Designers at Home
What happens when interior designers are their own clients: a look inside five very different, very beautiful homes.
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Photography by Phillip Ennis
4. Subdued Colors Take Center-Stage
Michele Rudolph—wife, mother, architect, interior designer, and artist—at her Pound Ridge home.
Perched high on a hillside in Pound Ridge, the home designed by architect and designer Michele Rudolph takes full advantage of the light and views over a magnificent, landscaped property complete with pool. “We found the site fifteen years ago, when you could still find great property,” she says. Like the other homes in their hillside enclave, it was built by her husband, builder Marc VandenHoeck. The couple shares the space with their teenage sons, Dylan and Ross.
“Every room is focused on a view,” says Rudolph, who is also a painter. “I like clean surfaces, crisp moldings, and economy of form.” And her husband? “He loves quiet neutrals.”
|The dining room table is from Christie's and paired with leather Breuer-style seating; the chandelier once hung in Rudolph’s family home in Pittsburgh. Rudolph designed the mantle and glass mosaic fireplace surround; red vases are Chinese reproductions from Middle Kingdom.|
|A bedside chest in the master bedroom is a Chinese reproduction found in TriBeCa; lamp is from dform Lighting, Brooklyn.|
The daybed in the master bedroom, from Crate & Barrel, is covered with Donghia fabric; the ceiling paper is also from Donghia. Rudolph designed the red lacquered furniture; the Chinese garden stool is from Sylvester & Company.
The living room features a moody painting by the owner’s son, Dylan. The portrait of Rudolph’s husband Marc as a boy was painted by his grandmother. End tables and coffee table were inherited from Rudolph’s parents. Pillow fabric is from Bergamo Fabrics.
|The watercolor is by Rudolph’s uncle, painter Michael Strueber.|
Striking floral arrangements are displayed in Victorian funerary vases in the living room.
Soaring ceilings and walls of glass provide a dramatic backdrop for the stone fireplace designed by Rudolph using stone found on the property. The caribou head was a gift from the designer’s sisters. Sofa fabric is Lee Jofa; Osborne & Little fabric is on the purple chairs.