STYLISH WINDOWS: PREPPY CLASSICS AT TODD ROMANO

by Marisa Marcantonio

The buds are coming out on the branches, and flowers are pushing up through the soil: spring is finally coming to New York! In a celebration to all things bright and beautiful, here are some shots of Todd Romano's latest windows for his shop, Todd Romano Home on 59th Street.

With walls covered in Bob Collins & Sons Chinese Lattice Cotton Chintz Emerald fabric, a traditional stalwart looks fresh when combined with more traditional antiques. His trad bright fabric and papers, a staple of 1960's and 70's California, is being used by a new crop of design talent today.

The table, an Italian 18th C. Regency Style Painted & Gilt Console, and a Christopher Spitzmiller “Alexander” Lamp in Platinum with a Mahogany Base sits next to decorative objects. When you go upstairs into the showroom, there is a rainbow palette of his lamps to choose from. A set of Six Graduated Triangular Stands hold a pair of Jean Roger Green Glazed Frog Cachepots. The stands have become a signature TR element, they often appear in his rooms.

A Pair of Kelly, Littell and Katavolos “T” Chairs with a Black Leather Sling Seat (which have been sold) add some clean lines to the mix. Small spaces and store windows are so much fun because they add constraints, much like a real interior. Seeing how they can be transformed is inspiring.





SPRING FLING: TODD ROMANO'S COLORFUL ROOM WITH LEE JOFA

by Marisa Marcantonio

Color layered with more color is a sure bet in a Todd Romano interior. He recently created a room in the Lee Jofa showroom in the D and D in their rotating showcase area. He has a showroom down the street in the Fine Arts Building, but was asked to create the room since he is a long-time Lee Jofa client. Lime green and coral permeated the room which was alive with color. His vision, a dining room with a fireplace and banquette, was built out from scratch. High gloss walls were custom painted with Benjamin Moore color 2028-40 Satin Impervo and then lacquered to get a fantastic chartreuse finish. He incorporated beautiful reproduction furniture from Holland and Company at Lee Jofa with pieces from his showroom, creating a mini showhouse space.

A Semplice Chandelier in an antique gold finish hangs over the round Mahogany Dandy Dining Table with swirl mahogany veneer and banding. The dark table is made more youthful and less serious with melon suede upholstered New Royal Oak Dining Chairs that have cream colored legs.

Romano utilized the corner space with the Tavish Étagère. He created height by placing an orchid in a frog planter. A little something fun to make you smile! To balance out the color, a silk lampshade in lavender plays off the bright walls.

Another jolt of brights comes from a Marilyn Monroe print over the mantel. Matching blue and white ginger jars appear to float when placed on plexiglass columns, adding a touch of modern to the space.

The Carlton Banquette Sofa with a tufted back spans one wall in a broad velvet stripe. Romano used the space well by creating a seating area that occupies the entire wall. I love the mini pillows with rounded corners doubled up along the sofa. What a charming detail. The mix of stripes, bold solids and ikats make for a room that is fresh and traditional. The winter blahs go away just looking at this melange of color!

TODD ALEXANDER ROMANO OPENS THE SHOWROOM IN THE FINE ARTS BUILDING

by Marisa Marcantonio

After seven years on Lexington Avenue, Todd Alexander Romano has moved his shop. He helped revive a sleepy little stretch along Lex into an interior design shopping destination. The space was small, so it made sense to move to spacious new digs in the Fine Arts Building, at 232 East 59th Street, joining Neirmann Weeks, Bennison, Chelsea Textiles and others.
The mix at The Showroom includes 18th and 19th Century antiques and objects, custom Italian china, the fabrics of Tillet and Northcroft, dhurries by Langham and Fine (which used to be called Irving and Fine), and Christopher Spitzmiller's vivid lamps. Romano's great color sense and collector's eye make a visit to the new space well worth it.


Romano opened his firm in 1999, and established a loyal following for his fun use of color, great upholstery shapes covered in bold prints and making antiques look great mixed with modern pieces.

With great dealers in the building it is truly one stop shopping.
Tablescapes lure you in, making everything covetable!
Coffee tables and chairs eagerly await...

Tons of pillows are tempting....
Photos Courtesy of Todd Alexander Romano
Detailed pieces mix with clean silhouettes. This is a stop you need to make!