Carole Radziwill may be the most reserved cast member on Real Housewives of New York, but her newly redecorated SoHo apartment is pure glamour.
“I had this notion that I was planning to get dinner celebrations,” she muses in a new feature on archdigest.com. “But you know what, I’m not this woman. I really don’t love with a whole lot of folks over. I am the woman who’s going to go home, closed her door, and also maintain isolation, surrounded by amazing things.”
Some of those beautiful things include a collection of Swarovski crystal animals, a tufted banquette that’s modeled on the booths in New York nightclub Bungalow 8, and one very famous 50-year-old sofa.
RHONY fans will remember, Radziwill frantically flipping the cushions to hide the threadbare parts of its tiger-striped fabric from her cast mates during filming. She later revealed to Andy Cohen that the sofa had gotten some work done between seasons on an episode of Watch What Happens Live. It’s now upholstered in blue velvet.
“I’ve had it in my entire life for 27 decades,” she reflects. “Not only can it be a wonderful sofa–the very stunning, the very comfortable–it’s a great deal of memories tucked right to it. It is a slice of history.”
It also has some serious historical cred.
The couch belonged to Carole’s mother-in-law and the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill. Originally purchased in the 1960s, AD points out that over the years it has appeared in the pages of Vogue and Elle Decor.
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But the veteran journalist doesn’t let the weight of history interfere with her light-hearted decor, which she executed with help from designer John Bossard, or her presence on a show known for being a touch over the top.
“I have consistently approached Housewives for a comedy,” she says. “In years past sometimes, it felt as though everyone else was about a play. This season was humor that is real–and audiences reacted. Given of the darkness in our culture people need to laugh. Luann falling to the footprints gave me life.”