Lee Radziwill’s Iconic Interiors Are a Master Class in Textiles

Jackie O.’s sister was famed for her homes—from New York to London and beyond. Here’s how you can replicate some of her most notable fabrics.

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Cecil Beaton

Lee Radziwill was a woman of many talents. She flawlessly navigated New York and European high society, brushed shoulders with the political elite, and served as a muse to such legendary artists, writers, and designers as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, and Giorgio Armani. And it was Radziwill who, with her inimitable style, helped transform her sister, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, into a fashion icon.

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This month, Radziwill’s collection—which includes furniture, fine art, and photography from her New York and Paris homes—is being offered as a highlight of Christie’s Collector Week sales in New York. But there’s more than one way to achieve Radziwill-esque interiors. Here, we showcase some of her most notable rooms and fabrics—and show you how to get the look.

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1 Buckinghamshire Entrance Hall
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Horst P. Horst

In the entrance hall of Radziwill’s estate in Buckinghamshire, England, the walls are sheathed in a silk shantung wallpaper, and the chair is covered in a floral motif.

For similar chair upholstery, try Scalamandré’s Andrew Jackson Floral in Multi on Chocolate.

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2 Buckinghamshire Living Room
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Horst P. Horst

A circa-1971 portrait of Radziwill in the living room of her English estate, where the sofa and walls are covered in a matching floral print.

To get the look, try Brunschwig & Fils’s Menars II in Meadow.

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3 Buckinghamshire Turquerie Room
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Cecil Beaton

An iconic photograph of Radziwill and her daughter, Anna Christina, on an upholstered divan in the Turquerie Room.

To get the look, try Lee Jofa’s Tetbury in Rose/Aqua.

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4 Buckinghamshire Bedroom
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Horst P. Horst

A silk taffeta quilt dresses the canopy bed in Radziwill’s pink bedroom at her English estate. The walls and chair are covered in a check.

For a similar wallcovering, try Fabricut’s 03968 check in Coral.

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5 New York City Dining Room
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Johansen Krause

The dining room of Radziwill’s Upper East Side apartment features a Milanese silk on the walls and window shade.

To get the look, try Dedar’s Ray in Col. 007.

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6 New York City Living Room
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Johansen Krause

The living room is a slight departure from Radziwill’s use of prints—the custom sofas and ottoman show off a more neutral palette.

For similar upholstery, try Schumacher’s Faux Bois Linen in Platinum.

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7 New York City Library
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Johansen Krause

In the library of Radziwill’s Manhattan apartment, the walls and sofa are covered in a Le Manach fabric.

Le Manach’s Les Elephants is currently available in two colorways.

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8 New York City Sitting Room
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Johansen Krause

Radziwill custom designed the sitting room’s daybed, which, like the walls and curtains, is in a vintage Rubelli stripe.

To get the look, try Rubelli’s Daisy in Rosso-Fuxia.

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