Interior designer Alyssa Kapito has created beautifully textured interiors for projects as varied as an Upper East Side pre-war apartment, a modern beach house in Bellport, and a family home in Beverly Hills. Her distinctive style combines bright whites, warm neutrals, and subtle decorative elements for an effect that’s elegant without being formal and restrained without being anywhere near cold. Her rooms make you feel calm—like you could sit there for hours with a cocktail in one hand and a fabulous book in the other. Which is the state we want to be in at all times. To get a sense of how she’s developed her eye, we asked the interior designer about her inspirations, her entertaining go-tos, and what makes a place feel like home.
Describe your aesthetic in five words or less.
Classic, Edited, Artful
Colors or neutrals.
Favorite room of the house to decorate and why?
I love living rooms because you can break out of the box a little. In a bedroom you always need a bed, a dining room you always need a dining table and a kitchen has to be practical. A living room, on the other hand, can really be however you want it to be.I have a daybed in the middle of my living room and I love it!
Home is happiness. Fill it with people and things that bring you joy.
Any artists that inspire your work?
Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, Picasso, the Giacometti brothers (both Diego and Alberto), Jean Michel Frank, Francis Bacon, Josef Hoffman, Chuck Close… this list could go on and on!
Seeing a lot of people around my dinner table! It reminds me of how I grew up. I’m one of six kids, and dinners were always this happy chaos of siblings and friends with tons of food and everyone talking over one another.
To you, home is…
Happiness. Fill it with people and things that bring you joy.