Savvy Tastemaker: Vicki and Rich Fulop of Brooklinen

Savvy Tastemakers: Vicki and Rich Fulop of Brooklinen

 

“Crisp and classic, these sheets are a sure fire hit with the guys and the gals.”

—Refinery29

A few weeks ago I received a set of Brooklinen Bedford Navy Stripes Luxe Sheets in the mail. I was initially intrigued by the brand after Will Nathan mentioned it in his Savvy Tastemaker interview—the clever name and the blue and white striped bedding was enough for me to give them a test run. I love how crisp and buttery-smooth they are!

I was such a fan of their quirky cool brand, that I reached out to the co-founders, Vicki and Rich to be part of the Savvy Tastemaker series. Read on for everything bedding and Brooklyn. 

 

THE BASICS

Name  Vicki and Rich Fulop

Occupation  Cofounders, Brooklinen

Lives in  New York City

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY

Favorite restaurant Vicki: Perla / Rich: Barbuto

Sunday brunch  Bubby’s Tribeca

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  The Garret

I walk into your closet, I find pieces from…  VF: Rag & Bone, Reformation, Topshop / RF: Asos, Everlane, J.Crew

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there?  The deli downstairs or farmer’s market for every day… but for something special: Emily Thompson Flowers on Beekman. Her bouquets are one-of-a-kind.

 

LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE

Favorite place in the world  VF: Paris / RF: Hawaii

Favorite hotel  RF: Tabard Inn, Washington DC

Next destination  Thailand and Cambodia

Best meal you’ve ever had  VF: Thanksgiving dinner at mom and dad’s house / RF: Bestia, LA

You would travel just to visit  Hanalei Bay in Kuaui

Bucket list item  VF: Learn how to fly a plane / RF: Climb Everest

 

LET’S GET PERSONAL

Astrological sign  VF: Taurus / RF: Virgo

Favorite candle  Brooklinen Heirloom (smells like a tomato garden)

Book on your nightstand  VF: M Train, Patti Smith / RF: Soccernomics

On your Spotify  VF: The Teen Party Playlist (my secret is out now, haha) / RF: Cut Copy

Cocktail of choice  VF: Paloma / RF: Beer

If you had to change your career to be anything, what would you be  VF: Actor / RF: Professional Athlete

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  VF: Keith Richards, Diana Vreeland, Steve Jobs, Andy Cohen, Nostradamus, Amy Sedaris, and Rich

Share one entertaining secret  Keep the lighting soft, the booze flowing, and pace the music to the flow of the night

 

LET’S CHAT DECOR

Your style in 3 words  VF: Masculine Feminine Chic / RF: Man Cave Modern

Fabric of choice  Cotton

Go-to bedding Brooklinen

Favorite paint color  A cool gray

Go-to trade person  Will Nathan, Homepolish

Lighting source  West Elm

Decorating cheap thrill  Plants!

 

 

Commune: Designed in CaliforniaCarven Marble Embossed Skirt | The Arrivals Rainier Leather Moto Jacket

Stella McCartney Platform Brogues | Barbie and Ken Headstands Print | Mud Australia Ceramic Carafes

 

Photos: Courtesy of Brooklinen

Savvy Tastemaker: Noa Santos, Co-Founder of Homepolish

Savvy Tastemaker: Noa Santos, Co-Founder of @Homepolish on @SavvyHome

“A lot of people think interior design is about a set of rules, but it’s all about having the space you live in reflect who you are right now”

—Noa Santos

ABC Home x Gotham West x Homepolish Apartment • designed by Noa Santos and Justin DiPiero

ABC Home x Gotham West x Homepolish Apartment • designed by Noa Santos and Justin DiPiero

ABC Home x Gotham West x Homepolish Apartment • designed by Noa Santos and Justin DiPiero

ABC Home x Gotham West x Homepolish Apartment • designed by Noa Santos and Justin DiPiero

ABC Home x Gotham West x Homepolish Apartment • designed by Noa Santos and Justin DiPiero

ABC Home x Gotham West x Homepolish Apartment • designed by Noa Santos and Justin DiPiero

I am so excited about today’s Savvy Tastemaker, because I’m in awe of the business he and his business partner have built in a quick two years! Noa Santos is CEO and co-founder of Homepolish, a game-changing online-based interior design company that offers an affordable alternative to traditional high-end interior design. From celebrity clients to start-up offices, no project is too big or small for the Homepolish team. Featured above is an apartment in Midtown’s Gotham West project designed in collaboration with ABC Home by Noa and fellow Homepolish designer Justin DiPiero.

