A huge thank you to the Lisa Tharp Design team and friends
as we finally got to celebrate the completion of MEADOW HOUSE -
featured yesterday on the Concord Museum's 2015 Holiday House Tour.
Thanks to all who contributed and shared in the festivities,
and to the Tour Committee for featuring our project.
Lastly, thank you to our generous clients for opening up their home to so many yesterday.
Feeling humbled and grateful.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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