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City Sass Meets Southern Charm in Laura Day's Park Ave. Home

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Plumage and bugs: two things that don't usually turn up together, never mind on Park Avenue. But they're exactly the design themes that repeat within the one-bedroom apartment of Laura Day, designer and regular contributor on TLC's Trading Spaces. No doubt Day's Upper East Side digs are a far cry from her childhood upbringing on a farm in rural Arkansas, which boasted, among other things, a cotton field, a crop of peacocks and Guinea hens. But her fascination with feathers (throw pillows, pheasant-print wallpaper) and bugs (bee-etched ceramic vases, papillon-adorned china) has endured, and now offers a tad bit of country to her city-slicker space. Sophisticated and glam, the apartment features a high-low mix of luxurious fabrics, flea market scores, custom-mixed paints, and antique finds from 1stdibs. Pieces with pedigree—Milo Baughman chairs, a Dunbar sofa, a David Hicks carpet—receive the same consideration as, say, a marquetry game table scooped up in Morocco or a Jennifer Convertibles sleeper sofa. Up next: a nursery for Day and her husband's first child. "I don't want it to be too sweet or overdone—no ruffles!" she says. Have a look at the rest of the place here:

[Photos by Francois Dischinger]

· Laura Day [official site]