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