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Style Watch

A welcoming entryway

In a 1960s Weston Colonial, this redesigned front hall mixes traditional and modern elements for a wholly fresh effect.

Michael J. Lee

“I wanted people to be surprised at what they saw when they opened the front door,” says designer Katie Rosenfeld.

Michael J. Lee

TRANSPLANTS FROM CALIFORNIA, the homeowners of this Weston Colonial — designed in the 1960s by lauded architect Royal Barry Wills — were attracted to its iconic New England appeal. To refresh the interiors, they called in Weston-based designer Katie Rosenfeld, who strove to create a look that was true to the home’s traditional style but also felt modern and imaginative. When it came to the front-entry hall, Rosenfeld “paired the expected with the unexpected.” She encouraged the homeowners to keep the original slate floor and then invigorated the space with bursts of red and a mix of patterns, antiques, and affordable contemporary items.

1 > SIX MORAVIAN STAR LIGHTS brighten up the hall, which tends to be dark because of the slate floors. “At night the stars are twinkly,” says Rosenfeld. “It’s a lovely visual.”

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2 > A POTTERY BARN BENCH upholstered with red-and-white ticking stripes has a classic New England preppy look jazzed up with an assortment of patterned pillows.

3 > AN ANTIQUE CHIPPENDALE CHAIR with its ornate splat back came from a junk shop.

4 > AN OVERSIZE ZINC LANTERN looks like a salvaged piece but was actually purchased at Hudson in Boston. “I love the shape,” says Rosenfeld. “It has a great graphic quality and reminds me of a pagoda.”

5 > A FAUX ZEBRA-HIDE RUG adds a sense of fun, the designer says.

6 > THE LUXURIOUS RED-WOOL STAIR RUNNER reads as both modern and retro to Rosenfeld, who feels it gives the space “serious wow factor.”

7 > A CONTEMPORARY LAMP with a mirrored base contrasts nicely with the antique Chinese chest on which it rests.

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