Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Bazaar Junior -

a pool ta­ble topped in turquoise baize boldly con­trasts with grey-toned works by Roy Licht­en­stein and Adam McEwen. “We can do every­thing in there – eat, watch movies, chill, read,” Rosen says. “It’s an oa­sis.”

Board­man’s favourite rooms? The chil­dren’s wing. “I had the priv­i­lege of grow­ing up in my mother’s cosy spa­ces – think chintz and Porthault bed­spreads. I did my best to recre­ate that sense of warmth,” she says. “There are lots of nooks and cran­nies to curl up with a book or play hide-and­seek. I bat­tened the walls and used my favourite fab­rics from Chelsea Tex­tiles and Pot­tery Barn fur­ni­ture.” And in the hall­way out­side Baker’s and Vi­vian’s bed­rooms, colour­ful vin­tage mag­nets are scat­tered on a gal­vanised steel piece by the young artist Nick Darm­staedter. (The kids aren’t sup­posed to move the mag­nets, but they some­times do.)

“We live with art, and we have fun with it,” says Board­man. While the col­lec­tion is en­vi­able, the rea­son it’s in the house is sin­gu­lar. “It’s bought with pas­sion and love,” she adds. “Aby has al­ways been that way. He en­joys it, and know­ing that it’s here makes him happy. This is a show­case with­out a drum­roll.” In the master bed­room, for ex­am­ple, a T.H. Rob­sjohn-Gib­bings gueri­don ta­ble sits be­neath a John Cur­rin paint­ing, and the burl-maple bed is framed by 19th­cen­tury Chi­nese cloi­sonné lamps and Andy Warhol por­traits. “My friends al­ways tease us that we sleep un­der Jane Fonda,” she says, laugh­ing.

Rosen says he likes to ro­tate pieces monthly – a Gary Hume snow­man sculp­ture that had been in the foyer now stands be­hind the bad­minton net on the back lawn, and up­stairs, furry Lund & Paar­mann Ice­landic sheep­skin chairs are grouped be­neath Lau­rie Sim­mons’ Splash pho­to­graph,

A Gas­ton Bertin print and

Hervé Van Der Straeten stools pop in the guest wing

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