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Elizabeth Brown, CEO, Viyet

August 31st, 2017 | by Alison Burwell|,

Elizabeth is the Chief Executive Officer of Viyet, the premiere online marketplace for buying and consigning designer furniture.  Here, Elizabeth gives us a look inside her high style New York apartment designed by Margaret Ash and discusses all things jewelry.

What is your signature piece of jewelry?

This changes every few months, but right now I have been wearing a pair of Ippolita diamond pave flower studs I received as a gift almost daily.

Who is your jewelry style icon?

My mother. She has the most amazing collection of timeless, classic jewelry and looks equally elegant in diamonds as she does in costume jewelry.

 

[A worldly wall mural in the dining room of a New York apartment Zuber et Cie’s El Dorado wall covering was removed from the dining room of Viyet CEO Elizabeth Brown’s childhood home in South Carolina and installed by Scenic Wallpaper’s John Nalewaja and Jim Francis in her New York apartment, designed by Margaret Ash. A custom-made dining table in ebonized walnut is flanked by Nella Vetrina dining chairs upholstered in flaxen wool.]

 

Architect Suzie Mariniello of MS Architecture & Design gutted the galley kitchen, opening up the space to a light-filled living and dining area. A painting by Leora Armstrong from Gerald Bland hangs above a brass bar cart.

[Architect Suzie Mariniello of MS Architecture & Design gutted the galley kitchen, opening up the space to a light-filled living and dining area. A painting by Leora Armstrong from Gerald Bland hangs above a brass bar cart.]

 

For you, what makes a fashion collection or a particular design impactful?

Personally, I love simple, streamlined forms that are timeless and don’t necessarily follow trends. I don’t own a lot of patterns or bright colors – 80% of my wardrobe is black, white or grey.

And what makes a piece of jewelry impactful?

Similarly, I love simple, organic shapes that aren’t too fussy or loud.

When it comes to jewelry, more is more or less is more? Why?

Less is more. I’m a big proponent of fewer, more special things, especially when it comes to jewelry.

 

Brown and Ash found many of the home’s furnishings on Viyet. “I was constantly scouring our website and quizzing our curators in the field,” says Brown. “I was able to find some amazing heirloom-quality pieces, like our Baker sofa, Nella Vetrina dining chairs, and Julian Chichester cocktail table for far less than they would sell for retail.”

[Brown and Ash found many of the home’s furnishings on Viyet. “I was constantly scouring our website and quizzing our curators in the field,” says Brown. “I was able to find some amazing heirloom-quality pieces, like our Baker sofa, Nella Vetrina dining chairs, and Julian Chichester cocktail table for far less than they would sell for retail.]

 

Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?

A diamond pinkie ring from the 40s. It belonged to my grandmother and I inherited it after she passed away a few years ago. I’ve never worn it, but every time I see it in my jewelry box it makes me smile. She is the only person I’ve ever met that could pull off wearing a different diamond ring on every finger and still look incredibly chic.

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