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Ten Questions With Modern Fashion Maven Trina Turk

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Fashion maven, Trina Turk.
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It's been almost a year since

Trina Turk

opened her Bal Harbour doors with her eponymous boutique. The store, which pays homage to its Miami address with nods to the '50s-esque, glamorous, resort lifestyle -- the cocktails, the art deco, the poolside cabanas -- which our city is famed for.

Turk's eye for luxe detail is evident throughout the store's décor and is witnessed most clearly by the grand centerpiece, an oceanic, aqua-blue banquette that's framed by lime green linen drapes and glammed up by a glistening chandelier. The Trina Turk Residential pillows, modern paintings, and pieces by famed designers Billy Haines and Milo Baughman enhance the polished effect.

We took a time-out with Ms. Turk to find out what rocks her world at home and away from fashion's main-stage.

Photo courtesy of Tara Ink
Turk's store in Bal Harbor.

New Times:

What are your seven favorite items in your home?

Trina

Turk: A Jae Carmichael "Freeway" painting; a George Nelson dining table--the genius of the

design is apparent every time we open it up for a dinner party; our '60s

brass Arnaldo Pomodoro headboard; a giant

dandelion sculpture by Jack Boyd; a pair of marble

camels; a Claire Falkenstein molten glass and copper sculpture; and my husband--photographer,

stylesetter, director of inspiration, head cook, gardener, and

beekeeper--Jonathan Skow.

What three things can you not live without?

Something delicious to eat, something gorgeous to wear, and something interesting to read.

In your own words, what's your design aesthetic?

Optimistic.

Does your home reflect your fashion tastes and designs?

Yes.

I decorate with lots of color, mixes of materials and interesting

textiles. Putting together a room is similar to putting together a

look--both are a combination of color, texture and proportion. Not to

mention, the art and decorative accessories in a room are the equivalent

to your handbag, jewelry, belt, shoe, etc in an outfit.

Finish this sentence: My home is....

...my favorite place to watch Mad Men.

Your favorite place to shop for homewares?

Palm Springs, CA.

What inspires you?

Anything and everything, but especially California, good design, and amazing textiles.

Where do you dream of living?

In a home with a closet that contains my entire wardrobe--right now it's scattered in several.....

Where do you call home?

Los Angeles, CA.

Another sentence to finish: A favorite day at home is spent...

...reading and lounging, then food and drink with friends.

-- Hannah Litman

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