Buatta Works on Mariah's New York Nursery

>> Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mario Buatta, the prankish interior designer long known as the Prince of Chintz, is celebrating his 50th year in business. All sorts of honors are accruing to him, including the renaming of the materials library at the New York School of Interior Design as the Mario Buatta Atelier.

The New York Times caught up with Mr. Buatta, 75, one evening recently after having spent the day working on Mariah Carey's apartment, which he first decorated in the late 1990s.

He says of the project he is currently working on, "Mariah Carey's nursery. She's having twins. I was in there today. I'd done the apartment years ago, and it's all just the same, like a museum. She doesn't entertain there. She likes the surroundings to be private. People like her, their homes are the one place they can say, 'This is mine and no one is seeing it.'



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