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room has 15 different colors, from a vintage red Vladimir Kagan sofa to a pair of purple Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs and a custom England-made Vanderhurd rug woven in pinks, reds, and whites. She traveled to London — where she lived many years ago when her children were young — to commission the rug. She's kept a smattering of furnishings from her time abroad, including the living room's '60s-era white patent-leather tube bench, a groovy flea market find. Almost everything comes with a backstory. The living room's DWR Bubble pendant chair, originally designed by Eero Aarnio in 1968 in Finland, she says, "is really fun, but it has a hole in it because I accidentally shot it with my BB gun. I was making a point that the glass in our old house was shatterproof. It cracked the glass and put a hole in the chair. I've always said 'I'll try it, so you don't have to.'" Massey is never one to back down from a challenge, and she sometimes pushed the builder, Thompson Custom Homes, to do the seemingly impossible. When the glitter grout she wanted for her shower was discontinued, contractor Mike Timmons asked her for a second choice. She hadn't even considered one. Instead, she suggested they get glitter and pump it into the grout — "and they did!" The library is probably the most personal room in the house, with shelves styled with her favorite art books — Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama. Tucked between books is family memorabilia: a movie clapperboard and camera she inherited from her late filmmaker brother, along with a war- room plaque her father always kept on his desk. She has a collection of Visionaire books, including 44 Toys, a collaboration with Kidrobot that consists of humanoid characters created by designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada. The dolls are lined up on a shelf. "I know you're not supposed to open them up and play Opposite page, from top: In the library, a custom Vanderhurd rug and custom sofa by Interior Define. Custom front door with terrazzo door pulls. Antique crystal chandelier, Angelbert Metoyer painting. Tonio Trzebinski's crocodiles, Hanns-Peter Krafft's sheep stools from Thorsten Van Elten. Right: Looking towards the library are Jacob Hashimoto's Japanese kite piece, Eames La Chaise chair, vintage Barcelona chairs, 1970s family portrait by Doyle Chappell. Ferguson chandelier. 71

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