OPEN DOOR POLICY: If you haven’t received an invitation to Deborah Needleman’s loft in TriBeCa or weekend getaway in Garrison, N.Y., not to worry — the full tour is online on Google Images, from coffee tables to kitchen cabinets to the placement of pillows. Why so much detail? Well, first of all, before becoming editor in chief of WSJ. Magazine, Needleman edited Domino. And her homes are clearly the go-to places for any publication (including her own) writing about design. They’ve been featured in New York magazine, online shelter title Lonny, “Domino: The book of Entertaining,” and up next, the November issue of Martha Stewart Living, where her former Condé Nast colleague Pilar Guzman is now editor in chief.

This time, Needleman uses her Garrison home to talk about the importance of putting a little extra effort into the guest room, how to use patterns in “safe places” and indulging in the best linens. She plans to elaborate more on sofas and table settings in her forthcoming book, “The Perfectly Imperfect Home: Essential Elements for Decorating and Living,” which will be published Nov. 1. “I wish now I bothered to get it perfect,” Needleman said of all the exposure. “Seeing my house in a magazine is a little like those dreams where you realize you’re walking around but forgot to put your pants on.”

This story first appeared in the October 17, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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