Opening the space between the kitchen, living room, and dining area permitted the addition of an expansive island. Subway tiles, bronze cabinet hardware, and a rolled-steel range hood add an urban feel. The steel and wood staircase leads to the loft.
Benjamin Moore’s Arctic Shadows trim lets the parlor’s rich architectural detail shine.
Reider salvaged some of the great room’s old wallpaper, pairing it with gunmetal paint for a contemporary touch.
The designer’s contemporary redesign of the kitchen is less a midcentury move than an elegant response to a confined space.
A mosaic wall in the guest shower picks up the texture theme.
A guest room’s textured wallpaper echoes a serene palette of silvery gray with touches of deep green.
The dining area is simple, with open cantilevered chairs, and a ceiling fixture that helps to define the space.
The floor-to-ceiling sculpted fireplace wall is a show-stopper.
Framed banners enhance the masculine feel of the office, where a sofa tucks into a custom-built nook.
A kaleidoscope sculpture by Boston-based artist Damien Hoar de Galvan adds a splash of color to a guest bedroom.
Splashes of yellow burst against the pale gray and white of the family room.
A custom Stark rug with a geometric pattern ties everything together nicely.
A bedroom was converted into a master bath, complete with mosaic marble floors and medicine cabinets framed with trim that mimics the home’s window casings.
To introduce architectural character into the bedrooms, each was given its own niche; the one in the master was embellished with lacy Weitzner wallpaper.
The master bedroom includes a sitting area.
The 9,200-square-foot home sits on nearly an acre landscaped by Gregory Lombardi with a collection of New England perennials and a garden gate that is original to the 1908 house.
A circular rug from Surya echoes the shape of the family room in the addition. “It was important to the client that they have a great entertaining vibe in that space,” says designer Josh Linder.
The kitchen’s mix of old and new cabinetry was united with leather pulls.
Paint accentuates the dining room’s wood trim, while matching grasscloth minimizes contrast, so the room envelops you. Vintage Irish chairs anchor either end of the contemporary pedestal table.
Chevron inlays animate a chest in the home’s entry vestibule.
Modern furnishings help leaven the living room’s formality, as in the pair of wing chairs rendered in acrylic. Windows look out onto the wisteria-covered arbor in back and are framed by a pair of built-in display cabinets that were brightened with new interior paint and the owners’ collection of French oyster plates.
An oversize ottoman that faces the inglenook can be shared by the seating groups on either side.
The sofa dominating one end of the living room throws an insouciant curve at the room’s rectilinear lines. Oak beams and trim were treated to a gray-green stain that makes the wood less imposing but allows the grain to show through.
The owners’ private sanctuary includes an ultra-suede upholstered bed.
“One of our goals was to provide plenty of storage,” says Duffy of the new kitchen, which has gone thoroughly modern with Leucos pendants and quartz counters.
At the table’s head, Plumb 12 (Leaves of Grass), by Henry Mandell, complements the dining area’s sophisticated tone. Intriguing accessories, like the trio of knot sculptures on the buffet, spark conversation.
White cowhide pillows girded with hand-applied metal chains dress the Jessica Charles Lexi swivel chairs in the master bedroom’s sitting area. “I’m addicted to cowhide,” says Vergara.
Mr. Brown lamps foster the designer’s nighttime reading and—with additional bulbs hidden inside their hollow bases—up the glamorous mood.
The dining table’s pedestal base and the sconces display the turned forms that designer Rachel Reider favors.
The dining room features a round table custom designed by Roughan for the house; a graphic rug adds movement to the serene space.
A large door masquerading as a wall when open, can be swung shut to block noise in the living room from reaching the rest of the home.
Light pours into the living room from the original windows of what was once the Boston College High School auditorium, casting a warm glow on the hot-rolled steel used for the fireplace and mantel.
Japanese Shou-Sugi-Ban pyrography brings out the rich grain in the wood paneling surrounding the study, and a comfortable reading nook takes advantage of the deep wells of the original windows of the historic building.
Hidden appliances and the absence of cabinets around the range keep the kitchen uncluttered and in thematic harmony with the clean lines in the rest of the home.
A sculpture by New York artist Jeremy Holmes makes a statement on the custom wallpaper that wraps the elegant formal dining space.
The commode next to the kitchen banquette doubles as a bed for the owners’ Brussels Griffon.
A modern L-shaped sofa perfectly complements the large corner windows, which nicely bridge outdoors and in.
A painting by Michael Hoffman adds a spark of color to the dining area.
The sleek living room has a contemporary slate fireplace.
The dining room holds a Saarinen table and chairs.
A Jonathan Adler desk and a Kartell acrylic chair.
In the attic loft, a large zinc-topped desk overlooks an L-shaped sofa that can fold together into a king-size bed for overnight guests.
An antique lamp in the corner inspired the living room’s green accent color.
The dining room wallpaper’s hand-painted silver leaf changes color in different lights.
The formal living room is an elegant balance of light and dark, with lacquered charcoal-gray walls offset by silvery drapes, lighting fixtures bedecked in crystals and fabrics that boast a reflective sheen. The stone fireplace is original to the house and retains Asher Benjamin’s signature fretwork.
