Supermodel mom Coco Rocha turned this old house into a modern, minimalist pad to kick back in with her family—and train the next generation of top model talent.
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Model, entrepreneur, and social media star Coco Rocha (@cocorocha) strikes a pose in her country-chic living room in New York.
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Coco Rocha doesn't sit still—she has literally made a career out of moving: strutting down catwalks for fashion houses like Chanel and Versace. Now she's a partner in her own model management agency, where she scouts and consults new talent, and cofounder of Coco Rocha Model Camp, an ongoing series of workshops that has her mentoring aspiring models. Even when it comes to home life, she and her husband, James Conran, don't sit still for long. They're serial rehabbers, always on the hunt for their next project. So when they found this spacious 1930s Tudor-style property in New York—with its swimming pool and big guest house—they knew it'd be an ideal retreat for their kids, Ioni (four) and Iver (one), and the perfect place for the camp.

coco rocha family two kids
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Unlike Coco, the house at the time wasn't so camera-ready. "The prior owners built additions every few years, so nothing matched—the floors, the bathrooms," says Coco. "We wanted to update everything using materials that would tie all of the spaces together." Think fresh white paint, subway tile, and dark flooring. Renovations took about a year with James and his parents doing much of the work. Structurally, they took down a wall so the kitchen would feel more open and installed new IKEA cabinetry with Semihandmade doors and hearty marble-look Dekton countertops from Cosentino. One thing that didn't change: the chalet-style wood paneling in the guest house. "James convinced me we could modernize it with the right furniture," says Coco.

The couple shopped online for decor to save time and stuck to a scheme of black and white with pops of yellow, Ioni's favorite color. Bold chandeliers and framed art take center stage in each room. "Lighting really defines a space, so we splurged there," says Coco. "We also wanted to surround our kids with inspiring pictures." But, above all, every piece of furniture in the home is durable. "We host tons of friends and family and between 12 and 20 models for a couple of days—sometimes back-to-back—every time we hold a camp," says Coco. "It's important that our guests feel comfortable and enjoy their time here. Nothing is too precious."

modern dining room globe lights yellow chairs
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A glass globe chandelier anchors the dining area in the midcentury modern–inspired guest house. 

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In the kitchen, Coco and James chose white subway tile for the backsplash and accessorized with a custom neon sign from Electric Confetti and textiles from HomeGoods.

"We are all about bright artwork," says Coco. "If you keep your walls neutral, you can move pieces around the house easily. Ours are from the website"

decorated bookshelf
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The living room shelfie gets a color boost from gerbera daisies from The Bouqs Company and a Kähler striped vase.

coco rocha posing on seating area
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"This is the fourth place we've redone together." says Coco. "Our rule in renovations—and life—is: if one person is really passionate about something and the other one doesn't care, let them have it."

white bedroom with low profile headboard
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For soothing symmetry in a guest room, Coco and James flanked the bed with matching tables, lamps, and mirrors. With a low-profile headboard, you can put a bed in front of windows and still get plenty of natural light. The bedroom furniture is from Lulu and Georgia.

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The guest house's living room is an Instagram-worthy mix of traditional finishes (wood paneling, beams, and moldings) and mod furnishings, including chartreuse chairs and an oatmeal sectional from Rove Concepts.

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The marble coffee table is styled with a potted succulent and a stack of books, including Coco's own Study of Pose, a collection of 1,000 black-and-white photos of her posing in different ways, shot by photographer Steven Sebring.

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Coco and Ioni kick back after a session of sofa-jumping.

Get the Look

Pillow Talk

gray throw pillow

"You can't go wrong with grays, blacks, and whites," says Coco. Honeycomb Geometric Throw Pillow at HomeGoods stores ($17)

Bright On

neon banana lamp

"We love a whimsical neon sign," says Coco. "They're functional art." Sunny Life Neon Banana Large Light ($65)

Handy Holder

patterned ceramic kitchen tool container

"Leave kitchen tools out, so guests can help with cooking," says Coco. Ceramic Utensil Holder at HomeGoods stores ($10)

Lights Fantastic

brass marble desk lamp globe lights
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"If you splurge on glam lamps, you don't need much else on your tabletops," says Coco. Mitzi Mia Aged Brass LED Table Lamp ($368)