A Tudor Revival-Style Home Puts Down Roots


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The entry to a Portland home immediately introduces the client's contemporary art collection, which includes a set of seven Anthony McCall works from Spruth Magers in London leading up the stairs and a large Troy Brauntuch piece from Petzel Gallery in Manhattan; the latter hangs between Herve van der Straeten sconces. Designer Penny Drue Baird chose a pair of Stark runners for the space.

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>A Candida Hofer C-print of the Chateau de Versailles gives the dining room a feeling of infinite space. The 1960s Venini chandelier from Craig Van Den Brulle in New York centers on the homeowner's own table and a group of 19th-century Chippendale-style chairs purchased in London. Underneath is a hand-knotted silk-and-wool carpet from Stark.

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The sofa and tete-a-tete, reupholstered in Jim Thompson fabric, and the Holly Hunt coffee table and chairs from Jennifer West sit atop a Stark carpet in the living room. Above the fireplace, between windows dressed in linen from Romo, is a work by Sol LeWitt. The floor lamp to the left is from Lorin Marsh in New York, while the one to the right was acquired at the Marche aux Puces in Paris.

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Like the rest of the interior, the living area is furnished with pieces from the owner's existing collection, including Gregorius Pineo's Portofino tea tables. "Kim was an integral part of the interior design," Groves says. from the owner’s existing collection, including Gregorius Pineo’s Portofino tea tables. “Kim was an integral part of the interior design,” Groves says.

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Located between the kitchen and dining room, the butler's pantry echoes many of the materials and finishes used in the kitchen to connect it to the space, such as Concept Studio's honed Calacatta marble countertops and a Waterworks gooseneck faucet. Instead of white cabinetry, the dark hue yields a moodier effect.

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A Lorin Marsh game table surrounded by Dennis Miller Associates oak chairs covered in Pollack faux leather sit under a vintage smoked-glass Mazzega chandelier from John Salibello in the game room. Above the lounge chairs is a Jon Pestoni painting from David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, while in the niche hangs a Tony Smith work from Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.

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Old meets new in the office, where a Sol LeWitt artwork resides in the center niche of a built-in bookshelf, and the desk is a circa-1785 find in mahogany with satinwood inlays purchased at Hyde Park Antiques in New York. The homeowner worked with art consultant Stefano Basilico to build her collection, which also includes the Gerhard Richter work resting on a small easel in the bookshelf.

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Amy Cooney of Climate Architecture + Landscape appointed the covered terrace area behind the house with a sofa, armchairs and woven tables, all from Janus et Cie; the wall-mounted lantern is from Gearhart Ironwerks. The space faces plantings devised by landscape architect Sam Williamson and installed by Teufel Landscape around a pool by Neptune Pools.

For a Portland homeowner, fitting in was key, given the historic neighborhood where she planned on putting down roots.

Rather than build a contemporary structure, a controversial move in the area — “I wasn’t going to do that to my neighbors,” she says — she decided to construct a Tudor revival-style house in its place. “I wanted to keep the style of the home in line with the rest of the neighborhood.”

The client tapped builder Paul Steiner and landscape architect Sam Williamson — both of whom worked on the client’s previous home — along with architect Erich Morgan Karp to tweak existing designs. They emphasized authenticity, using hand-cut bricks, zinc gutters and downspouts (“a living material,” says Steiner, “that patinas over time like copper”), and windows clad in black steel outside and wood inside.

Meanwhile, the owner serendipitously met designer Penny Drue Baird at a New York restaurant and asked her to do the interiors, which needed to accommodate her substantial art collection. “It was simply about my getting a feel for the house and the art and what the owner was trying to accomplish,” recalls Baird. Varying textures and introducing subtle pattern within the modestly proportioned rooms added modulation while maintaining continuity and not distracting from the art.