“Since childhood, I’ve lived in Alex’s creations, which suggests I’ve grown up a beneficiary of his unbelievable expertise,” Rudin Earls explains, noting that her husband’s household stay in Papachristidis environments too. “His is an old-world type that operates on the highest aesthetic.” So as a substitute of avoiding the previous, like so many members of the modern-minded jeunesse dorée, they’ve embraced it with an enthusiasm which may simply puzzle their contemporaries. Thus, the shapely Venetian-inspired chairs by Thirties British decorator Syrie Maugham, the gilt-bronze tables by Fifties French arbiter elegantiarum Georges Geffroy, the eating desk with a parquet de Versailles prime that was made by legendary Paris design agency Jansen, and the brace of meltingly romantic 18th-century Venetian landscapes by the mysteriously named Grasp of the Langmatt Basis Views. Spectacular, sure, however the layers of historical past and blue-chip provenance are leavened by freshening flashes of mirrored glass and herbaceous-border shades corresponding to pale inexperienced and sharp blue.
“The theme was a backyard,” Rudin Earls says, noting that the city home has a lush personal backyard and several other terraces, and that she and her husband—he calls their tastes “splendidly complementary”—wished their rooms to have the environment of perpetual springtime. Setting the tone is a Gracie wallpaper that rises 5 tales from the doorway corridor to the top-floor touchdown, its silver floor lined with flowering timber in traditional Chinese language Export type. Earls calls it “an extremely highly effective choice, however you possibly can’t deny the influence.”
Different botanical prospers embrace the eating room’s reflective flowered pilasters that have been painted by ornamental artist Delphine Nény—she additionally extravagantly stenciled the lounge partitions—and the kitchen’s rose-and-tulip-splashed cloth. The textile lavishes aspect chairs that reproduce a suave mid-Twentieth-century Frances Elkins design, counter stools that Papachristidis tailored from an 18th-century Swedish chair, and the wall-size window that opens to the breakfast terrace. Trelliswork, a component encountered in historic European gardens, traces the entry vestibule, and ravishing porcelain flowers, custom-made by artisan Vladimir Kanevsky, flourish on tabletops all through the home.