The early years
MB: Construction took two years, and we began coming down right away with our children. Our youngest, sofia, was only four at the time. at first it was very minimal, not a lot of furniture. LR: I would call it monastic. MB: Maybe there weren’t a lot of comfortable places to sit, or reading lights around the bed, you know what I mean? But I liked that halfway-done kind of thing. It was a house in process. LR: let’s just say that our kids, when we first started going down… I think they would have been happier down the beach at Club Med. MB: True. LR: and possibly I would have been too, only because they would have been entertained. MB: But now they adore it. They bring their friends, their significant others. They’re not kids anymore. LR: It’s a beautifully designed space for a lot of people. you can stay there without anyone feeling that they’re on top of one another. 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 19thcentury 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.