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Winchester room design is classic with a twist

It’s classic with a twist — not shakeningly different, but stirring.

We were looking to create a formal sitting room that was classic and timeless enough to suit [this] circa-1860s-era home, said the designers, Becky Tellefsen and Deborah DePeter, principals at Winchester-based Bryant Park Designs. They added graphic accents to satisfy the owner’s penchant for the bold and the contemporary.

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That owner? DePeter.

This historic Colonial in Winchester is now full of antique market finds with dashes of contemporary flair. The fleur-de-lis may be a classic, but the designers turned that motif on its side by playing with scale.

“I wanted to respect the history of the home, which was built in 1886, by using fairly classic furnishings as the staple pieces,” DePeter said. “The fun then comes with playing with those traditional forms by adding a contemporary flair with the graphic floor, window, and fabric coverings.”

It’s classic and novel.


The walls are clad in a grass cloth manufactured by Thibaut.


The custom draperies combine the formal elegance of dupioni silk with the edge of a graphic and playful element created by applying trim in a geometric pattern at the top, the designers said. This geometric pattern was inspired by and connects with the “Greek Key” Jonathan Adler throw pillows on each side of the couch.


This accent is made of tin and was found at HomeGoods.


The table was a client’s castoff. The benches, reupholstered in a Duralee chocolate velvet, were purchase at the Brim-field Antique Show.


These items were purchased at an antique market.


A vintage item, it was procured at an antique market and reupholstered in a F. Schumacher & Co. fabric called


The faux zebra hide was purchased from Williams-Sonoma Home and adds a hint of dramatic flair, the designers said, noting that the movement in the stripes provides a nice foil to the geometric angles of the Jonathan Adler pillows and custom draperies.


This piece was purchased at Jennifer Convertibles.

Eileen McEleney Woods is the editor of Address. Send comments to
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