Monday, January 28, 2013

Before and After with Bethenny Frankel

Fans of Bravo's Bethenny Ever After television show will no doubt recognize the remodel of her TriBeCa loft in the pages of this month's Traditional Home magazine The reality star turned Skinny Girl mogul teamed with the Manhattan interior design firm Gomez and Associates (that would be mom Mariette and daughter Brooke) and the design process was chronicled weekly on the series.

I spent the day at Bethenny's 3400 square foot loft last fall working on the story and fell in love with the work of  "The Gomez Girls" (as she affectionately calls them). The serene cream and beige toned living room mixed with pops of Bethenny's signature orange - red (a Skinny Girl branding color) was the perfect backdrop for the homeowner's family and professional life. I particularly loved her office as every square inch is a model of efficiency and the walk in closet (complete with a collection of coveted Birkin and Manolos) was seriously to die for. Furnishings from the Mariette Himes Gomez line at Hickory Chair mixed easily with Bethenny's finds from Mitchell Gold and Restoration Hardware along with a favorite Target item -- a  bicycle she scored bright and early at the standing-room-only  Missoni sale.

 You can read my story here or pick up the extended version on the newsstands. And yes, Cookie the dog and daughter Bryn were adorable.

The den turned master closet
The epicenter of the apartment: SkinnyGirl headquarters

The open plan dining and living room

Hickory Chair Porter Divan as seen above

Photo Credits: Joe Standart/Traditional Home