Tastemaker: The Home Maker

An in­flu­en­tial ar­chi­tect’s essen­tials.

Martha Stewart Living - - Contents -

By hon­or­ing the past and em­brac­ing the fu­ture, El­iz­a­beth Roberts has made a name for her­self (and her epony­mous de­sign firm), trans­form­ing cen­turies-old brown­stones into sunny, eclec­tic, and com­fort­able spa­ces. A trade­mark of her projects is open, airy kitchens that you want to lounge in “even when you’re not cook­ing,” she says. Some, in­clud­ing her own, have wood-burn­ing grills. But all ex­em­plify the mom and Cal­i­for­nia na­tive’s clean de­signs and clear sense of or­der: “You don’t need to be told where to put your shoes or find the sil­ver ware,” she says. Roberts, who has also cre­ated stores for de­sign­ers Ulla John­son and Rachel Comey, of­ten dresses in black, throw­ing chic blaz­ers over dresses or reach­ing for loose, el­e­gant suits by the Swedish brand Rode­b­jer. Prag­matic and pol­ished—we’d ex­pect noth­ing less.

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