Sustainable living is one of the hottest topics amidst the design and production industries of late. A sizeable and often contentious subject, there are differing opinions and suggestions of how we must all live more sustainably. With so much to consider, we take a closer look at what it might mean to live sustainably in the here and now; why, where and how – and we speak with those from the interiors industry to gain insider insight.


“We went back and forth about including the Frida Kahlo portrait in this photo before deciding to make it a strong focus. This is a stately home in the Hudson River valley, and the owner decorated it in an exciting mix of styles and color. We needed to finesse things a bit —”no matter how big the room, furniture will always need adjustment to make sense from the camera’s point of view. The stylist and creative director, Anthony D’Argenzio, brought in the inspired flower arrangement that supported the color in the room.”


Tara Benet Design caught Kate Hudson’s eye when she and partner Danny Fujikawa toured a duplex at 106 Franklin Street staged by the firm. The actress and entrepreneur known for her easy style was the perfect match for Tara Benet Design’s elegant staging, which makes the most of the home’s open chef’s kitchen and expansive great room with tasteful items informed by Benet’s painterly eye. The bar stools and exposed-filament bulbs accentuate the kitchen’s rustic charm, while the neutral sectional on the home’s private patio complements the exposed red brick and green ivy that make the outdoor space pop.

One Beacon Court by Tara Benet, Design Milk

Interior designer Tara Benet put her stamp on a classic glass-box apartment at One Beacon Court, bringing the minimalist interior, with its spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the heart of Manhattan, to life with the help of art adviser Kati Lovaas. Together, the pair selected large, stark pieces to pop out of the home’s white walls, including a massive green “X” from Philippe Decrauzat and a breathtaking painting by Gardar Eide Einarsson that covers nearly an entire wall in vibrant red. Benet’s choices of furnishings complement these bold pieces, with mostly white cabinetry and seating punctuated by bright reds and blues that please the eye without distracting from the unbeatable views outside.

A Legacy, Interiors + Sources

Interior designer Tara Benet has been specifying B&B Italia furniture since she began working as an interior designer, so being hired by the luxury furniture firm to design their showrooms was a natural fit. Design with Purpose spoke with Benet to get the scoop on Backstage, the latest innovation in casegoods that integrates lighting, storage, and style into a full closet system. “Clients drawn to B&B Italia are drawn to the same luxury in dressing themselves,” said Benet, indicating the ease with which Backstage allows users to view their clothing and themselves. “It offers a way to see yourself that inspires you and helps you show yourself to the world.”

ASPIRESIDE Chat: Revitalization, Aspire

Aspire asked Tara Benet about her nighttime routine for a feature about the evening rituals of creatives. Before bed, the accomplished interior designer unwinds in her TV room with a mug of herbal tea or a glass of wine. “I don’t keep a TV in my bedroom,” said Benet, who generally falls asleep quickly after tiring days running around job sites. Benet’s bedroom is nestled deep within her Upper West Side triplex, where a sound machine distracts her from her Shih Tzu’s snoring while she sleeps between eight and nine hours a night.

Why herringbone is hot in home design, The Telegram

Interior designer Tara Benet helped The Telegram understand why so many upscale homes are featuring the eye-catching herringbone pattern in their wood and tile floors. The pattern, inspired by its namesake’s geometrically arranged scales, dates back to the Roman Empire. It is seeing a resurgence due to “a desire to bring in natural looks and materials that have a sense of tradition,” according to Benet. “Mixing old with new and modern with traditional is a way to create a space with character,” says Benet, who has seen the pattern applied to everything from hardwood floors to tile, fabrics, and wallpapers.