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Above: From rustic to regimented – the view from the pool house fire pit takes in the grandeur of the house. The view is framed by rough stone columns and an archway. Right: And from formal to farmhouse – the pool house cabana has been given the look of an old barn. A fountain on the rear wall adds the pleasing sound of trickling water. 48 The double-height entry foyer is crowned by a large wrought iron skylight in Art Deco style, and the stair, window and mouldings all reflect the stepped lines of the era. The glinting stand of green glass blades by Chihuly and a sculpture-meets-light fixture by Hervé Van der Straeten are also Art Deco in feel. While the exterior window frames are bronze – for a lavish Italian look – on the inside, they are wood. Landry says touches of Italian design can be seen indoors, too. The groin vault corridor upstairs shows a clear Italian influence, and the fluted columns fit with both styles. Most rooms lead off the central foyer, with formal rooms to one side and informal spaces to the other. The master suite and guest bedrooms are upstairs. The residence is frequently used for entertaining on a lavish scale and the basement includes a large games room, a bar area, lounge, an indoor swimming pool, two spas, and a movie theater, as well as the garage. The great room opens to a covered loggia with double bifolding doors, another concession to modern indoor-outdoor living. A coffered ceiling with stepped mouldings, and an inlaid floor pattern continue the Art Deco theme. Low, linear modern furniture is sympathetic to the architecture. The living room and covered loggia look across the swimming pool to what appears to be a rustic old building. However, this large stone structure is also brand new and incorporates a guest suite with balcony, a covered loggia, a tower and fire pit. “The concept was to create a visual story, implying that when the main house was built there were several existing structures on the land and one was repurposed as a pool house or cabana,” says Landry. The main residence and cabana have quite different characters, but similarities of tone and scale draw them together visually. search | save | share at