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Misha Nonoo Gives Her Greenwich Village Duplex an Update

May 30th, 2018

Call it an occupational hazard: What sold Misha Nonoo on her Greenwich Village duplex was the cavernous master closet. “I was like, ‘Dream!,’ ” the bubbly blonde Brit says of the space, designed by former owner Nate Berkus (AD, November 2012). Nonoo purchased the pad in 2013 with husband Alexander Gilkes, founder of Paddle8. When their marriage ended, she resolved to start fresh. “I wanted to clean house, breathe new energy into the place, and make it my own,” she explains.

After painting most of the walls with a creamy base, Mellone went hunting for “beautifully curated pieces of different styles,” among them Gio Ponti–style mirrors and a Milo Baughman raffia chair. “My aesthetic has evolved to become more pared back,” says Nonoo. “There’s no place in my life for tchotchkes.”

Two Oscar Tuazon works hang in the living room, and in the library a Warhol portrait of Queen Elizabeth II cheekily nods to Nonoo’s English roots. Mellone proposed placing TM Davy’s portrait of Nonoo beside it (“I wanted the Queen and the other queen together,” he quips), but she quashed the idea as “a little too much.” Her doppelgänger now resides in a green-lacquered bar room, formerly a home office.

 

 

“I entertain enormously,” says the designer, the rumored matchmaker behind England’s Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle. (Nonoo is attending this month’s wedding.) Since the previous layout of two living rooms “created a stilted flow,” says Mellone, he relocated the dining room alongside the kitchen and turned the former dining area into the library. Now Nonoo can host intimate dinner parties or big cocktail-and-canapé affairs. Of course the living room’s white carpet and pale furniture raise some questions: Are shoes allowed? Red wine? Yes and yes.

“I have a dog who is filthy half the time,” Nonoo says. “That’s also a British thing about me, a lack of neurosis.” That and the fact that she keeps a carpet-cleaning service on speed dial.

An RH sofa in Belgian linen holds court in the living room flanked by Pierre Lottier midcentury leather strap chairs and an Aldo Turro lacquered goatskin coffee table.
Left: A grouping of John Born pottery takes center stage on the living room mantel below an artwork by Oscar Tuazon. Right: A portrait keeps watch atop the stairs.
Left: The chevron floors and curved staircase date back to previous owner Nate Berkus. Right: An Andy Warhol portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, a gift from Nonoo’s father, holds court in the library alongside RH sofas and a midcentury Stilnovo pendant.
Left: A bay-window nook in the living room features a 1970s Belgian travertine table and a 1920s Arno Zoetmulder side chair. Right: A Molo cloud pendant hovers above the dining table; Gio Ponti–style mirrors flank the fireplace with a Douglas Gordon portrait of Brigitte Bardot above it.

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This Portuguese Compound Is the Perfect Blend of Rugged and Refined

May 28th, 2018

Friends from Switzerland first persuaded Patrick and Valentine Perrin to bring their four children—Paul, Louis, Marie, and Athina (now 21, 19, 15, and 8)—to Comporta, the surprisingly low-key jet-set resort town an hour south of Lisbon. The two families regularly met up on the slopes of Gstaad in the winters and decided to gather for a two-week summertime retreat back in July 2011.

“I did not know Comporta at all,” recalls Perrin. “But coming from the Landes region of southwest France, I fell madly in love with the rugged landscape here—the sun, the sand, the endless beach.”

Seduced, the Perrins started looking for land. Within a few months they secured a nine-acre parcel bordering a pine forest that ultimately provided their place with its name: Quinta dos Pinheiros (“pine farm”). And they started to make plans. They didn’t want a mere house but rather, in the local vernacular, a compound of small buildings, each dedicated to a specific use (living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and so on).

A fourth-generation scion of a dynasty of French art dealers, Perrin grew up among ancien régime treasures in the family gallery on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Despite that pedigree, however, after earning degrees in law and in art history and doing stints at Christie’s in New York and London, he wanted to get out from under the shadow of his illustrious forebears. So in 1991 he opened his own gallery, not far from the family flagship—and exhibited at the prestigious Biennale de Paris. In 1997, he cofounded (with fellow gallerist Stéphane Custot) the groundbreaking Pavillon des Arts et du Design, the first show to highlight both antique and contemporary design. (A booming success, PAD Paris marked its 22nd anniversary this past April; PAD London will mount its 12th edition in October, and the first PAD Geneva took place earlier this year.)

Clearly, Perrin is a man who knows what he likes—and how to get it. So, after buying the land, he moved swiftly to assemble a talented team to realize his vision: Alexandre Rufino of local building firm Nuno Carvalho, designers Daniel Suduca and Thierry Mérillou of Galerie Saint Jacques in Toulouse, and Belgium-based landscape designer Philippe de Boncourt.

