Hair guru John Barrett, who has styled the tresses of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Courtney Cox Arquette, and the late Princess Diana, believes that furnishings, like hairstyles, should be beautiful yet practical. His Greenwich Village living room, which opens onto a sizeable terrace, is made for entertaining, with h seating and plenty of places to set down a drink, such as the vintage cocktail table from the Pace Collection. The painting is by and the cowhide rug is by the .
When rebuilding their 6,000-square-foot loft in lower Manhattan, which was damaged on 9/11, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk and her husband, Daniel Kaner, president of Oribe Hair Care, moved away from the bright colors that had imbued the apartment, opting for soft neutrals and antique furnishings. The mirror frame was salvaged from a château, the Gothic chandeliers above the vintage dining table are by , and the 18th-century dining chairs are from .
Sisley executive Christine D’Ornano’s colorful London house mixes contemporary art with comfortable furnishings fit for her family of five. In the master bedroom, the walls are covered in a large-scale floral print by , which is also used for the headboard and bedskirt. The bed is dressed in linens by , the bench is by Chrisian Liaigre, and the lamps are by . D’Ornano salvaged the bedside tables and painted them white.
Kevin Mancuso, whose hairstyles have appeared on the covers of Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar, called on architect to design his Sag Harbor, New York, home. The minimalist furnishings and sparse decoration make the house a soothing respite. The painting is by Maureen Gallace, and the floor lamp is by .
The breakfast room of Frédéric Fekkai and Shirin von Wulfen’s 150-year-old farmhouse in Millbrook, New York, mixes modern convenience with historic touches. Architect knocked out a wall to create a large light-filled room that opens into the garden. To add a rustic feel, the wood beams and brick wall were exposed and the original mantel was stripped and oiled. The pendant lights are from , the chairs are from the , and the table is set with J&G Meakin china.
Estée Lauder executive John Demsey’s Manhattan apartment is a mod mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings. In the sitting room, black-and-white armchairs from and framed photographs make a bold statement when paired with a large red-framed mirror. The lacquer table is by and the Eileen Gray rug is from .
Hairstylist John Freida designed an idyllic country retreat overlooking a Connecticut lake with the help of designer . The cozy guest room is panelled in knotty pine stained a rich caramel, and contains an Arts and Crafts–style bed, throw, and vintage task lamp.
The dining room in perfumer Killian Hennessy’s Paris apartment is as luxe as his fragrances. The room features ornate moldings and tassles, vibrant damask curtains, a bold leopard-print rug, Moroccan cabinets, antique Murano vases, a 19th-century painting, and a Napoléon III candelabra.
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown, whose clients include Meryl Streep and Cindy Crawford, applied her cosmetic credo of a subdued palette when decorating her family’s New Jersey home. The kitchen’s exposed beams and off-white cabinetry evoke a farmhouse, while the ample counter space and seating are ideal for both homework and casual dining.