• House of Spades

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    “[The] Spades' particular, nostalgic, classically American taste has been massively influential in the past ten years,” recounts Amy Larocca in her well documented piece on the Spades for New York magazine.

    And Kate and Andy Spade’s fingerprints can be found all over their Park Avenue apartment. Though big enough for them and their daughter Bea, it’s not enormous. It manages to be preppy without the whiff of the restricted country club—a little goofy, whimsical even while still feeling familiar. From their framed family photo gallery displayed on an end table to their quirky collections, their stockpile of books to their hand loomed oriental rugs, it collectively emanates an honest version of themselves. Todd Selby recently spent some time with Kate and Andy in their Upper East Side apartment documenting their beautiful space. I’ve culled my favorites below. You can see all of the images at The Selby.

    Images via Todd Selby

    Doing new things that are fresh and pushing tradition to a new place without undermining it, that’s fun for me."    —Andy Spade

    Dec 10, 2010 | Permalink (21) Total Comments

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    Rowboats left a comment on 12/23/2010 at 1:15 PM:

    This is an amazing home and an amazing post. While she may look like an older Elizabeth Taylor to some, I embrace it. Kate Spade is the last link to understated, classic, feminine elegance of Jackie and Grace. Her clothing line was heaven sent when J.Crew went haywire. Thank you so much for this!

    ACH left a comment on 12/18/2010 at 1:56 PM:

    Always love seeing pictures of the Spade home.  I agree it doesn’t look like the most “livable” home I’ve seen featured, but it’s nice peak at nevertheless.

    South Africa Professor left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 3:46 AM:

    My wife and I have been fighting over this look for years. I take a traditional victorian view that “more” is never too much in putting objects, books and framed pieces out for display. She is more of a minimalist. Hopefully, these photos of this lovely apartment will allow me to finally carry the day.

    La Maison Fou left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 11:39 AM:

    So very Smart…...
    I was perusing the Selby at Barneys the other day when in NYC….. I am thinking a must have to read and see!
    This apt is so smart and yet so attainable as well! I could see myself living there, I love how the hallway is a room in iteslf, not just a transition space!

    trip left a comment on 12/13/2010 at 4:00 PM:

    Nice use of wallpaper.

    Andy M. left a comment on 12/13/2010 at 9:41 AM:

    Just gorgeous.

    James P. Adams left a comment on 12/12/2010 at 9:50 PM:

    Amazing! Beautiful! Maybe someday I’ll live in something like that too….
    Here’s to dreamin’

    bunny left a comment on 12/12/2010 at 1:09 AM:

    i love their home too. sort of looks like mine. the vintage cigarette collection was interesting. some candy, some real - all colorful. it still feels weird that kate spade isn’t at kate spade.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 12/11/2010 at 11:24 PM:

    Beautiful apartment. I love all the details.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 12/11/2010 at 8:57 PM:

    I was going to commwn on the kitchen, but robdarko beat me to it. I will add on that point stating how welcoming it is and how it atracts light. In any home, of any walk of life, the kitchen should be the focal point of the home. Great photos; shot through an equality lens no doubt, ha!

    Shawn left a comment on 12/11/2010 at 1:16 PM:

    Reminds me of The Royal Tenenbaums.  I really like it.  Definitely stays in confines of classic decorating but shows their eccentricities.  Awesome pictures.

    Tito left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 11:23 PM:

    I was wondering when the Spade’s are going to do a garage sale, wow what a dream home!!!!

    Hoot left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 9:03 PM:

    Dear Mr. Castlebury,

    Great post.  This is a prime example of the “not decorated look”, well, to me it’s not.  It doesn’t look like a decorator came in and “finished” the place. It’s a look that isn’t ” a look”. 
    It looks comfortable and stylish but without being pretentious.  I love it and thanks for posting this.  I truly enjoyed it.



    AEV left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 8:19 PM:

    Great style - I love the “collections” nature of it….personal, interesting, fine tuned and elegant.

    quintessence left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 7:27 PM:

    This was such a fabulous feature. I think it was so popular in the blogosphere not just because it’s great looking but because it so expresses their personalities. And did you see the series of videos of them on plum TV? Also fun - Spade & Co. “office”, Southampton and NYC!

    tammy left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 4:34 PM:

    Their place is so elegant, welcoming, and unpretentious.  It’s the kind of house that you can admire but feel comfortable in it without fear of breaking anything.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 4:15 PM:


    robdarko left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 4:01 PM:

    This is simply exquisite.  I love their kitchen.

    john lexington left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 3:34 PM:

    nice crib! have to check out this article at selby. thanks keep up the good work!

    The Geography Badge left a comment on 12/10/2010 at 2:39 PM:

    Another gem from Todd Selby, the glow so many of the pictures have is wonderful.