty and has an exquisite taste (envy.... :-))

  8. A very stylish lady and gorgeous appartment. I love the outdoor space with those wonderful pots of lavender.

  9. In above picture all the lady is owsome and the outdoor space is wonderful and all the equipment is too good and looking very nicly.


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