They scrapped the kitchen’s melamine cabinets in favor of
simple plywood cabinets and replaced its rusty appliances
with a propane refrigerator and stove more typical of RVs.
While the bathroom came with the claw-foot tub, the sink
and toilet are new. Uninvited guests — raccoons and rats —
necessitated new insulation, wiring and walls. “It’s been an
adventure being out in the country,” de Lisle says.
The decor includes furnishings accumulated over the years,
from items he didn’t incorporate into a project to discoveries
made during frequent travels to Mexico City, where he’s currently working on a restaurant. “It’s a mash-up of casual and
fancy,” he notes. Among the pieces of notable provenance
are the vintage cane dining chairs by Josef Hoffmann, the
living room’s circa-1948 Bas Van Pelt rope armchair, and the
Mathieu Matégot pendant lamp. De Lisle’s own Ronchamp
floor lamp, part of his collection for Phoenix Day, is also here.
They introduced pattern through textiles, like the gingham
on the Charlotte Perriand–inspired daybeds and the 1960s
Moroccan rug from a trip to Marrakech. The beloved yellow
cooler isn’t the only punch of color: a red Aggregato lamp
by Enzo Mari for Artemide tops the dining table, a yellow
Arnold Circus stool by Martino Gamper serves as seating or
side table, and a blue Luminator floor lamp by Achille and
Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos sits behind a Pernilla chaise
lounge by Bruno Mathsson.
There’s no cell service, Wi-Fi or internet, and de Lisle is
adamant that it’s a work-free zone. Well, sort of: between the
three-year pool project and repaving the driveway, it’s been a
labor of love of a different sort than his 9-to- 5.
“This is all outside of my normal wheelhouse — it’s not
what I do day to day — so it’s fun,” he says. “I wanted to
learn about that kind of stuff. My hobby is wanting to build
things.” (He describes Dennis as “a passenger who gets to
enjoy it.”) Still on the to-do list: an overhaul of the barn and
adding a pergola by the pool, for shade. “For me, anything
that’s great requires some stress and some sweat equity,” he
says. “That’s what makes it good.”
And no doubt makes that cold beer by the pool all the
more satisfying. n
We put in skylights,
so when you look up
in the morning, you
can see the treetops.