The crown moldings, marble mantel, and French doors in the living room sold Lily Flatley on this expanded 1937 brick Colonial in Wellesley. “It’s rare to find a house of this vintage with a harmonious combination of character, natural light, and scale,” says the founder of Lily Flatley Interiors. To honor the original charm, Flatley started with a neutral base, then added a high/low mix of contemporary and traditional pieces for a quirky, curated scheme reflective of her younger family. “The style can’t be pinpointed in time,” she says. “You don’t want to put a time stamp on a room.”
1 Flatley designed the high-backed settee with tassel trim and zigzag-y upholstery. “There is structure in this room, but also a lot of movement,” she says. “Offsetting straight lines with wavy ones helps a space feel less predictable.” Arteriors marble tables tie to the mantel.
2 The on-trend barrel chair hails from HomeGoods. “That thing has been with me for years,” Flatley says with a laugh. “Don’t turn your nose down at anything; I felt like I won the lottery.”
3 Edgy photographs from The Heidies exhibition in Paris juxtapose the richly-colored landscape that Flatley painted for the space. Convex mirrors fill the upper portion of the walls and reflect the dining room wallpaper, which informed the color palette here.
4 Flatley intentionally mismatched the accessories on identical consoles flanking the fireplace. “I like balance but not match-y — that’s uninteresting,” she says. “Mixing scale and spacing makes a room intriguing.”
5 Reupholstered slipper chairs and a River & Bord sofa in family-friendly performance velvet make up the main seating area. “Green and aubergine is a beautiful combination you see in nature,” the designer says.
6 Layering in pieces with meaning — such as the mirror from her parents’ home — is essential for a personal design. “My grandmother owned an antique store filled with things from different eras,” Flatley says. “This house reminds me of that.”