While the family’s Paris home (in a building on the boulevard Saint-Germain that’s been in Perrin’s family for nearly a century) is filled with an eclectic mix of family heirlooms—prized pieces picked up over the years at PAD; an era-spanning collection of drawings by artists including Le Brun, Fragonard, and Millet; and a Wunderkammer’s worth of natural-history specimens—the Comporta place has a decidedly more focused look.

Designers Suduca and Mérillou, who have their own homes in the village, have been absorbing its cool, laid-back vibe for nearly two decades. In addition to including lots of built-ins, they gathered up furnishings, largely sourced from local craftsmen, that conjure a relaxed midcentury seaside vibe. Everything is in shades of white and sand, and there are copious amounts of vintage rattan, wicker, and rope furniture and accessories. “It’s chic,” says Mérillou, “but the holiday version.”

Artfully displayed collections include a whimsical cast of ceramic crabs and lobsters in the kitchen, witty woven straw animal heads in the library, shelves full of 19th- and 20th-century Portuguese pitchers, and dozens of reed-framed mirrors from the 1960s and 1970s. “With Valentine and I having chosen 99 percent of these objects, it’s impossible to pick one favorite!” declares Perrin, who admits to finding some of the unique pieces on the French website leboncoin.fr, where private sellers off-load everything from rattan furniture to old cars and even houses.

 That said, Perrin credits Boncourt, who expertly shaped the land, with creating one of his favorite spaces: the central courtyard, dominated by a huge umbrella pine and a fountain around which the six structures are sited. The resulting creation lies somewhere between a Portuguese farm and a small village. Within its “framework of sophisticated simplicity” (as Mérillou puts it), there are innumerable nooks, shaded pergolas, and sunny terraces in which to while away the hours. It’s the perfect place to relax, and the family escapes here as often as they can for stays anywhere from 10 days to two months.

“The longer the better!” declares Perrin, describing a typical day. “We wake up quite early—around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m., which isn’t very Portuguese—and I walk my two English springer spaniels around the garden that I love. Almost every day I meet some friends in a little café in Carvalhal where we drink superfresh orange juice, and then we ride our bikes through the pine forest or on the beach when the tide is low. We’ll stop into the fish shop in Carrasqueira to buy a big sea bass or turbot to grill later. Back home it’s time for a shower, a dip in the swimming pool, lunch, siesta, and, around the end of the day, a long swim in the ocean on a beach that’s usually completely empty—even on the 15th of August holiday!”

Perrin is an ardent gourmand—his annual truffle dinner is a winter treat for the dozens of friends he invites—and meals chez Perrin are truly convivial affairs featuring grilled fish as well as vegetables and fruits from their own gardens. Lunch is usually eaten out-doors on one of the terraces, even during the winter months. If there’s a chilly breeze coming off the Atlantic, just over the dunes, dinner might be served in the kitchen-dining pavilion. Though there’s a Portuguese cook on hand, well versed in all kinds of cuisine, guests are often asked to take on some aspect of meal preparation, so that by the time the food is on the table, everyone is ready to keep the conversation going—the perfect end to a day in paradise.

 

This article was originally published in Architectural Digest on April 25, 2018.

An Interior Designer Gave Her Bedroom a Modern Makeover—We Can’t Stop Staring

May 25th, 2018

Before settling into their current place, content creator Anne Sage lived with her now-husband, Ivan, in a more cramped home where natural light was hard to come by. “I always felt like I was piggybacking on [my husband’s] space,” Sage tells MyDomaine, so a chance to build a new life together in a new home came as a welcome adventure for the pair.

And considering that Sage is an incredibly talented interior designer, the decorating process was so fun to watch (just check out her kitchen to see what we mean). While it’s hard to rank which rooms we were most excited to see come together, we were probably partial to the master bedroom, so when she told us it was ready to make its debut, we couldn’t wait to see the result.

“This is the bedroom my husband and I share. It’s not huge, measuring about 10-by-12 feet, but I’m happy to say that it’s the biggest bedroom we’ve ever had together, so it feels like we live in a mansion,” says Sage. “We live in a 1954 bungalow. It’s quaint and petite, with a simple but charming architectural envelope,” she continues.

Her main objective for the new space? “I wanted it to feel super intentional: Our bedroom in our previous home was a random amalgamation of things we’d collected over time, and it always felt a little haphazard to me,” Sage explained. “This was my chance to create a space in which every decision had been considered as part of the whole.” To get inspired by modern bedroom design, take a tour of the finished product below.

