While I always relish the arrival of the Sunday New York Times, when there’s a T Style Magazine tucked inside, I positively squeal. A particularly good issue lands itself on my bookshelves, like a book. The April 3, 2011 issue was one of those. The magazine’s cover story “Family Style” by Pilar Viladas, above, depicted a children’s playroom in a grand Georgian estate in Somerset, England. Rarely have I felt a photograph encapsulate my own idea of how a stylish house (where children live) can look and function. It’s messy, but it’s still elegant due to the building’s bones and the wise choice not to pack it full of period antiques. Who are these people, I thought? Turns out they are Jo and Chris Mycock the owners iof a successful English I.T. company. The c.1801 Georgian Estate, called Dinder House, was re-imagined for the Mycocks by the genius interior designer Ilse Crawford. To quote the story, Dinder House “was spectacular in its grand but subtle blending of the minimal and the baroque.” And, I would add, vibrant color, space to play, and in the former basement kitchen turned playroom — a setting for imagination and spontaneity. Turns out the rest of the house is perhaps more austere than I’d want for myself but still tremendously appealing in it’s use of color, scale, and respect for historical architectural elements like the classical moldings and parquet floors. Apparently, the best drawing room in the house, with hand-blocked Zuber wallpaper from Paris, houses a Ping-Pong table for spontaneous tournaments. I love how unstuffy this house is, especially given how grand it’s provenance is. A very vigilante house and family indeed.
- Home + Garden