May 25 – Happy Birthday Isabelle Orante

Former home of the Orante’s

They were one of Amsterdam’s coolest couples. He was the artist, a painter and sculptor who also owned Matthew’s, a different kind of men’s clothing store on Main Street in Amsterdam’s downtown. She ran an interior decorating company called Eljoor’s from a second floor office at that same location. They were the Orante’s, Isabelle and Matthew and if you were fortunate enough to have known either or both of them, you will never forget them.

It is Isabelle who celebrated her birthday on today’s date. Back in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s she was the go-to decorator of Amsterdam businesses- and upscale homes. She had the absolute perfect look for the job too. Born in New York City, she carried herself like…

You can read the rest of my story about this stylish former Amsterdam decorator in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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