The master bedroom is an oasis of calm for the homeowners. âItâs great when you can make something beautiful but itâs also great when it doesnât overstimulate the senses,â says Morgan Harrison.
Gray leather sofas invite relaxing in the TV room.
Contemporary accessories complement the foyerâs classic herringbone-pattern wood floor.
The dining roomâs silvery hues shimmer in numerous reflective surfaces, including an entire wall covered in antique mirror. The homeowners entertain frequently, so a large round table was of utmost importance to offer plenty of seating for guests and help ease the flow of conversation.
A recessed wall, covered with Greek Keyâpattered paper in a nod to the homeownersâ heritage, forms the master bedâs headboard.
The living room is a mix of muted blues and grays and features furniture, like the gray linen Verellen sofa, that is elegant yet comfortable.
A custom-designed light fixture adds drama to the high-ceilinged master bedroom, while blackout shades guarantee uninterrupted sleep. The taupe tone-on-tone carpet creates a neutral background for the richly colored high-backed bed.
To give this light-filled family room a feeling of ârelaxed elegance,â designers Noelle Micek and Tricia Roberts kept accessories, such as the custom lighting fixture and garden stools, to a minimum and opted for a neutral color palette featuring blues and grays. The soft, muted beachy tones, says Roberts, âbring a little bit of California to New England.
Diverse elements unite happily in the living room, where striking charcoal-on-paper drawings set off a steer’s head cunningly crafted of metal washers. The herringbone-patterned hide sofa pillows hail from Dovecote in Westport.
In the home office, metal spheres bring an element of softness to the composition
The bedrooms curtains, made from metal mesh, and the sleek Woodmeister-made headboard contribute to the industrial sensibility.
A live-edge walnut slab tops a desk in the master bedroom.
Mixed with the industrial sensibility, bits of whimsy include a Terzani light fixture and gilded branches in the frame surrounding the sofa and on the built-in shelves.
A live-edge walnut slab on Plexiglass legs forms the dining table, from Hudson Furniture.
The kitchen, with its wall of Japanese ceramic tile, sits at the center of the unit and opens to the home office. Cabinets built by Woodmeister Master Builders were treated to a coat of shiny paint that resembles a metal surface.
A bright red bench by Bouvé Woodworking and a contemporary painting add zest to the complex textures and colors of the entry. The Venetian plaster walls and ceiling, as well as the tiled walls were designed to resemble concrete and stone.
Magnificent views of the Charles River and Back Bay attracted the homeowner to the lofty condominium.
Dragoo designed the tufted headboard in the cozy master bedroom.
The dining room’s dark walls "make things pop," explains the designer.
A colorful Oushak carpet sets the library’s welcoming tone. The George Nelson pendant lamp adds a modern note, while classic articulating brass lamps from Michele Varian aid nighttime reading.
Colorful accessories pop in the living room, where walls of Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black set off the crisp white trim and shelves.
A custom table by D2 Interieurs holds sculptural pieces in the dining room, which Kerri sometimes uses for client meetings.
Designer Leslie Fine gave the master suite luxurious touches like the bed wall upholstered in suede and a plush tete-a-tete chaise.
Mirror-mounted sconces with crystal sprays set the entry’s glamorous tone.
Twin seating areas, tiered ceiling coffers, and soft corner drapes give the expansive -living room the warmth and intimacy of a smaller space. Mica panels in the chandelier add sparkle to the room’s quiet palette.
The study, which the homeowner uses more for relaxing than for work, features a sofa from Casa Design outfitted in Donghia mohair in the same hue as the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper. The mixed-media artwork is by the contemporary Argentine artist Claudio Roncoli.
In the guest room, a lithograph by Robert Longo hangs on a wall painted in Benjamin Moore’s Galveston Gray.
In the show-stopping master bath, the walls are crafted of wide slabs of marble that are perfectly book-matched to appear seamless. The same marble was used for the shelving and, cut into strips and laid in a herringbone pattern, on the floor. Sconces from Circa Lighting and a sculpture from Marc Hall Objekt add the finishing touches.
Diaphanous wool-and-mohair curtains, in Ethereal by Threads at Lee Jofa, offer some privacy while still allowing natural light into the master bedroom. Jim Thompson fabric covers the custom-designed winged headboard. Behind the bed, Reclining Figure, a midcentury painting by Peter Busa, is a colorful counterpoint to the room’s serene grays.
The living room’s second sitting area plays host to a Kyle Bunting coffee table and armless chairs upholstered in cashmere velvet.
A Moroccan silk shag rug and black-and-silver wallpaper strike a sumptuous tone in the dining room, where a David Weeks chandelier illuminates a round walnut table.
The sophisticated kitchen sports a skyline marble mosaic backsplash and a mix of painted and stainless-steel cabinets. Arctic Pear light fixtures by Ochre gleam above an island of snow-white quartz.
Reflective pieces such as the sconces, a custom mirror, and a console in polished nickel and shagreen add sparkle to the windowless space.
In a living room sitting area that looks out on Boston Common, B&B Italia high-back chairs with long-hair Mongolian cushions keep company with a tub chair and sofa from Holly Hunt. The bronze sculpture, Blade II, is by Guy Dill.
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