AT Interviews: Stephen Drucker

AT Interviews: Stephen Drucker

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 8, 2007

Unmade beds? Color is the new sex? Martha in '08?

What's going on over at House Beautiful?! It's design, American style, baby, and with Editor in Chief Stephen Drucker at the helm, design is approachable, colorful, resourceful, delivered with quintessential American flair and (gasp!) a healthy dose of humor.

Stephen Drucker spent a very generous 30+ minutes with us, talking about the magazine's redesign, the thinking behind the changes, the truth about big-name designers, why America's First Lady of Style has a lot more in common with Hillary than you'd think.

And then there's the REAL story behind why people are afraid of using color (And how House Beautiful is coming to the rescue on that, now more than ever). Stephen also answered the AT Top Nine, the questions we'll be asking every time during our monthly interviews...

1. What's the smallest home you've ever lived in?

A basement studio at 28 Grove Street in Greenwich Village. Never had a bad moment there.

2. What's the last thing you bought for your own home?

Search "grand tour intaglios" on eBay and you'll see.

3. If you had to furnish one room in your own home from scratch all from one source, what would it be?

Ruby Beets in Sag Harbor, NY.

4. What's your favorite spot in your own home?

My desk. Sitting there, you'd swear you were in London.

5. How often do you cook?

Most Saturday nights.

6. What's the one thing you couldn't live without?

My Bose iPod dock.

7. Where should people splurge in their homes? Where should they save?

A decorator once told me, it isn't the first $1000 that makes a room, it's the last $100. (In other words, it's not the sofa, it's the small stuff.)

8. What designer do you most admire?

Billy Baldwin.

9. What makes a home comfortable?

Using things. If you're afraid of it, get rid of it.

Interviewed by Patrick (the other one), aka P2

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