For Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs, a house in New York's famed Tuxedo Park is not only the fulfillment of a childhood dream, it's become a retreat more elegant than he could have imagined.
The living room of the Tuxedo Park, New York, house that Michael Bruno shares with Alexander Jakowec; the interior design is by Windsor Smith. The sofa is slipcovered in an Osborne & Little chenille, the armchairs are by Jean-Michel Frank, the 1970s cocktail table and 1940s René Prou nesting tables were found in Paris; the 1920s settee is Swedish, the Regency-style mirror is 19th century, and the rug is by Mansour Modern.
The house, built in 1900, was designed by architect John Russell Pope.
Bruno with his dogs, Boris and Natasha, on the property.
In the sitting room, a pair of 1970s sofas by Milo Baughman retain their original suede upholstery, the barrel-back chair was bought in Amsterdam, and the chesterfield sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar was found at Wyeth; the custom-made étagères are by Windsor Smith Home, the chandelier is by Lucca Studio, the wallpaper is by Ralph Lauren Home, and the hide rug is by Kyle Bunting.
The 1970s leather sofa and chairs in another sitting room are by Gerard van den Berg for Montis, the marble top of the cocktail table came from a Belgium chocolate factory, and the camel sculptures were bought on 1stdibs; the mantel is original to the house, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Dragon's Breath.
The entry's bronze chandelier is original to the house, as are the wood floors, which are stained ebony; the chair was found in a Brussels antiques market, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Decorators White.
In the kitchen, vintage Knoll chairs and a pair of armchairs by Jacques Quinet surround a 1970s table by Jules Wabbes that was designed for a conference room; the 19th-century light fixtures are Paris flea-market finds, the rooster sculpture came from Brussels, and floor is paved with marble tiles.
A 1920s light fixture by O.C. White Co. hangs above a George II mahogany table in the dining room, the chairs are custom made, and the console is from the 19th century; the 1897 seascape is by Paul Kuhstohs, and the portrait was found at a Paris flea market.
The kitchen counters and sink are custom made, and the dishwasher is by Fisher & Paykel.
An 18th-century ladder-back chair and a 1920s towel stand in the master bath; the sink fittings are by Kallista, and the hamper is from HomeGoods.
In the master bedroom, the custom-made bed is upholstered in a silk mohair by J. Robert Scott, the bedding is by Deborah Sharpe Linens, the 1940s bedside tables came from a Paris flea market, and the gilt-wood mirror is 18th century; the vintage bench is covered in a Schumacher velvet, the rug is by Mansour Modern, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Indian River.
This house tour originally appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Siweb