The creative consultant grew up in an Upper East Side town house with her father, the Vanity Fair contributing editor and aesthete Reinaldo Herrera, and her mother, the designer Carolina Herrera, who’s tasteful touch is as effective in home decor as it is in high fashion.
“Surround yourself with family, laugh often, and create a space with your favorite things,” she says. This is exactly what she has accomplished in her downtown loft in Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood.
“I’m pretty informal, but there are certain formalities that I really enjoy, like perfect flowers or a beautifully set table,” says Lansing. “On the other hand, I can’t live without barking dogs, kids running through the dining room with lacrosse sticks, and loud music. I’ve always wanted a home where everyone can feel like they can take their shoes off and relax.”
The transition from a downtown bachelor pad to a bright, warm, and art-filled family apartment would be daunting if not for the expert precision of Lansing. Here, the otherwise “formal” living room has a comfort and ease that is achieved with over sized furniture, layers of texture, and charming seating groupings throughout the loft apartment. “I decorated the space and I loved the process,” says Lansing.
It’s the little things—like these bronzed artichokes and pomegranates—that add character and a rich, decorative layer to an ottoman vignette.
Patricia cares for her orchids herself and has a tip for other home gardeners: “I put ice cubes in them when it’s really wet outside and water them a lot when I first bring them home.” The painting of Sebastian is by Ottavio Vannini.
“My husband does the walls, and I do the interiors,” Lansing says of the art collection.
“We do everything at our kitchen table,” Lansing says of the most popular room in the house.
The master bedroom is painted in a warm foam green and the windows face the rear of the block. So while the couple can enjoy the festive neighborhood by day, the bedroom itself is a quiet refuge.
“Organized chaos is the best definition of the family wing,” Lansing says of the children’s playroom. “I wanted a wall that was indestructible.”