To brighten up her flat in a Victorian-era New York building, Jessica Chastain turns over the keys to designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller. When she first came to see her current home, Chastain realized that, as starving students, she and her friends often went to the restaurant directly across the street. “My grandmother would send me $20 once a week for the baked ziti. So every Saturday night, as a big splurge, we’d go there. I didn’t know until we saw the apartment, and I said, ‘Oh, my God, it’s right here.’”

Author: Derek Blasberg | Photography: Douglas Friedman

The library’s ottoman, chairs, upholstery, silk wall covering, and rug are all by Ralph Lauren Home; the chandelier is by Jonathan Adler.

The subtly textured look of the living room walls was achieved with a Ralph Lauren Paint faux-suede finish. The chandelier, sofa, armchairs, and rug are all by Ralph Lauren Home. The burlap-wrapped low table is from Mecox, and the gilded mirror and slipper chair, which both belonged to Lauren Bacall, were bought at auction.

To help lighten the dining room, the designers lacquered its oak paneling white. The wall covering, table, and chairs are all by Ralph Lauren Home. The Venetian-glass chandelier and Swedish painted mirror are vintage.

A custom-made banquette in the dining room nook wears a Ralph Lauren Home cotton velvet. The sisal rug is by Stark.

Original woodwork surrounds pocket doors that open to the parlor. A Ralph Lauren Home chair is pulled up to a Noir desk. The batik wall covering, blue chair, brass étagères, plaid storage ottoman, and rug are all by Ralph Lauren Home. The jukebox is a vintage Rock-Ola.

In the foyer, the chambray wing chair and floral wallpaper are by Ralph Lauren Home. The McLain Wiesand mirror is from John Rosselli & Assoc., and the Azerbaijani rug is vintage.

A silver chandelier by Ralph Lauren Home illuminates the kitchen’s butcher-block-top island. The stools are from the Sundance Catalog, and the Wolf range is paired with a Broan hood.

In the master bedroom, the copper pedestal tub is by Signature Hardware and the tub fittings are by Waterworks. Paintings by Jacques Nestlé adorn a wall covered in a Ralph Lauren Home herringbone pattern. The chair is vintage.

In the same space, the canopy bed, its draperies, and its bedding are all by Ralph Lauren Home. The oak-frame bench is from BK Antiques, and the rug is 19th century.

Photography: Mario Testino/Art Partner