I‘ve learned that if you treat objects with care and gentleness and respect, they give back to you,” says decorator Carl D’Aquino. Nowhere is that more apparent than in his home in the Hudson Valley, an 18th-century farmhouse set on 20 lush acres that feels a world away from the bustle of the city, where his interior design firm D’Aquino Monaco is based.
D’Aquino and his late partner, German-born antiques dealer Bernd Goeckler, purchased the circa-1750 house more than a decade ago, enlisting D’Aquino’s co-principal Francine Monaco to oversee its architectural restoration. From the outside, it looks every bit the “very American” Colonial pile that Goeckler favored, but inside, it’s filled with a wide-ranging collection of treasures—a mid-century Angelo Mangiarotti table and Gustavian chairs are flanked by pair of Madeleine Castaing settees in the living room, while in the nearby library, a set of magnificent Aesthetic Movement cabinets features integrated seating upholstered in a fabric from fashion label Proenza Schouler.
“My design aesthetic is basically about a dialogue between periods and styles,” explains D’Aquino. “I don’t really do true period. I don’t do symmetry. I try as hard as I can to break it!”
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