Fun House: Seven Questions for Sean MacPherson and Rachelle Hruska

The power couple of New York nightlife open up their West Village family home.

What happens when one of downtown’s coolest couples become parents to two high-energy little boys? In the case of hotelier Sean MacPherson and Guest of a Guest founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, family life plays out—in all its boisterous, blissful fun—against the backdrop of an 1840s townhouse in the far West Village filled with vintage finds and eclectic toys. Photographed and profiled by Todd Selby on behalf of Bugaboo by Diesel, the story is an irresistible look at a day in the life of a family that’s glamorous yet refreshingly down-to-earth. Here, the MacPhersons tell us what makes it all work.

The Selby Story on Rachelle Hruska and John MacDonald

How would you describe the interiors you've created for your home? How have they changed significantly, if at all, since you’ve had children?  
We’ve always tried to create interiors that were comfortable and honestly reflected our lives. Now that we have two young boys, our interiors have become a mess—a wonderful and welcome mess.

The Selby Story on Rachelle Hruska and John MacDonald

What are the rooms and areas of your home that you most love to be in with your sons? What items or design decisions make that possible?
Like most families, we seem to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But we tend to have the most fun in our family room because that’s where the boys rule the roost. We purchased a giant fluffy Moroccan rug from a recent trip to Marrakesh—it makes the family room feel cozy and creates a soft landing pad for inevitable mishaps. 

Fun House: Seven Questions for Sean MacPherson and Rachelle Hruska

What are your children’s personalities, and how do their own personal spaces or possessions reflect that?
Maxwell is extremely diligent about keeping things in their place. His room is always organized, and he gets upset whenever Dashiell, his younger brother, makes “booby traps,” as in messes up his stuff.

What’s the best way to integrate—or make peace with—the plethora of toys and belongings around the house?
We learned early on that resistance is futile; if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. The endless mess has only made our home and lives richer.

The Selby Story on Rachelle Hruska and John MacDonald

Name some well-designed products for families that have made your life easier.
The Bugaboo stroller is our top choice for navigating the bumpy roads of Manhattan. We also use Uber more often than we'd like to admit.

The Selby Story on Rachelle Hruska and John MacDonald

Have you made any design compromises since becoming a parent?
Fortunately we believe that there’s no better design than a house full of life—and with two young boys, we feel blessed with life. Viva la vida!

Since you had your kids, what have you learned about yourselves and your home?  
We’ve learned to embrace life's wonderful mess. Or, if you want to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.

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