A Tale Of Two {Design-Savvy} Sisters

Have you had a chance to check out the newest issue of Lonny yet?  I think this third issue is the best by far, filled with gorgeous images and inspiring designers – if you haven’t browsed through it yet, you must!

Having lived with and decorated an apartment with my older sister during law school, one of my favorite stories from this issue was about Antonia and Victoria Thompson – two wildly talented sisters with very different design aesthetics.

{ Here’s another great thing about Lonny – you don’t have to be a professional designer to be on the cover of the magazine.  Cheers to that! }

After living in Manhattan their entire lives, the sisters decided to take the plunge and buy their first apartments.  Their real estate searches led them far and wide, but they ultimately purchased separate apartments . . . in the same building . . . on the same floor . . . with the same layout!

With an artist mother and extensive travels, it’s no wonder both sisters developed an eye for design.  Antonia, the younger of the two sisters, tends to be more impulsive in her decorating, setting out without a master plan and picking up pieces she loves as she goes along – the result is an eclectic, lived-in look with a somewhat masculine edge.  Victoria, on the other hand, takes a more meticulous approach to designing, identifying her key pieces and building a design plan around them for a look that is tailored yet youthful.

{ Living / Dining }

Many of the key elements of each sister’s space are the same – pattern (particularly zebra), splashes of turquoise, glass-topped coffee tables, furniture arrangement, upholstered stools (in zebra!) in front of the fireplace, and bold artwork.

{ Powder Room }

However, their tastes quickly diverge as Antonia prefers what the article’s author, Shawn Gauthier, describes as a “Parisian sensibility married to a chic eclecticism” while Victoria gravitates toward a “1950s Palm Beach vibe infused with a classic, mid-century vision”.

{ Kitchen }

This difference in design sensibilities is striking when their renovated kitchens are compared side by side.  Antonia’s is a picture of function and utility, from the hanging pots and butcher block countertop to the commercial-sized refrigerator – reminiscent of Parisian kitchens and industrial chic.  Victoria, on the other hand, injects a bit of glamour into her hard-working kitchen with penny tile and turquoise cabinet interiors.

{ Bedroom }

Both sisters designed soothing bedrooms, but Victoria’s is feminine and somewhat traditional while Antonia’s leans a bit more eclectic and muted.

{ Home Office }

From the floor plan above, it appears that both sisters have chosen to use their somewhat awkward dining areas as home offices – a great use of space as their living rooms are more than large enough to accommodate dining tables.

{ Bookcase }

Both sisters chose to paint the backs of their bookcases, a trend that really serves to highlight the styling of the shelves.  {Check out Averill’s great post on this subject for more discussion & gorgeous inspiration pics.}

{ Living Room }

Ottomans upholstered in zebra fabric?  Yes please!  These are girls after my own heart with their love of zebra and turquoise.

So what do you guys think?  They both created unique spaces that are filled with personality and special touches.  Do you have a favorite?

To see full-sized images of each sister’s apartment, click here for Antonia and here for Victoria.  All images originally from Lonny Magazine.

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  1. christy says:

    I’ve never heard of Lonny (I think), but I just love your recap of this article. I love both of their apartments, but if I had to choose just one to love, I’d pick Victoria’s. Her wallpaper in her powder room is just awesome. And her glass fronted, painted kitchen cabinets are just my style – love them!

    Is it an online only magazine? And you said you can see the cover if you’re not a professional – what magazines can’t you see the cover of? I subscribe to the print versions of just two – Elle Decor and Architectural Digest, and I get the covers…just wondering!

    • Liz says:


      Ha, sorry, I wasn’t clear about that! When I said that you don’t have to be a professional designer to get the cover of the magazine, I meant that you don’t have to be a professional to BE on the cover. I totally should have clarified! I think I’ll go back and edit that. :)

      Yes, it is an online only magazine! It is in the third issue, and it’s pretty great. I think you’d like it!

      ~ Liz

  2. christy says:

    Ahh – that makes sense! ha! I’ve been meaning to ask you – are you going to BlogHer in NYC this August? I am and I would LOVE to meet you in person!

  3. Meredith says:

    Cool article. They are both great looking spaces, but I’m giving the nod to Antonia! I agree about the zebra fabric, and that fireplace looks terrific too!

  4. Averill says:

    So I totally bailed on the issue before I got to this spread and I’m going to have to go back and look at this one because it’s GORGEOUS! I love both designs and I love how you can compare two identical apartments done two totally different ways. I gotta say that I realy love what Victoria did in particular. The turquoise interiors of her kitchen cabinets are swoon-worthy and I love all the bright colors and geometric patterns. Fabulous!
    .-= Averill´s last blog post ..Weekend Update: Credenza Completed! =-.

  5. Jessie says:

    So when do we get to see the side-by-side pics of Liz and Caroline’s spaces?

    • Liz says:


      Ha, wouldn’t that be fun?! We definitely have different styles – and her home in Uptown is on the market right now so I KNOW it’s looking in seriously great shape. I’m not sure I want to take on that competition! :)

      ~ Liz