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Model 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 improvement projects. But their most challenging renovation to date is a sprawling Tudor-style farmhouse 60 miles north of New York City. The couple purchased the 7,000 square foot property to serve as the headquarters for their modeling internship, which teaches young models the basics of building a portfolio, casting and runway training, among other skills.
The property, which spans seven acres, was originally built for a large family in the 1930s. Its main house was extended between the 1950s and 1960s and in the 1970s the guest house chalet style has been 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 again. They have retained the old-world charm of the original home, but added modern touches by revamping the layout, incorporating eye-catching furniture and graphic artwork.
In her own words, Coco shares her favorite spaces in the house, from an airy bedroom in the main house to the charming guest house living room with wooden walls.
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Main house bedroom
This room is part of our private wing in the main house. We have a few rooms that are off limits at camp and that’s where we stay while camp is in session. The space has windows on three sides, so it is always beautifully flooded with light during the day and overlooks our wooded property. We kept the brass trend, which runs 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 Mitzi.
Eden Bed, $749, fashion house
Main house living room
We always try to incorporate millennial pink into every home. These chairs are from Lulu & Georgia and face a bay window, where 15 people can sit, relax and unwind. The chairs are beautiful, comfortable and really bring the space together. The lamp is from Mitzi, the art is from MiPic, the chandelier is from Restoration Hardware and the dining chairs are from Article.
Aviva Velvet Chair, $715, Lulu & Georgia
Main house kitchen
Originally the kitchen in the main house was a much smaller space with only a skylight for natural light, so we knocked down a wall and pushed it into the dining room. Today, 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 pattern we have in all five bathrooms. We’ve enhanced it with Dekton countertops that look and feel amazing to the touch. They’re also virtually indestructible, so hosting a dozen models at once isn’t that daunting. The bar stools are from Wayfair, and we sanded them and stained the wood to match the floors. Most nights at camp, I cook meals for the girls and they sit at the bar asking me questions about my career.
We had to renovate a total of six bathrooms in the property and wanted to keep a similar look between them. Subway tiles are classic and will continue to exist forever. They make the space welcoming yet clean. The cabinets are Semi-handmade, which manufactures custom doors for Ikea storage systems. The mirror, sink and faucets are from Wayfair and the tub is from Kohler.
Guest house dining room
The wooden walls stand out in the dining room of the guest house. We chose clean, modern furniture and lighting for the space, along with some interesting graphics. The table, chair and planters are from Rove Concepts and the chandelier is from Restoration Hardware. The pictures on the wall are the opposite of the overall look of the room. We used this company called MiPic, which has fun with art and allows artists to sell their work.
Tulip table, $2,545, Rove Concepts
Guest house lounge
Most of the models hang out in the guest house, which looks like a chalet. We wanted to counterbalance the wooden walls with futuristic 60s furniture from Mobile Concepts that actually appears in space. It’s a nice juxtaposition. There is also a story on the walls and on the floor. It’s just a really cool space. We usually have classes for models here and the girls are lying on the couch.
It was a challenge to find furniture durable enough for the traffic that passes through the house. And although a lot of furniture looks very chic and pretty, it is still very comfortable. The house really puts everyone at ease.
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