Anderson Cooper enlisted fashion-designer-turned-hotelier Wilbert Das to build him a vacation home in Trancoso, Brazil. Dubbed Casa Anderson, the estate comprises four buildings. In the main structure’s living/dining room, a vintage Bahian cocktail table mingles with pequi-wood stools and pieces from Das’s Uxua Casa home collection, including the indigo-dyed throw pillows, woven-reed rug, and sectional sofa.
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At designer Tom Scheerer’s home in the Bahamas, a framed Isamu Noguchi lantern, at right, presides over the living room’s two slipcovered Room & Board sofas, a Scheerer-designed cocktail table, and a hand-spun hemp rug from the Company Store. By the windows are a vintage open-weave lounge chair and a rocking chair from Indo Puri; the caned taborets are from VivaTerra.
In Kourtney Kardashian’s California living room, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Christian Liaigre sofas are dressed in a Schumacher wool and a Larsen leather. They are joined by a Steinway piano, a vintage Oscar Niemeyer chair and ottoman from Wyeth, and several custom-designed pieces, among them the ceiling lights, sconce, and consoles. The curtains are of a Loro Piana wool-linen, and the triptych is by Richard Serra.
In publishing-world powerhouses Pilar Guzmán and Chris Mitchell’s East Hampton, New York, home, bespoke Clayhaus Ceramics tile sheathes the kitchen, an inviting space anchored by a six-by-12-foot worktable and custom-made cabinetry. The ceiling lights are by RH, the range is by Wolf, the sink fittings are by Waterworks, and the Tolix stools are from Design Within Reach.
Hutker Architects created a versatile Cape Cod beach house that blends island tradition and contemporary art. The eat-in kitchen, which is equipped with a Wolf range and Rangecraft hood, opens onto a cutting garden. The custom-made island is sheathed in limestone by Exquisite Surfaces, and the barstools are by Janus et Cie.
In Meg Ryan’s New York loft, decorated by Monique Gibson, industrial lights from a salvage shop in Maine illuminate the kitchen’s dining area, which boasts cabinets by Fine Woodwork. Grapefruit fills a porcelain bowl by Valérie Hermans on a plank-top table by Get Back.
A vintage sofa from Alan Moss, upholstered in a Christopher Hyland fabric, anchors the Hamptons Bays home of Muriel Brandolini.
Danish wicker chairs and a 1950s caned daybed surround an iron cocktail table in the living room of designer Tino Zervudachi’s home on the Greek island of Hydra.
At his home in Amagansett, New York, talent agent Sandy Gallin warmed up the kitchen—one of 30 in our roundup of white kitchens—with reclaimed-timber beams and lined the floor in dark wood planks.
In accessories designer Fiona Kotur’s Hong Kong home, the built-in beds, cabinetry, and desks in sons George (left) and Wyatt’s room were made by local artisans; the ceiling light is by Pottery Barn Kids. For more genius built-in furniture ideas, check out our roundup.
B&B Italia sofas are grouped with Cappellini tables in the living room of Abigail Turin’s California dream home.
The London home of newlyweds Kata and Ashley Hicks showcases the latter’s creative vision, from the living room’s hand-painted mural of Constantinople to the chain-link-motif carpeting. The room’s 1950s Cees Braakman chairs were gilded by Ashley and join a table of his design. The mirror, the multicolor totem sculpture, and the leather-clad ottoman are also by Ashley.
Designers are often their own toughest clients. Free from any homeowner preferences or restrictions, designers’ personal space is the ultimate laboratory for their creativity and can be a calling card for their talent. The results range from over-the-top grandeur to sleek minimalism, and showcase each designer’s signature aesthetic. The areas used for entertaining guests are often particularly striking, so we’ve gathered 20 living rooms that top designers such as Alexa Hampton, Jamie Drake, and Nate Berkus have created for themselves and their families. Peruse these stylish spaces from the pages of AD to find inspiration for your own home.
Twin French Art Deco zebrawood side tables are joined by Art Deco armchairs covered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric in the East Hampton residence of David Kleinberg.
In the living room of Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Palm Springs home, Vladimir Kagan sofas (at left) flank an Angelo Mangiarotti cocktail table. Custom-made circular sofas are dressed in Kravet fabric.
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In the sitting area of his New York City living room, Jamie Drake mixes distinct elements such as a 1950s lacquer low chair and gold-leafed floor lamps by the Alpha Workshops.
White-oak paneling lines the New York City living room of architect Steven Harris and designer Lucien Rees-Roberts.
What appears to be a gilt-framed mirror in Timothy Corrigan’s Paris apartment is actually a window aligned with two mirrors, one in the living room and one in the dining room beyond. Corrigan highlighted the ingenious hall-of-mirrors illusion by installing matching Napoléon III chandeliers in the two rooms. The armchairs and the curtain and sofa fabrics are all from Schumacher’s Timothy Corrigan Collection; the stools are vintage Jansen, and the carpet is a Corrigan design for Patterson Flynn Martin.
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Designer Sarah Magness spearheaded the renovation of this New York townhouse, giving the homeowners a grand kitchen with generous height for entertaining. The space opens onto an expansive casual dining and lounging area overlooking an enclosed terrace.
At the Long Island home of designers Vicente Wolf and Matthew Yee, framed photographs from Wolf’s collection—including images by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Edward Steichen, and André Kertész—line the shelves above the living room’s sectional sofa, which is upholstered in a Janus et Cie fabric.
