“Honestly, the property was not that good, but it experienced generous rooms with 14-foot ceilings and a number of aspects that ended up really worth preserving. Mary did not want to drop the primary character solely, so we tried to think about what the property may have been if it experienced truly remarkable interval architecture,” Hefner recollects. Doing work inside of the primary footprint, the architect wholly recast the character of the composition by flattening its pitched roof, adding spruce modern day eaves and corner windows, and cladding the formerly stucco exterior in white-painted reclaimed brick, the identical content he used for out of doors screens, planters, and brise-soleils, as well as a couple of strategic partitions of the interior. “It’s not a slavish re-generation of a person distinct type, but it has the proper spirit and it feels common,” the architect says.
Inside the home, the purity of the crisp white exterior gives way to a delirious medley of color. The monumental residing space, which steps 30 by 36 toes, is bathed in shades of pink and peach, the kitchen in celadon and forest environmentally friendly, the dining room in lavender, the most important bed room in ice blue, and the extensively renovated poolhouse in vivid yellow. The bedrooms of Kitchen’s three younger daughters, as nicely as the bunk place they share for in-home sleepovers, are enveloped in unique colorways of the exact same sprightly tulip-patterned material and wallpaper.
“Zoning the house by colour authorized us to regulate the unbelievable wide range of pieces and themes that Mary was drawn to, all these good points from significantly-flung periods and areas. The moment we proven the rules, we had been free to enjoy in just people boundaries,” Bush describes. As an instance, he cites the merry mélange of furnishings and artworks gathered in the extravagant living area: pedigreed Italian styles by Gio Ponti and Osvaldo Borsani a restored seven-foot-broad Waterford crystal chandelier unique to the dwelling 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 large 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 partitions of smoky beveled mirror, Dorothy Draper slice velvets, bullion-fringed pool umbrellas—as properly as humble midcentury resources these kinds of as Formica, linoleum, cork, and vinyl. “Call it anti-institution taste. These are things that most people would not want or would tear out of an previous dwelling,” Kitchen area claims of the much more outré ornamental outcomes positive to set the tooth of persnickety aesthetes on edge. “I just adore that it feels enjoyment to me,” she concludes. “At the finish of the working day, if you really don’t have a perception of humor, what is the level?”