Just past the tall refrigerator, a sitting area in front of a bay window adjoins the main part of the kitchen. It is set with Billy Baldwin slipper chairs and a sofa upholstered in printed beige fabric that Randolph previously used on furniture in the vice presidential pool house. “The twins do their tummy time on the rug here,” O’Donnell says. “We really live in this space.” Hanging from the pitched ceiling is a lantern finished in nickel-plating to match the kitchen cabinet knobs.
Upstairs, the couple joined two small bedrooms together to create a larger master suite focused on a bed with a tall ivory-upholstered headboard. Sitting on top of the glass-topped bedside tables are lamps converted from 19th-century Italian porcelain vases. At one end of the room, his-and-her closets flank a door leading to a small outdoor terrace. At the other, an existing bathroom was revamped with white marble and new fixtures, including a rain-head in the spacious shower stall.
Across the hall in a smaller bedroom, the nursery continues the pale look with white cribs fitted with Picci baby linens. Pillows embroidered with the twins’ names and birthdates are a gift from NBC’s Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press.
Back in the kitchen after the tour, Tracy buttons his chef’s jacket and reflects on the renovation before leaving for work. The kitchen is clearly his domain but he relates that his wife drove much of the home’s redesign. “I was told about everything after it was purchased and installed,” he laughs. Tracy is obviously pleased with the results, especially the way all the ground-floor rooms now connect around the center hall to the kitchen. “It will make a nice running track for Grace and Henry one day,” he says with a grin.