Now that their three daughters are grown, fashion designer Kenneth Cole and his wife, Maria Cuomo Cole, have turned their handsome Stanford White-designed home into a weekend retreat that's a loving reflection of their 25 years together. InStyle took a private tour inside and sat down with Cole for an exclusive interview. "A house may reflect who you are on the outside but a home is who you are on the inside," explains Cole, who says they didn't necessarily set out to "decorate" the house. "All of these things tell a story about our past," Cole adds. "But even more importantly, they inspire us to look forward to what lies ahead." Click through the gallery to see the photos!
1. Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole
Cole and Cuomo Cole perch on a deep window
bay in the sitting room.
A documentary filmmaker,
most recently produced
"The Invisible War," about
violence against women
in the military.
2. The Yard
surround the gracious
views of the
3. The Sitting Room
In one of the home’s two main-floor sitting rooms, a blend
of antiques and contemporary upholstered pieces creates
a refined yet eclectic feel. The black rocking chair was
found in the basement of an antiques shop in London.
4. The Art
Cole surprised his wife with a pair
of Warhols of her father, former
New York governor Mario Cuomo,
that they?d once spied together
in an N.Y.C. gallery window.
5. The Living Room
Marc Chagall’s "The Wedding" hangs above a gray Restoration Hardware couch in the sitting room, shown above.
6. The Bedroom
Interior designer Natasha Bergreen applied
pale stripes on the walls of an upstairs bedroom
for a textured yet soft effect.
7. The Foyer
In the foyer a papier-mache statuette of a woman (found in an antiques shop in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.) shares space with family photos. A canvas on an easel in the background is a Gustav Klimt–inspired painting by daughter Emily.
8. The Kitchen
The expansive kitchen features a hammered copper island and a custom-made La Glacière refrigerator from France with a signed brass plate by the artisan who made it.
9. The Study
A Warhol "Beatle Boots" silk screen,
leaning on the mantel, is one
of the many shoe-themed
collectibles in Cole?s elegantly