Welcome to our series, "At Home with...," where we sit down with our favorite design tastemakers to learn about the inspiration behind key spaces in their home.
Supermodel Coco Rocha and her husband, James Conran, are no strangers to the home renovation process. Together, the couple, who have been married for eight years, have tackled three home renovation projects. But their most challenging redo to-date is a sprawling Tudor-style farmhouse located 60 miles north of New York City. The couple purchased the 7,000-square-foot property to serve as the headquarters for their , which teaches young models the basics of building a portfolio, casting, and runway training, among other skills.
The property, which sits on seven acres, was originally built for a large family in the 1930s. Its main house was expanded between the 1950s and 1960s and in the 1970s, the chalet-style guest house was added to accommodate more guests. After being untouched for 40 years, Coco and James knew it was the right time to put their design skills to the test once again. They preserved the old-world charm of the original house, but weaved in modern touches by rearranging the layout, incorporating eye-catching furniture and graphic art.
In her own words, Coco shares her favorite spaces in the home, from an airy bedroom in the main house to the charming guest house living room with wood walls.
This bedroom is part of our private wing in the main house. We have a few rooms that are off limits to the camp and this where we stay while the camp is in session. The space has windows on three sides, so it's always beautifully flooded with light during the day and overlooks our wooded property. We've kept the brass trend, which goes throughout the house, and added navy furniture for a classic look. The planter is from Rove Concepts, the chair and bed are from High Fashion Home, and the lamp is from .
Eden Bed, $749, High Fashion Home
We always try to incorporate millennial pink in every house. These chairs are from Lulu & Georgia and they face a bay window, where 15 people can sit, relax, and hang out. The chairs are beautiful, comfortable, and really pull the space together. The lamp is from Mitzi, the art is from , the chandelier is from Restoration Hardware, and the dining chairs are from Article.
Aviva Velvet Chair, $715, Lulu & Georgia
Originally, the kitchen in the main house was a much smaller space with only a skylight for natural light, so we took down a wall and pushed it out into the dining room. Now it has become the heart of the property. We wanted to make the space as big as possible. We kept the space simple and clean with the same black faucet and classic subway tile motif we have in all five of the bathrooms. We jazzed it up with the Dekton countertops that look and feel amazing to the touch. They are also pretty much indestructible, so hosting a dozen models at a time is not so daunting. The bar stools are from Wayfair, and we sanded them down and stained the wood to match the floors. Most evenings of the camp, I'll cook meals for the girls and they sit at the bar to ask me career questions.
We had to renovate a total of six bathrooms in the property and we wanted to keep a similar look between all of them. Subway tiles are classic and will continue to be around forever. They make the space feel homey but clean. The cabinets are from , which makes custom doors for Ikea storage systems. The mirror, sink, and faucets are from Wayfair, and the bathtub is by Kohler.
The wood walls stand out in the dining room of the guest house. We chose clean, modern furniture and lighting for the space, along with interesting graphic art. The table, chair and planters are by Rove Concepts and the chandelier is from Restoration Hardware. The pictures on the wall are the opposite of the room's overall look. We used this company called , which has fun art and allows artists to sell their work.
Tulip Table, $2,545, Rove Concepts
Most of the models hang out in the guest house, which has the feel of a chalet. We wanted to offset the wood walls with 1960s futuristic furniture from that really pops in the space. It’s a nice juxtaposition. There's also a history to the walls and flooring. It's just a really cool space. We usually have classes for the models here and the girls lay on the sofa.
It was a challenge to find furniture that's durable enough for the traffic that comes through the house. And although a lot of the furniture looks very chic and pretty, it's still really comfortable. The house really makes everyone feel at ease.