Designer Story: the Lovely and Luminous Work of Liliane Hart

Designer Liliane Hart opened her eponymous Manhattan design firm in 2007, but she first came on this New Hampshire girl’s radar this past summer with her entry in the 2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse with a soft, serene, and yet utterly unique master bathroom. (All photos from www.LilianeHart.com.)

LH bath 1

LH Bath 2

I think it was the always-cool Eskayel wallpaper together with the classic striped Cowtan and Tout sheer relaxed Roman shades and Houles trim that slayed me. Fresh and classic — what I love.

Then — WHAM, BANG! She shows up in consecutive February and March/April issues of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and Design New England respectively, so I had to find out more.

The Lovely Work of Liliane Hart


After graduation the University of Denver with a degree in printmaking, Hart headed up the renovation of a Victorian fixer-upper her parents had bought. Through the renovation, the design bug bit her and she enrolled at the New York School of Interior Design.  She worked full-time for Robert Gaul, a NYC-based architectural designer, whilst in the midst of her studies and was hired by the über-talented and über-famous Jeffrey Bilhuber (Play on words intended, hahaha!) upon graduation. Under Bilhuber’s mentorship, she managed large-scale projects across the country, with discerning clients and tight deadlines. Quite the design resume.

Look at this stunning Greenwich home that was in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. I keep coming back to that adjective, “luminous.”

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I love the way that the silhouettes of the furnishings are super traditional, but the modern art keeps things feeling fresh.Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 5.44.41 AMScreen Shot 2017-04-01 at 5.41.30 AM

Perhaps my new favorite aubergine room — in Farrow & Ball’s Pelt.
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The tan grasscloth with blue-gray trim and orangey-red accents that this game corner boasts is unexpected and brilliant. And you can’t go wrong with a lustrous antique antique with blue and white — but, again, the art choice!
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Simple and serene master bath. Sweet checks on the windows.Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 5.44.06 AM

This lady is full of surprises. Traditional entry — but what’s that funny little sculpture? 🙂

In this New Hampshire seacoast home, which appeared in Design New England, Liliane worked with the owners (her parents in this case) to edit their vast array of antiques and incorporate them into a home that feels alive and yet familiar.

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Evidence that beige is not boring, but can be warm and welcoming.Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 6.32.59 AM

The entry hall in this new-build home was apparently sized particularly to accommodate this enormous 19th century cherry apothecary.

And just when you thought that she only does historical suburban oases, she then goes downtown and jewel-toned.

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Emerald green and fuchsia. I adore that painting of the two boys in the background.Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 6.41.34 AMScreen Shot 2017-04-01 at 6.42.02 AM

Whites that pop with color…Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 6.42.19 AM

…and a little leopard print!

“But,” you say, “this is still all highly neo-traditional. Can she do full-on modern?”

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Well, she does throw in a little Louis XVI here and there.


I think my 3-year-old would have a field day on that rocking chair.

Liliane tends to favor natural rugs, fabulous art, luminous color, and unique vintage pieces. I’ve brought some pieces together in her style, and there are some great vintage finds in here. Enjoy!

Liliane Hart Collage

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Next week I’m back with a behind-the-scenes tour of one of America’s finest furniture makers. You won’t want to miss it!


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