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A Possession Obsession: Lela Rose

A Possession Obsession: Lela Rose

To a Texas-born lady like fashion designer Lela Rose, a mother's influence in life is steadfast. It only follows that her most treasured possession is a set of chairs handed down via her mother, and her grandmother before that, now installed in the Tribeca, New York home Rose shares with her husband and two children. Take a peek.

Tell us how you came to own this precious object.
My mother gave me these chairs and she got them from her mother. I love that they have been in all of our homes and have looked completely different in each one.

How do you live with your heirloom?
They serve as a glamorous focal point of my living area. I have the chairs covered in a fabric that was hand embroidered with thread and paillettes. It's fun to have something with a little sparkle to sit on!

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
Hands down—my mother. She will always be an inspiration and I find I have to have her approval, even still.

Fill in the blank. Whenever I look at [blank] I can’t help but smile.
My adorable dog.

What’s the best part of your day?
Coming home to my kids at the end of the day and getting hugs.

What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever received?
A Christmas gift from when I was a little girl. My mother would do a “string” gift every year, where I would unwrap a little box and inside would be a string. I would have to follow the string winding around the house to my actual gift. My favorite year was when she had hidden 15 Steiff animals in a tree. I still own all of these Steiff animals and use them to decorate my own Christmas tree.

What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you 10 years from now?
My husband just bought me a work of art by Pae White. It stops me in my tracks every time I see it and hope it will continue to do so for many years to come.