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Brigette Romanek Loves Smoky Scents and Vintage Seating

“A day of just designing, that’s therapy for me,” says self-taught interiors expert Brigette Romanek. Although now a favorite of discerning Angelenos—her clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé, and Demi Moore—Romanek’s path has been a winding one. The daughter of singer Paulette McWilliams (whose collaborators included Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Quincy Jones) initially followed in her mother’s footsteps, releasing her debut album with Virgin Records in 1994 with one to follow in 1997, but soon realized her passions lay offstage and turned to her first foray in design: handbags. While holding a sample sale in her LA home she noticed the way people responded to her space, so she started consulting on the interior design of friends’ houses and, in 2018, opened her own firm. Within a year Architectural Digest lauded her as one of the world’s top interior designers—an accolade that has followed her every year since. With a work ethic that celebrates instinct, Romanek’s interiors breathe life into the hollow halls of any home. Now, that sense of dynamic inspiration is on display in her first monograph, Liveable Luxe. Below, Romanek shares her favorite things (to own and to give) for happy living.

Style File

DAILY UNIFORM: Jeans and a button-down. 
EVERYDAY ACCESSORY: A Foundrae bracelet. 
WORK BAG: Christian Dior Book tote. It’s strong enough to hold my computer, binder, and all my tear sheets of furniture pieces. 
FESTIVE FROCK: A dress by Emilia Wickstead. She makes elegant, understated pieces that leave something to the imagination. 
PARTY SHOE: Christian Louboutin.

FoundRae Personalized Medium Heart Extended Clip Chain Bracelet in 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond

Dior Beige and Blue Macrocannage Embroidery Large Book Tote

Emilia Wickstead Filippa dress in Red Duchess Satin

Christian Louboutin Astrid Lace Strass heel in Black

On Beauty

EYELINER: Pat McGrath Labs. 
WASH DAY: Monat. 
NAILS: French or baby doll pink.

Pat McGrath Labs PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in Xtreme Black

Monat Soothing Micellar Shampoo

At Home

RECENT ADDITION: De Sede vintage sofa in orange leather—perfection! 
LINENS: Beltrami bedding is spectacular to me. 
LIGHTING: By Gabriel Hendifar, the mastermind behind Apparatus. He’s created an entire world.
ON THE WALL: Lorna Simpson. 
AROMA: Maison Margiela Replica candle, By the Fireplace. 
IN THE DRIVEWAY: A Tesla and a couple of furniture wrapping blankets—comes with the job. 
FOR FURRY FRIENDS: Lay Lo. They make the beds stylish. I’m excited to work with them soon.

Beltrami Essential Autentica Fibra Di Legno

Apparatus Cloud

Maison Margiela Fragrances REPLICA By The Fireplace Scented Candle

Lay Lo Red Checker Dog Bed

For Pleasure

HAPPIEST HOUR: Early morning, around 5 a.m., when it’s still quiet. 
READING: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese. 
WATCHING: Motherland, a comedy about motherhood. I cry with laughter. 
LISTENING TO: Tyler, the Creator; SZA; James Blake; Kendrick Lamar; Post Malone; Sade; and Beabadoobee.

The Covenant of Water

by Abraham Verghese

Playing Robots Into Heaven Vinyl

James Blake

The Menu

MORNING CUP: Coffee or a strawberry probiotic smoothie from Erewhon. 
POWER SNACK: BjornQorn popcorn. 
HOME-COOKED SPECIALTY: Pesto pasta with caprese salad. 
TAKEOUT: Woon Kitchen. Beef noodles, scallion pancakes, or gai lan. Comfort food.

On Holiday

TRAVEL DAY FOOTWEAR: Gucci platform sandals. 
IN THE CARRY-ON: Cozy Earth socks, Goop Beauty lip balm, Escentric Molecules, Molecule 02 eau de toilette, Sleeper pajamas, and outfits—I love A.W.A.K.E. Mode’s blazers, skirts, and dresses. As long as I check the weather, I can curate. 

Stay at Ritz Paris

Gucci Women’s Platform Perforated G Sandal

Cozy Earth The Plush Lounge Sock

goop Beauty Clean Nourishing Lip Balm

Escentric Molecules Molecule 02 Eau de Toilette

Sleeper Party Pajama with Double Feathers in Lemon

A.W.A.K.E. Mode black collarless jacket

Gift Guide

FOR THE KIDS: A climbing wall. 
FOR THE AESTHETE: A trip to Rome to see, well, everything. 
FOR THE HOST: Lady M Signature Mille Crêpes cake. 
FOR THE ENTERTAINER: Michaël Verheyden T-Light candle holders. They are stunning and when the candle is lit, the glow is soft and pretty on a dining table. 
FOR INTERIOR ENTHUSIASTS: My coffee-table book, Livable Luxe
ON THE WISH LIST: A new album from the late singer Prince or an Honor Titus painting.

Lady M Signature Mille Crêpes Cake

Michaël Verheyden Tlight in alabaster

‘Liveable Luxe’ by Brigette Romanek (Author), Gwyneth Paltrow (Foreword)

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