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MASHUP MOXIE (continued)

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MIDCENTURY MOD
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The pair felt right at home when it came time to introduce color, having collaborated professionally on Color Style, Benjamin Moore's annual design magazine. "Color's a thread, but it offers a bit of irony," Bokuniewicz says. "While we never wanted it to feel 'done' or 'decorated' by a designer, it's pretty pulled together—though sort of offhand and not overthought." Disparate rooms flow into each other with ease, a testament to the 19th-century bones; bursts of color make best use of the layout, with its myriad doorways, corners and surprises. An Hermès-orange powder room, a slate-gray dining room, a chocolate-brown guest bedroom and a second-floor study that's "almost a Wedgwood Regency blue" are among the brilliant strokes. "We began each room with a color range, but sometimes it just wasn't right," Bokuniewicz says. "A swatch is always a starting point." And thanks to the ebbs and flows of its creative-type owners, the interiors continue to evolve. "The dining room has a million doorways and it needed more of a sense of place. The envelope of dark gray really turned it into an intimate space. And as for the deep, deep brown front hallway: we needed some drama, and drama we got. It's sexy," Bokuniewicz says, describing a pair of paint jobs she completed just two months ago.

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The confident palette befits the couple's unpretentious, come-as-you-are decorating attitude, which was an admittedly ad hoc process of combining flea market and antique finds with modern statement pieces. "This is the culmination of nine years of collecting stuff that spoke to us. It's a combination of midcentury modern, some French, some Asian, some mod stuff and a little bit of country that snuck in," says Bokuniewicz. "Apocalyptic," interjects her husband, chuckling. "It's like a post-apocalyptic modern country mashup."

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ACROSS THE POND
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Call it what you want—if you can top that description—but details like drop-cloth sofa upholstery, quirky Giacometti floor lamps, a pale-blue settee "that has no use whatsoever, but it's just a pleasure for the eye" and early Wedgwood jasperware that's delightfully chipped and broken make the couple's home a relaxed, unfussy respite from the construction and noise that plague their neighborhood in the city. "There's a lot of ease," Bokuniewicz says. "There's nothing so valuable that you can't sit on it—it's just kind of effortless, fun and not too serious."

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