In the family room of Alexa Hampton’s New York City apartment, a wall painted a Farrow & Ball blue displays images of architectural elements.
So many gorgeous homes graced the pages of Architectural Digest this year, it’s impossible to pick just one as the best. Our editors nurture these stories from idea to photo shoot to printing press, after all. But one look at Pinterest shows us which rooms you fell in love with over the past 12 months. You delighted in taking a look inside Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber’s New York apartment, Anderson Cooper’s Brazilian retreat, and Meg Ryan’s Manhattan loft, but you also found inspiration in our roundups of gray rooms, family photo display ideas, and white kitchens. Keep reading to see more of your favorite spaces in 2016.
Surrounding the custom-made cocktail table in the living room of architect Lee Ledbetter’s New Orleans home are a pair of Harvey Probber brass armchairs upholstered in a KnollTextiles fabric, two Louis XVI–style fauteuils in a Holly Hunt leather, a vintage T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chair in a Zoffany stripe, and a vintage Florence Knoll sofa in a KnollTextiles Ultrasuede. A large mixed-media artwork by Robert Helmer hangs on the brick wall, which is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White.
The living room’s reclaimed-wood sofa table and shelving echo the timeworn ceiling beams in fashion insider Amanda Brooks’s English country house. Cheerful red armchairs and antique herbarium specimens flank the fireplace. A glamorous Louis XV gilt-wood mirror (at left) gleams against walls of unpainted plaster.
At the Manhattan apartment of designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, the kitchen is outfitted with cabinetry and butcher-block countertops crafted by Fanuka; the island is clad in unlacquered brass and topped with Breccia Imperiale marble from Artistic Tile. The space is one of 28 other celebrity kitchens from the AD archives we gathered to inspire you.
The Los Angeles living room of interior designer Brigette Romanek is outfitted with a pair of Marco Zanuso lounge chairs from Eccola, a Blackman Cruz console (left), and a Hans Wegner chaise longue.
The heart of designer Allegra Hicks’s apartment in Naples, Italy, is a long, high-ceilinged room divided into living and dining areas. The designer also created the Roman-shade fabric, the cut velvet on the wood-framed Jindrich Halabala armchairs, and the butterfly-specimen table at right; an 18th-century Venetian mirror surmounts the mantel.
In Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber’s New York apartment, designed in collaboration with Ashe + Leandro, lights by Apparatus Studio hang above the dining room’s Ralph Lauren Home table and Sol y Luna chairs. The mirror and cabinet are antique, and the Tuareg carpet is vintage.
A painting by Andro Wekua hangs between the windows in the living/dining room at Sara Story’s family compound in Texas.
Designer David Nastasi transformed a cluttered kitchen into this modern white-and-gray space with traditional appeal.
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An artwork by Terry Winters overlooks the Nashville, Tennessee, living room of interior designer Ray Booth and television executive John Shea.
A white-oak ladder by Putnam Rolling Ladder Co. makes the tall shelves in the pantry of this Steven Gambrel–designed Bridgehampton, New York, home easily accessible; polished-nickel pendant lamps by Hudson Valley Lighting illuminate the space.
The family room of actress and model Brooke Shields’s Manhattan home is featured in our roundup of the best ways to display family photos. The space showcases photos of herself and her children, taken by photographers Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe, next to fine art photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon. The cabinets beneath the arrangement provide a wide ledge perfect for creating visual depth by overlapping frames of different sizes.
The New York City apartment of Dr. Clifford Hudis and his wife, Jane Hertzmark Hudis, an executive at Estée Lauder, was designed by Shelton, Mindel & Assoc. Bespoke folding screens flank a 1950s Line Vautrin mirror in the living room, one of 35 exquisite gray spaces from our archives. A Jonas sofa and a vintage Carl Malmsten settee (at right) are accented with pillows covered in patterned Fortuny fabrics.
In the living room at the Mexico retreat of Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman, pine beams highlight the ceiling, and the French doors feature curtains of a Duralee velvet trimmed with an ikat by Kravet.
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In the master bedroom of designer Victoria Hagan’s Connecticut residence, the bedside tables are by Victoria Hagan Home Collection, the headboard was custom made, the lamps are by Antony Todd, the bed linens are by Frette, and the white silk coverlet is by Calvin Klein Home.
At the Manhattan home of designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, the living room’s 1960s American club chairs are upholstered in an Edelman suede, the mirror and woven chair are midcentury French, the marble mantel and pair of lamps are 19th-century, and the kilim is from ABC Carpet & Home.
In a 1920s house in Portland, Oregon, designed by Jessica Helgerson, a custom-made island topped with a glazed lava stone from France provides an additional work surface in the kitchen. Glass pendant lights by Olampia complement the brass gooseneck faucet by Waterworks.
The slipper chairs in the living room of Celerie Kemble’s Dominican Republic retreat are from the designer’s line for Henredon.
A George Condo painting makes a splash in the Stockholm flat of Giovanna Battaglia-Engelbert, a fashion editor at W and Japanese Vogue, and Oscar Engelbert, a real-estate developer. A Freeform wall light by Jean Royère undulates above the living room’s George Nakashima sideboard, and a Vladimir Kagan sofa curves around the Pierre Chapo low table.