Well Appointed Homes: A Look at Whitney Port and Olivia Palermo’s NYC Apartments

Last night was the big series premier of MTV’s The City.  For those of you who haven’t had the re-runs constantly on your flat screens, the show is centered around former Hills star Whitney Port, who leaves the California sunshine for the gritty, cut-throat streets of New York.  She started her career working for Diane Von Furstenberg, where she met frenemy (now enemy), New York Socialite, Olivia Palermo.  Both girls are known for good looks, amazing style and oil meets vinegar relationships. It stands to reason that their good tastes and personalities would make their way into their apartment’s decor.  Whitney posted these pictures on her blog last year as she made major plans to redecorate her space.

 Whitney clearly hasn’t shaken her L.A. roots, but she has incorporated some good ol’ New York luxury to her space.  The velvet couch is romantic, as are all the flowers throughout.  We love it paired with the mirrored furniture and the simple furniture.

The rug adds a nice pop of color and definitely brings in some California cool to the space.  On the other hand there is New York born Palermo’s pad, which brings Upper East Side style to Tribecca. 

 Olivia hooked up with Page Six for these shots.  A moment of silence for her 63 square foot walk in closet.  I don’t know if my bedroom is that big! She says she got her inspiration for the space from seeing pictures of Mariah Carey’s home.  The zebra seems very Mimi.

 Everything is really light and airy, which allows for the big windows to take center stage.

Whitney came to Manhattan to realize her dream of becoming a fashion designer.  Last fall she debuted her Spring 2010 Whitney Eve line to rave reviews at New York Fashion Week.  Take a look at some of the pieces from her line and see if you can tell whether her apartment influences her design or vice-versa.

 This pastel dress is soft and romantic.  It kind of reminds us of her plush velvet couch in her living room (the sparkle would have to be the mirrored pieces).

 East coast meets west coast in a dress! The sweetheart neckline and super short cut is totally LA chic, but the neutral colors and black lace makes it work for girls who survive in colder climates.

The designer, cute as can be! Photos from Style.com
Not to be outdone, Palermo is also getting into the designing game.  This winter she debuted a small collection of necklaces for Manhattan based staple Roberta Freymann.

It seems that her gig as accessories editor for Elle Decor is paying off!

The girls face off in every way this season, so lets see how they match up in our picks for them from The Well Appointed House. 


Olivia was all about the Zebra in her dressing room, so to get her look we suggest our Dransfield and Ross Needlepoint Zebra Rug, while for all those on team Whitney, our Trina Turk Zig-Zag rug would be a great substitute for the one seen in her room.



These dressers could easily fit in either girl’s living room or bedroom.  Palmero preferred white and bright, with a little bit of downtown youth, which is why this white lacquer stud piece would be perfection in her space, while Whitney’s place would kill with our Beveled Nine Drawer dresser.  It has some old Hollywood glamour, to remind her of LA, but has all the straight lines and chicness you would fine in the city. (Both pieces are available in black.)



Olivia’s Hermes tray is a focal point in her space.  We love our Barbara Barry Script Tray for her, because it sticks within her decorative scheme and brings in a high end designer.  Hopefully Whitney has help keeping all those flowers alive (if in fact all of them are).  When you fall for an arrangement you’ll never want to go through the trauma of throwing it away, which is why pick this peony and watergarden arrangement for her.

Be sure to check out The City every Tuesday 10pm to keep up with the drama (and the fashion).

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