Lisa K. Tharp uses an eclectic palette of vintage modern and custom finishings to satisfy
her client’s modern leanings within this grand old Victorian home in Boston that includes three stories plus a conservatory. With specialty wall and ceiling treatments,
luxe fabrics, fine art and bold color, Tharp creates a rich backdrop for large
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Grasscloth wallpaper complements stripped oak paneling in the entryway. A bold Angela Adams runner defines the staircase leading up past original stained glass windows. Paintings by Aisyah Ang hang on the walls.
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The library’s curved ceiling is finished with metallic bronze, silver and gold and reflects firelight in the evenings. The original fireplace was restored with a new bluestone slab hearth and surround.
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A new window was added in the library to the left of the fireplace. It matches the proportion and scale of french doors on the right that lead to the conservatory. Linen chairs and a copper daybed provide cozy seating for entertaining or reading by the fire. A Grashöppa floor lamp adds a mid-century grace note to the space.
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A new window seat and sculptural furnishings in the living room echo the curves in the ceiling, walls and windows. Velvets, lacquered pieces and a metallic
alcove wall add shimmer to the space. Photography
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A custom desk with petite drawers and floating shelves provide extra storage and display space in the living room. The goat’s hide bench is from Oly Studio. An original painting by Lisa K. Tharp hangs above the desk.
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The sitting room at the top of the stairs carries saturated hues up from the first floor but an adjacent balcony helps keep things light.
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The dining room is “yacht meets club room,” paying subtle homage to clients’ love of sailing. The walls and windows are upholstered in the darkest navy wool. A custom light was commissioned to evoke a ship
stack and hangs with twine. Photography
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Global influences in the guest bedroom invite weary travelers to relax and stay awhile. Keepsake boxes on the writer’s desk display souvenirs collected on far-flung
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The once-overgrown conservatory is reclaimed for basking in sunshine and entertaining under George Nelson saucer lights. The vintage
stick wicker set was restored, and a kid-pleasing chalkboard paint updates a table top that was beyond repair. Photography
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A custom potting bench in the conservatory was crafted from reclaimed timber and Fireslate.
Additional styling by Tracy Parkinson. Photography