Inside, the 1980s house was as full of potential as it was devoid of character. "It had a very open layout, high ceilings, and lots of windows looking out onto this amazing bucolic setting. The structure itself was sound," says Thuy. What was needed was character—and interior designer Eric Lysdahl.
Both avid readers, Thuy and Mitch agreed they needed the living room to function as a library. "When Mitch and I got together, we didn’t have the usual couple’s difficulty of sharing closet space," says Thuy. "Our challenge was sharing library space." To give them the library they needed, Lysdahl used old Cuban mahogany paneling reclaimed from a 19th-century Connecticut estate to transform the long white rectangle of a living room into a library/living room.
Millwork: Statham Woodwork, 203/831-0629.
Ceiling moldings: Focal Point Architectural Products, focalpointap.com.
Chandelier ("Napoleon’’ #1024) Panache Designs, 310/659-1700, panache-designs.com, trade only.
Sconces: Vaughan Designs, 212/319-7070, vaughandesigns.com, trade only.
Sisal carpet ("Natura’’): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com, trade only.
Sofa ("American’’): Andrew Martin Ltd., 212/688-4498, andrewmartin.co.uk.
Sofa fabric ("Cricket Silk Canvas’’ #19380): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com, trade only.
Sofa pillow with Greek key trim ("Stoddard’’ #36205M-003): Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com, trade only.
Trim ("Aristotle Greek Key’’ #977-33661): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, trade only.
Diamond pillow (discontinued): Kravet, 888/457-2838, trade only.
Cocktail tables ("Alexandre Stool’’ #6300B by Jacques Garcia): Baker, 800/592-2537.
Armchairs with serpent arms: John Rosselli & Assoc., 212/593-2060.
Fabric ("Charleston’’): Bergamo Fabrics, 914/665-0800.
Side tables: The Antique & Artisan Center, 203/327-6022.
Table lamps: The Accessory Store, 203/327-7128.
Fabrication: David Laureano, 212/717-5121.
Cocktail ottoman: custom.
Ottoman fabric ("Cavallini’’): Edelman Leather, 800/886-8339, edelmanleather.com, trade only.
Painting (antique): owner’s collection.
Paneling (recycled antique mahogany): milled and installed by Stratham Woodwork, 203/831-0629.