Though they have been partners in life for the last 27 years, Nicolas von Lehndorff and Ghislain d’Humieres have spent much of that time under different roofs. For most of his adult life, Von Lehndorff, a Swiss architectural designer and production designer, was based between Montecito and Los Angeles, where he moved at 17 to attend UCLA, and where he has overseen numerous projects for film and television. The French-born d’Humieres, who began his career in New York at Sotheby’s and Christie’s working in the 18th-century furniture and jewelry departments, transitioned in 2007 to a wide-ranging path as a museum director, which took him from the deYoung in San Francisco (where he was deputy director) to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, the Speed Museum in Louisville, and Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, a living museum of sorts that encompasses over 300 historic buildings and two major collections. For some two decades, the pair spent about 10 days per month in the same place, albeit across up to four different homes at a time—a configuration which may have been logistically daunting, but which offered ample and varied space for the art and design collectibles they were busy amassing. When, in late 2020, d’Humieres was tapped to helm the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, a role that came with an invitation to live in the director’s residence, two factors—for von Lehndorff, a greater possibility of working remotely, and a renewed dynamism brewing in Southeast Florida—created an opportune moment for the couple to finally put down roots together in a single home. “It caught me by surprise,” von Lehndorff says. “It was time.” Their house is an amalgam of two historic cottages, built respectively in 1910 and 1917, on a block containing several others owned by the institution, including one that houses artists in residence. The garden shares a wall with the Norton’s sculpture garden, so that d’Humieres’s daily commute involves simply strolling through a gate. Nicolas von Lehndorff Ghislain d'Humieres While d’Humieres got to work at the museum, von Lehndorff took on the task of transforming the empty space into a home that reflects the narratives they were weaving together. “Emotionally, it was interesting,” von Lehndorff says. “It was a lot more give and take, as far as sharing the space and what we would put on display. The objects for both of us rep- resent periods of our lives, whether we bought pieces individually, inherited, or bought things together. We were able to pick and choose.” The final assortment, he says, “is symbolic of the fact that we’re living full-time together in the same space.” Read the full story and see more exclusive images in PALMER Vol 5, available for purchase now.