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Inside Markarian Designer Alexandra O’Neill’s Greenwich Village Aerie

The designer’s New York home is a peaceful, flower-filled space where she dreams up her festive frocks.

1/21/2021 11:47:00 AM

Alexandra O'Neill's New York home is a peaceful, flower-filled space where she dreams up her festive frocks, including the custom Inauguration look seen on Dr. Jill Biden.

The designer’s New York home is a peaceful, flower-filled space where she dreams up her festive frocks.

Photo: Kelsey RoseMarkarian designer Alexandra O’Neill wearing a dress of her own design in her Greenwich Village apartment.During the day, Alexandra O’Neill’s Greenwich Village apartment doubles as her brand’s headquarters. TheMarkarianteam of four taps away at their laptops on the Bertoia dining chairs, surrounded by clothing racks displaying the Spring and Resort collections, while at night, O’Neill invites friends over for dinner parties. Menus are created based on what is fresh at the nearby Union Square Greenmarket and served on her favorite zodiac Laboratorio Paravicini plates and vintage French tablecloths or Zsuzsanna Nyul table linens. On the evening before my visit, a gaggle of friends had gathered for Halloween costume-making, and during my tour of the apartment, the feather-and-jewel-festooned headdresses were displayed alongside Markarian’s Spring ’18 Saturn clutches.

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The smooth, clean lines and muted hues of Alexandra O’Neill’s Greenwich Village apartment might seem to exist in sharp contrast to the festive frills of her clothing line,Markarian, but a love of textiles and attention to detail suffuses both. “I love doing prints and over-the-top for the clothing because it changes seasonally, but your home is more permanent and you’re never going to get sick of neutrals,” explains the designer, her Yorkie, Winston, curled on her lap and her Maltese, Milly, peering up from the antique Persian rug (brought back from a family trip to Turkey). “But I have all my interesting pops.” Those pops include a pair of cobalt mid-century pendant lamps above the matte black-painted kitchen and gem-color velvet pillows from ABC Carpet & Home on the oyster white sofa.

AdvertisementDuring a complete gut renovation of the prewar one-bedroom, O’Neill uncovered and restored many of the original moldings and design elements that had been hidden and built over through the years. Cove lighting was replaced with moldings modeled after the originals, and the lowered kitchen and hallway ceilings were pushed back up to their original height. For O’Neill, the decision to take on the task of decorating the apartment on her own was an easy one. “I’m so specific in the taste that I have and the things that I like that it translates to my home as well,” she explains, still admitting she couldn’t have done it without her nimble project manager. “And I’m such a homebody, so if I’m not comfortable in my home it’s not ideal.” headtopics.com

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