I sat down with Noa a few weeks ago at the Homepolish headquarters in New York City and he was as approachable as he is savvy. I love picking the brain of creatives and entrepreneurs because they always know what’s up, and Noa is no exception. Anyone who brunches at Gallow Green, stays at the Marlton Hotel, reads Elon Musk and would travel just to eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro (one of my favorite documentaries) can do no wrong in my opinion. Also, can I tag along on this Tokyo trip!?

 

THE BASICS

Name  Noa Santos

Occupation  CEO, Co-Founder at Homepolish

Lives in  New York City

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY

Favorite restaurant Shabu Tatsu in the East Village

Sunday brunch  Gallow Green at the McKittrick unless it’ 95 degrees, then Root & Bone in the East Village

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  The Mulberry Project

I walk into your closet, I find pieces from…  Ross Matsubara (my boyfriend) or Zara

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there?  I troll the Flower District on 28th street

 

LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE

Favorite place in the world  Hawaii, at my beach house (editor’s note: dreamy!)

Favorite hotel  The Marlton Hotel (me too Noa, me too!)

Next destination  Marrakech

Best meal you’ve ever had  Any Saturday at my Grandma’s house

You would travel just to visit  I would travel just about anywhere for sushi so I plan on going to Tokyo to eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro

Bucket list item  Meeting Martha.

 

LET’S GET PERSONAL

Astrological sign  Taurus

Favorite candle  Woods Candle by Apotheke Handmade in Brooklyn

Book on your nightstand  Elon Musk

On your Spotify  Walk the moon

Cocktail of choice  Bombay Sapphire dirty gin martini

If you had to change your career to be anything, what would you be  I can’t do anything else

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  Just Madonna and me (and Ross because he’d kill me if he wasn’t invited)

Share one entertaining secret  Buy the $12 St-Germain carafe and make the perfect champagne cocktail.

 

LET’S CHAT DECOR

Your style in 3 words  Tailored, considered, layered

Fabric of choice  Fur

Go-to bedding  Parachute

Favorite paint color  Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball

Go-to trade person  Joseph Merrill from City & Stone Contracting

Lighting source  Apparatus Studio

Decorating cheap thrill  Vintage furniture at Furnish Green

 

Homepolish Co-Founder Noa Santos's Wish List on @SavvyHome

 

Anthropologie Linen Quentin Chair | Echo Burnt Sienna Distressed Mirror | Eskayel Dynasty Indigo Pillow

L’aviva Indigo Blanket | DwellStudio Slanted Brass Candleholders | Greta de Parry Coleman Stool

 

Interior Design by Noa Santos and Justin DiPiero Photography by Claire Esparros.

Savvy Tastemaker: Amy Stone

Savvy Tastemaker: Amy Stone • via @SavvyHome

“I have a clear vision of how I want my place to feel and don’t let anything pass through the front door, which doesn’t contribute to that.”

—Amy Stone

Savvy Tastemaker: Amy Stone • via @SavvyHome

Savvy Tastemaker: Amy Stone • via @SavvyHome

Savvy Tastemaker: Amy Stone • via @SavvyHome

I’m over the moon to have one of Instagram’s most stylish ladies on SHB today! Amy Stone, global community manager for Gap & Gap Kids, loves the simpler finer things in life: lobster rolls, summer jaunts to Nantucket and a perfectly polished orange-red manicure. One thing that makes her a Savvy Tastemaker (aside from her impeccable taste) is her love for everything beach related: from 1960s Palm Beach glamour to the West Coast surf culture (we do love the ocean around here).

I had the pleasure to meet up with Amy a few months ago at Smith + Mills—the most quaint lunch spot in Tribeca, nestled in an old carriage house—proving me once again that Amy knows where it’s at. You can count on her discerning eye for spotting the best places to grab a an iced latte, pina colada or avocado toast (bonus points if it’s Instagram-worthy) and for adopting cutting-edge trends in the most classic and timeless way.

And THIS is why we’re excited to find out more about Amy, from her go-to local haunts to her favorite indulgences (hello Dyptique x Tomas Maier Palm Beach Candle).

 

THE BASICS

Name  Amy Stone

Occupation Global Community Manager, Gap/Kids

Lives in  West Village, New York City

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY

Insta-worthy restaurant  Saxon +Parole

Sunday brunch  Hundred Acres

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  Bar Sardine

In your closet, I’d find pieces from…  rag & bone and J.Crew

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there? The Meadow: ranunculus, hydrangeas, peonies, anemones, lilac and snapdragons

 

LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE

Favorite place in the world  Nantucket

Favorite hotel  I have my eye on Palihouse(editor’s note: me too Amy, me too!)

