We recently had the good fortune to shoot with the uber-talented
and ever-fun photographer, Michael J. Lee.
His instinctive eye for composition beautifully captures
the efforts of everyone who helped transform this home, inside and out.
Our design team worked hard in the days leading up to the shoot --
installing and styling all of the details that finish each space —
from the late night papering of the loft's alcove wall with vintage book pages,
to an early morning collecting grasses from the marsh.
Michael sets up the dining room shot.
[The skulls on his shirt were outdone only by those on his shoes.]
Grace Garrison, of Carpenter MacNeille, came by during photography of the kitchen,
for which her firm built all of the fine cabinetry.
She even graciously lent a hand with the blackout curtain.
Michael trusts me near his tripod (very daring!)
to check out a master bedroom set up.
Kelly prepped much of the greenery that made it into final photography.
The success of this shoot would not have been possible without Kelly's tireless help. She coordinated the entire operation of goods pick ups from our vendors, insurance, deliveries, and installation. She worked long hours with me as we styled the entire house in the days leading up to completion and shoot. She even managed to take most of the behind-the-scenes photos on shoot day. Kelly's contributions help us make our clients' dreams come true every single day. We couldn't do what we do without her.
Close-up previews of Michael J. Lee's Salt Marsh photography are now in our Portfolio, here.
Thank you for taking a look.
Photography is by Kyle Caldwell, with select vignettes by Fia Tharp.
Check it out on the Portfolio page here.
Meet Jamie Hansen, the newest member of the Lisa Tharp Design team.
Jamie is currently pursuing a Masters of Interior Architecture at Suffolk's New England School of Design.
Check out some of her work below, which includes
hand rendered floor plan and perspective drawings, and a materials palette.
With prior experience at Digitas in New York and the Kravet Showroom in Boston,
Jamie brings professional maturity and creative enthusiasm to our studio.
We are fortunate to have her interning with us over the next several months.
Please join me in welcoming Jamie, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was SO satisfying to finish the interiors at SALT MARSH.
Over 3 days, we teamed with our valued partners to install remaining
furniture, wall + window treatments, and art.
Then, we styled in a mix of luxe and natural accessories to complete
the relaxed, barefoot vibe of this home.
Some behind-the-scenes snapshots:
Days like these are always hard work and require serious project management (thank you, Kelly!).
The reward is in the final result, and the delight of our clients.
Soon, I will share a preview of our shoot day with talented photographer Michael J. Lee.
Special thanks to:
Acorn Design Center
Concord Lamp & Shade
Designer Services, Inc.
Jack + Toba
Manning's Cabinet shop
Red Bird Trading
2 and 3.
Summer memories linger as we cozy up to Fall...
I snapped this preview of the living room nook as we finalized the finishing touches at Salt Marsh.
I admit to a great fondness for window seats.
But they take a bit of planning to make them truly comfortable.
SECRETS OF A COMFY WINDOW SEAT
Many window seats look nice, but are too shallow to actually enjoy.
This seat is BIG. At one twin mattress wide by two long, it's designed for serious lounging, and extra overnight guests.
The angle of back support is key, whether built-in or from luxurious pillows.
I find that 18-20" off the floor, including the seat cushion, is best.
Window sill height relative to seat should be considered for enjoying the view.
Personal preference matters. Choose a plump down-filled seat or a firmer wrapped cushion.
This version is a gorgeous French mattress.
Thank you to all who helped bring this corner of the design plan to life:
Built-in drawer base - Wilkins Construction
Custom sail shades - Acorn Design Center
Pillows - Lisa Tharp Collection, Red Bird Trading
French Mattress - Susan's Workroom
"Tide Turning" oil painting by Arnold Desmarais - Powers Gallery
Gorgeous custom counter chairs
now grace the kitchen island at our Salt Marsh project.
Salt Marsh gave me the opportunity to collaborate
with furniture maker Richard Wrightman, whose work I have long admired.
We commissioned counter chairs that complement the kitchen proportions perfectly,
while adding fitting style to the space.
Wrightman's campaign-inspired furniture mixes "history with invention".
It embodies a profound respect for traditional craftsmanship, the finest materials,
and an adventurous spirit for evolving furniture forms at function's behest...
qualities I strive for every day in my own design work.
Our collaboration began with an idea.
My kitchen design plan took many cues from sailboat building traditions --
from the mast-like island pendants and map-reading sconces,
to the countertops made from teak + holly boat decking.
What better grace note than counter chairs that might easily be found on a yacht in the south of France.
As so, we moved from initial concept...
to palette selections for the leathers and wood...
to workshop drawings...
to production prototype...
to the finished design.
The oiled walnut complements the teak + holly countertops beautifully.
The white leather, attached by dark leather bridle straps, is soft and buttery... so comfortable for relaxing at the counter, sipping a cool beverage while chatting with the cook.
The entire process has been an absolute pleasure, and the end result has made our clients very happy.
A big thank you to our clients for approving this plan, the team here at Lisa Tharp Design for making it all happen,
and to Richard Wrightman and company for their fine artistry.
Portrait photography by William Geddes. Project photography by Fia Tharp
One of our newest design projects gets underway this month.
The Governor's House holds a prominent position
in the architectural history of its charming New England town.
Built in 1830, this beautiful Georgian house, with its multiple chimneys and classic floor plan,
was the summer home of the state's Civil War-era governor,
whose affluent family also built other historically significant homes nearby.
The new design plan will respect the home's important origins while
making it family-friendly for its young homeowners.
The house is well sited on lovely grounds with mature trees.
The property includes a boat house and former staff quarters which will be
preserved and reimagined for today's lifestyle.
The original carriage house still contains horse stalls, which will be restored as the structure is improved.
Lead paint abatement on the interiors is now complete.
Love the tall windows in the original part of the house.
I look forward to sharing updates as the project progresses.
Thanks to these terrific new clients for trusting us with their future home.
'Til next time.
I hope you enjoyed this small project preview.
Kyle's full-room photographs will be published on the Portfolio page soon,
so feel free to stop back for another look.
Vignette photography by Fia Tharp
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