Earlier this year, Olsen called advertisement for a photo shoot inside his home in Dutchess County, New York, which he saw as a great opportunity to be daring. “Because this is my home, I’ve been able to experiment with ideas that my decorating clients might not have,” says Olsen. Here, a behind-the-scenes look at Olsen’s property, and an exclusive look at his bold choices—and how you can replicate this cool technology in our home.
1. The wall art matches the bedding
In his master bedroom, Olsen sought to incorporate American quilt motifs to pay homage to Gloria Vanderbilt’s patchwork bedroom, which Vogue magazine It was introduced in 1970. “Although I’m not usually a fan of digital prints, I was drawn to Jennifer Shortoe’s canvas because of its colors and I even had a throw made of it,” he explains. In general, Olsen leans toward the pillow-topped bed, but this time he backs away, saying, “Having the bed draped in this odd pattern was actually an exercise in self-control for me.” Olsen printed an image of his bedroom, which initially featured white walls, and sketched a checkered concept for the walls and ceilings before bringing in artist Chris Pearson. “Chris is a mathematical genius and he designed the design, so it’s as if the bed cover print has been applied to the walls with huge chunks of it erased,” Olsen explains. “It’s a bit like falling asleep in Tetris, and I love it!”