Fa­cade be­lies its glam­orous, moody in­te­ri­ors.

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Dark tim­bers cre­ate an in­door-out­door con­nec­tion as well as the de­sired luxe fac­tor. Shaker-style pan­elling and par­quetry in­spired by French in­te­ri­ors may al­lude to the coun­try, but they’re nished in rich, lus­cious black, off­set by brass trims and brass fur­nish­ings. “Brass is clas­sic and warm, and lifts the dark colours,” says Greg. An­other re­cur­rent theme, ref­er­enc­ing the coun­try house ver­nac­u­lar, are book­cases. “There’s one in ev­ery room, even the dress­ing room and the kitchen is­land,” says Greg. “To the own­ers, it’s warmth. And they col­lect books.”

As well as books, the own­ers col­lect art and their nds have in­spired Greg’s de­signs for the in­di­vid­ual rooms. “We started col­lect­ing art­works early in the plan­ning and de­signed the rooms around them,” he says. “The Andy Warhol in the sports bar gives it a rock vibe, with its dark fuch­sia mod­u­lar sofa. It and the read­ing nook, with its blue Dale Frank art­work, and the li­brary, with its Anna Bere­zovskaya art­work and curved blue ban­quette, all have their dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties, cre­at­ing dis­crete spa­ces.”

The art­works and fur­nish­ings infuse the house with bold splashes of blue, mus­tard and fuch­sia. “Colour gives the place per­son­al­ity, other­wise, it’s just a black house.” Yet the black and the brass used through­out pro­vide unity. Un­usu­ally for Greg, bold pat­tern here takes a back seat; in­stead, he’s upped the em­pha­sis on tex­ture and self-pat­terns, the bold gold and char­coal chain-link pat­tern car­pet in his own de­sign, run­ning along the gallery form­ing the spine of the house, be­ing one no­table ex­cep­tion. It’s echoed in the pat­tern on the ceil­ing above. “The ef­fect of this mir­ror­ing is im­mer­sive and co­coon­ing,” he says.

De­tail, typ­i­cal of Greg’s tailored, lay­ered work, is in­stantly ap­par­ent. The main bed­room fea­tures a Ma­cas­sar ebony ceil­ing with brass in­lays in a grid pat­tern that ref­er­ences the oak pan­elling through­out the house, while the hand­crafted look is com­pleted with the hand-tufted geo­met­ric self-pat­tern car­pet and silk wall­pa­per.

The in­spired re­sult is coun­try liv­ing with a twist. “Through Greg’s metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail, lay­er­ing of tex­tures, woods, stone, and rugs, the home is time­less and ef­fort­lessly cool,” says the owner. “Colours and tex­tures de­liver the un­ex­pected, but ev­ery room is in­ti­mate and warm, an ex­pres­sion of us.” #

See more of this home in Greg Natale’s new book, In­te­rior (Riz­zoli New York). greg­na­tale.com

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