How to fashion-proof your house the Marc Jacobs way

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In a wide-ranging cover feature for Architectural Digest (At Home with Marc Jacobs and Neville, his Insta-Famous Bull Terrier), the designer has invited the world to share the joys of his New York city abode. There’s a giant toad seat and lily pad table set for the garden, artwork from the likes of Richard Prince, Ellsworth Kelly and Gerhard Richter, and acres of cream carpets miraculously free of paw prints from Neville. But what lessons can fashion civilians learn from this master of interiors?

A picture of Sofia Coppola hangs in a guest room
A picture of Sofia Coppola hangs in a guest room. Photograph: Francois Halard/Architectural Digest

Encourage a little friendly competition in your house guests by hanging paintings of your other best friends: who’ll be next to be immortalised with wall-portrait status? In this guest room, for example, Jacobs has an Elizabeth Peyton portrait of muse Sofia Coppola.

Mahogany closets lend a hotel-like feeling.
Mahogany closets lend a hotel-like feeling. Photograph: Francois Halard/Architectural Digest

Looking to do a tight edit on your wardrobe, shoe and or soft toy collection and still present it in a way that says, “I like living in hotels”? Mahogany closets can set things off.

Marc Jacobs’s master bathroom.
Marc Jacobs’s master bathroom. Photograph: Picturehouse 848/Francois Halard/Architectural Digest

Nothing sets off a marble tub like a Eugène Printz ceiling light, 19th-century urns on lacquer cabinets, Urban Archaeology sink mirrors or a gilded biomorphic mirror from Antoni Gaudí. What’s the take-home message here? Hang a set of old mirrors opposite each other to really give bath time that infinity and beyond feel.

Look at that climbing!! #SaturdayontheroofwithHediandNeville @nevillejacobs

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Of course, as anyone who follows either Marc Jacobs or his dog Neville on Instagram knows, it is not the first time Jacobs has opened his home to the world. Nothing says “at home with” like a set of outdoor cushions that complement your dog’s colouring.

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