Lessons learned: With intuition and formulas that do not fail, this classic house made a brilliant leap to the present
Determined to leave their apartment in Acassuso, Mery Rojo Vivot and her husband went out to look for a house with a garden to put down roots with their two daughters, who were small at the time. Before the first one they saw, they both had the same feeling: “This is it”. However, his visions of the future of construction were different. “He could have moved in at that time. I felt that we had work ahead of us to update it and give it our stamp”, says Mery.
Everyone is surprised by the front door: it belonged to Mariquita Sánchez de Thompson and the previous owner bought it at an auction. That style continues in the hall with the antique bench.
Guided by the experience of several moves and by her keen eye for decoration, Mery concentrated on precise modifications: bring light into the interior and generate continuity between environments. For that, they replaced a lot of small windows with openings that enlarged the visuals towards the outside, they changed the floors for lighter ones and painted the walls in the same tone. On this basis, interior design emerged, with a infallible game of white, black and textures that added warmth.
Mary is a passionate about photography. In tune with the colors chosen for a harmonic deco, he rotates some of his works in black and white, which give the artistic and personal note.
“Little by little, we put together the house with things we brought, others inherited and some that we bought. I like to unite the work that is in the old furniture and the simplicity of the modern”.
In an old edition of Living, Mery found information about Rigoberto, an expert who made the floor with the calcareous in situ technique. In front of the hearth of 2.60×1.80, jute rug (Rugit). ‘Ghost’ chairs by Philippe Starck (Manifesto) with lambs (Las Cabrera). In the dinning room they kept the set of chairs and table that was in the house, which was restored in El Chañar. Off white linen curtains. Openings of the whole house color ‘Jagger’ (Upstairs).
“The paintings were lost in the enormous circulation of the fireplace until we decided to cover it completely with a mirror. The effect is impressive”
Mery Rojo Vivot, photographer and housewife.
On one floor, the classic distribution of the house is very comfortable for the family. From the internal patio, the separation between the private and social areas is noticeable, which in the interior are unified by the style of the decoration.
“Some time ago I discovered the power of red. Together with gray and green, it creates a lively and cheerful ensemble”
The environment in which they spend much of the day was renovated with the same colors used in the rest of the house. Also they changed the location of the artifacts and added the island. Gray and white calcareous floors (Giacomozzi). On the inherited country table, rustic bread (@panbarro).
The old garage is now a side patio with a lot of green, which connects with the grill and the gallery. It seems incredible that where the window and the door are today, before there was a wall with a small window.
“The boys’ bedrooms are used only for sleeping and maintain the style of the rest of the house: simple, fresh environments that convey peace.”
The Baptist’s bedroom it was set in variations of white and grey. The cradle made by a carpenter is the one used by his sisters.
In the setting of this house, she recognizes the influence of references such as Isabelle Firmin Didot, Mery Giménez and María Faure (from Upstairs), who helped her define the palette. The master suite looks towards the garden and the internal patio. With natural light as the protagonist, they opted for a stripped-back style.
Decoration was always present in Mery’s life. She remembers a ritual: when she was a girl, she would skip school to go to Casa FOA with her mother.
To the delight of the girls, the house arrived as a gift from a friend. Mery gave it a dreamlike frame of realism with the boxwood fence and dietes.
The house was missing one Gallery. Mery took measurements, made the design and coordinated the work to build this structurewhich –in the same shade of gray as the openings– was consecrated as a meeting space with shade in the open air, integrated with the grill and the pool and, most importantly, without interrupting the view of the garden.