After seeing her work in the November/December 2020 issue of Veranda, I immediately wanted to learn more about Chiqui Woolworth. Chiqui spent her early childhood in Havana and New Orleans, surrounded by color and grand style. Before becoming a decorator, Chiqui commissioned Mario Buatta to decorate her former residence on Fifth Avenue. He became a longtime mentor and friend. Designer Tom Britt is another dear friend, and his bold and colorful style has also influenced Chiqui’s aesthetic. Her niece is Veronica Swanson Beard (daughter of the frozen-food scion), and Chiqui has helped decorate two of her homes. Today we will tour three homes featuring the work of Chiqui Woolworth…
1. The first is a classic eight Park Avenue apartment belonging to friends Alexandra Lind Rose and Louis Rose, featured in Veranda. Bursting with a daring mix of color and a generous dose of whimsical charm, this apartment is an absolute delight!
2. The second home is Veronica Swanson Beard’s Long Island weekend retreat, featured in the October 2016 issue of Elle Decor. In addition to Chiqui, for this project Veronica also enlisted college friend Brittany Bromley – another favorite of The Glam Pad. Veronica describes the 1865 Colonial-style farmhouse as “old-fashioned, all-American charm.” Collected and curated, it is a nostalgic nod to the homes in which they all grew up.
3. Lastly, we will tour Veronica’s Southampton home, which was featured in the June 2009 issue of Elle Decor. Chiqui and Veronica’s cousin Nena Woolworth worked together on this project, which was inspired by special memories of Palm Beach with coral-pink walls, crocodile textures, tropical prints, and sisal.
I adore Chiqui’s style and hope to see more soon!