ISSUE 51  |  Christmas Parties

House Call: Courtney Love in New York

December 19, 2011 11:30 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Last week's design revelation was Courtney Love's Federal brick townhouse on xoJane, which editor Jane Pratt refers to as "Courtney's creative laboratory." The black and blue palette; the unexpected mix of antiques (Art Deco pieces by E.J. Ruhlmann, Art Nouveau furniture by Louis Majorelle, and English pieces by Chippendale); the paintings by Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, and Gretchen Ryan; and the Buddhist accoutrements all add up to a surprisingly calm and harmonious setting. To see more, go to xoJane.

Photography by Peter Murdock.

Above: The grand entryway leads from the living area to an upstairs bedroom; the entry doors are painted in a glossy black paint from Fine Paints of Europe.

Above: A Frances Bacon triptych hangs above the mantel; the globe to the left of the fireplace belonged to Kurt Cobain.

Above: A collection of bridal cake toppers.

Above: A prayer room, with various books on Buddhism and tarot cards.

Above: A collection of curios, including Chinese foot-binding shoes.

Above: Photos of Love's daughter by Herb Ritts.

Above: The living room is wallpapered in Farrow & Ball's Lotus; the painting above the fireplace is by Gretchen Ryan, who is inspired by beauty pageant culture.

Above: Love's desk is unabashedly feminine.

Above: Love's bedroom exudes a Victorian vibe.

Above: Love at home.