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Fawn Galli Conquers with Color: Meet the Decorator Who Will Inspire You to Take Risks

Mixing bold velvets and dip-dyed drapery, this designer knows how to create beautiful and wildly original interiors.

Photo: Richard Powers, Courtesy of Architectural Digest

Fawn Galli's eclectic work is deeply rooted in her erudite and international background. The designer grew up in California and then went abroad to Paris and Madrid. She came back to New York to work in European furniture at Christie's. "I draw from all of these influences," says Galli. She cites the nature of rural California, the refined decorative detailing of Parisian architecture, and the artistic and cutting-edge energy of New York as sources of deep inspiration.

Fawn started her career working for design legends like Robert A.M. Stern and Peter Marino. She then launched her own business in 2007. Since then, her original work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Domino, House Beautiful and 1stdibs.

Below, we took a closer look at three of our favorite projects by Fawn Galli Interiors.

Washington Square Wonder

Photo: William Waldron, Courtesy of Elle Decor

Galli designed this beautifully layered apartment for a fashion designer, a scientist, and their young family. For the design-savvy owners, Fawn artfully pulled references and mixed textiles from the 18th Century with contemporary pieces. The result: a stylish and wildly original space that speaks to the personality of the family who lives there.

Living Room:

  • Sconces: Pair of Vintage Murano Ice Glass and Brass Wall Sconces by J.T. Kalmar from 20th Century Gallery
  • Floor Lamps: Hemi Klot Floor Lamps from Metropolis Modern
  • Area Rug: 1910 Kerman Persian Rug from Rahmanan Antique & Decorative Rugs
  • Button Stools: 1960s Vintage Button Top Stools with Lucite Base by Royle from Estate Traders
  • Stool Fabric: Old World Weavers "Hollywood Grape" in Platinum
  • Sofas: Fawn Galli Interiors Custom by Todd Merrill
  • Sofa Fabric: Rose Cumming "Pemberley Velvet" (5587/09 Blue)
  • Mini Pillow Fabric: Lauren Hwang "Brooklyn Tapestry" (Sparrow/Multi – Assembled By Mimi Fery)
  • Mini Pillow Trim: Kensington Onion Tassel Fringe for Pillows (Color 16 Orchid – Samuel & Sons)
  • Throw Pillow Fabric: Christopher Hyland "Stewart Lampas" (Assembled by Mimi Fery)
  • Throw Pillow Trim: Fluorescent Yellow from Fabric Market (B&J Fabrics)
  • Coffee Table: 1960s Bronze and Lucite Coffee Table from Eric Appel
  • Custom Infinite Love Mirror by Ivan Navarro
  • Fireplace Mantel: Westland London "Louis XVI Fireplace Mantel in Breche Violette"

Central Park Stunner

Photo Richard Powers, Courtesy of Architectural Digest

This luxurious Central Park apartment was created with a family in mind. "When Fawn walked in, she said, 'Milanese apartment with that old-world-meets-mid-century mix, even referencing the Villa Necchi Campiglio, and that was it,'" recalls the owner, referring to the home featured in the 2009 Luca Guadagnino film I Am Love. The space built for this literary family is both interesting and functional. A hallmark quality of Galli's work.


Family Funhouse 

According to Galli, "This is the house of fun times." This New Jersey home was designed with parties and playdates in mind. The decor is centered around sports and activities with a polished point of view. The scheme relies on a spirited mix of color with pops of contemporary geometrics. It is both fun and functional for a growing family.

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Photo: Costas Picadas, Courtesy of Rizzoli

To see more of Fawn's gorgeous work, you can pre-order her new book here.

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