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Designing a condo with character

A couple ensures their new-construction home in Belmont is anything but bland.

“The owners’ former home had a lot of collectibles and printed fabrics,” says Deborah Farrand. “There’s a very different feeling here. It’s a fresh, open space that showcases the things they love.”

Eric Roth

“The owners’ former home had a lot of collectibles and printed fabrics,” says Deborah Farrand. “There’s a very different feeling here. It’s a fresh, open space that showcases the things they love.”

Eric Roth

The owners of this newly constructed Belmont condominium had lived in a three-story antique house for 17 years. Ready for a more modern abode, they hired interior designer Deborah Farrand to ensure their new place would have plenty of character. “They wanted an unexpected entrance and for the living room to have clean lines and open space,” says Farrand, whose company, Dressing Rooms, is based in Westford. Also important was a place to prominently display the couple’s collection of Southwest pottery. Farrand worked with Sally DeGan of SpaceCraft Architecture in Lexington to solve that problem, designing shelves flanking the fireplace to hold the wares. Furnishings are transitional in style, and the foyer and living room reflect a palette centered on black and brown with pops of red and orange; subtle Asian and tribal touches offer a surprising twist.

1 | The high-backed sofa, upholstered in a brown and black herringbone pattern, was purchased through the FDO Group at the Boston Design Center. “It’s clean-lined but transitional in print, so it’s not too contemporary,” says Farrand.

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2 | Dark ebony side chairs have carved backs and cushions embroidered with a gold and brown suzani pattern, common to Central Asia.

3 | Farrand selected a compact, simply designed glass-topped coffee table. “We didn’t want the area to feel cluttered or to have the piece compete with the pottery.”

4 | The wall in back of the shelves is painted aqua to showcase the collection. Farrand had cove lighting installed behind the shelves’ vertical molding for indirect illumination.

5 | A hand-woven Persian gabbeh rug softens the dark walnut floors.

6 | The red leather club chair echoes the color of the front door.

7 | A reproduction of a historic wallcovering by Cole & Son featuring representations of bamboo and gondolas is accented by black painted trim to make a bold statement in the foyer.

8 | The rectangular bronze pendant has an updated Asian feel that Farrand thinks pairs well with the wallpaper.

9 | The front door is painted a spicy red. “It’s a beautiful welcome to guests, and you can also appreciate it from the living room,” says Farrand.

10 | The floor’s polished beige travertine marble is framed by a brown marble border.

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