Post's 110-room Palm Beach mansion

In her mirrored jewelry box of a boutique, designed in black, white and coral and located on Madison Avenue, Ivanka has finally managed to re-create the lush, girly opulence of her storied childhood, early years that would seem to have prepared her for anything but the life she has made for herself. During New York's heady 1980s, she could see Central Park from her lavender confection of a bedroom, on the sixty-eighth floor of Trump Tower. A mural of Sleeping Beauty was among the enchantments commissioned by legendary Viennese designer tiffany pendants Urban to conjure up the fantasy child's bedroom that Ivanka later occupied after her father bought Mar-a-Lago, Marjorie Merriweather Post's 110-room Palm Beach mansion, in 1985. You won't, however, find a whiff of this cosseted childhood in her current home, a modest (by Trump standards) one-bedroom apartment painted in various shades of robin's-egg blue and festooned with sofas and chairs that were gifts from family and friends and that she has had reupholstered. A book-lined wall is crowded with framed photos of friends and family, including older brother Don, younger brother Eric, the now eighteen-year-old Tiffany and two-year-old Barron, her father's latest child, with his wife, Melania. Ivanka professes to be close to all of them. This bookish, cozy corner also hides a secret extra closet, which Ivanka flings open girlishly to reveal ball gowns -- enough to get her through the few Tiffany Pendants she will allow herself on the charity circuit.


With nary a trace of trademark Trump brass, gold or marble, Ivanka's apartment serves as a perfect foil to the bombast of the two places she most frequently inhabits in her professional incarnations. As she did with her Trump Tower office, she designed her spirited, luxe jewelry store herself, and both convey the kind of bravado that is appropriate for their use. But when working on her home space, the young Trump opts for a quieter, more human scale. In doing so, she reveals much about herself. "She is the first one to put her own dishes into the tiffany pendants at a dinner party," says longtime friend Marjorie Gubelmann.


When asked about this observation, Ivanka just tiffany pendants. "People our age don't have staff following them around!" It's the kind of comment you might expect to hear from a threadbare blueblood, the type who's had money for generations and whose parents have bred out from their progeny the desire to impress or show off their wealth. While Ivanka certainly knows the value of showmanship in front of the camera and in the workplace, her real life is decidedly low-key and, ultimately, a tribute to her parents. It's the childhood and the education and the advice they gave her that now tiffany pendants in the way she lives, no matter how their own lives are perceived to play out. Dynastic progression is always a fascinating thing to watch, and this new generation of Trumps doesn't need to bellow in order to be heard; Ivanka instinctively knows that well-worded understatement will do just fine.

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