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.

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