IT’S NOT EVERY DAY A DESIGNER gets the opportunity to bring on the bling. When designer Kristine Mullaney met with her client, a Southerner who had purchased a 1,900-square-foot condo on Commonwealth Avenue, he told her, “Think Newport mansions.” The inspiration made perfect sense: He had grown up admiring one Vanderbilt mansion, North Carolina’s Biltmore, and been captivated by a tour of another iconic Vanderbilt property, The Breakers in Newport. His own building dates from 1883.
Mullaney, of Boston-based Kristine Mullaney Design, won the homeowner’s heart when she, too, swooned over the original quartersawn-oak paneling in the living room. It’s an impressive space, with detailed woodwork and moldings and a ceiling adorned with a Moroccan fretwork design studded with gilded centers, a detail she believes to have been added during a previous renovation.