By honoring the past and embracing the future, Elizabeth Roberts has made a name for herself (and her eponymous design firm), transforming centuries-old brownstones into sunny, eclectic, and comfortable spaces (including Athena Calderone's stunning new abode). A trademark of her projects is open, airy kitchens that you want to lounge in “even when you’re not cooking,” she says. Some, including her own, have wood-burning grills. But all exemplify the mom and California native’s clean designs and clear sense of order: “You don’t need to be told where to put your shoes or find the silverware,” she says. Roberts, who has also created stores for designers Ulla Johnson and Rachel Comey, often dresses in black, throwing chic blazers over dresses or reaching for loose, elegant suits by the Swedish brand Rodebjer. Pragmatic and polished—we’d expect nothing less.
“My style mantra: Classic professional meets comfort, with a twist of originality.”
Elsa Peretti Bean pendant, $400, tiffany.com.
“My mother gave me this necklace nine years ago. I haven’t taken it off since."
Warby Parker Wyatt sunglasses, from $145, warbyparker.com.
“Stylish and so easy to replace.”
Uniqlo cashmere turtleneck, $80, uniqlo.com.
“I prefer a turtleneck to a bulky scarf any day. I buy a pile of these at the beginning of the season.”
Vintage Eva Zeisel Fantasy Series by Hall China, from $15, replacements.com.
“The line drawing on each dish’s clean shape is a lovely juxtaposition.”
Flos String Lights Cone pendant, from $695, usa.flos.com.
“It’s a three-dimensional drawing in space.”
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30, from $16 for 1 oz., kiehls.com.
“I use it daily. It’s very moisturizing.”
Fresh Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, $24, fresh.com.
“I love that I don’t have to reapply it much.”
Escentric Molecules 01 fragrance, $135, barneys.com.
“It smells perfect—fresh, but not floral and not musky.”
Only Hearts Feather Weight Rib bralette, $65, onlyhearts.com.
“It’s incredibly comfortable and simple.”
Levi’s 501 Taper jeans, $90, zappos.com.
“I’ve been wearing Levi’s since high school, when I had to peg them myself.”
Sonos One speaker, $199, sonos.com.
“I have these everywhere I live and work.”
Benjamin Moore paint in Dark Purple, Salamander, and Bold Blue, benjaminmoore.com.
“They’re the colors I use most in my home, along with safety yellow with a white background.”
Keenan Polich jewelry box, $240, quietstorms.com.
“At night, I put my ring and earrings in here. It was designed by a former colleague.”
1979 Masayuki Matsukaze for Kartell chairs, liveauctioneers.com.
“I have a soft spot for watching furniture auctions on my phone and purchasing pieces like these chairs, my favorites.”
“I like midcentury furniture that’s not easily identifiable, mixed with eccentric pieces, hippie accents, and a bit of current Danish design, too.”
Heath candleholder, in White, $20, heathceramics.com.
“I prefer low candles. They feel more casual.”
Love Poems, by Pablo Neruda, New Directions, 2008; $12, indiebound.com.
“It’s always on my nightstand.”