Our Favorite Rooms

Gloriously well-appointed spaces for living, working, playing, dreaming and celebrating. By Cristina Cuomo
Hampton Bays, New York Known for her vivid color coordination, designer Muriel Brandolini has the best indoor lap pool. Photography: Eric Striffler
Shelter Island, New York The floor-to-ceiling windows to a panoramic water view at “Clearhouse” bring the outdoors in at this incredible home designed by Stuart Parr, who worked with architect Michael Johnson. The dark rich rosewood circa 1958 contrasts perfectly with the unfilled travertine floors. Photography: New York 90; available for rental via jenny.landey@sir.com
Upstate New York Designer Will Meyer’s lakeside retreat creates the experience of communing with nature. Photography: Paul Costello/OTTO
West Marin The corner office in Yves Béhar and Sabrina Buell’s California home is a happy, clutter-free space. Photography: Brittany Ambridge/OTTO
Los Angeles Every home should have a reading space like John Legend’s outdoor nook by Don Stewart, where quiet gives birth to creativity. Photography: Roger Davies/OTTO (designed by Don Stewart)
East Hampton, New York Architect Jerome Engelking’s award-winning East Hampton residence on Red Dirt Road is a masterpiece of modern design. This great room is a perfect, not precious, living space that gives way to an open kitchen and dining area. ©Nic Lehoux New York 90 Photography; available for rental via jenny.landey@sir.com 
Shelter Island, New York Calm and warm, this wood-paneled waterfront bedroom sets the tone for a good night’s sleep. Photography: Peter Aaron/OTTO (designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson)
Soho, NYC Laura Santos, an interior designer—and my friend and surf buddy—incorporates colors evocative of my Brazilian roots and years spent in Portugal. Her clean, minimal accents make this breakfast nook—where she spends the most time with her two kids—her favorite and mine. Tableop by Paul Kingma Netherlands, 1978 from Van Den Akker Antiques. Custom table base by Laura Santos Interiors, fabricated by Vigilant Design. Chairs by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s from R & Company. Pendant by Fontana Arte, Italy 1950s from Bernd Goeckler Antiques. Art by Paul Feeley. 73 Wooster photographer: Bjorn Wallander; Stylist: Howard Christian; Architect: Method Design; Contractor: Riverside Builders
Brazil! Designer Sig Bergamin, whom I interviewed 20+ years ago at his very first home in America—which was in Sag Harbor—even then incorporated red in such a bold, unforgettable way. Photography: Björn Wallander/OTTO (designed by Sig Bergamin)
Orient, New York We always love it when designers bring the outside indoors not just in materials, textures, and colors, but in light and mood, as evidenced in this mid-century modern waterfront living room by designer Grace Rosenstein. Photography: Brittany Ambridge/OTTO (designed by Grace Rosenstein)
Southampton, New York In the Gold LEED-certified sunroom of architect Nina Edwards Anker’s acclaimed sustainable home, named Cocoon, curved glass walls absorb sunlight and allow sea breezes to circulate. Edwards Anker also designed the waterproof rattan “Knotties” lounges and the solar pendant chandelier. Photography: Caylon Hackwith
Santa Cruz, California Yes, we could live here in this open-air surfboard room, beachside. Photography: Stephen Kent Johnson/OTTO (designed by Commune Design)