12 Things Designer Mario Buatta Loves

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Buatta's trips would be incomplete without a non-monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage with his own initials on top

True to his tastes, Buatta selects furniture that summons history, such as this English chinoiserie side cabinet from the Regency period.

Indulgence, for Buatta, can mean a refreshing glass of lemonade in the summertime.

Buatta appreciates the heady elegance of tuberose and jasmine.

For dressy occasions, he chooses silk ties in simple patterns paired with a chic paisley pocket square,

A paisley pocket square.

His go-to scent evokes crisp citrus and woods in Tom Ford’s Azure Lime

A silk scarf in a stripe or polka dot “for a little drama".

Buatta goes understated on jewelry with a slim wraparound watch from Hermès.

His distinctive style gets a finishing touch with a classic pair of Ferragamo tassel loafers.

He never travels without his phone and iPad.

He loves luxuriating in the traditional British opulence of the Claridges London.

There aren’t many 11-year-old boys who would spend their allowance on an 18th century lap desk — but Mario Buatta did, buying the $12 antique that would become first in his fascinating collection. But then, Mr. Buatta has never been one for following a crowd.

For over half a century, the New York-based decorator has been swathing rooms in flamboyant color and ornate detail, in resolute avoidance of the trending minimalism. Where clean lines and greige paint ruled the masses, the ‘Prince of chintz,’ as he’s affectionately come to be known, celebrates overabundance with flourish. Mr. Buatta’s unapologetically opulent English country scenes of floral and brocades, gilded paintings and drape valances, have drawn the likes of Jackie Onassis and Mariah Carey to his client list.

Dive into the gallery to get a better sense of the personal style of the man whose talents are appreciated the world over.

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