Jonathan Van Ness’s stylish living room is simultaneously cozy and modern

The Queer Eye star teaches us that you don't have to choose between minimalism and warmth

JVN at the 2022 creative art emmy awards
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Move over Bobby Berk! Though JVN is better known for his immaculate hair and beauty advice, the Queer Eye star has revealed that he knows a thing or two about interior design. The Getting Curious with JVN host posted an adorable family photo with his husband Mark Peacock (including their three dogs and three cats!). We couldn’t stop staring at the chic background.

The couple’s living room strikes the perfect balance between a clean modern aesthetic and a lived-in, cozy house. Jonathan and Mark relax on a gray velvet sofa with two chic orange throw pillows and a stylish interlocking G throw blanket. Behind them, modern pendant lights (a huge 2023 lighting trend!) hang from the ceiling in front of bold red and pink abstract paintings by A’driane Nieves. The partners’ long, clean-lined windows fill the room with light.

Interior designers love the way that each element of JVN’s space meshes together with the rest of the room. ‘Everything seems to flow well together, which in my mind is a major design success’ says Cathleen Gruver, head interior designer at Gruver Cooley Design. ‘Each element supports the other elements perfectly in a way to make the room feel cohesive and thoughtful’ she adds. ‘I love how the abstract art is a feature in this space that feeds all of the other elements. The colors are a fun way to brighten the space and bring in some personality. I also love how the horizontal lines within it can help keep a visual flow of movement. The pendant lights are neutral but have a fun shape to bring in some textural interest’ says Cathleen. The perfect blend of neutrals allows Johnathan’s space to feel at once contemporary and warm, a difficult balance to strike.

cathleen gruver interior designer
Cathleen Gruver

Cathleen has her M.A. in Interior Design from Marymount University. She received ASID’s “Ones to Watch” Award and NKBA's prestigious 30 Under 30 Award. Her graduate thesis received the Best in Show award for her research and evidence-based design. She received multiple Chrysalis Awards from Qualified Remodeler and Kitchen & Bath Design News. She has been featured in The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping and Forbes.

The experts also admire the effect the large abstract artworks create in JVN’s living room. Nicholas Kaiko of Kaiko Design Interiors says: ‘The stand out in this room is definitely the artwork by A'driane Nieves – it is a beautiful color palette and the scale is also great on this wall. It’s warm and inviting. It would be very simple to continually update your soft accessories with this artwork to keep the room looking fresh.’ Nicholas also notes that the ‘repeat’ elements of the room and the symmetry amplify these positive effects. He states: ‘The symmetry of the artwork flanked by a pair of windows adds to this effect. The repetition of elements here is also strong: pair of windows, double canvas, and pair of pendants.’

nicholas kaiko of kaiko design interiors
Nicholas Kaiko

Nicholas Kaiko, founder of Kaiko Design Interiors, is a highly sought-after interior designer based in Sydney, Australia. With over a decade of experience in the interior design industry, Nic has honed his skills as an interior architect and decorator, working on luxury hotels and high-end residential projects both locally and internationally.

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Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.