18th Century Federal Farmhouse LibraryTraditional Family Room, Boston
Photography by Eric Roth. In collaboration with Home Glow Design.
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A parlor for reading, conversation and music. The long, narrow parlor in this 1785 New Hampshire farmhouse presented homeowner and designer Amy Mitchell and her husband with a layout challenge. Collaborating with designer Dena Hamilburg, they found a way to fit in everything they wanted in a unified space.One end of the room is for music. They nestled in a grand piano, and this is where Mitchell practices opera singing. There’s also some cozy seating where they and their guests can enjoy the fire.
The grand piano was moved to the corner opposite the fireplace. The love seat and chair create an intimate seating area. Smaller pieces, such as the red ceramic garden stool side table, help maintain enough circulation. Mitchell found the square ottoman and re-upholstered it in leather to serve double duty as a coffee table and footrest. The fireplace mantel and paneled woodwork were refinished. A new convex mirror channels more of the room’s Federal roots, while the watercolor-like glazed porcelain vases lean toward a more contemporary look.Mirror: Carvers’ Guild; chair: Charles Stewart; ottoman leather: Ralph Lauren; ceramic garden stool: Lawrence & Scott