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A painting by Philadelphia artist Murray Dessner, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is the centerpiece of the living room, which Hayes divided into two seating areas.
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eslie Hayes loves a little drama in a room. “I think everyone wants the wow factor,” she says while explaining that high impact is something she has been testing out in the new Main Line home she calls a “laboratory for design.” Just a year ago, Hayes was approached to rent her Haverford home to a local sports figure and quickly needed to look for new digs and new projects. Surprisingly, the timing was perfect: Her friend Douglas Mellor was looking to move to Center City and asked Hayes to be the trustworthy custodian of an estate with just the kind of character that Hayes prized.
Fine-arts photographer Mellor had bought his carriage house, part of the La Ronda estate designed by famous architect Addison Mizner 29 years ago, and was ready for an update. Mizner had created homes for the who’s who in Palm Beach, including Rodman Wanamaker. For years, La Ronda was the 17,000-square-foot home of Percival E. Foerderer, who ran a leather manufacturing business, and his wife, Ethel Brown. When Mellor bought the carriage house, it was merely a garage with two continued on page 138
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW CALLAGHAN
A SUBURBAN CARRIAGE HOME’S DESIGN PEDIGREE COMES ALIVE, THANKS TO ONE INTERIOR DESIGNER’S PLAYFUL AESTHETIC. BY KATHLEEN NICHOLSON WEBBER
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