DESIGNER PHOEBE LOVEJOY RUSSELL of Lovejoy Designs had two goals to meet in sprucing up the living room of this classic 1927 Colonial in Wellesley. The owners wanted to honor the home’s origins and incorporate elements of French flea-market style. With its neutral backdrop, the room called for splashes of color and character, so Russell introduced red accents and played up some of the homeowners’ antique collectibles.
YESTERDAY AND TODAY
The eclectic array of furnishings includes a coffee table — long ago used as a cart in a manufacturing plant — scored at the Brimfield Antique Show and a modern fiery-hued John Derian Moroccan leather pouf. Make sure new and antique pieces don’t contrast too sharply, Russell advises. Though the French occasional chair is new, its red and white fabric looks aged, “so it complements the antique table nicely.”
Russell edited the homeowners’ book collection, removing tattered dust jackets to reveal handsome spines and grouping the books by color and scale in the built-in shelves. “Bookcases can be so busy, but when you balance the books, they look beautiful,” she says. Vintage toys and an antique iron street sign break up the rows.
Longtime collectors of teapots, the homeowners wanted some of them to be a focal point: Three sterling-silver models are now tucked into the bookcase. Be sure not to overwhelm a space by displaying too many items in a collection, Russell advises.