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World According To Emilia Fanjul

by AVENUE Magazine Photographed by Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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It seems as though everyone’s ultimate goal is be a multitalented multi-hyphenate, but supermom-businesswoman-entrepreneur-fashionista-philanthropist Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler might just have us all beat. The daughter of Casa de Campo’s Pepe and Emilia Fanjul, the mother of three manages to run her highly enviable home while heading up the Drawing Room, a deluxe jewel box of a space where brands can showcase everything from art to their latest clothing collections. AVENUE caught up with the masterful Emilia for an insider’s look at her charmed life.

What was your earliest North Shore memory? My earliest memory of the North Shore is going out to stay with my aunt and uncle at their house in Locust Valley. We would sit for hours watching the French Open on TV—this meant summer had officially started.

What’s your present state of mind? Fulfilled.

What’s the coolest thing in your home right now? Definitely my three kids, three dogs, and—of course—my husband!

What’s your biggest extravagance? I would say my biggest extravagance is spending a month each summer in Jackson Hole surrounded by vast vistas of open land, or spending a week in island paradise at our family house, Casa Grande, at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve been given came from my parents. They said, “One’s reputation is like a thin veil. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.” I have to say I’ve also always loved, “Don’t bullshit a bullshitter.”

Name a work of art (or book) that changed your life. I am not sure these books changed my life, but I read them each a few times and treasure them still: The Alchemist and One Hundred Years
of Solitude.

Who is your favorite dinner companion? My husband and my father. They both have a wonderful sense of humor and enjoy life to the max.

What’s your signature drink? A glass of red wine or a “refresher” consisting of grape juice with sparkling water and a lime—it’s a favorite in my house.

What are some of your favorite North Shore discoveries? The best North Shore discoveries are the picturesque coastal towns that I have found just driving around when I have nothing to do. Cold Spring Harbor in particular is dreamy and so old world in feeling.

What do you collect? I really don’t collect one particular thing, but if anything, I would say I love to collect photos. I take too many and have no idea what to do with them all. I also love books and have too many piling up in hopes that one day I will be able to read them all.

What three things can you not live without? I cannot live without my family first, then sunshine, and the youthful energy my three kids give me every day.

What keeps you up at night? I am a worrier, which I wish I could change. But I have been like this forever. At night I stay up thinking of all I need to do but will never get done.

What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s easy: I do not want to grow up ever. I still feel like I am 15.
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