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February 2008


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Outside In

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In a guest bedroom, an exaggerated white wingback chair plays off a four–poster mahogany bed, and in the sitting room a tall sculpture of stacked curving square plates in the back beckons to visitors glimpsing it from the entrance.

But more than the little surprises Fox sprinkles throughout a home, the focus of her work is the family living in it. And in this case, speed mattered. They brought Fox onto the project in March and wanted to move in by July. She was determined to create an environment for them that conveyed both comfort and luxury—though to Fox, luxury is "not about spending as much money as you can, it's about proportions and scale," she says.

By providing a welcoming backdrop, Fox has left space for the house to develop and fill with the art collections the owners plan to continue gathering on their travels. "Houses change as a family changes," she says. "This house had to be up and running quickly, but it's definitely evolved over time." Since she walked away from the project in 2001, the house "has grown with them, which is really nice," she says.

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