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The Elegant Life: Rooms that Welcome and Inspire with Alex Papachristidis

This is the fourth and final program in the Great Homes and Gardens lecture series.

Cover of the book The Elegant LifeKnown for his interesting mix of elegant and modern styles that he masterfully assembles to create timeless spaces, Alex Papachristidis has evolved his decorating over the past decade, with the incorporation of more artisanal furniture and artwork. His new book, The Elegant Life: Rooms That Welcome and Inspire (2022), profiles a wide array of arresting projects, including a luxe, modern beach house decorated in gold, silver, and white; a Manhattan home that has a vivid lavender-and-blue palette; and a colorful “bohemian” apartment incorporating mid-century furniture. Each project presents the varied ways he makes spaces versatile to share with family and friends—from cozy seating areas to games tables.


This lecture will be presented in the theater in the Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center and will be livestreamed via Zoom. Visitors can submit questions for the speaker from any location.

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5:30-6:30 p.m. | Explore Hillwood
•    Enjoy Hillwood’s mansion, gardens, greenhouse, and Determined Women: Collectors, Artists, and Designers at Hillwood
•    Find the perfect memento from your visit at the museum shop
•    Receive a 10% discount in the museum store on regularly priced merchandise when you attend the lecture in-person! This offer extends only to those individuals attending in person on the day of the event and does not include online or telephone purchases.
•    Members will also receive an extra 10% off regularly priced merchandise when they attend in person on the day of the event. This offer does not extend to online or telephone purchases.
6-6:30 p.m. | Members-only wine and cheese reception. Join today!
6:30-7:30 p.m. | Lecture
7:30 p.m. | Book signing. The Elegant Life is available in the museum shop.


Alex Papachristidis headshotThe work of interior decorator Alex Papachristidis has been described as thoughtful, personal, sophisticated, and eclectic. Having mastered the skill of fusing modern and traditional elements, editors, designers, and clients alike use the word “fresh” to define his elegant approach, color palette, and the delightful details that make even a small room sizzle with style. Born and raised in New York City, Alex Papachristidis traveled widely in his youth, helping to cultivate his eye for interior decorating. 

Papachristidis established his own firm in 1987, and today, is known for arresting, elegant interiors that meld classical motifs with a modern perspective and sophisticated details.

Alex Papachristidis’ work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, InStyle and The New York Times. He has also been featured in a number of published works, and in 2012, his own book The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis was published by Rizzoli, garnering praise from readers and critics alike. Papachristidis was named to the 2017 AD100 List, Elle Décor’s “A-List of 25 Interior Designers” and for several years in a row has been on the NY Spaces’ “Top 50 Designers List.”


Escape February’s dreariness and immerse yourself in the stories of extraordinary homes, lush gardens, and the people who brought them to life, in this four-part lecture series.

Visitors can attend and ask questions whether they choose to come in person or join the livestream from the comfort of home; questions will be taken from all locations.

Thursday, February 9: America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes through the Ages with John Tschirch
Wednesday, February 15: Black Flora: Profiles of Inspiring Black Flower Farmers + Florists with Teri Speight
Tuesday, February 21: More is More is More: Today’s Maximalist Interiors with Carl Dellatore
Thursday, March 2: The Elegant Life: Rooms That Welcome and Inspire with Alex Papachristidis


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Escape February's dreariness and immerse yourself in the stories of extraordinary homes, lush gardens, and the people who brought them to life, in this four-part lecture series.