“I ALWAYS USE CHECKS. THEY ARE SO FRIENDLY AND FRESH.” WALLPAPER Love it! The new de Gournay introduc-tions bring a fresh approach to their beautiful classic designs. I am loving the Cowtan & Tout naturals— painted designs on grass-cloth, as well as their embroidered wallpapers. PATTERNED FABRICS I often start my designs from one patterned fabric. I always use checks. They are so friendly and fresh. Romo checks are my favorites. How do you update a traditional room? I like to layer antique rugs with sea grass or sisal, add oversized art with great framing, or change out pillows, like adding a large check or velvet with wide trim. It’s also nice to mix some crusty painted wood or metal pieces with finer antiques. JEFF HERR The main living area in this luxury high-rise serves as both a gathering place and small dining room. “We wanted to stay neutral and soothing with the color palette,” says Lauren. The antique rug is from Moattar.