Tastemakers: What Do You Love Most About the Design of Your Home?

Interiors experts and influencers answer: What do you love most about the design of your home? Is there one room in particular that resonates?

 B. Andrew Torrey
Interior Designer

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“A pair of floor-to-ceiling steel bookcases. They are so tall my movers had to walk them up the fire-stairs. I filled them with novels and design books, all arranged by color, and accessorized them with a trio of porcelain vases by the Mexican artisan Rodrigo Noriega and an assortment of                                                                                  wood masks my grandmother collected.”

Diane Gilman
Designer of DG2

“What I love most about my new Fifth Avenue penthouse is 40 continuous feet of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park! My other love (it gets second place) is the totally transparent glass staircase we built to the upper level—I wanted glass so the staircase doesn’t obstruct the gorgeous view.”                                                            

 Rochelle Jacobs-Silpe
Owner, co-creator of June Jacobs

“Every detail in my apartment is an expression of my personality. Growing up in NYC, you learn very quickly that you will most likely have limited storage space. When we were working with the architect on the design, we opted for closets or hidden storage over ‘useless’ space at every opportunity.”

Rupert Noffs

Director/Owner of The Lucky Bee and May bee bohemian LLC

“Our dream was to find an apartment where the elevator opens directly into the apartment. Oh, and to have a washer and dryer. To most Australians that means nothing, but it’s everything in New York. It’s big enough to host large dinner parties, which we did before the Lucky Bee.”                                                      

Katrina Hernandez
Interior Designer

“The modern beach-y vibe—I enjoy traveling to tropical destinations and my love for the beach has definitely influenced the design. Matte white walls are offset by textured pieces including chunky jute rugs, woven wall hangings, plaster lamps and handmade ceramics. It feels fresh, cozy and relaxing.”

Cortney Novogratz, Bob Novogratz== Bob and Cortney Novogratz present their ODE TO ROBERT ISABELL== Former Isabell Residence, NYC== January 27, 2011== © PatrickMcMullan== Photo - RYAN MCCUNE / PatrickMcMullan.com== ==Cortney Novogratz
Interior Designer

“My partner Robert and I designed our kitchen as the soul of our house. It’s open-plan with one-of-a-kind lights over the island and some of our best art. It’s where I gather my morning thoughts over coffee, chat, work, feed my kids and help them with homework and where Robert and I relax with a glass of wine.”                                                                        

Julie Baumgartner, Joey Krietemeyer== The AIPAD Opening Night Gala== Park Avenue Armory, NYC== March 28, 2012== © Patrick McMullan== Photo - RYAN MCCUNE/ PatrickMcMullan.com== ==

Joey Krietemeyer
Senior Art Director 1st Dibs

“My favorite elements are those that have a personal story behind them. I treasure the custom furniture I built with my father, as well as the meaningful gifts my boyfriend and I have given each other (an antique map, Carl Auböck paperweights, and vintage Omersa footstools, to name a few).”

Michelle Gerson
Interior Designer

“Comfort is incorporated into every piece in my home. The sofa is extra-deep so everyone in the family can sit, lay, or even jump on it. The tufted ottoman is oversized and has a giant tray filled with all my favorite eye candy: Kelly Wearstler marble lips, Apparatus studio bronze candle sticks and other treasures.”                                                                                                   

Joshua Greene
Interior Designer

“My bathroom and dressing room. I chose a smoky gray-green travertine and ran it floor-to-ceiling on every wall. It spills over to an efficiently designed dressing room, which features tons of shelving for clothes and shoes as well as a counter to house my watches, sunglasses and colognes.”

Peter Thomas Roth
Founder/President of Peter Thomas Roth

“The best part of our house design is that it was built in 1899. Our Upper East Side brownstone has a rich history behind it, allowing our family to create special memories.”

Tastemakers: What Do You Love Most About the Design of Your Home?