An excerpt from Lisa Perry: Fashion - Homes - Design ($85, Assouline), written and photographed by Robyn Lea, shows off Perry’s colorful and creative North Haven home.
A formal garden stands sentry to Lisa Perry’s North Haven home by Guy Lowell.
In the early 1900s, architect and landscape designer Guy Lowell created a property for Reginald Barclay in a secluded part of North Haven on the South Fork of Long Island. Barclay was a yachtsman as well as a bon vivant and socialite, so the house and grounds were designed both for entertaining and also to maximize the views of the graceful yachts that sail through the waters of Noyack Bay.
A dining room featuring a design element by Donald Judd opens up onto an indoor pool.
Almost a century later, in 1997, Lisa and Richard Perry bought the home. Had Barclay still been alive today, it might have pleased him to know that the tradition of hosting parties there continues. Whether it’s a casual dinner for six, a fundraiser for six hundred, a political gathering, or their daughter Samantha’s wedding, the design of the property makes for perfect entertaining. Especially in the peak of the summer, the house is often so full to overflowing with houseguests that Lisa transformed the basement level into what they affectionately call “the Hotel”—a series of vibrant Marimekko-infused guest bedrooms, each with a color-matched door and furnishings.
The grounds are home to a pool and plenty of artworks.
After Lisa and Richard purchased the property, they changed the exterior from red brick to white stucco, and transformed the interiors to include both modern and classical spaces. They replaced the leopard-print sofas and British colonial decor with either white rooms accented with splashes of vibrant color, like the master bedroom and living room, or soirée-worthy spaces, such as the matte-black cocktail bar and adjoining den.
Artwork is the hero of this home, and the interior is filled predominantly with minimalist geometric pieces by important American and European artists. Many of the works are bold, fun, and irreverent, and several are of epic proportions. The entrance gallery, for example, is hung with two Craig Kauffman relief sculptures, which bulge out from the wall in colorful molded plastic, while an expansive zinc-tiled sculpture by American poet and conceptual artist Carl Andre fills half of the floor. Past the indoor pool to the dining room, a collection of six anodized aluminum boxes by Donald Judd seemingly climb up to the top of the double-height wall. In a quiet corner of the library nearby, a Dan Flavin fluorescent sculpture creates a play of shadow and light on the wood-paneled walls, glowing in hues similar to the flames of the fire, which the Perrys use on cooler nights. Upstairs, the visual drama continues, with an ever-changing light sculpture by American artist Leo Villareal that presides over a long white corridor leading to several bedrooms as well as to Lisa’s office. In the main living area, another large-scale work, this time by Frank Stella, dominates the room and informs its color scheme, which, in no coincidence, happens to be Lisa’s favorite color: yellow.
Photography by: robyn lea