14 spaces set aglow by amazing skylights

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14 spaces set aglow by amazing skylights

As part of their update of a New York City duplex, John B. Murray Architect and interior design firm Cullman & Kravis strikingly transformed the entrance hall, where an expanded skylight now illuminates paintings by (from left) Sean Scully, Adolph Gottlieb, and Giorgio Cavallon.

Photo: Joshua McHugh

In the central hall of a Northern California home designed by Steven Volpe and renovated by Butler Armsden Architects, the skylight brightens an Ado Chale table from Hedge. The owner's golden retriever lies on a floor of limestone.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

Family photographs are hung salon style in the rear stairwell of this Brooklyn brownstone decorated by Nick Olsen.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

Wenge-wood panels enrich the master suite in this Beverly Hills home decorated by Tocha Project, which is furnished with a chair by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, a custom-made bed and sofa upholstered in a Maharam fabric, and a headboard in a Sandra Jordan Collection alpaca.

Photo: Roger Davies

The kitchen in designer Michael S. Smith’s Palm Springs house is equipped with Poggenpohl cabinetry, a backsplash of Heath Ceramics tile, a Viking range and ovens, and Kallista sink fittings; Lawson-Fenning stools are pulled up to the island, which has a Caesarstone top.

Photo: Roger Davies

At the Moscow duplex decorated by Artistic Design, the master bath's tub fittings are by Lefroy Brooks; the horse sculpture is by Fernando Botero.

Photo: Tim Beddow

Picasso etchings line the stairway in a London penthouse decorated by Veere Grenney.

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

The floating staircase, designed by architect Mark Rios, is crowned by a circular skylight in a Hollywood home decorated by Waldo’s Designs; the work at left is by Dave Muller.

Photo: Roger Davies

Views of the master bath in a Los Angeles home decorated by Unique Custom Interiors showcase Italian-onyx counters and a maple vanity.

Photo: Roger Davies

In the master bedroom of Muriel Brandolini’s Hamptons Bay, New York, house, a skylight sheds some light on a work space and beautifully organized bookcases.

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

At Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's Beverly Hills, California, estate, decorated by Melinda Ritz, a floor of brass-trimmed leather distinguishes the library rotunda, where a 19th-century English marble-top table is centered beneath a skylight.

Photo: Roger Davies

In the master bedroom of a Los Angeles home decorated by Commune, the seat cushions on the walnut daybeds are of Milano wool by Kravet. The vintage cocktail table is from Nickey Kehoe, and the walls are covered in grass cloth by Astek.

Photo: Roger Davies

Travertine floors complement onyx surfaces in the master bath of a Long Island home decorated by Thierry Despont Ltd., which features his-and-her dressing areas and opens onto an outdoor shower.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

A gallery at the top of the stairs of this Minneapolis house decorated by Michael S. Smith includes works by Vik Muniz, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Raymond Pettibon, Sol LeWitt, and Mel Bochner; the light fixtures are by Charles Edwards.

Photo: Gili Oberto


We tap the AD archives to show how this simple and bright addition opens up rooms from New York City to Moscow.

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