Tell us about your home. What are your favorite features?
William: Its historic stone, color, old cast iron radiators, cement tiles and garden, as well as the large, rounded windows, high ceilings and staircase. The simple and obvious distribution of parts.
Babeth: It has an incredible charm and imposes as much by its architecture as it does by its size. One of the first things that struck me when I first entered this house was its positive energy. It was waiting for us. From our first steps here, we were fascinated by the masterly entrance and staircase which connects each floor of our home. We channeled the features this home already had and, by bringing our touch to it through furniture that we had always dreamed of having and paintings—either purchased or created by William—we made it ours.
Describe your design philosophy. How does this appear in your home?
Babeth: “You don't decorate your interior to please others,” is a phrase that William always repeats to me. It’s the truth. We wanted our home to feel good first and reflect our family.
William: We collect many objects that allow us to switch things up according to the seasons, our moods or what is happening in our lives. We also wanted beautiful design pieces at home without making it look like a “museum house”. It was important for us to include functional pieces for family life. Our Saarinen table is round and welcoming, evoking interaction and conversation. And the Womb chair, with its wide arms and soft shapes, makes you want to settle down and get comfortable. Our guests always want to test it and fight over it.