out of the ordinary
More than that, the wife—a fashionista and museum patron who, like her husband, has a strong point of view when it comes to design—admits that she was itching to put her own stamp on the decor. As with their urban apartment, she envisioned a home filled with contemporary art, color, vintage and antique furnishings, and a dash of sparkle. “I like to joke that we’ve been married for six years, but it’s taken four and a half years for this house to look like I live here,” she says.
The newly expanded living room looks out to the garden; the outdoor furniture is by McKinnon and Harris.
Previous additions had pushed the boundaries of the house closer to the tennis court. Because the couple does not play tennis and the court was blocking the view, they had it removed along with the original swimming pool. Haynes and Roberts—together with the Manhattan-based landscape architect Edmund Hollander, who had created the property’s original garden—designed an ambitious new plan for the grounds.
A pair of sconces by Hervé Van der Straeten flank the entrance to the dining room, which features a 1970s Sciolari light fixture above a custom-made dining table and 1950s Dunbar chairs covered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen; the painting is by George Condo, and the large-scale metal piece is by Jim Lambie.
A new poolhouse was added, with two wings—a changing room and a sauna at one end, and on the other side, a chic bar and a lounge with a striking white-and-blue circle-patterned marble floor—that frame an outdoor dining pavilion with an adjacent gravel-lined garden and a bosque of plane trees. “It’s like a secret garden,” the wife says. “You want to throw somebody a wedding here.”
In the gravel garden, the table and benches are by Bloom, the lantern is from Flair Home Collection, and the plantings include plane trees, boxwood, and a hornbeam hedge.
If the master bedroom is the couple’s private oasis, the reinvigorated living room is the new social hub of the home. Haynes and Roberts raised the gabled ceiling to 20 feet and doubled the overall space with an addition that culminates in a wall of windows and French doors. The decor, too, feels expansive and fresh, with overscale white leather cocktail tables, plenty of seating, and a vintage Harvey Probber tufted sofa—a U-shaped piece that Roberts split into two parts—facing the garden. “I hate living rooms that nobody sits in,” the wife says. “I wanted every chair to feel like a place where you would want to take a nap.”
In the daughter’s bedroom, the linens are by E. Braun & Co., the vintage lamps were found in San Francisco, the pouf is from John Derian, and the wallpaper is by Osborne & Little; the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.