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The animal motif repeats in the dining room where a stark zebra carpet lies beneath a polished limestone circular table and Frances Elkins circle-backed chairs. A chandelier from a Stamford antiques store, centers on the table, and the lamps on either side of the fireplace are classic white palms characteristic of the nightclub El Morocco.
A studied but impulsive shopper, Rogers says he just buys things that appeal to him. "I don't buy anything for intrinsic value. When you see something you like, don't you covet it?" he says. "Somehow ultimately it all works together." The landscapes hanging over the country French day bed in the library, for example, came from a street vendor outside San Marco in Venice. Rogers took them to a local Italian family for framing.
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Another zebra carpet in the master bedroom plays off a pair of black and white layered plexiglass lamps supported by camels on either side of the bed. They are copies of the ones Coco Chanel had in her Paris apartment. Rogers found his at R.T. Facts and then had them fashioned into bedside tables. As for the handsome twin beds in the guestroom—he used to sleep in them when he visited his friend Claudette Colbert in Barbados for his birthday. "I saw they were going to be auctioned, and I said 'I want them' and I shipped them up from the island."
Of course the house wouldn't be complete without a nod to the legendary ladies in his life. On many walls, upstairs and down, Richard Avedon's iconic photos from the Blackglama Legends series—Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Catherine Deneuve, Carol Burnett, Maria Callas, and Mary Martin, all swathed in mink—embody the elegance and whimsy encompassed in this extraordinary man and the home he's created.