The year was 2003 when Anne Hepfer opened her first design studio in Manhattan. Her cosmopolitan interiors, rich with textures and the fusion of tradition and vision, caught the eyes of the Hamptons crowd. Now based in Toronto, she’s often tapped to brighten the living spaces of high-profile business people and celebrities around the world. Her collection of playfully sophisticated interior decor debuted in 2013, and she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Designers.
While she loves white because it goes with everything, Hepfer is an acknowledged ‘colour queen.’ Her favourite hue? Right now, lemon sorbet tops the list. “We live in a world filled with colours that bring us joy. Why wouldn’t we put them into our homes?” In California, Hepfer filled a room with “the hues of the sky at dusk on San Francisco Bay. It’s the prettiest room at dusk. You can look out these massive windows onto the Bay and everything is bathed in hazy purples.”
Among Anne Hepfer’s must-haves is D. Porthault's Pois de Senteur cotton voile handkerchief. Liya Kebede’s gossamer cotton scarf goes with a navy cotton puff-sleeve blazer from J. Crew, for a cultured mien. An Anita Ko Leaf 18-karat gold and diamond bracelet plus outsized Ronde Solo de Cartier watch — “flat on my wrist, clean and comfortable” — is her preferred style. Hepfer can’t resist Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Colors and a spritz of Robert Piguet Fracas perfume before a romantic night out.
“Travelling is my passion,” says Hepfer. Spot her near or far with a pair of Tom Ford Campbell Shiny Square sunglasses and a Salvatore Ferragamo Continental wallet — a practical luxury she buys recurrently. “I live in jeans most of the year,” says the artist and successful businesswoman who loves the barefoot feel of Chloé Scalloped Flats that go with figure-hugging denim.
Hepfer chooses a different Diptyque candle every season, for their intoxicating scents, and adores the surreal beauty of prints by Russian artist Tatiana Gorilovksy, especially “Magical Light of China.” Her favourite pieces of furniture are the ones that spring from her own imagination, like this striking X base cocktail table from her ah ha! collection.