now the couple’s favorite hangout. “You walk into this
room and it feels like it’s hugging you,” says Mathis.
She selected the sculptural, blown-glass light fixture.
“Stickley is so masculine,” she says. “The fixture adds
a feminine touch.” Two original doors remain, one on
each end of the room.
The rooms on the main floor were redecorated,
putting an emphasis on mementos that Mathis and
Burchell have gathered on their world travels. “They
have these wonderful collections,” says van der Loo.
“My main focus is that their collections shine.” For a
backdrop, van der Loo used neutrals and earth tones.
“It’s all very organic,” she says. “Mossy-blue-grey
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green. Lots of textures and natural fibers.”
To furnish the home, Mathis and Burchell acquired
several original Stickley pieces, as well as Stickley
reissues, and Arts and Crafts pieces from other period
furniture makers (such as Cadillac). “We’ve tried to
restore the spirit of the house,” says Mathis, “and that
includes the way we’ve furnished it.”
One show-stopping piece: a large, oak card catalog,
still chock-full of cards from the library at the New
York Times, where Mathis served as head of corporate
communications. “When the company moved from
old pieces were auctioned at Christie’s,” she says.
“When I saw this, I just knew I had to have it.”
resources: Interior Designer: Katja van der Loo, Papyrus Home
athis and Burchell deck the halls, literally,
for the holidays. Evergreen garlands and
wreaths adorn every doorway. Fresh greens,
holly berries, pine cones, and bright red amaryllises
and poinsettias cover every available surface.
Their tree, set in a corner by a little-used Dutch
door original to the house, is loaded with ornaments
collected from all corners of the globe. “We buy an or-
nament wherever we travel,” says Mathis. “There are
ornaments from Tibet, Costa Rica, a camel from UAE.”
The couple open their house to friends and family
every Christmas, hosting a large holiday gathering.
Says Mathis, “This is a house that says ‘Come in and
make yourself at home.’”
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“the spirit of the
home,” says Mathis,
original card catalog
acquired from the
New York Times. The
original front door is
on the adjacent wall;
the dining room just
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