July 05, 2016 10:12 AM

This is one church you gotta see.

Bette Midler’s husband, artist Martin von Haselberg, is giving us a glimpse inside his property in Millbrook, New York. It looks like a stately sanctuary from the outside, but the inside is wildly playful and unconventional.

“I wanted to build something that looked one way on the outside, but was totally, radically not that on the inside,” von Haselberg, 67, told Elle Décor in their July/August issue.

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The 1,200 square-foot pool house was built from the ground up, and von Haselberg — in collaboration with decorative artist Nancy Kintisch — had a hand in all of it, ensuring his visioncame to life.

William Waldron
William Waldron

One element he knew he wanted to avoid: “Neutral? One thing I hate is neutral,” he said.

And neutral it’s not. Pops of color are the new normal in this house, with pink lacquered floors, blue patterned wall coverings and bright dining chairs.

William Waldron


While the color remains mostly indoors, there is still one final twist on the rear exterior wall facing the pool — the white wood siding has been painted with bold green stripes.

“It’s like a mullet. All business in the front, party in the back,” von Haselberg said.

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For more on the distinctive retreat, pick up this issue of Elle Décor, on newsstands now.

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