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A Dynamic Home in Westport, CT Filled With Reminders of Brazil

by Lauren Chorpening

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Expressing personal style doesn’t happen overnight, especially when it comes to interiors. Each piece is typically selected over time until a home feels finished. Such is the case with Nana and Lucas Cunha, a couple who share a love for whimsical, iconic and meaningful design. Nana’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Lucas’ of Belo Horizonte, Brazil have also greatly influenced their aesthetic and love for quality, gorgeous pieces. This stylish couple and their three daughters, Catarina, Valentina, and Nina, share a home that reflects their tastes and personalities perfectly.

Lucas is a lawyer and Nana is a fashion stylist and business owner in New York City. Their lives can feel hectic in the city, so a few years ago, they set out to find a home to relax in — away from the noise in Westport, CT. “When we found Westport, it was everything we wanted: A charming city with good restaurants, stores we loved and lots of Brazilian friends living nearby,” Nana says. “The house was newly built, with large open spaces, an unbelievable area outdoors… it was the perfect oasis that would fit all our dreams and expectations of having a home.” The home has great natural light, coffered ceilings, spacious rooms and now it is filled with priceless furniture and sentimental pieces collected by Nana and Lucas over the years.

The Cunhas are great at mixing low- and high-end pieces seamlessly in their home. It is most important to them that their home is a place where their family loves to be and finds inspiration. They enlisted help from Brazilian architect and interior designer, Lenka Soares, to bring everything together. “It’s an ongoing process, it never ends. All the time I’m adding a different object or finding the perfect furniture for a certain spot,” Nana says. “We prefer to take our time to keep it within our real style.” Playful elements mix with hard lines, color breaks up neutral spaces, and large rooms are made to feel intimate in Lucas and Nana’s well designed home. –Lauren

Photography by Nana Cunha and Carla Cavellucci-Landi

Image above: Nana and Lucas’ master bedroom is layered in pattern, color and texture. “The bed frame is from Anthropologie and has little birds in it. I love wallpapers, and in my bedroom it couldn’t be different. The pattern is bunnies and flowers,” Nana shares. “My room is my enchanted forest!”

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A light-filled corner of the master bedroom has become one of Lucas' favorite spots. "Another piece from a Brazilian designer - Sergio Rodrigues, known as the father of Brazilian furniture. In this space my husband loves to sit and read," Nana says.
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The Cunha family in the entry hall of their Westport, CT home. From left to right: Lucas, Nana, Valentina (7), Nina (5) and Catarina (9). "We are a very loud, creative, relaxed, funny family, full of love," Nana shares.
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"The hall has a large picture of Rio de Janeiro, my hometown. One day the frame fell on the floor. I joked it was my 'old city' complaining about my new one," Nana laughs.
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The library is used mostly by the girls. "This room is also called 'the Lego room.' The girls inherited from Lucas the love for toy building sets," Nana shares. "I love how this space is calm with unexpected details: The sheep (representing each one of the girls), the Pink Panther in a suit, the bold pink color of the chairs."
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"The tiles on the dining room table were brought from Brazil; some of them arrived broken. The table was built inside the dining room, and we had to grout it twice - the first time the grouting broke," Nana explains. "The sideboard is called 'Copacabana,' the name of a beach in Rio de Janeiro, and it was designed by the renowned Brazilian architect Arthur Casas."
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The Cunha family's home has a comfortable approach to design. They love pieces with meaning to them and can mix color and style effortlessly.
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The kitchen is open and bright with a modern design that feels relaxed.
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"This is our breakfast and lunch area. The modern lines of the Saarinen table contrast with the chairs in rattan. Oh, and the flowers are fake. I don't work with live plants," Nana jokes.
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"The cushions on the floor of the sunroom invite for a playful and relaxed moment while looking at the outdoors. The kids love to get a book and sit down here, reading. The light is perfect for it," Nana says.
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"The main idea was to have a house that was comfortable, inspirational, fun, light and relaxed, that worked well for everyone. I think the idea was to have a 'playground' type of home, with plenty of colors, interesting designs, areas to relax, nice people and good vibes," Nana shares.
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The family's living room is arranged with iconic furniture. It's a space that Nana wanted to be interesting but more importantly facilitate good conversation and quality time.
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"Brazilian references are everywhere in my house such as the Marquesa bench, originally designed in 1974 by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and the Serfa chair, from the Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine, paired here with the Bell Side Table by Sebastian Herkner," Nana shares.
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Lucas and Nana share this office when they need to work from home.
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A bright orange chair sits in the landing of the second floor.
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Nina wanted her bed to feel like she was in a tree house. The added bed below is perfect for when friends are over.
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"Catarina loves radical sports, science... so a room 'less girly' is what she chose to have," Nana says. The robot wallpaper and bunny ear chair are some of Catarina's favorite elements in her room.
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"What I love most about my home is... it is the perfect place to unwind from the craziness of the city & pretend we can cook!" -- Nana Cunha

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Comments

  • Love their style. Definitely the hardest thing is to combine high and low items, but it’s a challenge that’s worth taking on. This post reminds me how much I need something velvet in my apartment!

  • I like your simple white rugs- particularly in photo #14 (landing on the 2nd floor) and photo #4 (Library). They look so soft! Can you please tell me where they are from?

  • Gorgeous home. Even though this is in Connecticut I can hear Brazilian music in the background as I scroll. :)

  • Fun home! Love all the color! That bedroom is stunning with the walllpaper. Also, I would love to know the source on the floor cushion sofa things, I have seen those a couple of places but no one seems post where they come from.

  • I dig the bedrooms and the furniture pieces they have are quite nice. But, overall, looks like they just moved in!

  • So much personality and originality, while keeping it low key, inviting and comfortable. Almost every piece of furniture, despite being really beautiful to look at, also looks like they would be so comfortable I wouldn’t want to get up. And in response to @Ali, while there do seem to be quite a few blank walls and a couple empty shelves (which is what I assume prompted your comment), I think that just gives this young family room to grow into their home. I am sure with their great eye for furniture, they will eventually fill up the space with some more art that is on par with the taste level of the pieces that are already there show. I have a lot of respect for people who choose to let their homes fill up organically over time, rather than just looking for pieces to fill it up right away. Lovely home and lovely family!

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