A STARR IS BORN

IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER STARR OS­BORNE HAS AN EL­E­GANT NEW HEAD­QUAR­TERS IN­SIDE HER CHEST­NUT HILL BOU­TIQUE, TAI­LORED HOME.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY SARAH JOR­DAN

In­te­rior de­signer Starr Os­borne has an el­e­gant new head­quar­ters in­side her Chest­nut Hill bou­tique, Tai­lored Home.

Leave it to the un­fail­ingly chic Starr Os­borne to spot a fun sum­mer trend. Her Chest­nut Hill store, Tai­lored Home, is sell­ing hard plas­tic stemware that mas­quer­ades as your finest wed­ding crys­tal, but can’t be bro­ken no mat­ter how rau­cous your bar­be­cue guests get or how de­ter­mined the fam­ily dog is to wreck cock­tail hour with his tail.

It’s a fit­ting ex­am­ple of the so­phis­ti­cated and prac­ti­cal in­ven­tory that is the hall­mark of Os­borne’s store, the lat­est ad­di­tion to her grow­ing home em­pire. Os­borne, who got her art his­tory de­gree from Yale and worked for years at New York auc­tion houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s, cor­nered the mar­ket back in 2004 when she be­gan her home stag­ing com­pany, Tai­lored Tran­si­tions. Au­thor of the 2010 book Home Stag­ing That Works: Sell Your Home in Less Time for More Money, the en­tre­pre­neur’s ser­vices have evolved to their log­i­cal con­clu­sion: from home stag­ing, mov­ing man­age­ment, and in­te­rior de­sign to her re­tail store, Tai­lored Home.

Near the top of Ger­man­town Av­enue, Tai­lored Home (not far from where Os­borne lives in Chest­nut Hill) is fre­quented by cu­ri­ous shop­pers and the in­te­rior de­signer’s loyal clien­tele who stop by to chat, seek de­sign help, and browse brands like Wedg­wood, Simon Pearce, Scala­man­dre, and oth­ers. “We don’t see peo­ple as one-time buy­ers,” Os­borne ex­plains. “We be­gin a life­long con­ver­sa­tion about how we can get you to live bet­ter and pret­tier—and find you just what you’re look­ing for.” 8528 Ger­man­town Ave., 267-297-6502; tai­lored­tran­si­tions.com

OS­BOURNE WORKED FOR YEARS AT NEW YORK AUC­TION HOUSES SOTHEBY’S AND CHRISTIE’S.

Starr Os­borne (mid­dle) is one of Chest­nut Hill’s new­est re­tail­ers. Her home and gift bou­tique, Tai­lored Home, car­ries a care­fully edited col­lec­tion of table­top, bed­ding, and in­te­rior de­sign pieces.

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