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HABITAT: Designing Mind

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Bennett Weinstock and wife Judie are celebrating their 28th year as an interior design team. After more than a decade of practicing law, Weinstock took her advice and pursued a career where he could utilize his innate sense of style and color. From their palatial condo on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, the Weinstocks have amassed a portfolio that includes projects in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Palm Beach and on the Main Line. “A client with an open mind—one who is willing to take chances—makes for a wonderful relationship for all involved,” says Bennett, who provided the comments below.

Personal style: English country.

Favorite room in his house: They’re all favorites at different times of the day.

Most prized possession: My family. They decorate my life.

Designers who inspire him: Robert Adam in the 18th century and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann in the 20th century. They share a common design ethic that is rich in detail. And the legendary Sister Parrish, whose passion for color and pattern is something I share.

Design advice he most often gives: Pick things that are classics and not of the moment. Do less but do it well to achieve completed areas that you’ll forever love.

Color he couldn’t design without: Yellow.

Design element he most loves: Personal collections of decorative arts that reflect the taste and personality of the client.

Favorite room to design: A library, because I love a room that has books in it.

Three words that sum up his style: Timeless, elegant and beautiful

Biggest decorating faux pas: Combining too many styles into one environment.

Best part of his job: Working with people that become lasting friends.

Favorite project: My homes in Philadelphia, New York City and Longport, N.J. I made no compromises.