Famous hairstylist Harry Josh has created his dream country house in New York

When Harry Josh isn’t styling Gisele Bündchen’s or Cindy Crawford’s lavish locks, he’s usually hosting friends at his newly renovated West Village apartment. Building a warm and welcoming space for entertaining friends (some of whom are also his supermodel clients) was the primary focus of the gut renovation of his early 19th-century home, which he totally reconfigured to facilitate convivial dining. and cozy stays.

“I have a very active social life,” admits Harry. “I have people visiting me constantly and I host dinner parties and game nights, so it was really crucial to have lots of common living areas, while the bedrooms could take a back seat.”

Harry opened up the ground floor to create a generous kitchen and dining room, which he imbued with a charming European country aesthetic. Dusty blue Shaker style cabinetry is paired with vintage knobs, a black farmhouse sink and a custom steel hood. An L-shaped marble countertop provides plenty of room for prep work, while a wood-paneled backsplash is outfitted with a wall-to-wall spice rack. “I use all these spices because I cook so many different things [types of] Indian, Thai, Mexican and Italian cuisines,” Harry shares. “[All of those cuisines] have their own set of four or five base spices.

“I loved the existing green tile, and to make it stand out I made the frame jet black,” says Harry. “I have so many neutral tones in my house, so I really wanted some dramatic focal points. The fireplace works from morning until night during the winter months, and that was a very important feature for me to tie the mood of the English country kitchen, which is why I insisted on the copper saucepans being placed on top.

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Above the existing green tiled fireplace hangs Harry’s beloved collection of worn copper kitchen utensils, while antique water carafes rest on an old wooden bench by the hearth. Nearby, interior designer Kristen McGinnis curated open shelving with Akio Nukaga ceramics, a vintage Japanese vase, Hedeki Takayama wooden bowls, and Go Takagi serving holders.

“My intention was to make it look like it had a story,” Harry explains. “I have an Italian cabinet from the 1800s and lots of antiques that make you feel like they’re worthy of being [you just] stand there and just observe. My goal was that when people came, they would never be bored because they would always walk up to a counter and look at all my little things. It’s a mini museum, if you will.

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