Step Inside 17 Interior Designers’ Extraordinary Homes

When you spend your days creating beautiful spaces for other people, how do you build a nest that embodies your personal style? See how top designers live, and get inspired by their exquisite abodes.

Step Inside 17 Interior Designers' Extraordinary Homes

“The room is on the first floor of an 18th-century house in Marylebone, London, renovated by me five years ago,” Douglas Mackie says of his living room. “I spent nearly six months restoring cornices, replacing the modern fireplace with an 18th-century design fireplace by Jamb, and replastering the entire apartment in order to create a setting for my collection of largely 20th-century British art.” The painting above the fireplace is a 1960s piece by Sandra Blow, and Mackie notes that “this was the starting point for the decoration of the room.” Photo by Simon Upton

“Instead of playing it safe, I decided to go with the statement-making pink rug,” Kristen Zeff says of the living room in the East Hampton, New York, home she shares with her husband, architect Mark Zeff. “Then, I juxtaposed the pink rug with the blue sofa. Since we spend most of our time in the warmer months outdoors, the colors in this room make it the perfect cozy winter hideaway.” The overdyed rug is from ABC Carpet & Home, and the space also includes a pair of Eero Saarinen Womb chairs and a bar cart from Christopher Anthony Ltd. Photo by Gianni Franchelluci

“This room was designed to function as a kitchen/family room combo, and since kitchens are generally de-facto gathering spaces, it makes sense to integrate comfortable seating whenever possible,” Kelly Behun says of this space in her Long Island beach house. “I enjoy being able to cook and see my family and friends sprawled out all around, whether dining, chatting, lounging or napping, there’s something for everyone! I also love indoor plants. Yes, they require a bit of care, but the visual and emotional payoff of having that living bit of green indoors is well worth it, and what’s better than giving them a home inside a beautiful macrame hanger?” The room features a Boa sofa by Humberto and Fernando Campana, a vintage Samarkand rug from Doris Leslie Blau and custom macrame plant hangers by Kelly Behun Studio. Photo by William Waldron

“I strive to create serene, peaceful and multilayered bedrooms,” says Sara Story, adding that she wants her spaces to “inspire and unfold and have a timeless aesthetic,” says Sara Story. This bedroom in her Austin home, SK Ranch, features an Eileen Gray Transat chair topped with a fur throw. Artwork by Kati Heck hangs above the fireplace. Photo by Robert Relic

The sitting room in Ben Pentreath’s country house, an early 19th-century parsonage in Dorset, England, has a restful feel. In putting it together, the designer wanted to keep the mood similarly light and quiet. The yellow sofa is from Max Rollitt, and the lampshades and bases are from his shop, Pentreath & Hall. Photo by Jason Ingram

Jamie Drake’s apartment in New York’s Chelsea gallery district is “the realization of his personal vision,” according to his firm, Drake/Anderson. A structural column in the middle of the space was a design challenge, and he dealt with it by encasing it in custom millwork and creating floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The space includes a 1960s Hand chair by Pedro Friedeberg, a Drake-designed sectional sofa and photographs by Alexandra Penny. Photo by Marco Ricca

“Every room is like a 2D painting, where composition requires balance and harmony. Here, a backdrop of neutral grey holds the punches of color,” Barbara Barry says of her Beverly Hills living room. A pair of Barbara Barry for Baker furniture chairs flank a round cocktail table by Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon. Photo by David Meredith

Paavo Tynell’s brass Snowflakes ceiling light hangs over the 1923 lacquered table and chairs by Christen Emanuel and Kjaer Monbergis in the dining room of Pierre Yovanovitch’s 17th-century château. A Stephan Balkenhol painting is mounted above the matching dresser, which is topped with a Tommi Prazinger candelabra. Photo © Jean-François Jaussaud LUXPRODUCTIONS

At architect Steven Harris and interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts’s Croatian vacation home, the kitchen and dining area is located in a cistern tower that was constructed in the 1460s. “The walls feature original plaster and stone work while antique stone was used for the floor,” according to the pair. “The clean lines and natural textures of the furniture are a great complement to the original character of this space.” The space features vintage Eero Saarinen Tulip chairs and a 1960s Italian Murano glass chandelier. Photo by Scott Frances / OTTO

At the Hudson, New York, home of MR Architecture + Decor’s David Mann, the dining room features a cast concrete table surrounded by a set of vintage Paul McCobb chairs. The space includes a 1940s brass chandelier and original wood flooring and Federal-style wall trim. The artwork above mantel is a photograph of Tupperware by Richard Caldicott. Photo by Simon Upton

“Peter and I had a great time designing the house,” Katie Ridder says of the Millbrook, New York, country home she built with husband, architect Peter Pennoyer. “Starting with the tile in the front entry, I wanted a really unusual color and scale. I’ve always loved Moroccan glazed tiles from my trips to Marrakesh, so the palate started with the purple tile. From there it was working with complimentary colors. I wanted the house to be open, so that when just Peter and I were there, it would be comfortable — even when he was in one room and I was in the next.” Photo by Eric Piasecki

“This is our main living space in the house, where we hang with our with family, friends and pups,” Brooke Giannetti of Giannetti Home says of Patina Farm, their Ojai, California, residence. “Because our home has an open floor plan, we decided to put the television behind the custom Gracie wallpaper panels. It’s a much prettier focal point in the space.” The living room includes an Alix sofa and Mason ottoman, both by Giannetti Home and an antique Swedish settee. Photo by Lisa Romerein

“In my living room, I wanted to create a modern, nature-inspired, worldly interior,” Fawn Galli says of her Brooklyn townhouse. “I enjoy pairing whimsy with hard-edged modern. I love to mix different styles to create something new. I believe all these elements make a room unidentifiable and magical.” The space includes a Milo Baughman armchair, a vintage chesterfield sofa (“for British funk,” as Galli puts it), an Eileen Gray side table and drapes from Laos. Photo by Costas Picadas

“In my living room a Kenneth Noland painting, circa 1960, one of the best-known American color-field painters, is shown in conversation with a Jean-Michel Frank chair and the Maison Jansen dining table from France, circa 1950,” Sandra Nunnerley says of her New York townhouse. “I created a classically proportioned living room with classical details such as custom-made crown moldings and baseboards. And then I did something a little subversive. I put in wide oak floorboards instead of the usual parquet. Somehow, it’s antique and contemporary at the same time, which means I could have this classical space that still feels loft-like. The tension in the space and furnishings makes the room more interesting.” Photo by Miguel Flores Vianna

“Pattern and colors play a huge part in my home,” says Peter Mikic, who lives in a former London hotel that was converted into a house. “I find greens calm and inviting. The dining room has sage-green grasscloth wallpaper for texture and the jade-green wool rug for warmth and softness. The brass drop pendant is a bespoke piece made with crystal glass. I was inspired by Hans-Agne Jakobsson ceiling lamp model T348/15. The bespoke dining table has solid bronze legs made by a local foundry and the curved dining chairs are a bespoke design. The shape gives a very comfortable ‘hug.’ The 1890 Venetian mirror is from a palace in Vienna and its pair is still there in a ballroom. We found this in a storeroom in Murano.” Photo by Kate Martin

The living room in Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu beach house features Afra and Tobia Scarpa‘s Soriana sofa and a pair of matching lounge chairs. Photo by Nick Hudson

Spring Cleaning by Kati Heck hangs behind a directoire-style daybed in the living room of Brian J. McCarthy’s country house in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Photo by Francesco Lagnese

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