So, let's just put the cards on the table. When you are dealing with the Hiltons of Hollywood, really, you could expect the interiors to break either way, right?
But, from what we have seen of Paris's younger sister, Nicky, in the years since she wed James Rothschild, of the European banking dynasty Rothschilds, we could safely assume any house she and James put together would be spit-spot and smashing. (Let's recall her fabulous Grace Kelly-esque Valentino wedding dress and their amazing wedding photos).
In fact, I kind of expected when I read the by-line on AD "Go Inside James and Nicky Hilton's Manhattan Apartment" that the ensuing suite with be nothing short of fabulous. And, I wasn't disappointed. See the full story here.
James took the lead on decorating, masterfully bringing in family heirlooms and furniture from his family's estate in Europe, and re-upholstering them to freshen them up. It is no wonder, then, that the whole apartment reads steeped in tradition, but fresh. Nicky says she added some feminine touches, accessories, and insisted that the house be family friendly - recalling a childhood in a home full of rooms and furniture that were off-limits.
The result is truly the alchemy of a polished decorator. Hats off to James for hitting it out of the park. I supposed he has seen a home or two in his day. . . .
All interiors photos are via Architectural Digest and taken by Stephen Kent Johnson and styled by Miranda Brooks.