House Design Ideas: Blasting a Historic Marblehead House into the Future

The designer had helped her clients reinstall much of their old furniture, but in the dining room she repurposed their dining table. She had it painted.michael j lee

After helping her clients downsize by bringing most of their furniture – much of it heavy and dark – back to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, designer Clare Wheadon guided them towards a more personal look. “They were ready to try something different, a little more laid back,” she says. “We included pieces that reflected facets of their personality that hadn’t been represented before, including their penchant for travel.” Although the clients gave the creative license to the designer, they also took ownership of the process, learning the styles that appealed to them. “It was a whole new adventure for them,” Wheadon says.

1 The client’s love for Missoni fabrics inspired the cut-velvet zigzag fabric, from Colefax and Fowler, for the seat cushions, while the Venetian jester artwork they had purchased in Italy dictated the color .

2 In the dining room, Wheadon repurposed the client’s 1990s Ethan Allen table by having it lacquered by The Paint Shop in Salem in Benjamin Moore’s Cypress Green.

3 A Woodbridge Furniture display case, which has a Benjamin Moore Black Tar finish with a warm wood interior, was the finishing touch to the room. The dark color melts the space, but the glass doors keep it from feeling heavy.

4 Wheadon originally offered Visual Comfort’s Cynara Pendant, an update of an iconic mid-century design, for the house’s sunken living room, but after settling on another in that room, customers went there. came back. “It takes the vibe from formal to fantastical,” Wheadon says.

5 Schumacher’s Mohave Stripe wallpaper is an alternative to grasscloth wallcovering. “It mixes a texture inspired by global travel without the heavy formality,” she says of the sensibility of the hand-blocked print.

6 Chinese-style rattan chairs play against the pagoda wallpaper in the adjacent powder room. “We specifically looked for an open-back chair with unexpected, not too serious lines,” says Wheadon.

Marni Elyse Katz is editor-in-chief of Globe Magazine. Follow her on Instagram @StyleCarrot. Send your comments to [email protected]

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