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.’