On The Shore — 17 February 2012
Paige Rense on Life After AD

Former Architectural Digest editor-in-chief Paige Rense Noland on her life after AD, animal rescue and – what else? – snowbirds

Paige Rense Noland, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest for 35 years, walked on stage at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach recently to moderate a panel on “Timeless Design” holding Lucy, her white Maltese poodle.

Lucy, who spent most of her 10 years in a cage breeding puppies, is symbolic of the new Noland, who devotes her time to saving animals and working on multiple new projects rather than anointing designers’ careers with inclusion in AD.

We chatted with her afterward to catch up on what she is doing now.

 What has life been like since you left Architectural Digest [in 2010]?

I didn’t know what to expect. My husband [abstract painter Kenneth Noland] had just died and I had to take care of his estate. I have almost completed a book about him. It will be out next May. I am also writing a book on animal sanctuary and a book on the magazine.

You own four properties here – two homes in West Palm Beach and two condos in the Brazilian Court in Palm Beach. How often are you here?

I am living here now. I bought the condos to use as offices. I have so many friends here [such as John Loring]. I love West Palm Beach. It reminds me of Santa Barbara, where I used to live. People love coming here in the winter. It’s like I am running a hotel.

 What is the secret of your success as an editor?

My ignorance was my biggest asset. I thought: I don’t know anything about interior design, but the designers do and I can learn from them.

You were married to four different men, but it seems like Nolan was the love of your life. Was he?

Kenneth was the love of my life. He had integrity and high standards. He was brilliant, funny and interesting. I was never bored with him. He made me a better person.

 What do you think of the new Architectural Digest?

I knew that there would be changes, but they are more radical than I expected.

 A political answer. Ever think of running for office?

I want to be Secretary of Interiors.

–Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub


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