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“These are the chicest things. For one, they’re practical, and I have a big thing for function—I hate things that are pretty but don’t really work. These are hefty and will really hold your books. To me, they harken to the glamorous ’70s.”
Dara Caponigro is, to put it mildly, a longtime interior design enthusiast. For her 13th birthday gift, she asked to redecorate her room. At 16, she requested a dollhouse, which she then decorated obsessively, often laboring until three in the morning. “My mom was a decorator and I grew up in a modernist house, but later I worked as an antiques dealer so I have a real appreciation for both modern and classical pieces,” says Caponigro. “I never get bored of the world of design and decoration.”
Her passion and experience have served her well throughout her 25-plus years as a design editor, most recently as editor-in-chief of Veranda. The magazine’s aesthetic perfectly matches her own personal style, notes Caponigro.
“There’s a classical backbone that threads through, even as things veer more toward modern or more toward traditional,” she says. That credo also guided her recent shopping trip through Dering Hall. “I love modern things that show knowledge of what came before, like the Hacienda Headboard or the Varenne Chair from Casamidy.”
She also favors pieces that are both functional and lovely to look at, at every scale-whether a bar cart or a pair of Lucite bookends. “I’m a big believer in utilitarian objects being beautiful,” she says. “At home, even my stapler is nice!”
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