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May 14, 2018

Try as I might, there is no denying I’m drawn to traditional design elements. Architectural details like moldings and paneling, tufting, florals and antiques – yes please.  So it’ll come as no surprise that I chose this 1830s Greek Revival home to feature as this week’s inspired interiors post.

Designer Lisa Tharp transformed the century old former New England Govenor’s summer house into a casual, comfortable gathering place for family and friends.  She maintained the historical character through millwork and built-ins. While giving the kitchen a significant upgrade and refreshing the interior with warm white paint. She layered in artistic flourishes, such as the stenciled flooring in the entryway, to add that old-world charm. “This floor pattern sets the home’s inviting tone and neutral palette,” says Lisa of the harlequin design. “It was a way to add some fun to the formal entryway and punch it up with a bold treatment. It really epitomizes what we did here: create a formal structure, yet inject moments of levity appropriate for a young family. It instantly makes the home feel welcoming and approachable.”

European antiques, global finds, contemporary art and modern silhouettes paired with clean-lined furniture create a space that is sophisticated yet livable and comfortable.

Tharp strikes a harmonious tone by balancing opposites masterfully – light balances dark, warm balances cool, texture balances smooth, antique balances modern. Absolute perfection.

In one of my favourite ways to accent a space Tharp uses lighting as the jewellery of a room. She lets the pieces shine and decorates minimally around them.

And in my favourite spot in the house, ‘a low-slung settee in an outdoor fabric is an elegant complement to the antique dining table in the kitchen’s eat-in area. The pendant light, from the early 20th century, is mixed with Mid-Century Modern Bertoia chairs for layered appeal.’

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Design: Lisa Tharp; Photography: Michael J. Lee

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4 Comments

  • Reply Carla May 17, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Great post, really like the natural material for the lamp shade!

    • Reply Neelam May 21, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Carla,
      It’s just an unexpected touch! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂
      xx
      Neelam

  • Reply Stephanie May 24, 2018 at 8:21 am

    It looks like my dream house. The interior is fabulous. So soothing and cozy.

    • Reply Neelam May 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Stephanie,
      It is a dream house! The perfect mix of elegance and comfort, I could happily move in 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!
      xx
      Neelam

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