A beautiful covered porch, the veranda, was falling down outside. If we had a large bank account maybe we’d be done by now.
While the new interiors take a contemporary turn, the home sits comfortably in its Wellesley, Massachusetts, neighborhood of abodes in Colonial, Victorian, and Tudor styles.
Revival styles, by definition, are exercises in domestic fantasy—romanticized re-interpretations of the past.
But with a thoughtful renovation and inspired decorating, the young family who made this c. Y., their home created an inviting house filled with soft color and reflective surfaces that capture and enhance the light."The rooms were small, and we needed every inch," says the wife, "so we tore out built-in bookshelves and paneling in the living room, removed the plaster and Sheetrock encasing the fireplace, and painted the dark beams white, which instantly brightened the room." Before they knew it, they were on to the other rooms in the house, and with the help of interior designer Stanley Hura, they brought uplifting color, texture, and pattern throughout. The soft gray-green tonality unifies the multi-layered decor of the living room. A single palette employed throughout the home transitions adjoining spaces, with greens coming to the fore in the living room, oranges in the dining room. STRUCTURAL As the homeowners were having central air-conditioning installed, the contractor, Doug Mooney, found that the long cabinet wall could be pushed back three feet, which allowed them to turn an L-shaped kitchen into a full rectangle, making it more spacious.
The entry is transformed for the Thanksgiving holiday with a display of mercury glass set aglow by the reflective wallpaper from Zoffany, Jamie Young lamps, and a Venetian glass mirror. A chocolate velvet Mitchell Gold Bob Williams wing chair, antique papier-mâché chair, and black-framed mirror ground the lighter colors. The painting by Oly, with its large scale (good for a small room) and natural hues, helps anchor the wall opposite the fireplace. CABINETS Says the wife, "I liked the clean lines of white for the cabinets," which instantly lightened the kitchen.
We waited over two years to paint it, focusing on the inside first. When we purchased our yellow & brown Tudor this summer, I felt that same feeling in my gut.
I don’t regret doing so, because we spent countless hours inside those walls, but I always felt myself apologizing for the exterior. Seeing an exterior that needed so much work, I was immediately overwhelmed every time I entered our home.Tudor paint colors are tricky because the trim is equally as important as the base color.I may have tested 7 combinations, 12 paint colors onto our home before finally making a decision.She wanted the island to feel like furniture, so it was made of limed oak with turned legs.WALLS "I agonized whether to do paint or wallpaper," says the wife.We look forward to bringing your home design dreams to life!