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Santiago Suarez is a man who craves challenge, a knight errant, if you will, whose exploits are in the realm of the intellectual and artistic. His wife, Bonnie, has been his game companion and adventurer in kind since they met in college in the late ’60s. Three years ago they set out on a quest to downsize from their converted raised ranch in Greenwich, Connecticut, which, with their three sons grown and gone, had become too empty feeling.
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  The undulating white-cedar door is a replica of one Santiago admired at a sushi bar in Japan.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    The undulating white-cedar door is a replica of one Santiago admired at a sushi bar in Japan.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  The house is as much a work of art as a showcase for it. The Suarezes are catholic in their tastes: They buy for love not investment, their collection a mix of high and low. In the foyer, prints and drawings acquired over the course of their world travels hang along the attenuated S-curve of the wall opposite the front door.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    The house is as much a work of art as a showcase for it. The Suarezes are catholic in their tastes: They buy for love not investment, their collection a mix of high and low. In the foyer, prints and drawings acquired over the course of their world travels hang along the attenuated S-curve of the wall opposite the front door.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  With the free-floating birch pod defining the space, and the massive Venetian chandelier accentuating the volume, the great room is, indeed, great. The Suarezes wanted the living area to be a place where the family could be occupied individually while still together. Bonnie works in the kitchen while Santiago (seated on an IKEA couch borrowed from one of their sons until they find something else) works on the computer.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    With the free-floating birch pod defining the space, and the massive Venetian chandelier accentuating the volume, the great room is, indeed, great. The Suarezes wanted the living area to be a place where the family could be occupied individually while still together. Bonnie works in the kitchen while Santiago (seated on an IKEA couch borrowed from one of their sons until they find something else) works on the computer.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  The painting on the landing of the stairs leading to the guest room is a junk-store find. Santiago was especially struck by the incongruity of a New England artist employing such tropical, Gauguin-like colors.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    The painting on the landing of the stairs leading to the guest room is a junk-store find. Santiago was especially struck by the incongruity of a New England artist employing such tropical, Gauguin-like colors.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  The Jan Larsen Gallery in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood is a favorite haunt for Bonnie and Santiago. That’s where they found the Montauk photograph (“It’s exciting,” Santiago says, “a frozen moment in time”) and coffee table composed of traffic signs.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    The Jan Larsen Gallery in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood is a favorite haunt for Bonnie and Santiago. That’s where they found the Montauk photograph (“It’s exciting,” Santiago says, “a frozen moment in time”) and coffee table composed of traffic signs.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  The window beside the tub in the master bathroom peers over the living space below and echoes the shiplike quality of the pod, which also contains the master bedroom. Lights reminiscent of portholes and mahogany walls deepen the feeling of being on an ocean cruise.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    The window beside the tub in the master bathroom peers over the living space below and echoes the shiplike quality of the pod, which also contains the master bedroom. Lights reminiscent of portholes and mahogany walls deepen the feeling of being on an ocean cruise.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  The Suarezes opted for a cozy bedroom with beautiful details, old and new—lustrous mahogany behind the bed, Baker tables beside it. The long beam overhead replaced the original, but smaller beams above it are authentic.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    The Suarezes opted for a cozy bedroom with beautiful details, old and new—lustrous mahogany behind the bed, Baker tables beside it. The long beam overhead replaced the original, but smaller beams above it are authentic.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  The family gathers on what is, for now, a postage-stamp-size back porch. The outdoor space will be revisited later, but this house “is not about gardening,” Santiago says. Little by little, he and Bonnie plan to replace the grass with low-maintenance pachysandra, perhaps terracing it with a nod to Versailles—art, art everywhere.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    The family gathers on what is, for now, a postage-stamp-size back porch. The outdoor space will be revisited later, but this house “is not about gardening,” Santiago says. Little by little, he and Bonnie plan to replace the grass with low-maintenance pachysandra, perhaps terracing it with a nod to Versailles—art, art everywhere.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  On the mantel above the fireplace, a Warhol collage is surrounded by a papier-mâché sculpture of no special provenance, a Vigliaturo glass piece, and a Picasso plate.  Photo by: Juliana Sohn
    On the mantel above the fireplace, a Warhol collage is surrounded by a papier-mâché sculpture of no special provenance, a Vigliaturo glass piece, and a Picasso plate.

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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