For our celebrity shopping feature this week, we spoke with skin-care founder Linda Rodin, whose new fragrance, Rodin 3 Eau de Toilette, is now available. When she agreed to a video tour of her Chelsea apartment, we knew we’d be arriving at the home of someone with extraordinary taste. We didn’t know just …how many tasteful things she’d accumulated. Here, a special edition — you might call it an extended cut — of all the things Linda Rodin can’t live without.
So many things around the apartment are John Derian — this big Indian cabinet I have in the kitchen, or this poodle plate I just bought (doesn’t it remind you of Winky?). I’ve just been going there for years, and I always manage to find something that I’ll love and want to bring back.
My fridge came from a store that no longer exists that used to be on 18th Street. It actually just sold refrigerators. They had all their stock outside; and one day I was walking outside, I saw the color of the fridge, and I said, “I want that one.”
This couch was a floor model I think. I just walked in and walked out with it. We call it the Blue Couch [editor’s note: The exact shade of blue can be customized in-store], and even did a series on it for Instagram. I like to come here in the afternoon when the light comes in and it’s really beautiful. My dog, Winky, has peed all over it, but it’s still super comfortable.
My friend Soraya Silchenstedt makes jewelry. She’s a very dear friend; I met her by accident in a ladies’ room at Pier 59. I said, “I love your necklace,” and that was it. That was probably ten years ago.
This is the latest and the greatest. It’s made by a company called Full Circle, and it’s so you don’t have to use Ziploc bags that you end up throwing out. You can wash these out, and they keep produce fresh. I sound like I’m on a TV commercial.
I got that bag because it’s the perfect size. It fits everything. You can shove it under the airplane seat in front of you and it’s fine, too. It’s good for newspapers and magazines, and your phone and toiletries. I use it when I travel.
My oven doesn’t work very well, but I like to make toast, so I got myself this Breville. It’s a cute one.
I discovered these at Il Buco Alimentari, which I just love; they have almost everything I want. These are crackers, but they’re like cake somehow. They’re savory and sweet at the same time. They have a mealy texture to them. I eat them plain — no jam or anything.
The magic honey, I call it. It’s from New Zealand — I was there this past summer, but I’ve been eating it for years. It’s very, very expensive and is basically medicine. I put it on a spoon and just swallow it. It’s very good.
I had a really bad back for a while, and I was seeing a doctor who told me what bed to buy, and she was completely right. It’s made all the difference.
I hate to say it, but I love to say it — all I use are my own products. So I have the face oil, body oil, hair oil, a cleanser, lipstick, and perfume. We have a new perfume launching at Barneys that I’m very excited about right now. I’m proud of it.
I take a bath every night and Winky sits by my side. Sometimes, he throws his dirty toys in — which is not good — and he just lets me relax, so I really just stare into space. I think taking a bath is the most relaxing, and for me, necessary. I don’t like to shower. I got this bath brush [editor’s note: Rodin’s exact brush is unavailable Stateside] at Tokyu Hands and use it every day. It’s a real rub-a-dub-dub situation.
These flower pillows are on my bed and on the sofa in my living room — again, I like flowers, and these are a nice way of incorporating them into the décor. I have them in blue and red, too.
I do have a watch occasionally. I’ll always bring my Timex with me on a plane, so I know what time it is — I like to keep it in my pocket. I don’t really wear it. It’s like a pocket watch to me. I have an Hermès and other nicer watches, but I don’t bring those along because I’d be too upset if anything happened to them.
I buy lots and lots of things from Westwind Orchard. They have the best organic eggs — I’m an egg addict— and the most divine raspberry chocolate. I love this raw honey so much, and they make great jams, too.
Jack started the Actors Studio in Los Angeles and was an acting coach for James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, and he was doing a seminar that I went to. Now, we’re dear friends. It’s actually a brilliant book whether you’re acting or not because you get the history of his life, which is fascinating.
This is what I was wearing when you guys visited. It fits perfectly — you wouldn’t know what brand it is just by looking at it. Nice basics at that store.
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