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A chenille sofa, wider than most streets in Milan, is lavished with beaver-pelt pillows dripping suede fringe and blanketed by a huge coyote throw.A chair by Milo Baughman is covered in the same buttery suede Atwood uses for shoes and handbags.Chicago designer Nate Berkus recently decorated the apartment in Milan that he shares with designer Brian Atwood. Martinique Wallpaper and vintage Pace Collection Chairs3. Vintage Arredoluce floor lamp and B&B Italia sofa5. Check out the article and full slideshow of fantastic photos by Simon Upton at Elle Decor online or in the April 2009 issue.Elle Decor takes a long look at the place and from the Milo Baughman chair (covered in suede that Atwood uses in his shoe designs) to the Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper in the dining area to the Farrah Fawcett poster, it is a very chic modern space with some serious nods to the past. Though he is known to obsess over shoe shapes ("I can't stand an elongated pointy toe!
Less pressing to Atwood was the search for furnishings.We could do without the ashy cornflower blue paint on the cabinets and yellow walls always make us feel like we’re headed towards insanity but we’d pee our pants with glee if we had a closet that looked even half a organized and Mister in New York City’s West Village.He decorated the wee pad and, natch, it was featured on Oprah’s program, in a magazine or two and on scads of shelter and design blogs.As the place took on its present modern guise, the old bones of the building were not so much broken down as buffed to a high sheen."I really wanted to keep the European flavor," Atwood says, pointing out the handsome moldings and parquet floors that glisten as if they have been glazed with honey.