The ends of the earth
MB: The furniture that’s there now came from many different places. I sold a house I owned in Sherman, Connecticut, where I had collected some wonderful pieces I had bought in Taiwan.
LR: We had a place in St. Barth’s that was also sold, and that’s where some of the dark “church furniture” comes from: avictorian monastery table, a few chairs, the mirror and things.there were also things we had collected in our New York and Paris homes.
MB: There’s some Russian furniture that came from the St. Petersburg apartment of my late teacher.and some very special pieces I found in an antiques store in China.the owner had studied dance and knew who I was.we spent two days talking and looking at his collection together. LR: Misha has a really good eye. MB: Furniture has always been an interest.when I lived in Leningrad, a lot of friends were people of great artistic curiosity. Back then they were collecting what we called “red wood furniture”: 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century Russian/ Italian pieces.
LR: Last year we decided it was time to redecorate.we had the furniture professionally restored.we chose new linens and curtains. And we added amenities. MB: Those reading lights. LR: Now we rent the place when we’re not using it.