Design:

LIVE BEAUTIFUL: Exclusive, Unseen Pages With RW Guild

In the same way your affinity with a piece of art deepens upon learning the meaning behind it, so too does your connection to an interior when you discover the storytelling that’s woven into its design. This is how it felt when Athena first walked into the 1950s Cape Cod home of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch. The creative minds behind Roman and Williams and RW Guild married Montauk’s raw and earthy elements with an artfully collected and modern spirit. It is, as Athena writes in Live Beautiful, “deliberately considered yet so disarmingly casual.”

So, in honor of Live Beautiful’s one year anniversary, we’re diving into the archives to celebrate the beautiful homes and the people who live in them. Each week we will be sharing curated collages designed exclusively by each homeowner along with rapid-fire questions that didn’t make the book’s pages. We hope you will relish these very personal moments and be inspired to live beautiful in your own homes (and lives), too.  

LIVE BEAUTIFUL: Exclusive, Unseen Pages With RW Guild
WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO YOU?
Stephen: Improvisational cooking.
Robin: Candles lit, flames everywhere, a world turned on!
 
DESCRIBE YOUR AESTHETIC/DESIGN PHILOSOPHY IN THREE WORDS:
Stephen: High low boho.
Robin: Luxurious craftsman.
 
UNEXPECTED DESIGN SOLUTION IN YOUR HOME YOU’RE PROUD OF?
The unfinished and incomplete projects that keep our imaginations alive.
 
WE HATE TO ADMIT IT BUT MY BIGGEST DESIGN FAUX-PAS WAS… ___
Trying to have a concept.
 
BIGGEST LESSON LEARNED IN DESIGNING THIS HOME?
Let it be.
 
FAVORITE ROOM AND WHY?
Stephen: Kitchen—food, color of food, smell of food, tastes of food.
Robin: Studio—it’s where we make things.
 
YOU SAW AND IT INSPIRED…
Stephen: A tugboat / tireless power.
Robin: Angelica / all my senses, beauty, fragrance, form…
 
WHAT SHOULD BE ON EVERYONE’S COFFEE TABLE?
Rocks from everywhere.
 
I HAVE FAR TOO MANY____ IN OUR HOME. BUT I CONTINUE TO COLLECT THEM!
Rocks.
 
WHAT ARE YOU ENDLESSLY CURIOUS ABOUT?
Everything that grows and how we can use it!

Necessary Objects

These items may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.
Share this Swoon   –  

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get exclusive access to recipes, promotions, videos, and original content.
We'll never share your information.