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Interior Design

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Gilles Clement
Lillian August

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During the construction of a European-style mansion in Ridgefield, Gilles Clement helped to improve the floor plan and embellished the solid, stone-and-wood interior with delicate Baroque detailing. "Learning from masters such as Renzo Mongiardino," he says, "I decided to put aside expected rules and let style and aestheticism dictate my inspirations." In the kitchen/family room, four distinct living areas—kitchen workspace, a breakfast nook and two seating areas—are linked by a rich palette of rusts, sages, reds and golds. A mix of gracious chandeliers, table lamps and recessed lighting illuminates the whole. Eclectic furniture includes everything from solid wood, handmade French pieces to English armless chairs from the Althorp Collection. The living room, infused with yew wood inlays, features a sitting area with handmade Alfonso Marina furniture. The master bedroom was designed in a late-19th-century French style, sometimes reminiscent of Napoleon III, replete with delicate silks on the walls, upholstery and window treatments. A coffered ceiling in the living room and hand-carved fleur-de-lys detailing throughout add to the regal feel.

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