Cozy and quirky home

In a nod to owner Jim White’s stint as a foreign correspondent based near Isak Dinesen’s Kenya home, the words “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills” are penciled on the wall above the fireplace. Designer Erin Martin topped a 1960s coffee-table base with Calacatta marble (also used elsewhere in the house) and designed the mirror above the fireplace. The slipcovered Verellen Home Collection sofas are from her store, Martin, in Saint Helena. The sculpture of Icarus on the mantel is by Simon Toparovsky.

The Whites (and Linus, their Goldendoodle) “have the best deal on earth,” says designer Erin Martin. “Their property is only about an acre, but their views go on for miles.”

A curtain of Perennials outdoor fabric in two tones provides privacy for the Japanese soaking tub.

Simple silver-tipped bulbs illuminate the custom vanity in the master bath (the Venetian mirror is architectural salvage).

A wire dress form Carol uses to examine the jewelry she designs adds a sculptural element to the white-tiled guest bath.

The contrast between fluffy fake fur and masculine nail heads epitomizes this stylish home: comfortable and creative but never overly sweet.

The Whites, with Martin (seated), around one of the kitchen’s two islands topped in Calacatta marble.

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