Jeanine Lobell's Home Is as Colorful as Her Cult-Favorite Line

As the founder of Stila Cosmetics and Cate Blanchett's makeup artist, we'd fully swap lives with her.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Alec Kugler

One of the best things about New York is that from street level, you can never really be sure what youre looking at. The city is proof of not being able to judge a book by its cover. For example, when we visited Stila founder Jeanine Lobell’s home to talk about her legendary career—as you may remember, she famously painted the face of Hillary Clinton on the cover of Vogue—we had no idea she lived in a decorators dream town house. We were so blown away we had to capture every last inch of it.

Like, say, her neon green kitchen, which she swatched from a flower shop and features a custom birdcage in homage to her hometown of L.A. Or the living room with plush lilac lived-in couches, stacks of coffee tables, and oversized Oriental rugs. And that’s just the beginning of it. Then again, she is a beauty mogul, so playing with color is part of the job.

Click through below to see the crazy color she painted her entrance and to find out how she describes the aesthetic of her home.

“I have lived in my apartment for 14 years, and it’s a rambling, colorful, cozy home. It was originally two apartments, and I made it into one, which was an undertaking. But the guys who did the renovations were awesome.”

“I found a place that has antique wall paper, it’s called Second Hand Rose. I spent days in there finding papers and figuring out what room I could use them in. I am wallpaper obsessed!”

“A few years later, my friend Rafael de Cardenas helped me redo and decorate my space more properly. That’s when we made the fuchsia Venetian plaster entry, which is pretty amazing and striking when you first walk in.”

“My mah-jongg table is funny; it’s an automated table. The game involves setting up a square wall of tiles, and the machine shuffles and resets the tiles so you can play. It's amazing, and we play it as a family.”

“My aesthetic is definitely whimsical.”

“My favorite piece of furniture is my dining room table—it’s Swedish and reminds me of home, where I was born and raised.”

“The headdress is from Africa—it’s a Kenyan tribal dress. I have gone to Kenya many times and love it there.”

“I built a birdcage because, coming from L.A., I knew we needed to have some nature close by, so we built it as part of the cabinetry.”

“I love color, and I think it really affects your mood. I had done an event at a small flower shop, which was painted that chartreuse green, and I loved it so much they gave me a little swatch of it, and I matched it. The kitchen is such a happy place.”