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Updating a Winchester Colonial

A carefully balanced redesign brings subtle contemporary touches to a 19th-century home.


THE HOMEOWNERS purchased this 1898 shingled Colonial in Winchester for its gracious bones and spacious layout. “But the interior needed a lot of face lifting,” says Deb DePeter, an interior decorator who, along with Becky Tellefsen, runs Bryant Park Designs in Winchester. The pair were called in to update the living and dining rooms in a style that honored the home’s historic origins. Beautifully suited for modern-day living, the revamped rooms are classically appointed with discreet contemporary touches.

1 > A CLASSIC WING CHAIR from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams updates traditional style with its ivory leather upholstery and chic nailhead trim. A fluffy pillow in a shade of soft blue that matches the walls adds texture.


2 > AN ANTIQUE GOLD MIRROR and a distinctly contemporary lamp with a rectangular base wrapped in gold wire rest on a cabinet that’s a family heirloom.

3 > INSIDE-MOUNT ROMAN SHADES showcase the moldings on the living room’s bowed windows. The embroidered fabric appears geometric from a distance, “but up close it seems floral and traditional,” says DePeter.

4 > AN OVERSIZED OTTOMAN from Ethan Allen serves as a coffee table. The homeowners have two young sons, and the soft, rounded piece “is easy to clean and movable,” says DePeter.

5 > THE SCHUMACHER WALLPAPER “Ottoman Flower,” a traditional motif based on an Asian textile design, looks as if it could be original to the house, says Tellefsen, but also has modern sensibility.

6 > FLOOR-LENGTH DRAPES enhance the dining room’s formal aesthetic.

7 > A ROUND PEDESTAL TABLE was custom-made by Kisabeth to fit the square-shaped dining room.

8 > ANTIQUE CHAIRS acquired on and at a Winchester swap shop were covered with an ivory and platinum Schumacher fabric, “Scallop Embroidery.” “Someone else’s castoffs were the perfect fit for this room,” says DePeter.


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