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July 15-31, 2007


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Color Conscious

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For the dining room, West envisioned a coral color, and while she went looking for suitable art Viñas designed a dining table with a high-lacquer top perched on two Eero Saarinen Tulip bases. For the chair upholstery, she covered the yarn-like linen fabric with transparent vinyl. "You can still see the texture, but it makes it more casual," Viñas explains. Meanwhile, West came through with four Maira Kalman gouaches from the Julie Saul Gallery.

The master bedroom is a study in chocolate brown and turquoise. Again, Viñas took things down a notch by upholstering the fancy vintage headboard in a casual corduroy. A tall mermaid lamp West found on 1stdibs.com illuminates a corner while lending a sense of humor—and hitting a sentimental note. "JC and I went to the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island on our first date, so we've got a thing for mermaids," she says.

Sea enchantresses again reach terra firma in the living area, where shades of blue and sand evoke the beach. Fiona Gardner's photography from her "Mermaid" series, which also graces the bedroom, is mounted above the fireplace while an acrylic of a fishing scene by Leah Tinari hangs on the next wall. West points out that contemporary furniture, such as an Arne Jacobsen chair, makes an excellent counterpoint to contemporary art. "There aren't a lot of artists doing solid backgrounds," she says. "Contemporary art has a lot of imagery, and the sleek lines of contemporary furniture don't compete."

In the purple and red guest room, West and Viñas shared one of their classic collaborative moments. "For the mirror," the designer recalls, "I said, 'Let's do it white,' and Paige said, 'Ghislaine, no! Why are you being a wimp? Let's do it orange!' She was totally right," she says, laughing.

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