As founders of Juliska, a luxury tableware brand, David and Capucine Gooding fill their days with everything from designing new lines of glassware to overseeing product quality to devising ad campaigns. Yet, each morning they round up the family for breakfast in the big French-style kitchen of their Stamford, Connecticut, home. And evenings are reserved for family dinners, followed by cuddle and catch-up time, with the whole clan piled on the blue mohair sofas in the living room. “My muse is family,” says Capucine, who was born in France of a French father and an all-American Texan mother. David is English; his mother lives in Surrey, England, and the family visits her and other relatives in Europe at least once a year. “Our families are spread out all over the world, but we stay very connected,” Capucine says. So the Goodings surround themselves with reminders of those connections.
Capucine and David and their three daughters—or “scalawags,” as Capucine lovingly calls them. Lily, 11, Bliss, 10, and Daisy, 7, bound through their home’s spacious rooms, sharing with their parents their latest books, scientific experiments, and backyard discoveries. Wood bowls and glass jars on tables and mantels are heaped with objects that serve as inspiration—bits of fringe, a few links of a chain, delicate feathers, shells, and handwritten children’s wishes and love notes on tiny scraps of paper. These are the things that fuel Capucine and David’s creativity.
Spaces are filled with rich, warm colors—deep blue, coral, and gray—inspired by a kimono fabric Capucine found. “Beige is lovely, but we love color,” she says. Windows in the living room are lavished with coral-colored silk taffeta draperies as generous as a fairy-tale ball gown. Sink-in sofas are covered in an easy-care royal blue mohair and accented with coral and blue-striped pillows that often end up on the floor after a family frolic.
In a corner of the living room, upholstered wing chairs and coral-topped ottomans provide cozy seating around a pedestal game table. “I particularly love fabrics,” Capucine says. “Miles and miles of silk taffeta” were used to drape the windows.
Floors in the main living areas were replaced with reclaimed whitewashed hemlock planks with a worn patina.
Working in concert with her mother (“She has a great eye and does the best floral arrangements ever!” says Capucine) and Connecticut designer Susan Hurwitt, Capucine filled rooms with family antiques, dozens of framed photographs, her daughters’ artwork, and accessories that tell stories of past trips and family outings.
An “inspiration” wall in the studio is filled with family photos—grandparents, siblings, parents—as well as fabric swatches, paint chips, magazine pages, and the girls’ artwork. These snippets of Gooding life hang above an old railway station bench.
Soft ivory and blue-gray hues keep the master bedroom feeling serene, but it’s not only a couple’s retreat. “Everything in it is meant to be soft—the colors, the furniture, and especially the bed, so all five of us can squeeze into it and have Daddy read Harry Potter,” Capucine says. (With his elegant British accent, no less.) The “Helena” upholstered bed is from Oly.
A two-story addition allowed for expanding the master suite above the kitchen, which now includes a covered terrace with fireplace, where the Goodings can enjoy views of Long Island Sound. Capucine designed the bird-and-branch iron railings skirting the terrace. “I have always loved birds, and the idea of nesting was a theme in creating our home. This gives our otherwise classical architecture a gentle whimsical wink,” she says.