In the dining area, Poole and her husband, Perry, hung a 14' x 9' panel of framed de Gourmay wallpaper to set the scene for a Jean Prouve sideboard and dining table and Robinson-Gibbings chairs.
"If we're living in an iconic '50s house, I don't just want iconic '50s furniture," Poole says of the ultramodern 1959 landmark-all steel and glass-that her architect husband, Perry, lovingly renovated. Rather, she drew on theart of the mix she's honed at her high-fashion boutique, Capitol. Rising local interior designer Barrie Benson helped her pull of a decor that spans Chinese antiques to French '40s pieces to mid-centurey-modern icons, in a palette of rich creams, stately blues and lush corals. Here, an antique Chinese daybed faces an Edward Wormley sofa-a bold combination checked by the symmetry of the arrangement, which is furthered by the armchairs and the Jacques Adnet standing lamps. The hand-built teak wall and the layered rugs lend warmth to the austere architecture. But the extra touches take space over the finish line, namely the gold '60s-era Paco Rabanne chain-link curtain masking the office, and the porcelain dogs- "my tribute to Graceland," Poole says
While this space stays truer to the modernity of the house, splashes of color and glamour provide the surprise that defines Poole's style. The house's original front doors are dotted with blocks of saturated stained glass in a Mondrian-like pattern, which casts glowing shadows on the terrazzo floors. Figuring that packed enough punc, Benson and the Pooles decided to leave the space relatively empty, save for a Tommy Parzinger console topped by a cut-glass mirror- "Perry made it because we couldn't ifnd one we liked," Poole explains-and accessorized with glass-ball lamps and a pair of foo-dog statues.
kitchen and family room
A wall of Carrera marble brings a decadent layer to an otherwise organic-modern setting that, like the entryway, respects the house's sleek lines. The industrial steel cabinets, which Perry found in Brooklyn, NY, are lugged with the Pooles every time they move. A collection of Venini egg timers sound a bright note. The Kitchen is adjoined by a brown, white and red sitting room feautring a Dunbar sofa reupholsted in iconic Lulu Dk fabric, a Karl Springer coffee table with croc-patterned leather, and an antique Moroccan rug, layered over sea grass. The striking fireplace mantel is another design by Perry.
The hand-blocked Indian fabrics remind Poole of her New England Deadhead days, when a whole tapestry could be tacked to a wall for a groovy effect. But the look has seriously grown up as a traditional box-pleated canopy-"just cheap fabric," Poole says, though sections from 36 bedspreads were neede to complete the canopy and matching bedskirt-over a fretwork bed fram unearthed at a flea market. Like the wallpaper panel in the dining area and the teak living-room wall, the canopy creates a lively architectural layer within the stark foundation. The combination of the pink bohemian patterns, red wrapped-cane tray table and contemporary lamp reflects Poole's daring yet sophisticated approach.
nursery and guest room #2
The couple didn't find out the sex of their daughter, Fifi, in advance, but they did want to decorate before her arrival and avoid anything "too fluffy." As Poole explains, "I never liked the idea that pink was for girls, blue was for boys. I wanted something clean and neutral." Hence, this soft minty green, enhanced by a graphic floral rug in similar tones. A modern white-lacquer table anchors the room- "My daughter loves to stand on it and dance," Poole says-and an iron chandelier serves as playful crown . The red-framed vintage prints above the NettoCollection crib are from read-along copies of old Dick and Jane books.
A second guest room, below, deepens the green theme in a tailored-yet-fun-loving way: Heriloom-worthy Leontine linens are made unstuffy by the almost-trippy pillows and the plaid blanket.
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The Pooles' bedroom continues the fusion, blendingequal measures of preppy, mod, French Deco and antique. A curved Harvey Probber sofa from the 50s abuts a wall of glass with a view of the garden- "our next project!" Poole laughs. Behind the sofa, an antique, hand-painted Chinese screen with a dragon motif supplies architectural depth and that metallic dazzle Poole loves. "it's a good way to bring in a pattern that's not wallpaper," she adds. However, Osborne & Little wallpaper dresses up her closet, where Poole's wardrobe is neatly coordinated on open shelves.