Shortlist: Barbara Barry

12 things designer Barbara Barry can't live without

Joe Schmelzer

12 things designer Barbara Barry can't live without

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Joe Schmelzer

It's fitting that lives in Beverly Hills, since this California designer infuses everything she touches with a sense of classic Hollywood chic. She is best known in the decorating world for her elegant products for the home—from the dressy furniture she designs for Baker, to her luxurious bedding for Bloomingdale's, to her painterly fabrics for Kravet. Her prodigious output has been picking up speed: She recently launched a line of outdoor furniture for McGuire, and lighting for Boyd; meanwhile, her interior design office is buzzing with projects, including a "big and jazzy" home in Hawaii and an oceanside residence she is designing from the ground up in Corona del Mar. "I live for beauty, and I think everybody needs it," Barry says. "It's healing, restorative, and essential to our well-being."

1 / A SINGLE FRENCH TULIP Or a great big bunch. I love the way they unwind and contort as they fade.

The Optimist Blend—organic and delicious.

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Jonathan Lovekin

For his irresistible displays and for making vegetables delicious and easy to prepare. I love his cookbook Plenty.

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I am a lake junkie, from small ones in Idaho to the charming lakes of Austria to Lago di Garda in Italy.

Lake Neusiedl in Austria

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Courtesy of Miele Inc.

I couldn't live without my ironed sheets and pajamas. I should get a cut on all the ones I have helped sell.

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National Trust Images

Such a delightful idea, with its ancient and sculpted boxwood topiaries—very Alice in Wonderland.

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Courtesy of Mikimoto

Any and all—they make me feel glamorous.

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Robert Harding World Imagery/Alamy

My favorite city in the world. I love the layers of history living alongside some of the best contemporary design today.

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My juicer, frother, and toaster oven. Can they just carry on and design some pots and pans—and everything else for the home?


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Chrysler Group LLC

Especially in pistachio green, with that ivory steering wheel! Makes me smile whenever I see one go by.

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Courtesy of Augarten

I have had it for 30 years and still love it every day. Coffee somehow tastes better in its delicate, thin-rimmed cup.


I do it each summer in Provence. It clears my head and feeds my soul.

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