Facade belies its glamorous, moody interiors.
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