Dramatic Fabrics,
Eclectic Touches

When the star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City isn’t stirring up drama with fellow castmates, Jill Zarin enjoys retreating to her bold and modern three-bedroom Upper East Side apartment. She recently gave iVillage a personal tour -- keep reading to learn about Jill’s design philosophy and her tips for making your own home décor fabulous.

Inside Jill Zarin's House

Seamless design

Cool blues and metallic accents give the home an airy feel, while pops of dramatic fabrics, faux paint treatments and architectural furnishings deliver the ultimate wow-factor. It certainly doesn't hurt to have stunning views of the Manhattan skyline as a consistent backdrop from one room to the next. We love the sleek yet livable atmosphere Zarin has created.

Playful zarin fabrics

Keeping it fresh

"My taste changes more often than my husband would like," she tells iVillage. It helps that all the fabrics and draperies come from the family business -- Zarin Fabrics. "I love fabric," says Zarin. "I think that's why I like to redecorate so much. I like to be constantly playing with the new fabrics." Every few years she'll tweak things here and there to keep the home feeling fresh and modern.

Jill Zarin's bedroom

Harmonious bedrooms

All the bedrooms in the home are outfitted with bedding from Jill's line. The coordinated sets mix intricate patterns with bold colors to give a very rich look -- we love that the sets are reasonably priced, too (starting as low as $125.99)!

Bedding from Jill Zarin

Jill's design advice
Design sketch

Not all of us have a hip Manhattan address, but with proper planning we, too, can create our dream home. Jill recommends creating an inspiration board before moving forward with any design plans and she advises choosing a color scheme first. If you're not sure of your design style, she suggests looking through decorating magazines and cutting out what you like. You'll start to get a sense of what your likes and dislikes are aesthetically.

Still not sure how to create a cohesive yet dramatic, eclectic vibe in your home? Check out these articles to help you get started:

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PHOTO CREDIT:  Photos of the Zarin home by Patrick Sandora for iVillage.

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Comments on "Check out Real Housewife Jill Zarin's luxe NYC apartment"

Suzanne May 29, 2011 | 11:04 AM

It is very you, love the colors and the bedrooms are gorgeous:)

jackie eckler May 22, 2011 | 6:13 PM

not my taste but not my apartment either

cattygirl May 21, 2011 | 5:08 PM

Tacky and cold looking. Figures. Agree with terry comment above, more money than taste.

Patricia May 20, 2011 | 2:26 PM

I love the colors and furniture!

Lexi May 20, 2011 | 8:31 AM

SOOOOOO PRETTY! I love the apartment. The feel of it is really cool and modern. Now i have some fantastic decorating ideas for my new place! Thanks Jill! :D

maury p May 19, 2011 | 10:22 PM

I love this apartment! There is balance and style coupled with fun and gutsy!

Terry May 19, 2011 | 6:27 PM

More money than taste.

Mona May 19, 2011 | 9:48 AM

Eclectic is one thing ... gaudy is another.

Carole Doms May 19, 2011 | 7:44 AM

Jill is struggling to create a name for herself, people don't relate to her because she is pretenious. The photo's in this article just verifies she is all about show with no real substance. Sorry, she is getting some really bad advice from her PR. or she just doesn't have sincere qualities to grab the heart's of America.

BumbleBee May 19, 2011 | 5:57 AM

YIKES! Talk about tacky! Very suburban and soul-less. There is no taste, no art, no anything but an attraction to shiny things. And btw, I don't know who wrote this, but they don't know anything about New York: The Upper Eastside is NOT a hip address. ***And not for nothing but, given her history, my guess is the positive comments here were written by Jill herself (or her assistants).

Barbara May 18, 2011 | 9:00 PM

Cluttered and imbalanced. Amateurish. Obviously Jill never has taken a class; but she didn't decorate alone - her staffers at Zarin worked it. She's a phony and half the blogs on this website are posted by her PR interns.

Deco Style? May 18, 2011 | 7:02 PM

Not a bit impressed! Tacky, tacky, and I must say it again tacky.

alice May 18, 2011 | 4:24 PM

Gaudy and hideous!

Melissa May 18, 2011 | 10:20 AM

Hi Hoosier, I think you can get Jill's bedding from Bed, Bath, & Beyond: http://www.bedbathandbeyond/search/search.aspx/jill-zarin/?sstr=jill+zarin&dim=1&nty=1& Hope this helps. :-)

Lindsay Banner May 18, 2011 | 9:07 AM

LOVE this!! Great rooms!! Thanks for sharing!!

Richard May 18, 2011 | 8:27 AM

I am just blown away by how brilliantly everything goes together! And the chandeliers are so beautiful, you really never can have enough of those! The color scheme is fantastic, comfortable and stylish. Richie Loves it!

Corina May 18, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Fun and relaxing! Beautifully done.

Miriam May 18, 2011 | 6:38 AM


lori May 18, 2011 | 5:40 AM

A tad gaudy--reminds me of my grandmother Weinstein's apartment --little jewish and flashy!!

Devlyn May 18, 2011 | 5:37 AM

The front of the apt looks like it is trapped in the 70's.

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