Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tinsley Mortimer’s Super Glam Glam NYC Apartments

In 2008, Harper’s Bazaar photographed the picture-perfect New York City Upper East Side apartment Tinsley Mortimer shared with her picture-perfect (former) husband Topper. After a shocking split in 2009, Tinsley moved to Chelsea, stared in a reality TV show called “High Society” (RIP) and wrote an adorable book “Southern Charm” described as a as a “pink Ladurée macaron of a novel” by The New York Times.  

Born to an old-guard Virginia family, Tinsley’s Southern roots are apparent in her decorating style. I absolutely love every single detail of her apartments!  I am also crazy about her self-proclaimed “girly girl” atire.  Let’s take a look inside!

First, here is Tinsley’s classic Upper East Side apartment.

Tinsley lounges on her Brunschwig & Fils sofa, flanked by Scalamandré- fabric floral chairs, chairs with Clarence House blue velvet, and a glass coffee table from Mrs. MacDougall at Hinson & Company. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

“I like pretty things around. I like it to be prissed up. Then I feel at least something is sane in my life,” said Tinsley.

These French chairs, upholstered in China Rose by Scalamandré are divine. I actually have a near-identical pair that I am thinking of recovering in this fabulous fabric for our entryway! Image courtesy of This is Glamorous
Wedding pictures and family heirlooms grace an 18th-century marble-top chest. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
I love the mix of colors found in the Mortimers' living room. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
This china-and-crystal place setting by William Yeoward is positively exquisite. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Tinsley poses in the entrance of her dining room against suede Hinson & Company walls. Silver de Gournay wallpaper graces the dining room. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
This dining room is so elegant and refined. Image courtesy of Chinoiserie Chic

Tinsley's treasures (from Lia Sophia cuffs to Amedeo by M+M Scognamiglio cameos) are kept in a Smythson of Bond Street case. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Tinsley’s closet, covered in Scalamandré’s Chi'En Dragon. A Badgley Mischka deco dress hangs on the door. Image courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Tinsley tempts her Chihuahuas Bebe and Bella with a plate of pasta on her Schweitzer Linen monogrammed sheets. Her Scalamandré-covered headboard is by Joseph Hercules.

SIDE NOTE: How cute are those Chihuahuas?  Here is my three-pound bundle of joy, Phoebe!  Phoebe Chihuahua, adopted last spring, currently serves as editor of The Glam Pad. :)
Mocha walls, Federal convex mirror, mirrored sconce, antique dresser, chintz and animal print upholstery. Image via Pinterest 
Image courtesy of The Decorista

And here is Tinsley’s current Chelsea apartment!
Image via my iPhone – from HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home” 

“The overall theme of my apartment is color mixed with traditional elements. I also love a lot of Asian influence, so with the foo dogs, the blue and white Chinese porcelain, as well as a lot of the fabric choices that I have are also very Asian-inspired,” said Tinsley.  
This is an older picture of Tinsley’s entryway via Pinterest. Looks like she swapped out the Peacock wallpaper for the more neutral Grass cloth above.  Which do you prefer? Click here to see an interview Vogue conducted with Tinsley, and note the Peacock wallpaper. 

Image courtesy of The New York Times

Bella, Bebe and Bambi (a rescue Chihuahua). Pillows are covered in Scalamandré’s Le Tigre. Image courtesy of Chinoiserie Chic
Tinsley loves her Chi Chis!! Via Animal Fair
Image via Pinterest

  Image via my iPhone – from HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home”
Image via my iPhone – from HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home”
I love this peacock blue upholstery, by Clarence House.  The table is covered in Scalamandré’s Chi'En Dragon. Image courtesy of Chinoiserie Chic
Thomas Garland Tinsley, Tinsley’s great-great-great grandfather and namesake. Image via my iPhone – from HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home”
Tinsley’s red and black Chinoiserie kitchen. Image via my iPhone – from HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home”
Image via Hoot Magazine - Note the light blue wall.
The rug is by Madeline Weinrib, and the pattern is called Megan. Note the white walls. Image courtesy of The Decorista
Here is Tinsley’s bedroom painted in navy, as featured on HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home.” Which of the three paint selections do you prefer?  The light blue, white or navy?
Here are those precious Chihuahuas again!
I always feed Phoebe treats out of a sterling silver bowl! ;) PeopleMagazine
I’d be jumping up and down with joy too, if I had this de Gournay wallpaper in my home! Image courtesy of TinsleyMortimer.com.

What do you think of Tinsley’s décor? I think it is perfection, and I will be copying a few of her fabric selections and color combinations!


  1. Beautiful home, you have excellent taste!

    1. Thank you, Tabitha! :) I've read that Tinsley's mother is an interior decorator, and it appears as though Tinsley inherited her style!

  2. Love this! I would take all of her abodes in a heartbeat!

  3. this is so luxurious. Love the color combination of this apartment its perfect could not get my eyes of it

  4. Its very informative and interesting post. The apartment are looking really nice. I am also looking for glam apartment in USA. Your information is so useful for me. Thanks for sharing this information.


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