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While Lembo deftly balanced neutral and intense colors, he also combined traditional furnishings with quirkier, contemporary items in durable fabrics and finishes. In the kitchen, a weathered oak table was updated with Eero Saarinen chairs upholstered in a synthetic olive drab fabric. Nearby, Christian Liaigre bar stools covered in faux horsehair enliven the island. Elsewhere, a pair of 18th-century bergere chairs were modernized with saddle leather and brushed pewter nailheads. In the living room, a custom sofa in ribbed wool is crowned with a 1950s mirror boasting a mirrored frame. "It adds a touch of whimsy," he says.
Except for a faux candle chandelier in the dining room and a large paper lantern with forged steel detailing in the kitchen, most of the lighting in the house is recessed. "We didn't want hanging lighting to obfuscate the views and the vistas," Lembo explains. Nor did they want elaborate window treatments. Throughout the house they used simple Roman shades, some of them unlined, to allow as much light as possible into the spaces. In the end, the house achieved synchronicity—between designer and homeowner, architecture and design, furniture and fabric. Indeed, it's a house that feels like home.