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the interiors felt warm and livable," Liu says. She complemented dark stone and steel with fabrics and rugs in nubby whites and textural grays, along with wool and leather upholstery in rich black and mustard hues, a sumptuous juxtaposition against the hard surfaces. Much of the furniture was custom-designed for the house. "I wanted furniture that had some curves or movement, to make the interiors feel approachable and inviting," she says. For the living area, Jean Liu Design Studio designed a pair of large curved sofas with black leather frames and white wool bouclé cushions as a counterpoint to the room's straight lines. In the family room, where they often watch TV, comfort was paramount, so Jean Liu Design Studio customized a sectional sofa in dark green velvet, where they could put their feet up. A bespoke rug in ultra-soft wool is woven to look like a cozy cable-knit sweater. When she showed them a shapely, rounded-edge wood coffee table by New York artisan Mark Jupiter, the Parsons fell head over heels for his work. "That table is what launched all the other commissions from Mark," Liu says. "We all flew to New York to meet him at his studio, and they later invited him to visit the project so Jupiter would have a better sense of where the pieces would be installed." Jupiter crafted their massive dining table from bleached and washed solid ash and blackened steel. "It may look simple, but it's an engineering feat," Liu says. He also made a console for the living room in oxidized walnut with blackened steel that references the room's fireplace. Rustic wood plinths, which Jupiter reclaimed from an old sugar mill, are assembled like sculptural elements on the floor in front of a living-room window. His designs form a consistent thread of materials that helps connect all the open spaces, Liu says. The Parsons' house was designed to be a soothing retreat from the world, and it accomplishes just that. Kelly's home office upstairs doubles as a meditation room, with a sleek Herman Miller chaise longue and a custom Mark Jupiter desk and credenza. "It's my sanctuary; it's where I spend time even on the weekends," she says. The main bedroom, which overlooks the courtyard, is Philip's favorite spot to read a book. He also spends time in the wine room off the kitchen, where he stores a large collection of red wines, purchased during their travels. At day's end, they sometimes choose a bottle and have a glass of wine together in the living room — where there's no TV to distract — and watch the sunlight fade into the trees. Above: Mesa Design Group's landscaping includes river birches and gravel in the courtyard. Sliding doors lead to the TV room. Left: The powder bath is covered in Calico wallpaper's Sumi collection. Vibia pendants. Custom Caesarstone raw concrete sink, custom mirror by Jean Liu Design Studio and Randy Kienast. (Continued) 77

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