 

Creating the Overall Vision of the Bedroom

Modern bedroom design is often mistaken for being sparse and cold, but that’s far from the truth. It’s really all about making these easier, both on the eye and in terms of lifestyle. “Above all, I wanted this space to feel like a calming and clutter-free respite from our busy lives—one that feels really airy and expansive in spite of the relatively small footprint,” Sage says.

And this sense of easy, breezy living comes across in her taste and aesthetic. “If I had to put a label on my style, I’d call it ‘California modern,'” she tells us. “I love clean lines and sculptural silhouettes, with the visual interest in a space coming more from organic layered textures than from tons of color.”

Admittedly, choosing a color scheme is one of the most intimidating steps in decorating. You want to make sure your personality shines without overcommitting to bold hues you’ll get tired of. But it’s also exciting, as Sage points out. Revisiting your personal goal is one of the best ways to make ensure you get it right the first time.

“Since my goal was to create a zen-inspired retreat, I wanted the palette to be easy on the eyes,” she explains. “I built the foundation with pale neutrals like oatmeal, ash gray, and natural-grained blonde wood; I then added in black accents for contrast and touches of brass for warmth.”

Anchoring the Room With the Bed

“The bed is the centerpiece of a bedroom, so that’s where I started the design process,” says Sage. “I fell hard for the Harper Bed by Rove Concepts the first time I saw it. It’s low and inviting with really harmonious proportions, and it almost seems to float in the middle of the room. It reminds me of something you’d see in a really spare, elegant hotel.”

Aside from falling in love with the overall look and feel of the bed, she also appreciated the details, as each element of the frame lent itself to the colors, textures, and materials she wanted to feature. A new frame also opened up the opportunity to choose new bedding. “For years, I’ve been drawn to a bed with messy, fluffy layered blankets, but recently my taste has definitely evolved toward a more tailored look,” she notes. “And, of course, the tightly upholstered construction of our new bed frame demands it.”

Adding Personality With Accessories and Accents

And as exciting as it is to find a bed frame you love enough to commit to, accent pieces are where you really get to play around with your style and have fun. “The most exciting part of this project was after I’d chosen the big foundational pieces and got to choose all the little touches to add personality,” Sage tells us. “In terms of small décor accents, I kept the edit really tight since I hate when clutter accumulates in the bedroom. That meant the few pieces I did choose had to be statement-makers in their own right, as well as jive with the whole.”

And though she opted for a new bed to inspire and anchor the rest of the room, there were also a few preexisting pieces she worked with to maintain her personal touch. “The black leather Paulistano sling chair was in our old bedroom,” she says. “I’ve had it for years—it was a college graduation gift—and I think of it as a message from my younger self that clean, modern design will never go out of style. It’s been through four moves with me, and I’ll never part with it,” she tells us.

 

“As I’ve grown older, I’ve become more interested in collecting limited-edition artwork, so this Charles Christopher Hill print from Twyla really spoke to me,” Sage explains. “It’s an abstract take on traditional African Kuba cloth patterns, and it has such a powerful energy to it. Ordinarily I’d have been nervous about hanging a piece this large over the bed for safety reasons (hello, earthquakes!), but with each purchase, Twyla sends a professional installer to mount the artwork using the same damage-proof hardware that galleries use to protect their priceless acquisitions.”

“Another holdover was the Bertu Home stump table next to the chair,” she says. “I used to have it in our entryway, but I moved it to the bedroom where it’s great for holding a vase of fresh flowers, a stack of books, or my phone while it charges. Its bleached finish gives it an almost ethereal presence that totally belies how hardworking it is.”

Finding the Right Light and Amplifying Storage

“I’m a big proponent of not being afraid to change or add hardwired light fixtures, even when you live in a rental as we do. The cost of hiring an electrician is small compared to the major impact that fantastic lighting can have, and you also gain a greater sense of ownership in your space,” Sage says.

One of the first changes they made was swapping out overhead lighting. “We traded the tacky ’80s ceiling fan that came with the house for a sleek, chic matte black ceiling fan from YLiving.” Flanking the bed with sconces is a a simple way to elevate a bedroom while also freeing up surface spaces. “We added hardwired sconces from Schoolhouse Electric to both sides of the bed. Wall-mounted lighting frees up valuable real estate on our nightstands since now we don’t have to make room for table lamps,” she says.

Speaking of storage space, that was one of Sage’s biggest challenges while decorating the bedroom. “The bedroom isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, and my husband and I both love our fashion. (His activewear collection alone could clothe a small army!) At the same time, I didn’t want a huge dresser to dwarf the room, so Capsule Home’s Open Frame Dresser was the perfect solution.”

 

This article was originally published on My Domaine on April 27, 2018.

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