When Jonathan and Allyson Simon decided to move from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to one of Westchester County’s oldest and most sophisticated villages, the real-estate developer and his wife were prepared to make certain trade-offs. In exchange for being able to raise their two young sons in a house with trees and a garden, they would happily part with the snap and crackle of city life. What they refused to sacrifice, however, was their shared cosmopolitan style, which they quickly set about imparting to their newly purchased Georgian-inspired house.
(Left) In the dining room, a Venfield chandelier hangs above a suite of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe chairs by Knoll from Design Within Reach; the ceiling is clad in a gilded tea paper from Stark. (Right) The couple and their two sons, Chase (top) and Lance, in the entrance hall; the light fixture is by the Urban Electric Co.
An array of seating from VW Home animates the living room; the ceiling light is by Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà for Artemide, the sconces are a Vicente Wolf design from VW Home, and the painting over the fireplace is by Andrew Bick.
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“We happened to buy a very traditional home, even though our taste isn’t traditional at all,” Allyson, a former entertainment lawyer, says of the 8,500-square-foot residence, which was being built on spec. To gracefully bridge that aesthetic divide, they turned to their longtime decorator, Vicente Wolf—a talented and renowned designer for minimalist interiors that are invigorated by choice antiques and exotic objets d’art. “This is the most classic house I’ve ever done,” reflects the designer, who immediately took to the challenge. “Clients typically ask me for something purely modern, but here I could exercise a different perspective.” As Allyson recalls, “I knew he’d put his spin on it.”
The kitchen is equipped with a Miele microwave and refrigerator and a Wolf range.
The master suite’s Queen Anne–style bed is upholstered in a Zimmer + Rohde linen, and its curtains are made of a Champagne-hued silk by J. Robert Scott; the artwork above the mantel is by John Baldessari, and the chair and neighboring side table are from VW Home.
The redbrick exterior of the Georgian-style residence.