Bold color comes naturally to gregarious cosmetics executive Jeanine Lobell, a makeup artist whose unapologetically saturated hues caused quite the sensation when she created Stila, her cosmetics line, 17 years ago. Hardly one to follow rules, when the free-spirited Lobell, her husband, actor Anthony Edwards, their four children, two Chihuahuas, and pair of parakeets moved to Manhattan from Los Angeles several years ago, they wanted their 5,000-square-foot Park Avenue apartment to reflect their New York City lifestyle, “which is hardly quiet.”
The family’s choice of architect and designer Rafael de Cárdenas, who says of his clients, “[t]hey’re brave, and they don’t want anything expected,” was a brilliant decision. Cárdenas even admits that when it came to choosing a palette for the large home, a full floor in a prewar building achieved by his skilled union of two apartments, he deferred to the queen of color: “Jeanine is very exacting on that subject, as one might imagine—don’t call it lavender if it’s lilac!” he warns.
Let’s take a look at their beautiful, chroma-rich home.
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In the living room, a pair of bottle-green chandeliers pop against petal-pink walls. The sectional sofa and cocktail table are custom Cárdenas designs, the 1940s sleigh chairs are from High Style Deco, the curtains are made of an ivory-colored Stark silk, and the iridescent framed wallpaper panel is de Gournay.