Louisville Magazine

MAR 2012

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A study in contrasts: The retro-modern/contemporary kitchen, with sitting area, and the muralized, French-inspired dining room, with pale-blue- and-off-white walls and trim, crystal chandelier and delicate, mohair-covered chairs. [100] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.12 white walls, original art and modern Baker sofa. Candace pulled some of the throw pillow colors from the area rug, while oth- ers reflect the art, notably a contemporary horse study in red by French artist Antoine de la Bouleye. Te Drexeliuses, who are avid art collectors — "We like to buy each other art for birthdays and anniversaries," says Mark — purchased the painting in London. Not everything in the living room is modern, however. Among the furnish- ings are two cabinets of curiosities — a Renaissance-era invention to house exotic flora and fauna, musical and scientific in- struments, jewelry, globes, rocks and min- erals, oddities and small art. One cabinet is dedicated solely to vintage paint sets, while the other displays a huge variety of objects, from seashells to painted French miniatures. Taxidermy adds another intriguing layer to the decor. A shadow box on the living room wall exhibits jewel-toned beetles. Tere's a taxidermied lamb wearing a crown on the grand piano and stuffed birds, including two magpies — "You have to have two . . . or they're bad luck," Can- dace warns — are displayed in glass cases. Several of the birds came from Deyrolle, a Parisian shop featuring a menagerie of stuffed animals, insects, shells and botani- cal prints that opened its doors more than 170 years ago. Surrounded by windows and still sport- ing its original tile floor, the card room is furnished with a round table and red leath- er chairs. Candace's inspiration for the col- or scheme was an oil portrait study of the Fifth Earl Spencer wearing a red coat. Te background color is the same pale green as the walls. While the card room feels British, the dining room has a French air, with its

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