In Stylist Lori Goldstein’s Eclectic Country House, Anything Goes with Everything

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Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso
Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso


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“I have a motto: Anything goes with everything,” says Lori Goldstein. The veteran fashion stylist and designer created the tagline for her QVC clothing line, LOGO by Lori Goldstein, a line of separates that lend themselves to be mixed and matched. But her fashion credo applies equally to her home. “My taste is eclectic,” she continues. “I firmly believe that if you love something, it will go with something else that you love.”

That knack for the mix is apparent the moment you step into Goldstein’s country house, a 1790s stone structure with 20th-century additions seated on two acres of Philadelphia’s Main Line. In the entry hall, a tall, lanky, emerald-green grandfather clock by high modernist Tommi Parzinger shares space with a stocky and sober antique Japanese tansu chest and a zhuzhy contemporary zebra-print rug picked up at a local carpet shop. Elsewhere, other furniture, art, and objects of different eras and styles bump against each other and somehow magically click: a Kelly Wearstler cocktail table beside a cocktail table by Mies van der Rohe; a giant pair of caribou antlers juxtaposed against a glittering crystal-encrusted wall sculpture by midcentury Philadelphia artist Leonard Nelson.

Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso
Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso

“It’s like layering clothing,” muses Goldstein, who as a high-flying fashion stylist in the ’90s and early aughts worked with photographers like Steven Meisel and Annie Leibovitz, shooting for Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, and W. “You have to give yourself permission to play.”

Buying this house in horsey Berwyn, Pennsylvania, seven years ago, a hundred miles from her TriBeCa apartment, marked a major shift in Goldstein’s life and work. Goldstein had then recently begun working for QVC, which involved a demanding on-air schedule at the company’s studios in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Very quickly, Goldstein realized a hotel room just wouldn’t cut it. “In my years as a stylist, one thing I learned is that there’s really no place like home,” she explains. “No matter what incredible location you’re in, when the shoot is over you’re always trying to get on the next flight home.”

Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso
Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso

And just as she had done with her three previous homes, she turned to interior designer Joseph D’Urso. One of her closest friends, D’Urso is a New York design luminary best known for his coolly industrial, chrome-accented interiors for clients like Calvin Klein in the ’70s and ’80s. In recent years he’s been in semiretirement—he doesn’t have a website for his studio and rarely takes on new clients—but gamely launched into the house hunt. “I don’t make a move without Joe,” says a grateful Goldstein. “He knows what I like and how I live.”

As D’Urso recalls, his first impression of this house was “bleak.” Although he admired the character of its original timbered building, there was still that Formica-clad kitchen, the unattractive grilles on the living room windows, and a surprising dearth of landscaping in the yard and around the pool. But indeed, there was potential.

D’Urso designed a sleek, expanded kitchen with cabinets in black ash, removing a wall that had formed a separate dining room. He designed new built-ins and custom tables, overhauled the bathrooms, and, perhaps most notably, reassigned and reenvisioned the bedrooms upstairs to match his friend’s idiosyncrasies. “Lori likes to take baths,” he explains. “So we turned what had been the main bedroom into what we call her Tub Room.”

Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso
Photo credit: Joseph D'Urso

“Lori knows what she likes, and she trusts herself to follow her own path,” says D’Urso. “We made this house to suit her, her tastes, and her lifestyle.”

Goldstein agrees. “Since the pandemic, I’ve basically been living here full-time, and very happily,” she says. She points out the lush gardens that D’Urso planted: laurel and locust trees, myrtle, boxwoods, roses, and native flowering plants, which already look like they’ve been there forever. “This outdoor space has been a lifesaver,” she says. “It really feels like home.”

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