Is it just me or does it seem that, more often than not, we tend to decorate our apartments/homes in a style similar to that in which we grew up? Maybe this stems from being unimaginative, lazy or just having inherited ones fair share of "family heirlooms." While I think Ivanka Trump’s (and husband, Jared Kushner) Upper East Side apartment, decorated by Kelly Behun and featured in this month’s Elle Décor, is, without question, a sleek and serenely sophisticated space, I expected something a little more glamorously metropolitan and less austere. Even though she has decided to follow her father's footsteps into the world of high-end real estate, thankfully, she has forged her own road aesthetically, and has not adopted the overly gilded and ostentatious style of her father’s Trump Tower apartment. And while the infusion of cerulean blue definitely punctuates the space, offering visually electric pauses to the otherwise calm palette, from the lacquered desk to the bookshelves, it really does seem more like accents from that of a hip bachelor’s pad and not of a young, cosmopolitan couple with child. The beautifully colorful accents are very remininscent of Louis Armstrong’s 1960’s kitchen. Nonetheless, the apartment is still as chic as its owner.
What I find most impressive about this home is the sophisticatedly chic silhouette of the foyer's hand-painted, meandering tree by Bob George Studios. Its seductively swaying and far-reaching shadows, seemingly being cast by the tabletop's branched arrangement, hauntingly appear to dance across the pale grey wall. (On first glance, does it not remind you of the evil trees from the Wizard of Oz's haunted forest?)
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