Long Island Home Gets a Theatrical Makeover

Long Island Home Gets a Theatrical Makeover


I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read,” said the 19th-century English historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. Fortunately, this was a choice the owner of this house in the Long Island hamlet of Manhasset never had to face. While he may not have imperial lineage, he is royalty in his field—the theater—where he has produced some of the biggest hits on Broadway and London’s West End.

“He’s an Anglophile and loves to read,” confirms designer Sandra Nunnerley. “So the house has lots of perches to sit with a book.” The stunning testament to her client’s avocation is an impressive library with a design appropriately informed by a famous musical. “Remember that handsome paneled library in My Fair Lady where Henry Higgins teaches Eliza Doolittle how to properly pronounce ‘the rain in Spain?’ ” asks Nunnerley. “That was our inspiration.”

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