Houses of Style

The artful abodes of the fashion industrys brightest stars

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Photographer: William Waldron
The artful abodes of the fashion industry's brightest stars
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Photographer: William Waldron

Nanette Lepore called on to help make her Manhattan townhouse as whimsical as her fashion designs. In the sitting area of the master bedroom, vintage sconces, a mirrored cocktail table, and a silver chair and ottoman add a dose of Hollywood glamour, while curtains of an aqua linen by and an antique love seat upholstered in a lime-green silk keep the mood lively.

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Photographer: William Waldron

Nanette Lepore called on to help make her Manhattan townhouse as whimsical as her fashion designs. In the sitting area of the master bedroom, vintage sconces, a mirrored cocktail table, and a silver chair and ottoman add a dose of Hollywood glamour, while curtains of an aqua linen by and an antique love seat upholstered in a lime-green silk keep the mood lively.

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Photographer: William Waldron

Peter Som shied away from sticking to a singular look when decorating his apartment in New York City’s West Village, opting to use items he loved, regardless of period and style. The chic mix includes vintage Osvaldo Barsani dining chairs, a Saarinen table, a midcentury armchair from thrift shop covered in Ocelot cotton, and a photograph by Nan Golden.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

Brian Atwood took inspiration from the runways and used tactile materials and accents when decorating his Milan apartment. The Milo Baughman armchair is upholstered in the same suede Atwood uses in his shoe and handbag designs, while the chenille sofa is topped with a fur throw and fringed pillows.

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Photographer: Roger Davies

The dining room of sportswear designer Adam Lippes’s New York City apartment showcases pieces from the designer’s collection of vintage furnishings, like a 1930s table, Joseph Hoffman chairs, and Thonet benches. Blossom chandelier and a hand-painted silk wallcovering by add softness and sparkle.

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Architect Simon James’ Art & Crafts Interpretation Living Room

Architects Simon James and Hugh Peter designed a new-construction “super prime” 19,000-square-foot English country house to maintain the charm of a traditional English country home from the early 1900s. They incorporated energy-efficient technology and luxury finishes, including doors and windows from Marvin Windows, for a practical and efficient living room that’s a snap to maintain.

Learn more about this Marvin Architects Challenge winning project at .

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Photographer: William Abranowicz

Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan dining room epitomizes the fashion designer’s restrained yet sophisticated aesthetic. Vintage light fixtures create a focal point above the sleek dining table and leather-upholstered chairs by , while a custom-made zebra-skin mirror by lends an exotic touch.

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Photographer: Simon Upton

Jill Stuart turned to architect (and ELLE DECOR Woman in Design) to help her decorate the New York City apartment she shares with her family in Philip Johnson’s Urban Glass House. In daughter Morgan’s bedroom, a magenta throw and carpet inject a burst of color, while simple white furnishings let the view of downtown Manhattan take center stage. The aluminum bed is by , the lacquered sideboard is from the , and the rug is by .

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Photographer: Roger Davies

For Mark Badgley and James Mischka, getting away from it all does not mean leaving sophistication behind. The kitchen in their 1920s stone house in Leton, Kentucky, was renovated using classic elements to recall a servant’s kitchen in a Newport mansion. The subway tiles are by , the range is by , the pendant lights are by , and the sinks have fittings by .

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Photographer: Roger Davies

Michelle Smith translates the bold, vintage style of her ready-to-wear collection, Milly, into the interior of her Manhattan apartment, which was designed by architect and decorator . The dazzling crystal chandelier and 1940s églomisé mirror add drama to the soaring living room of her 1920s neo-Gothic apartment, while the yellow zebra-print silk on the chairs reflects Smith’s signature vibrant palette.

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Architect Lars Peterssen & Andrew Edwins’ Historic Preservation

The VMS Kaufmann house is a renovation and addition to a 1936 International Style lake home and a designated Minneapolis Landmark. The architect worked closely with the client and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Council to expand the home in a manner that respects its historic character while meeting the needs of a growing family.

Learn more about the windows used for this project at .

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Photographer: Eric Boman

Anna Sui turned a second apartment in her Greenwich Village building into a retreat, writing space, and extra closet. The designer’s eclectic style is reflected in the study, where Sui’s collections of papier-mâché busts and rock-and-roll photography are displayed. The furniture is painted black and upholstered in a pattern from one of Sui’s collections, and the walls are covered in antiqued mirror and a chinoiserie paper by .

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Photographer: Eric Boman

Anna Sui turned a second apartment in her Greenwich Village building into a retreat, writing space, and extra closet. The designer’s eclectic style is reflected in the study, where Sui’s collections of papier-mâché busts and rock-and-roll photography are displayed. The furniture is painted black and upholstered in a pattern from one of Sui’s collections, and the walls are covered in antiqued mirror and a chinoiserie paper by .

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Photographer: Reed Krakoff

As president and creative director of Coach and designer of his eponymous line, Reed Krakoff is surrounded by luxury day in and day out. The master bedroom of his Southampton, New York, home is no exception. Designed by his wife, , the room mixes glamorous materials—silver fox fur and snakeskin—with pieces by 20th-century masters. The mirrors are vintage John Dickinson, the Samuel Marx cabinets are from , and the Lucite-and-steel lamps are by Karl Springer.

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Photographer: Reed Krakoff

As president and creative director of Coach and designer of his eponymous line, Reed Krakoff is surrounded by luxury day in and day out. The master bedroom of his Southampton, New York, home is no exception. Designed by his wife, , the room mixes glamorous materials—silver fox fur and snakeskin—with pieces by 20th-century masters. The mirrors are vintage John Dickinson, the Samuel Marx cabinets are from , and the Lucite-and-steel lamps are by Karl Springer.

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