These exceptional living spaces bring a bounty of personality and panache to the homes they occupy.
In the living room of an Upper West Side apartment, the custom sectional is upholstered in a print and the custom sofa in a fabric is topped with a pillow in an fabric. The table lamp is by , the floor lamp is by , the rug is Persian, and the cashmere throw is by .
In a Buenos Aires home, the original marble mantel in the living room was specified by , who decorated the apartment in the 1930s. The circa-1940 chairs in the foreground, the console (left), and the side table (right) were designed by for the Argentine firm Comte. The 1930s settee is covered in a mohair, the chairs next to the fireplace are 18th-century Gustavian, the circa-1950 Sphere cocktail table and lamp are by , and the 1930s table (front left) and sconces are by .
In the great room of a Hudson Valley farmhouse, a row of French doors affords panoramic views of the Hudson Valley. The couple’s French spaniel, Georgie, rests on a custom velvet sofa. Collins purchased the antique console, wooden chest, and wingback chairs on trips to Italy. The 19th-century limestone columns are from New Delhi, the custom lanterns and laurel reed–and-leather rug are from Morocco, the pendant above the sofa was fashioned from an antique Italian tole lantern, and the curtains are of a .
In the living room of a Manhattan apartment, a pair of 1960s chairs from John Salibello is in a , the custom sofas are covered in , and the Karl Springer cocktail table (foreground) is from ; the 1960s stainless steel chairs and cube are by Maria Pergay, the table lamps are by , and the curtains are of a silk-cotton blend; the artworks on the wall are by (from left) Richard Prince, Rudolf Stingel, George Condo, and Elizabeth Peyton.
In the living room of Steven Gambrel's Chicago apartment, the custom sofa, in a fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by , the 1955 chandelier is by , the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in ’s Stonington Gray.
John Robshaw's vibrant Connecticut house is overflowing with character: The living room sofa and its fabric are by John Robshaw for Duralee. The armchair, custom banquettes, and bone-inlay side table are all Robshaw designs, the cocktail table is from India, the table lamps are by , and the dhurrie is a custom design. An Elliott Puckette artwork sits on the mantel, which is painted in Yukon Sky by Benjamin Moore, and the large painting of a perfume bottle is by Doug Wada.
This Ibiza living room features local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina. Walls covered in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
PR maven Christina Juarez's New York apartment is colorfully eclectic from floor to ceiling. In her living room, the vintage Milo Baughman sofa is in a velvet and a pair of 1970s chairs are in a velvet. The cocktail table and floor lamp are by , the side tables are by , and the pillows and rug are by . The portraits are by Kimberly Brooks.
A former barn now serves as guest quarters at actress Amanda Seyfried’s weekend retreat in the Catskills region of New York. In the living area, the sofa is by , the wool rug is by , the flooring is reclaimed oak, and the wall is painted in ; the photograph is by Sarah Bailey.
The family room in a historic Long Island farmhouse boasts custom furnishings, including a sofa upholstered in a fabric, a tufted sofa in a weave, a leather ottoman and a pair of armchairs covered in a linen blend. The 1950s cerused-oak side table and 19th-century copper lantern are French, the curtains are of a fabric and the wallpaper is by .
For designer , his bungalow in Oakland, California is all about eccentric design. In this living area attached to his study, a pair of vintage sofas are upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home stripe, the Eero Saarinen table is from Design Within Reach, barstools by CB2 are covered in a Katie Ridder fabric, the ceiling lantern is by Visual Comfort, the rug is by Ralph Lauren Home, and the busts are by Oly.
The artworks include photographs by Jason Fulford, Garry Winogrand, and Richard Misrach, flanked by silhouette portraits by Julian Opie.
Inside of the estate in Florence, Italy, a pair of 18th-century inlaid Tuscan tables flanks a doorway in a sitting room; the wooden arm-chairs are 18th-century Venetian, the floor lamps and straw curtains are by Ilaria Miani, and the19th-century lithographs depict scenes of India.
In a remote New Zealand surf town, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst ingeniously tuck a spacious weekend retreat amid a lush grove of exotic trees. In the living area of the house, designed in its entirety by the couple, the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
Milan-based designers at the vacation home they built on the Greek island of Folégandros. In the living room, Meridiani sofas are covered in a fabric by Dominique Kieffer, the Charlotte Perriand cock-tail table was found at a Paris flea market, and the flooring is Karystos stone; the artwork over the sofa is by Marco Basta, and the two small oil paintings were found at flea markets in Milan and Athens.
Asked to update a beach house on Long Island that had become a mishmash after four decades of additions and renovations, David Mann decided to honor the past with its redesign. The den’s modular sofa is by , and the ottoman is covered in a hair-on-hide leather; the photograph is by Darren Almond, the floor lamp is vintage, the rug is alpaca, and the walls and ceiling are painted in ’s Super White.
When San Francisco residents Sam Hamilton and Jen Chaiken decided to buy a second home in Marfa, Texas, after holding their destination wedding nearby, they knew they wanted a layered aesthetic.
In the living room, a light fixture and a Navajo rug in the family room; a cabinet by holds an Ansel Adams photograph, and the walls are painted in .
In the West Village pied-à-terre of Los Angeles-based designers and , the daybed is by Rick Owens, the armchairs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann are upholstered in an alpaca by and the side chairs are by Jean Prouvé.
In the living room of designer Erika Yeaman's home, Scandinavian influences such as the warm wood bookshelf and matte black chandelier are accented by colorful bohemian pillows.
The living room in this English country house features curtains of a stripe, walls painted in Tablecloth by and 2015 artwork above the mantel by .
In a contemporary home in Palm Beach, the living area is situated around a rug that mimics the ripple pattern a stone makes when dropped in water.
Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth's apartment in Manhattan has a living room with a 1940s club chair by and a 1970s circular banquette upholstered in shearling and leather by . The artwork is by .
In the cozy guesthouse of a Montana home, the love seat is by , the cabinet is 19th-century Moorish and the cocktail table is a custom design. The footstools are by , the crystal chandelier is antique and the wallcovering is from . The carpet by is topped with a buffalo-hide rug.
In the living area of hairstylist Marcos Proença's São Paulo duplex, the sofa, upholstered in a , and the screen were made in the 1940s by Dinucci. The Louis XV-style armchairs are antique, and the 1930s footstools are Italian.
This London townhouse has a living room filled with custom designs, such as a sofa covered in a patterned velvet, another upholstered in a silk velvet, and a round banquette, which is topped with a 1940s French bronze sculpture.
The colorful living room of Emmy Rossum's Manhattan apartment features armchairs by , a sofa by featuring a suzani throw by , a 1940s Maison Baguès cocktail table and an antique Persian rug.
In the living room of Meredith Melling and Zach Iscol's retreat on Martha's Vineyard has a stunning living room with a sofa by covered in a , Hans Wegner chairs upholstered in a and a walnut cocktail table and stool that are custom.
In the living room of this New York Hudson Valley home, which was decorated by , the 18th-century English Chippendale sofa and George II–style antique library chairs are covered in a damask. The mahogany library table is from the late 19th century.
Bold stripes of greenery and bountiful flowers captivate in the the living room of fashion designer Christian Siriano's home.
The living room in this Long Island home doubles as a sunroom, with its cheerful custom sofa covered in a chintz, the vintage armchairs in a fabric and the antique bentwood chairs.