On a recent trip to New York, my husband discovered Lafayette House, a converted 1840s brownstone in Noho. Owned by Scott McPherson and Eric Goode (known for their hip stable of nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels), Lafayette House feels more like the home of a glamorous literary giant than a hotel. McPherson makes it all look artless, but he works obsessively to achieve the perfect mix of elements. "We go to junk stores, online vintage dealers, and flea markets like Brimfield and the Rose Bowl," he says. "We try to duplicate the sensibility of homeowners who've acquired pieces over time, through travel."
Photos via Lafayette House and Flickr.