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Living Large

A masterfully curated New York City apartment provides the perfect backdrop for Giovanna Battaglia-Engelbert’s charmed life

Jane Keltner De Valle

Never trust a man who has no books,” declares Giovanna Battaglia-Engelbert, floating atop a library ladder in a cotton-candy cloud of a Giambattista Valli gown. When the Italian stylist started dating Swedish real-estate mogul Oscar Engelbert, now her husband, they bonded over art and design tomes—Giovanna collects books as voraciously as she does fashion. “The library was half full when we met,” she says. To borrow a phrase from Jerry Maguire, she completed him—or at least his shelves.

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