I thought it would be fun to share a new video slideshow of BEFORE / AFTER transformations from the VINTAGE LUXE project. These clients cared very much about preserving the home's architecture, but felt hemmed in by its traditional central hall floor plan. By reclaiming the overgrown conservatory and reassigning spaces (without knocking down walls), the entire front of this historic house now flows — across conservatory, library with fireplace, entry hall and living room — for 21st century entertaining.
VINTAGE LUXE has been featured in BOSTON HOME magazine, and, most recently, as a Houzz Tour, written by the talented and architecturally savvy Becky Harris. Thank you for the lovely new article, Becky!
See the project's PORTFOLIO page here.
photos: brownpaperblueink.com, cambridgebirdclub.org.uk, eric roth
Nature provides infinite design inspiration -- for color, texture and mood.
For the VINTAGE LUXE Library design, my mind traveled to Iceland, where glacial ice meets volcanic fire. The misty blue grays and deep coppers of the landscape are even reflected in local species, like the Icelandic Black-Tailed Godwit...
[For more gorgeous images, check out adventurer Kiell's blog, brown paper blue ink. Not only a visual talent, her writing is poetic. This is the narrative that accompanied the top left photograph:
To better connect with the natural beauty beyond, I designed a new window
to match french doors leading to the adjacent Conservatory.
BEFORE / AFTER
Symmetry, light and views reshape the space, and invite casual conversation or reading by the fire.
Honed bluestone and a fresh coat of paint update the fireplace.
Metallic coppers, bronze and gold leaf on walls and ceiling reflect evening light's glow.
(More photos, including the wall of new bookcases, to come.)
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