NYC Tastemakers: What Is the Key Design Theme in Your Home?

Models, interior designers and more tell us about their décor.

 

Katrina Hernandez.

Katrina Hernandez.

   Katrina Hernandez (Interior Designer)

“Neutral texture—my kitchen opens into the living room and it was important to make the space flow by using uniform tones throughout. I chose colors and textures that complement the kitchen materials to make one cohesive design. I break the monotony with select antiques like my Louis XVI dining chairs.”

David Stark (Photo: Getty).

David Stark (Photo: Getty).

   David Stark (Event Designer)

“I recently moved into a new apartment and made the bold choice of laying French geometric cube tile throughout the entire space. It’s pretty radical looking and informs every other decision throughout our place.”

Benjamin Vandiver.

Benjamin Vandiver.

   Benjamin Vandiver (Interior Designer)

“My home purposely doesn’t have much color, rather I layer textures in one palette. It’s filled with things I love—unless I absolutely love a lamp, it’s not coming in. Things don’t have to be expensive, but just loved by me, and hopefully someone else along the way.”

Meggie Kempner (Photo: Getty).

Meggie Kempner (Photo: Getty).

   Meggie Kempner (Fashion Designer)

“I love marble—it’s truly timeless and can be found all over my apartment. My favorite piece is a mid-century marble and steel dining room table, which not only serves as the focal point of my living and dining area, but it’s also served as inspiration. I had all my models stand on marble tables during my Fashion Week show!”

Noa Santos.

Noa Santos.

   Noa Santos (Founder of Homepolish)

“In my own home, I chose to keep the palette neutral and infuse warmth through rich and layered textures plus natural elements like brass and marble. Since I live with my partner (the social one), it was important that our home be both a place of rest for me but also visually entertaining enough to host a fabulous cocktail party.”

Matt Strauss.

Matt Strauss.

  Matt Strauss (Managing Partner, TAO Group/Dream Downtown)

“Our home is comfortable, fun and eclectic, full of color and features a collection of Modern and Contemporary art. We renovated a 1960s apartment with space to entertain  and to be entertained with clean lines and casual chic decor.”

Elena Kurnosova (Photo: Getty).

Elena Kurnosova (Photo: Getty).

   Elena Kurnosova (Model)

“A lot of light, but very warm and cozy at the same time, so it gives your heart the atmosphere of happiness and ‘home.’ ”

Joshua Greene.

Joshua Greene.

   Joshua Greene (Interior Designer)

“Organization—both visually and literally. I live in an efficient one-bedroom where everything has a place. It keeps me calm. I selected streamlined furniture pieces that offer clever storage with style, like my Danish credenza.” 

Ari Heckman.

Ari Heckman.

   Ari Heckman (Interior Designer)

“In designing my own home I wanted a neutral, ‘blank’ space that would serve as a respite from my daily life of acquiring/developing/designing spaces for others. I sought to design precisely, but without embellishment. I prioritized natural materials like exotic marbles, herringbone floors and concrete so there was interplay between luxury and simplicity. All the walls are stark white.”

Teresa Moore.

Teresa Moore.

   Teresa Moore (Model)

“My New York loft has exposed brick walls and large windows characteristic of a prewar building that was once a printing factory. The design theme is modern, playful and comfortable with a big leather couch, a long dining table with benches, eclectic furniture pieces, some fine art and some paintings by friends. Our guest bathroom has a fun photo montage of our travels from around the world, which makes me  want to travel.” ν

NYC Tastemakers: What Is the Key Design Theme in Your Home?