Classic With a Modern Twist: Jenna Bush Hager's Living Room Makeover
Editor-at-Large Jenna Bush Hager has great personal taste—her home is no exception. For her new waterfront home on Long Island, Hager partnered with One Kings Lane to bring a taste of the South to her New York home. This spring, online retailer One Kings Lane debuted a line of prints reimagined from the archives of iconic Tennessee interior designer Sister Parish.
Using pieces from the Sister Parish collection, stylist Alexander Reid refreshed the tranquil spot. "The house had very traditional bones," Reid says. "And Jenna had this modern Saarinen tulip table that she loved, so we started there." The juxtaposition of modern and traditional is the basic principle that informs the whole design.
Hager and her husband both love to throw dinner parties, especially in the summer. The room not only had to act as a place for the family to relax, but also as an entertaining-ready space that could accommodate big parties. “I think the most important thing about entertaining is that people feel comfortable," she says. "They should have a good place to sit and have a great conversation,”
To make the most of the space, Reid focused on maximizing seating options without creating clutter. A traditional sofa upholstered in a Sister Parish print anchors the room and establishes the blue-and-white theme. It's balanced by a daybed under the window, which is a more casual piece for everyday living. A clever arrangement of chairs, garden stools, and tables–which Reid calls "asymmetrical symmetry"—encourages people to linger.
Modern accents, like these yellow foo dog lamps and acrylic console table, give the room a playful energy. "Jenna has a young family." Reid says. "I wanted to make a space where it's possible to entertain, but also relax and kick off your shoes."
For the dining nook, Reid used a settee covered with a Sister Parish print to contrast Hager's tulip table. Although the space pulls in lots of different patterns, keeping to the blue-and-white color scheme pulls it all together.
A bar cart is key for at-home entertaining. Reid wanted the area to feel fresh and light with nautical elements to play off the house's waterfront location. The set-up doubles as additional tabletop space, handy for resting serveware or other dinner necessities.
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