A Fresh Take on Tradition/Art Underfoot

When we enter a home for the first time, we take in all the finished details: the color of the walls, the woodwork and even what is underneath our feet. In the case of this Wellesley home, what lay beneath were beautiful custom carpets rivaling any piece of artwork.

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Photography by Shelly Harrison
Custom Carpeting: Colony Rug

The house is a fully renovated 1920s Georgian-style colonial with plenty of personality but was in need of a functional facelift.  The clients wanted the new interior architecture and design to be accommodating to their growing family while retaining a sense of elegance.  Interior designer Barbara Sheehan of Barbara Sheehan Interior Designs collaborated with Paige Pieroni of Colony Rug Company for the carpets, and architect Doug Ruther for the layout of the interior space.

The project is a command performance for Colony Rug

“It was very flattering to be working replica watches on the second home for this particular client since we had been involved in their first home,” says Pieroni, who was excited the dining room’s hand-knotted Oriental rug, bought from Colony Rug and used in their first home, had been repurposed.

As Sheehan worked on the interior design, a fresh twist on tradition emerged with splashes of bright and warm colors. The designer welcomed guests to the home with a stairway rug in plaid “Taupe Trail” and kept a sense of family by mixing some of the homeowners existing furniture with newer pieces.

One of the most eye-catching pieces in the entire home is immoveable; Sheehan helped orchestrate custom hand-painted silk wall covering by the 350-year-old company de Gournay of London for the dining room.  The designer gave the high-end British company the specifics of what the homeowners wanted and the wall covering was customized for the room.replica watches The design is unique to the home and appears nearly painted onto the walls. Floor-length custom draperies, a coffered ceiling and the one-of-a-kind Oriental rug make the room sparkle.

Soft olive greens, ivory, beige and persimmon (ingeniously used as an accent color in the fake watches living room bookcases) were the backdrop for the gorgeous rugs that set the tone for approachable luxury throughout the home. While acoustically the rugs soften the sounds from a busy family, they also act as usable works of art.

Livable luxury is the common theme

“My fabricator cut and hand sewed the wool Wilton into a new shape incorporating both the field and border material that would then fit in their new upper hall,” says Pieroni. The master suite, awash in neutral tones and soft blue, has a custom ivory Wilton woven wall-to-wall carpet that is very welcome under tired feet. Just as much thought went into the children’s bedrooms. The clients’ daughter wanted a room draped in purple, so Sheehan chose a Schumacher carpet in “Pastel.” A lavender cotton binding was added to the striped carpet from Colony Rug, and Sheehan designed a pair of custom color-coordinated light fixtures for the room. Another bedroom features a Helios carpet in “Amber Crème” with a custom hand-sewn leather trim, giving it an additional luxurious touch.

“The kitchen and living rooms were totally family-friendly,” says Sheehan who is currently working on the family’s Cape Cod home. “Everything was meant to be able to hold a party and act as a huge  gathering space.” Custom cabinetry and stone countertops complete the kitchen and a large Stark carpet set the tone for entertaining for both adults and children in the living room.

“The client has wonderful art and I brought some in as well,” says Sheehan, who carefully placed and hung each piece in the home.  The art is a colorful accent to the soft hues throughout the house and a complementary counterpoint to the custom carpets used in the beautiful and livable interior design.

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