Jill Kargman's Happy Home
Jill Kargman of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out isn’t afraid to serve red wine at her home. “My biggest pet peeve with people’s parties is no one serves red wine because they have such a fear of spills,” she says. “That’s the opposite of how I live.” While decorating her four-story New York City townhouse, the actress chose pieces that suited her distinctive personality, which, much like her TV counterpoint, is refreshingly devoid of anything cookie-cutter. “I am never leaving,” Kargman, 42, says. “I mean until I literally can’t walk up the stairs. I am staying here until they carry my dead body out.”
Of the scene-stealing Oscar de la Renta four-poster in her master suite, Kargman says, “That was the one, big furniture splurge, everything else is pretty reasonable. But we never get out of that bed, we love it. We all cuddle and watch movies.”
Kargman teamed up with longtime friend and interior designer Lauren Duff, who understood Kargman’s tastes and “completes my sentences.” But when it came to choosing furniture for the living room, Duff suggested a classic piece that left Kargman a little skeptical. “I’ve always had a fear of sectionals, I never thought I would have one,” she says. Duff chose a charcoal leather finish that gave the furniture piece a men’s club vibe that suits the space perfectly. The gallery wall behind the sofa is 16 years in the making. “It’s been really fun kind of collecting this stuff for 16 years and then having a space where I can actually put it all,” she says. “This feels like my first grown up place.”
Kargman is attracted to classic craftsmanship with a gothic flare. “I would say like a Tim Burton set meets John Derian,” the actress says of her decor style.
“I get joy [from it] every day,” Kargman says of her favorite room in the house. “I feel like bathrooms can be so banal and it’s good to have whimsy and fun with it and I love the alphabet.” She adds, “Usually bathrooms don’t turn me on but the other ones aren’t that great.”
Room for All
Kargman and her media mogul husband, Harry, had put off moving for a long time due to cost concerns and their extenisive list of must-haves for a new house. In this home they found plenty of room for their son, Fletch, and daughters, Ivy and Sadie. “We just fill this with people every single week,” the actress says.
Each room in her new home evokes a positive, energetic spirit that friends and family are drawn to. “I’m not a big vibes person, I’m not spiritual at all, but it feels like a happy house.” She adds jokingly, “My kids are slobs. But it feels like just bright and happy.”