Designer Homes

The 8 Hottest Home Tours of 2014

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An Airy, Rustic, Architectural Abode

The Owner: Fashion designer Jenni Kayne  Why We Love It: With simplicity and comfort as her guiding principles, Kayne’s ultrachic house is a lesson in why less is actually more.  Style Tip to Steal: Letting nothing more than an elegant bench and piece of hung art define an otherwise useless nook.

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A Cali-Cool Ranch House 

The Owner: Blogger Shiva Rose  Why We Love It: There are the furnishings—cool mash-up of eclectic art, beloved books, and pattern-rich textiles—but also the fact that Rose and her two daughters live a simple, beautiful life full of light and laughter.  Style Tip to Steal: Rose’s salon-style wall—backed by her favorite “warm but not fluorescent” white paint, Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee—comes off as chic rather than cluttered. Her secret? Wide white mats edging many of the pictures “air out” the artscape so that it doesn’t overwhelm.

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An Effortlessly Cool NYC Duplex

The Owner: Fashion designer Charlotte Ronson  Why We Love It: Her pad rocks look that’s straight-up cool, classically pretty, and inviting all at once. Plus, she’s got some truly stellar art.  Style Tip to Steal: Offsetting “feminine, Parisian pieces” with “beat up vintage pieces” like the deep leather armchair.

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A Wildly Eclectic Spanish Beauty 

The Owner: Model Erin Wasson  Why We Love It: The madcap mix of everything from Masonic ephemera to Fornasetti plates has an enviable anything-goes attitude—and looks utterly stylish in the hands of this seasoned collector.  Style Tip to Steal: Wasson’s mantra—buy what you love because those things will always work together in your home—is one we’ve personally come to employ.

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An Enviable Georgian Revival 

The Owners: Designers John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross  Why We Love It: Elegance personified, fascinating collections, spot-on wall colors—what’s not to love?  Style Tip to Steal: The duo are utter believers in the visual power of numbers, swearing that anything and everything—matchbooks, mirrors, candles—looks amazing en masse.

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A Dreamy Madison Avenue Apartment 

The Owner: Fashion designer Michelle Smith of Milly  Why We Love It: Part Upper East Side glam, part downtown edge, Smith’s home is the perfect mix of polish and daring, much like her cool-girl fashion line.  Style Tip to Steal: Hits of black ground an otherwise girly palette of pink and gold in a chic, sophisticated way.

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A Traditional-With-A-Twist NYC Pad 

The Owner: Interior designer Michelle Smith  Why We Love It: Smith’s commitment to neutrals and penchant for perfectly imperfect vintage accents add up to one beyond-chic space. Oh, and there’s that shoe closet…  Style Tip to Steal: Art arrangements that are hung low and close together are a Smith signature, and imbue a space with approachability and warmth.

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A Riot of Color and Pattern 

The Owner: Entertaining expert and caterer Lulu Powers  Why We Love It: Powers has a free-spirited and fun-loving approach to food and hosting that beautifully translates into her decorating choices, with bold colors and daring wallpapers around every corner.  Style Tip to Steal: Wholeheartedly embracing wallpaper—a lost art in the everything-neutral design craze we’re currently in.

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