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Warming up a guest room with salvaged finds and heirlooms

In a New Hampshire bungalow, a designer and her fiance deploy family treasures and vintage finds.

Emily O’Brien Photography

Lowell-based interior designer Debbe Daley has been working with her fiance, James Byrd, to renovate the 1925 bungalow he bought in 2010. The home, on the Piscataqua River just outside Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was modestly updated almost 30 years ago and is now undergoing a major overhaul. The pair transformed a dated music room into a bright and cozy guest room using family heirlooms and salvaged finds. “Everything in the room comes from some part of our pasts,” Daley says. “It’s fun to combine them as we intertwine our lives.”

1 The tin ceiling tiles were salvaged from a Greek Orthodox church. Daley found them at the Old House Parts Co. in Kennebunk, Maine.

2 For the walls, Daley chose Sherwin-Williams White Flour, a warm shade that provides contrast for the bright-white bedspread.


3 Jean Byrd, an artist based in Camden, Maine — and James Byrd’s mother — painted the seascape of Monhegan Island, which inspired the room’s color palette.

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4 Daley painted the iron table, a $5 yard sale find, to cover rust. The bronze lamp is from a previous home.

5 The iron bed came from Flukes & Finds in Newburyport. The Martha Washington-style bedspread with pompom trim is from Daley’s parents. “My mom had an old linen cabinet that I loved sifting through,” she says.

6 The pillow and throw are from HomeGoods. “I wanted to bring out the coral color from the painting, and these do it perfectly,” Daley explains. Ralph Lauren chambray pillowcases pull out blue tones.

7 Daley refinished the shutters, salvaged from a mid-19th-century house nearby, and Byrd added hinges to make them functional.