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call it the Cookie Mon­ster sofa,” says Deb­o­rah Lloyd, “as it’s got this long turquoise fluffy fur.” She is de­scrib­ing the Flexs­teel Thun­der­bird couch—an orig­i­nal 1960s piece—that stands smack-dab in the mid­dle of the liv­ing room of the coun­try house she re­cently built in Sul­li­van County, New York, with her en­tre­pre­neur hus­band, Si­mon Arscott. “Ac­tu­ally, it was Si­mon who picked out the sofa,” she adds. “I would’ve thought it was far too crazy-flashy for me, but in the size and feel­ing of that room it looks spec­tac­u­lar, like an ex­cla­ma­tion point.” In­deed, its cur­rent vibe is less Cookie Mon­ster and more like a chic, el­e­gant Mup­pet cousin, one who hasn’t touched gluten since flee­ing Sesame Street for the calm so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the cou­ple’s lake­side home.

Lloyd has long been a master of the un­ex­pected twist. Nine years into her ten­ure as chief cre­ative of­fi­cer at Kate Spade, she has ce­mented the brand’s iden­tity as el­e­gant, fem­i­nine, and full of sur­prises—the pop­ping cham­pagne cork of women’s la­bels. Whether it’s a polka-dot lin­ing tucked in­side a hand­bag or a glit­ter pump heel, the Kate Spade col­lec­tions al­ways strive to de­light. Lloyd, who pre­vi­ously over­saw de­sign at Banana Repub­lic, and, be­fore that, was vice pres­i­dent of women’s de­sign at Burberry, ap­proaches her own life with the same at­ti­tude. Or, as she puts it, “There’s al­ways some whimsy, but a lit­tle bit of whimsy goes a long way.”

Con­ve­niently, the brand has just ex­panded into home wares, which means Lloyd was en­vi­sion­ing her first-ever fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion at the same time that she and Arscott were con­struct­ing their dream house. Early Kate Spade pro­to­types are sprin­kled through­out the rooms: The li­brary’s pal­ette revolves around an emer­ald-green Wor­thing­ton chair, the bed­room is an­chored by a wide, onyx­topped cre­denza, and the liv­ing room’s afore­men­tioned blue sofa is soft­ened by a blonde-wood-grain-print rug, all of Lloyd’s de­sign. “We wanted to bring fur­ni­ture to life for our girl,” says Lloyd, pulling out pho­to­graphs of Kate Spade’s plush fuch­sia ot­toman, a lac­quered cof­fee ta­ble in black and gold, and a tufted couch in aqua linen, then lin­ing them up on her desk like a proud par­ent. “There’s a nice clas­si­cism to it all, and a mid­cen­tury spirit in its el­e­gance. We used beau­ti­ful, no­ble ma­te­ri­als—ebonies, painted glass, brightly coloured vel­vet. And ob­vi­ously,” she adds, her eyes twin­kling, “a lot of it looks great in our new home.”

A del­i­cate ar­range­ment of glass and steel perched on a tree-filled hill­side, the cou­ple’s week­end es­cape was fin­ished in Septem­ber. How­ever, they’ve owned a place in the same town—a more rus­tic, New Eng­land-style prop­erty just across the lake—for more than a decade. “Twelve years ago, af­ter we moved to New York, Si­mon and I knew we wanted to have a bolt­hole,” Lloyd ex­plains. “So we got in the car and drove north. I had a very

The bed­room’s glass bal­cony over­looks the wa­ter

The lake views, framed by win­dow­panes of Lloyd’s own de­sign

The min­i­mal­ist white kitchen is ac­cented with pops of colour

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