In celebration of Patriots' Day and Marathon Monday - which, if you don't know, is a huge deal in Boston, I thought I'd bring you a peak inside a beautiful Boston townhouse. Right on Beacon Street in Beacon Hill, overlooking the park, this red brick beauty is a quintessential Bean Town manse.
Designer Kate Coughlin's renovation and decoration of this home is both light and bright, and historically sensitive, retaining much of the original millwork and detailing throughout.
The face of the home in marked by a three story oriel window and high pitched top floor is somewhat unusual for the neighborhood.
The original millwork in the foyer is gorgeous and made modern with crisp white paint. I love the contest of the original color of the wood on the staircase with the light blue and white of the rest of the space. Also, zebra runner? Yes. Also, hey groin vaulting by the front door - I see you. And the coffering and ceiling detailing is killer.
The fireplace in the living room is original and killing it. I am obsessed with the gorgeous mix of taupe, grey, cream, gold and turquoise. The banquette seating to either side of the fireplace is totally dreamy.
Here's a better shot of all the various seating areas in the living room. People who are super good at space planning deserve so many snaps. Also, yes, I am in love with those super long turquoise drapes. And the taupe zebra upholstered stools are a nice nod to the stair runner.
The original finish of the millwork is retained in the dining room and the sage wall color picks up the stained glass detailing in the windows. The high arches in this room are not common in the neighborhood and bring your eyes up.
The library and den is cozy and chic. The modern metal lantern provides a nice contemporary contrast against the traditional paneling. And the light and fairly clean-lined upholstered pieces and coffee table again contrast well against the dark walls.
I adore the exposed brick in this fabulous kitchen. And some abstract banana leaf upholstery on the barstools? Why not?
This all-pink girl's bedroom is a total dream, The mix of graphic 1960s style floral on the headboard, pink plaid on the bergere, and lime green ceramic lamps is really chic.
The barrel vaulted master bedroom is killing me. I love the herringbone floor tile, the all-glass shower, and the those goose neck Urban Electric sconces lighting the vanity.
Wacky, colorful, top floor family room with crazy high ceilings? Check! I love the colors and vivaciousness of this fun and relaxed space. I am a sucker for blue and green and anything upholstered in Celerie Kemble's "Betwixt" fabric, so yep, that's all here. Is the giant fish weird? Yes. But you do you.
A plethora of blcak-framed french doors lead out to a brick courtyard with topiaries, lanterns, and a glossy dark green fence. What a perfect space for spring planting, summer barbecues, and autumn evening drinks.
Also, the view from the rooftop deck does not suck.
I miss Boston way more than I thought I would, and today of all days is such a great day in a great town. This lovely Beacon Hill home reminds me of all the charming, off beat, historical, lovely things I adore about Boston.