“Honestly, the house wasn’t that fantastic, but it experienced generous rooms with 14-foot ceilings and a few particulars that were well worth preserving. Mary didn’t want to eliminate the original character solely, so we tried to consider what the house may possibly have been if it had truly extraordinary interval architecture,” Hefner recollects. Functioning inside the unique footprint, the architect fully recast the character of the structure by flattening its pitched roof, incorporating spruce present day eaves and corner windows, and cladding the formerly stucco exterior in white-painted reclaimed brick, the same content he applied for outside screens, planters, and brise-soleils, as perfectly as a handful of strategic walls of the interior. “It’s not a slavish re-development of a single specific design and style, but it has the proper spirit and it feels acquainted,” the architect suggests.
Inside the home, the purity of the crisp white exterior offers way to a delirious medley of coloration. The monumental dwelling space, which actions 30 by 36 toes, is bathed in shades of pink and peach, the kitchen area in celadon and forest green, the eating place in lavender, the primary bed room in ice blue, and the extensively renovated poolhouse in bright yellow. The bedrooms of Kitchen’s 3 younger daughters, as effectively as the bunk space they share for in-dwelling sleepovers, are enveloped in different colorways of the similar sprightly tulip-patterned cloth and wallpaper.
“Zoning the house by colour allowed us to management the remarkable range of pieces and themes that Mary was drawn to, all these terrific points from significantly-flung intervals and sites. At the time we founded the guidelines, we were absolutely free to enjoy inside of these boundaries,” Bush clarifies. As an instance, he cites the merry mélange of furnishings and artworks collected in the extravagant dwelling room: pedigreed Italian types by Gio Ponti and Osvaldo Borsani a restored seven-foot-vast Waterford crystal chandelier initial to the household William Haines barstools upholstered in Pepto-Bismol pink leather-based a Walter Dorwin Teague piano for Steinway & Sons fuddy-duddy vintage Louis XV–style bergères from Phyllis Morris a 1970s brass banana-leaf sculpture signature artworks by John Baldessari, Cindy Sherman, and Yayoi Kusama and a significant Frank Stella Protractor painting articulated in, you guessed it, shades of pink and peach.
Bush peppered his various ensembles with bits of previous-fashioned finery—Sherle Wagner marble bogs and gilt-completed fixtures, accent walls of smoky beveled mirror, Dorothy Draper minimize velvets, bullion-fringed pool umbrellas—as very well as humble midcentury elements these kinds of as Formica, linoleum, cork, and vinyl. “Call it anti-establishment taste. These are points that most people wouldn’t want or would tear out of an old residence,” Kitchen states of the much more outré attractive consequences confident to established the teeth of persnickety aesthetes on edge. “I just really like that it feels exciting to me,” she concludes. “At the end of the day, if you do not have a perception of humor, what’s the position?”