How did you come about finding the archival Stephens Lounge Chair? What struck you about it?
I feel like my husband and I spent every bedtime moment during Covid on various vintage furniture sites in an effort to decorate our new house in Tuxedo Park, which we bought during the pandemic while I was highly pregnant. We wanted to add texture to the cigar room and fill it with furniture to make it really cozy. We were so pleasantly surprised when we found the Stephens Lounge Chairs through a vintage dealer on Etsy with the perfect velvet blue finish, and the fact that they fit the space so perfectly from a sizing perspective too was just too good to be true! It was important to us to obtain a mix between old and new, and these chairs added the final touch to the cigar room.
What is the history of Tuxedo Park? How is it reflected in your home?
Tuxedo Park was founded in the 1880s by the tobacco baron Pierre Lorillard IV as a hunting and fishing playground for his friends. Our house was actually the first one in the park, initially built as a hunting lodge and not a house. The house has since been relocated within the park and built out a few times.
This is the location where the term “tuxedo” was coined. Pierre Lorillard and his friends brought the formalwear back to the US from their trips to Europe, and people later on started referring to the clothing as Tuxedos as it was exclusively worn by the people in Tuxedo Park.
It is so fun to look at all the unique houses here and you can truly feel the history just by walking around here. You’ll see a lot of stone walls here, and this is something we have kept in our house: from a big stone mural as a backdrop to our pool in the backyard, to the stone fences wrapping the house, not to mention the stone floor in parts of the home inside.