British-born, NY-based design consultant Richard Ostell (he's the former creative director of Liz Claiborne) spends weekends at his house in Katonah, an hour outside Manhattan. "The house was built in 1926 as a holiday cottage and has been added on to over the years," he says. "When I first saw the property, I instantly fell in love with the location (surrounded by nature reserve in the woods) and the house's charming simplicity and honesty."
Ostell applied his curatorial eye to the interiors, creating serene, stylish spaces that manage to be both sophisticated and completely casual. "I like an edited mix of very honest, straightforward simple things," Ostell says. "Things that have either a patina of age or have been made by hand. I like natural materials and the mix of old and modern."