5 Spaces I Love Series: Ariel Okin


5  S P A C E S  I  L O V E  S E R I E S

What started as a team exercise to help define our personal styles has blossomed into a new series spotlighting some of our favorite tastemakers as they share their 5 favorite spaces of all time.


A B O U T  A R I E L

Ariel Okin is the founder of her eponymous firm, Ariel Okin Interiors, a full service interior design firm based in New York City that specializes in luxury residential, commercial, and hospitality projects across the country. Her most recent notable work includes residential projects including Lena Dunham’s West Village apartment, which landed on the cover of Domino Magazine last fall, and the New York offices of Goop and Maisonette. 

Ariel’s signature style can be interpreted as “traditional with a twist” – warm, livable and elegant spaces, with an edited, contemporary and practical approach. A deft use of color, emphasis on clean lines, and mix of bespoke and antique items are hallmarks of her aesthetic, yet no two projects are alike; Ariel believes every home should reflect its owner. Ariel established her firm in 2016, and has since been featured and profiled in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Domino, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine, among others. In 2021, she was named a House & Garden Gold List Designer. Ariel is also a contributing writer to Vogue.com, Architectural Digest and Domino.

 And in case you missed it! Last year we launched a furniture collection in collaboration with Ariel Okin. Browsing through our 7 designs, you’ll find silhouettes inspired by history updated in pops of color and all our favorite materials: wicker, grasscloth, and rattan. The collection comes together for a beautiful balance of relaxed and refined, collected yet sophisticated. 

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A R I E L ' S   5   F A V O R I T E   S P A C E S 

1 .  B U N N Y  M E L L O N ' S  A N T I G U A  E S T A T E
Those who are familiar with my Society Social furniture collection might be familiar with the silhouette of the sofa in the above image – it was the reference image for our Bunny sofa, lovingly named after Bunny Mellon, whose Antigua estate is always an inspiration to me for its deft mix of antiques, art, contemporary pieces and quiet, self assured personal style.

2 .  P E R C Y  S T E I N H A R T ' S  C O N N E C T I C U T  H O M E

I love homes that aren’t necessarily designed by a professional designer but are just innately stylish and feel lived in and collected and real. Percy Steinart, the founder of Stubbs & Wootton, has a beautiful home in Connecticut that fits that bill. I love the use of Bowood repeating, the mix of antiques and simple materials like a checked cotton, the bits and bobs that could be junk shop finds, the thoughtful details, like the luggage rack being custom upholstered in Bowood – and the contrasting millwork paint.

3 .  T O R Y  B U R C H ' S  N Y C  A P A R T M E N T

As a fellow Main Line girl, Tory Burch’s interiors always strike a particular place in my heart. Her NYC apartment, designed by the crazy talented Daniel Romualdez, with its lush emerald green velvet walls and gorgeous use of Scalamandré’s famed velvet tiger print, is always a favorite. 

4 .  O S C A R  D E  L A  R E N T A ' S  H O M E  I N  K E N T , C T

Oscar’s country home in Kent is a forever inspiration  – the mix is just inimitable. 

5 .  J . K .  K L I N G  &  A S S O C I A T E S

My childhood home growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia was designed by Judy Kling and her daughter, Wendy, of J.K. Kling and Associates. They are both so incredibly talented, and their impact on my sense of aesthetics and my work as a designer is indelible; I credit the entire development of my eye and taste to them and my parents! I love everything they do, but this staircase is a particular favorite.

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