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Sofa in La Folie Du Jour Fabric, Pierre Frey; Vintage Upholstered Chairs; Black Resin and Malachite Coffee Table by Ado Chale, 1stDibs; Prints by Andy Warhol.

You know when you wake up and wear all your favorite things in your closet—and somehow the outfit just works? That’s Brett Heyman’s [former] Manhattan apartment. The founder and designer of Edie Parker, a collection of deliciously fun clutches and accessories, says, “It’s a hodgepodge.” The Upper East Side home, which Heyman shares with her husband, Gregory, and their three children, is a fresh Technicolor enclave in a classic prewar building.

Dope Box and Acrylic Checkers Set (discontinued), Edie Parker.
Whether it’s an unexpected pink closet or an Edie Parker handbag as decor, there’s no shortage of irreverence in the Heyman home. Vintage Moroccan Chair.

A series of 10 Andy Warhol Flowers prints welcomes you in, lining the walls from the open foyer into the aubergine lacquered library, reading almost like wallpaper rather than wall accent. Then there’s the living room, centered around a hot pink pigment–filled Yves Klein coffee table; a dining room covered in a ROYGBIV of multi-era art; bathrooms done in robin’s-egg blue; and children’s rooms with inspiration walls full of stickers. Even Heyman’s bedroom mirrors have color, with a purplish wash effect concealing a swoon-worthy collection of shoes within. A black and ivory powder room looks relatively straightforward, but then—oh, wait—there’s a magenta-painted coat closet around the corner to restore balance.

“The story goes that in the ’90s, my husband was single, living in California, and thought the Warhol Flowers were really cool,” Heyman says. “He wanted to buy one in an auction—but he imbibed a little bit too much and ended up with all 10.” Vintage Chandelier; Prints by Andy Warhol; Walls covered in Black Venetian Plaster; Field Bench, John Derian; Wall Shelf by Aldo Tura, 1stDibs.

Walking from one room to the next would make the most reserved of visitors gasp. And it’s not because of the grandeur, though there’s plenty of it to go around. It’s that every glance is a revelation of sorts. “I like an explosion of color and textures,” Heyman says. “Your eye is moving and something looks interesting and different every time.” Indeed, there is a delightful, playful—almost subversive—mix of disparate styles: a vintage knickknack atop a 1970s green malachite Ado Chale table, a contemporary sculpture with an antique dish, pieces from 1stDibs and flea markets, neons with pastels, polished with campy. And yet nothing looks out of place.

Monumental Circular Mirror by Neal Small; Vintage Moroccan Chair. On Heyman: Dress, Carolina Herrera; Shoes, Rochas.

What’s the secret to perfecting the unexpected mix? Says Heyman: “Confidence. Naivete…”

And an all-important dose of humor. This super-designed home is backed by Heyman’s lovingly laissez-faire mentality, served with a side of irreverence. That is perhaps why, counterintuitively, the space works so harmoniously. Filling an Ettore Sottsass shelf with her children’s drawings, old Edie Parker designs, and a “ridiculous” nonworking metal-and-bead peacock lamp isn’t just interesting—it’s fun. As she looks toward the curious framed cat collage hanging above a chrome Paul Evans bar, Heyman lights up. “In my mind, there is some fabulous folksy woman who spent months and months making that cat,” she explains. “I happened upon it at a Connecticut flea market like it was a treasure, made it the focal piece, and love it.” Each vignette you come upon in the apartment is like a firm handshake, then a wink.

Heyman’s sophistication, confidence, and humor punctuate the space. A Barbie book atop a hot pink Yves Klein table? You bet. Painting by Rob Pruitt; Vintage Sofa by Milo Baughman, Table Monopink by Yves Klein and Totem Sculpture by Vasa Velizar Mihich, 1stDibs; Vintage Floor Lamps; Ceramic Stool by Reinaldo Sanguino, The Future Perfect.

That idea is mirrored in Heyman’s work, too. Originally inspired by mid-century design, the Edie Parker collection translates acrylic, a once-humble material, into glossy, handcrafted accessories—from clutches and mini totes to board games and coasters.

Flora and fauna elements surround the dining room, which has undergone three transformations and once moonlighted as a playroom. Dining Table by Aldo Tura, 1stDibs; Diego Chandelier (custom painted by Heyman), Julie Neill.
A life well collected, from handed-down Murano glass to a child-crafted bedazzled cup. Early Carlton Bookcase Room Divider by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano, 1stDibs; Classic Legs, Kelly Wearstler.
Vintage Console by Paul Evans, 1stDibs.

But the beautiful craftsmanship doesn’t get in the way of a good time—it enhances it. Bag names like Double Shot and hues including honeydew, poppy, and rainbow confetti infuse the line with a sense of levity, as do graphic floral and heart motifs, the latter of which Heyman hand-sketches herself with crayons and colored pencils.

Heyman’s bedroom is optimized for coziness, with wall-to-wall washed mirrors to hide the morning light (and shoe closet behind). Vintage Headboard. 

Her designs featuring cheeky sayings and custom names have been a hit since Edie Parker’s 2010 launch, well before memelike messaging was mainstream. Some of the early clutches had two-sided quips in bold lettering: Yes/No or Good/Bad, as well as a surprise favorite, Divorced, letting your purse sum it up for you. “It felt like telling the world who you were, in a way that people needed to listen,” Heyman says. And while those signatures are still part of the collection, she’s evolving into using materials such as wicker and wood, too, expanding into tableware and bar accessories, and employing new ways of adding a hint of elevated smirk.  

Because sometimes there’s a need for a fancy bag with a punny hashtag—or a cat portrait to complement a Warhol. And if you don’t get the humor, Heyman doesn’t mind: “At the end of the day, we buy things we love and live with them. Everybody has a different opinion, but I live here.”

In her youngest child’s room, she creates a happy environment through color. Les Bidules Wallpaper, Pierre Frey; Custom Daybed; Cushions in Gröna Fåglar Fabric, Svenskt Tenn; Building Blocks by Dream Tree, Amazon.

This story was originally published in our Spring 2019 issue with the headline “Clutch Move.”