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DARING DINING (click photo for larger view)
Given Tweeddale's varied career background, it's no surprise that she that holds scale and proportion to such high esteem; she has worked in the decorating department at House & Garden and as design director of women's fashion for Ralph Lauren. ("I went straight from a meeting with Ralph into the hospital to have my first child," she jokes.) Now, she runs her eponymous design firm from her home, a setting that evolved from its bones. "I felt that the old rooms really deserved the respect of fine materials," she says. "Texture and textiles are important to me. I love the juxtaposition of something really new with something really old, something clean with something fussy." Antique limestone flooring in some first-floor spaces butt up against the antique wood floors of neighboring rooms. In the kitchen, traditional cabinets were spray painted for a clean, modern finish and stainless steel countertops offset the wood topping the islands.
FRESH FACED (click photo for larger view)
The paint color of the first-floor hallway was custom mixed to match the iconic yellow of National Geographic spines. "I knew when I got my first house that I'd be getting boxes of magazines," says Tweeddale about the collection she inherited from her father. The glossies are stacked in the library, where black high-gloss lacquered walls envelope mohair-velvet sofa upholstery, a sisal rug, antique floorboards and a side table the couple found at the Paris Flea Market when they were living in Europe. "A lot of our pieces have been collected over time, and they're pretty special to us," she says. Other treasures from their time abroad include an armoire in the master bedroom and select artworks from the famed Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London.
BLUE MOON (click photo for larger view)
The attic, overhauled completely and catapulted far from its water-stained toile de jouy roots, now serves as Tweeddale's home office and was furnished to look like the inside of a ship. Ever fascinated with yacht design, her husband took strides to get the details right: varnished mahogany, teak and ash woods, high-gloss white paint, built-in cabinetry, a curved ceiling and even three porthole-type window openings. "If you look out the windows, you see evergreen trees, which you probably wouldn't see if you were on a boat!" Tweeddale says.
Probably not. But in a way, the room pays homage to the quirky roots of the house and its serendipitous maritime journey that landed it where it is today.