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forte. The more family-oriented set of rooms are all arranged towards the back and accessible from the garden, creating an ideal space for the children to play outside. Especially during these difficult times of isolation, this house has been a relief for all. During our frequent video-calls, I could see them together beneath those beautiful, original cobalt-blue-tinted roof tiles that cover their home, safe although worried like all of us around the world. On the screen, I watch as the children play outside in the grass and in the pool — I am godfather to one of the twins — and I can see Geoffroy working hard in his home office, steering Neiman Marcus through tough decisions towards a new era. I also see Alvise working in his large studio converted from the garage, still running his global design projects from afar. They all feel fortunate to be together in this new house in a neighborhood that warmly welcomed them and where the children experienced their first Halloween, joining the neighborhood kids for trick or treating. This little piece of paradise in Lakewood has protected and embraced them thus far and will continue to support them as a family for a long time, I'm sure. So will their buzzing neighborhood of Lakewood and Lower Greenville, which is filled with open- air restaurants, organic stores, and The Boulangerie, which they visited every weekend pre-COVID with the kids. There is hope that everything will return to the normal exuberant life — and, of course, that Uncle Filippo will be able to visit Dallas again very soon. Opposite page, top: Headboard in a guest bedroom was designed by Alvise Orsini from antique Baroque architectural carvings. The upholstery and draperies are antique bronze silks. Bottom left: An 18th-century French commode seen through a guest bedroom. The ceiling decoration is original. Bottom right: The leaded-glass window, iron railing, and door are original to the house. This page, left: Alvise Orsini designed the formal European gardens with pool, live oaks, and hurricane lanterns. Antique garden urns from Pittet Architecturals. Right: The blue tile roof is original to the 1927 Italianate house. 81

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