The house was built in 1911 as a country retreat for the original owners whose main residence was in Belmont, MA. The bones of this home are spectacular but it hasn’t been updated for more than 40 years. These are the before pictures. Starting from my client’s ideas and pictures we planned an update that includes period furnishings. Tiffany is represented in the lighting, Stickley and Louis Ellis in the wooden tables.
What excites us most about this project is the time period; right before this era homes were Victorian, stuffy and elite – all about illustrating wealth. At the turn of the century, egalitarian thought entered architecture in the form of shingle-style homes. Although not as formal, they are still quite elegant and well-built. The dark-stained, wood oak paneling which goes 3/4 up the wall, the bannister and woodwork reflect the pride in workmanship that craftsmen had during this era. Quality workmanship was highly regarded during this time period
The Palette Reflects Fall Foliage Landscape
The house is set on a beautiful piece of property, surrounded by lawns and gardens. The home office/guest room features authentic period William Morris floral wallpapers and a wool Wilton-loomed carpet in a geometric pattern. An array of Kravet fabrics brings all of the colors of in the room together, reflecting the wife’s passion, who is an avid gardener.
The great room has a two-story ceiling, a large stone fireplace, and is furnished with deeper hues – cinnabar, paprika, brown, and amber – in a burst of patterns like Ikat, tweed, multi-directional velvet and chenille on Kravet Smart Furniture. Roman shades are cream with brown vines and paprika and golden buds in a fabric that mimics silk with its sheen but is more durable and less expensive. The richness of the furnishings complements the richness of the woodwork surrounding the great room, which opens into the dining room. To make the dining room cozier, the ceiling is lower with wood and glass doors that lead to the breakfast room, foyer and a small kitchen (typical of the layout of 1900s homes).
We will be professionally photographing this project as soon as it is completed. Stay tuned for more on this wonderful transformation.