Open shelving provided only so much storage, though. In the guest bedroom, the couple realized they could both hide the ugly cooling unit and hold Aciar’s ceramics with built-in closets fitted with cane doors. Inspired by the high-end look of such an affordable material, they used the same thing for the entrance to their dressing room.
Among all these function-first solutions, the pair planted a few sensory surprises. In the kitchen, the bar cabinet’s oversize half-moon pulls hint at a gold-wallpapered interior with inset lights that make the crystal glassware inside sparkle. Opening the powder room door unveils an almost life-size mural of a woman reclining in a tropical forest. “It was kind of funny, because it’s a famous French painting of a jungle, so it paves a bridge between our two cultures,” says Polonsky. The duo loved it so much they ordered a second motif from the brand, this one dotted with pink flamingos, for the bar backsplash.
“That’s the beauty of never planning the design in advance,” says Aciar. “It goes as you go. It’s telling you what should be done or not. You’re not demanding; you’re accepting.”
Circuit Modular Armless Chair by Gus Modern, Beam ($1,075)
Crue Kitchen Sink Faucet, Kohler ($797)
Cake Stand, Fefo Studio ($160)
The Dream by Rousseau
Wallpaper Mural, Hovia