With its mod­ern muted pal­ette and eclec­tic mix of styles and fin­ishes, this clas­si­cal old home proves so­phis­ti­ca­tion is all in the details.

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On nce in a while, hitt ting the re­fresh b but­ton on a pe­riod h home pays off, c cre­at­ing a sub­lime o one for a new era. S Such was the case when Bos­ton Bos­ton-based bas de­signer Lisa Tharp trans­formed a circa-1830 New Eng­land gov­er­nor’s sum­mer house into a con­tem­po­rary year­round home for a young fam­ily.

“The home­own­ers wanted to write their own story here and cre­ate a ca­sual com­fort­able gath­er­ing place for fam­ily and friends, just as the gov­er­nor had done more than a cen­tury ago,” says Lisa of the 6,300-square-foot five-be­d­room Greek Re­vival house.

As is true of many older homes, the struc­ture had al­most tripled in size over the years with var­i­ous ren­o­va­tions, in­clud­ing a large two­s­torey ad­di­tion. For­tu­nately, the

house’s his­toric core – which boasts a grand en­try­way and a dou­ble par­lour that now serves as sep­a­rate liv­ing and din­ing rooms – re­tained its ar­chi­tec­tural in­tegrity and char­ac­ter through­out the makeovers.

“The orig­i­nal struc­ture is beau­ti­fully pro­por­tioned and clas­si­cal,” says Lisa. “My job was to marry the sub­se­quent ad­di­tions in style and form and then fur­nish the en­tire house.” So she added his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ter through mill­work and built-ins, gave the kitchen a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade, re­freshed the in­te­rior with warm white paint and lay­ered in artis­tic flour­ishes, such as the sten­cilled floor­ing in the en­try­way, for old-world charm. “This floor pat­tern sets the home’s invit­ing tone and neu­tral pal­ette,” says Lisa of the har­lequin de­sign. “It was a way to add some fun to the for­mal en­try­way and punch it up with a bold treat­ment. It re­ally epit­o­mizes what we did here: cre­ate a for­mal struc­ture, yet in­ject moments of lev­ity ap­pro­pri­ate for a young fam­ily. It in­stantly makes the home feel wel­com­ing and ap­proach­able.”

This fun mood ex­tends from the en­try­way floor­ing to the sculp­tural fur­nish­ings that were set against the home’s white en­ve­lope. “Though I se­lected so­phis­ti­cated clean-lined fur­ni­ture, I kept ev­ery­day fam­ily use in mind,” says the de­signer, who com­bined cus­tom pieces, Euro­pean an­tiques, global finds, con­tem­po­rary art and mod­ern sil­hou­ettes. “Much of the seat­ing is up­hol­stered in soft out­door fab­rics.”

Ul­ti­mately, it’s the mix that makes the de­sign in­ter­est­ing. For the din­ing room, Lisa de­signed a sturdy mar­ble-and-wal­nut ta­ble that she paired with vin­tage French din­ing chairs by de­signer Jean-Michel Frank. “I bal­anced op­po­sites – which is what makes these spa­ces work,” says Lisa of her mea­sured ap­proach to this home’s neu­tral decor. “Light bal­ances dark, warm bal­ances cool, tex­ture bal­ances smooth, an­tique bal­ances mod­ern, and so on. There’s an al­most im­per­cep­ti­ble har­mony one ex­pe­ri­ences in a room that is per­fectly in bal­ance.” And this ren­o­vated his­toric home, which has been so art­fully reimag­ined for the 21st cen­tury, is the per­fect ex­am­ple of pitch-per­fect har­mony.

The fam­ily room is clean-lined and com­fort­able thanks to a sleek sofa, deep-seated arm­chairs and a plush over­sized ot­toman. Off to one side, tex­tu­ral wo­ven pen­dant lights de­fine a cozy read­ing nook fea­tur­ing the essentials: a wing­back chair, a cushy...

THIS PAGE & OP­PO­SITE, BOT­TOM From the over­sized lantern-style pen­dant light in the hall­way to the gilded chan­de­lier in the din­ing room, de­signer Lisa Tharp proves again and again that light­ing can in­deed act as the jew­ellery of a room. She lets the...

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