“Invest in quality furniture—you will love it forever!”
New York-born interior designer Lilly Bunn knows a thing or two about classic design. Having grown up in the Upper East Side, and lived in the Village for many years, her aesthetic sways between uptown and downtown—a clever mix of timeless elements with edgy accents.
When the mom of two moved back to the Upper East Side, she infused the space with pinks and reds—girls outweigh men in the house three to one, so it’s appropriate. In fact, Bunn’s playful nature prompted her to decorate the entire space for her two girls more than herself or her husband Chris. While her style is daring, it’s also 100% timeless. We tapped her expertise for all things design, and New York City! Read on for true city insights.
Name Lilly Bunn
Occupation Principal, Lilly Bunn Inc.
Lives in New York City
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY
Date night restaurant Sushi of Gari
Sunday brunch Maison Kayser. I like the truffle eggs.
It’s cocktail hour, where are you Cognac on 71st and Lex.
Who’s your florist and what do you buy there? I usually buy flowers at my local deli or at the flower market on 28th Street. I like regular cut flowers more than “arrangements”.
LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE
Favorite place in the world My apartment.
Favorite hotel The Mark, New York City
Next destination Croatia
Best meal you’ve ever had Kimchi Stew at Momofuku
Bucket list item Get my MFA from RISD.
LET’S GET PERSONAL
Astrological sign Pisces
Favorite candle Rigaud Paris
Book on your nightstand The Nightingale
On your Spotify Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Beach House.
Cocktail of choice Margarita
Who would be on your dream dinner party list Mick Jagger, Pope Francis, Jacques Grange, Martha Stewart, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton.
Share one entertaining secret Don’t hire a cook. Learn how to make one thing really well (even if you’re not a great cook)!
LET’S CHAT DECOR
Your style in 3 words Fashionable, pragmatic, good.
Fabric of choice Sheepskin
Go-to bedding D. Porthault
Favorite paint color Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White
Go-to trade person Profiles
Decorating cheap thrill Discounts!
Photo: Lesley Unruh via One Kings Lane, design by Lilly Bunn