Sandra Bullock and designers Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro restore the splendor of this old house in the heart of Manhattan
If Sandra Bullock wasn’t an actress, she’d be an engineer. “I thought that being an actress was something that after a while it was not allowed to act, so I invested every penny I earned in the estate,” recalls the Hollywood star, who cultivated his love for a long time. from the Hollywood spotlight. “Each place is different, with its own history and memory,” he says of the properties in which he intervenes with exquisite care.
Among all those projects, “the biggest,” as he describes it, was a 19th-century house in Manhattan, a property that required extensive restoration and also “a lot of love.” Outside his garden, drawn to the original fireplaces and spacious living room, Bullock bought the home more than 20 years ago. At that time, he recalls his life flowing: “I think that the reformation took place in my attempt to find an adult way.”
Late Regency style oak table from Stair Galleries. George Hawkins Crystal Vase, New York; an antique hyacinth and a white earthenware jar.
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Check out the original details (and lots of love)
In the revamp, as in any show of his greats, Bos reveled in the details, showing his talent, strength and vibrancy in every direction. For example, in the restoration of the ceiling rose windows, part of which was carved by hand, or the original fireplace, which were painstakingly recreated. Behind each sheet, he recalls, is hidden the history of what happened in the past.
Writing in the next chapter, he sought the help of a team of experts capable of bringing the pieces back together. “That kind of art was handed down from generation to generation,” considering that the artists he brought together represent a world of wisdom, “I’m not an artist, but I can walk into a building and feel what the space wants to be. Just find the artists who can do what I have in mind.” .