As construction nears completion, it is rewarding to share some early glimpses of one of our large-scale design projects. Turret + Stone is a special house, located on scenic grounds designed by the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted. Once a carriage house, it has been sensitively doubled in size, while original features — such as the two-story turret and charming cupola — have been preserved.
The interior materials palette epitomizes our signature blend of luxury + simplicity. Walls and ceilings are chalky white plaster, with windows the color of blackened lead. Floors are a mix of antique limestone and oak from France. Old ceiling beams and wooden lintels above doors and windows exude the character of a historic country estate. A massive stone fireplace anchors the family room that overlooks a new pool, while complementing exterior stone walls.
Vintage doors from various European sources have been installed throughout the house, including a set rescued from a castle in Germany that I was fortunate to find at Brimfield. Its original paint and cremone bolts are fantastic.
For the kitchen design, I found inspiration in the casual elegance of grand old Belgian country houses. Marble and rustic stone counters mix with custom white oak cabinetry that I designed like furniture. Tall armoire doors (left) hide the refrigerator and freezer. I mimicked the home's exterior Palladian arch with a curve-top cabinet that houses the coffee station behind bronze mesh doors.
Simple antique brass lighting adorns the plaster soffits at either end of the kitchen. The original beams were gently soda-blasted to bring out their character. Cabinetry awaits bronze mesh door fronts.
I wanted to give the entry a handsome statement. I designed a dark gray cabinet with reclaimed shelving set into plaster. I like the symmetry of centering hardware on the face of each cabinet door. The entry is one of seven spaces in the house lucky enough to be graced with window seating.
Oval knobs with cross escutcheons feel like finds from the Renaissance age, and add just the right amount of sheen.
The first custom seat cushion is unwrapped — a french mattress style with threaded tufting. Design, production and procurement of all the furnishings, remaining lighting, floor and window coverings is now in progress.The palette is largely neutral and quietly textural, in order to provide a calm backdrop for the home's gorgeous interior materials.
It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to be collaborating with clients, the architecture firm, contractors, craftspeople and our own team here at Lisa Tharp Design to create this very special residence. More to follow soon. Thanks for taking a look.
From the desk of LISA THARP
I love figuring out a room... the architecture, the sense of place, the story it can tell. Here I share inspirations for the creative journeys that we are privileged to take on behalf of our clients.
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