Next destination  Venice Beach, Malibu and Santa Monica in mid-March

Best meal you’ve ever had  Lobster rolls, french fries and lemonade at Summer House in Nantucket

You would travel just to visit  The Parker Palm Springs

LET’S GET PERSONAL

Astrological sign  Scorpio

Favorite candle  Dyptique x Tomas Maier Palm Beach Candle

Book on your nightstand  Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl (although, I haven’t started it yet)

On your iTunes  The Rolling Stones

Cocktail of choice  Gin & Tonic or Pina Colada

Go-to Instagram filter/app VSCO Cam app

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  Slim Aarons, Mick Jagger, Nico & Andy Warhol, The Olsens, Kate & Andy Spade, and Ralph Lauren (editor’s note: can I please be invited to this!?)

Share one entertaining secret  Always have a candle lit!

 

LET’S CHAT DECOR

Your style in three words  Timeless, clean, colorful

Fabric of choice  Kelly Wearstler Bengal Bazaar in Magenta

Favorite paint color  If only I could paint my rental…

Lighting source West Elm or vintage

Decorating cheap thrill  Flowers and cacti

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The Row Round-Frame Acetate and Metal Sunglasses | Lisa Marie Fernandez Hooded Cotton-Terry Beach Tunic | Louisa Parris Windsor Scarf | Tibi Terry Plaid Crewneck Pullover | Loeffler Randall Shea Perforated Mule | J.Crew Gathered Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

Photography via Amy’s Instagram and Michael Wiltbank for Domino

Savvy Tastemaker: Meet Sara of Sara Gilbane Interiors

Tastemaker Profile: Sara Gilbane Interiors • via @SavvyHome

Tastemaker Profile: Sara Gilbane Interiors • via @SavvyHome

Tastemaker Profile: Sara Gilbane Interiors • via @SavvyHome

“Always paint the ceiling a fabulous pale shade of blue—very very light blue is wonderful as it changes with the time of day.” —Sara Gilbane

Tastemaker Profile: Sara Gilbane Interiors • via @SavvyHome

I’m excited to introduce Savvy Home’s first Tastemaker today in a new monthly series! Sara Gilbane is a girl after my own heart—as is anyone with a love for John Dickinson tables, Damien Hirst artwork, Oomph backgammon tables and Soho House brunches. Named one of the top 20 Next Wave Designers by House Beautiful—Sara who launched her career working with Celerie Kemble—has since built an impressive portfolio of homes from Nantucket to Palm Beach, under her eponymous design firm Sara Gilbane Interiors.

THE BASICS

Name  Sara Gilbane Sullivan

Company  Sara Gilbane Interiors

Lives in  New York City

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY

Date night restaurant  Recette West Village. Small and charming with the most incredible food.

Sunday brunch  Soho House NYC. After brunch they show movies for the family.

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  I’m a mom so I’m having cocktails at home after I put the kids to bed!

Go-to furniture shops  1st dibs, Bee Line Home, BK Antiques, Gerald Bland, John Rosselli Antiques, Todd Romano, Antony Todd, Serena & Lily, West Elm

I walk into your closet, I find pieces from…  Lela Rose, Isabel Marant, Veronica Beard, Rag & Bone, J.Crew, Zara, and Nicholas Kirkwood

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there?  I love VSF on West 10th. They put together beautiful arrangements for any occasion.

 

LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE

Favorite place in the world  St. Barths

Favorite hotel  St. Regis Bora Bora

.Next destination  Palm Beach Florida for Christmas

Best meal you’ve ever had  The truffle pasta at Recette. Heavenly!

You would travel just to visit  Paris and stay in several different hotels.

LET’S GET PERSONAL

Astrological sign  Aries

Favorite candle  Dyptique or Jo Malone

Book on your nightstand  Wild by Cheryl Strayed

On your Spotify  Natural Child, Dancing with Wolves

Cocktail of choice  French 65

Bucket list item  Morocco—dying to go!

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  My closest friends and family—nothing better.

Share one entertaining secret  Prepare everything the night before and heat it up before guests arrive—this way you can enjoy your party instead of getting stuck in the kitchen.

 

LET’S CHAT DECOR

Your style in three words  Warm, layered, colorful

Fabric of choice  Linen velvet

Go-to bedding  D. Porthault

Favorite paint color  Farrow & Ball Middleton Pink

Your go-to trade person  J. Edlin Upholstery

Lighting source  Visual Comfort for standard items and Urban Electric Co. for anything extraordinary.

Decorating cheap thrill  Wallpaper. Not that cheap but an instant crowd pleaser. The accessories at the end really do it for me as well. Hand soaps, lotions, and just completing the lifestyle of the home is so fun for me.

Tastemaker: Meet Sara of Sara Gilbane Interiors • via @SavvyHome

Beeline Home Southern Belle Sofa | Aerin Clemente Floor Lamp | Madeline Weinrib Chelsea Napkins | Dyan Baker Faux Fur Throw | Lexie Armstrong Watercolor Flowers | Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Chair