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One day, Isaac Mizrahi's sisters came to his apartment and gaped at the green rug: Unbeknownst to him, it was identical to the carpet he'd grown up with. Mizrahi recounts that story while talking with longtime friend Maira Kalman about how she arrived at her design identity. For some, the path is clear. Consider Gabriel Calatrava, son of architect Santiago. Not much aesthetic rebellion going on there, but quite a bit of imagination all the same. For others, it's more tortured. Who hasn't worried about becoming too much like his or her parents? Yet, looking around our adult homes, we can’t help notice certain similarities. And if you're wondering about the sort of person who'd put a painting in the tub (that would be artist Janet Ruttenberg), just take a look at how her daughter (artist Kathy Ruttenberg) has decorated her place.

The Ruttenbergs’ Exquisite Rabbit Holes
For years, artist Kathy tried as hard as she could not to be like her mother, artist Janet. Then she happily gave up.
Santiago Calatrava's Three Sons
In the architectural family’s Upper East Side compound the middle Calatrava has put his brothers (and himself) in a wooden box.
Their Own Tenement Museum
Michael Reynolds’s grandparents lived in this East Village apartment, but they wouldn’t recognize it now.
Maira Kalman's Dream
The artist talks to longtime neighbor Isaac Mizrahi about how her Tel Aviv has influenced her New York.
Mrs. Mitchell's Rules
Some her decorator son, Hank Mitchell, has followed. Others, not so much.
Estate Planning
Ever since Cornelia Guest decided not to part with her mother C.Z.’s famous Long Island house, she's been using its past to furnish her Manhattan apartment.
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