Gloria Vanderbilt left behind a colorful legacy when she passed away on Monday at the age of 95, one that spans the worlds of fashion, art, society, and, of course, interior design. Her extravagantly chic Manhattan home is no doubt the best reminder of her eclectic style, and since 2017, she’s meticulously documented its interiors on her much-beloved Instagram page.
Since Vanderbilt first joined Instagram (with the help of her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper), she’s used the platform to give her followers a glimpse into multiple rooms in her home, like her dining room, which features 18th-century hand-painted Chinese wallpaper by NYC-based brand Gracie. Her last post, from June 9, 2019, shows the collection of carefully arranged photographs and artwork that fills up her bathroom wall—even the tiles.
Here, we’ve rounded up some more of Vanderbilt’s most memorable, unique snapshots of her apartment.
Vanderbilt’s art studio is bright and bursting full of art materials (mostly paints), as well as important figurines and books to help inspire her work. A large bust of her father sits high in a built-in bookshelf. In a sweet Instagram post earlier this year, she gave a nod to the room’s “familiar scent of turpentine and paint,” and called her studio “home.”
Another bust of her father (whom she never knew) sits on a display table in her home, alongside a framed photograph of him and a drawing of her mother and Vanderbilt herself. “I love the layering of objects which have history and meaning, but of course, soon I will re-arrange it, as one’s eye changes and sees it all differently,” she captioned the colorful image.
Vanderbilt was an advocate for refreshing her spaces and environment from time to time, and showed off a new painting by Aaron Shikler perched atop the mantle in her bedroom back in December. A few months prior, Vanderbilt had a different painting on display, and had hand-painted a quote from Einstein onto the fireplace.
Her living room
Clearly a fan of Shikler, Vanderbilt also displayed two paintings from the artist in her living room, one a larger-than-life painting of a woman clad in an elegant, floor-length peach gown. A number of carved sculpture works frame the large painting on one side; the other features the Chinese wallpaper she’d shown off in previous posts.
Vanderbilt oftentimes decorated her home with items that were not only beautiful, but also sentimental. In August 2017, she shared a photo of one section of wall in her home, which features a small cluster of works by her friend Al Hirschfeld, including two drawings and a framed letter. “He is missed,” she noted in the caption.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest