Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Stevens Estate receives a design update

The first floor inglenook at The Stevens Estate in North Andover has recently received a mini-makeover courtesy of myself and designers: Nancy Faye Glass, Linda Hentschel, Patricia Finn and Linda Diorio. Separately and as a team, we have been consulting and providing decorating updates since the beginning of the year to this stately mansion (owned since 1995 by the town of North Andover) that functions as a special event and conference center.

I found this image online of the Osgood Coat of Arms. I plan to have it reproduced and framed in honor of Charlotte E. Osgood whose family gifted this property to her and new husband Moses T. Stevens in 1853. New fabrics for the inglenook were chosen based on the colors from this coat of arms, along with the colors in the original stained glass featured in the stairway.

The inglenook cushions BEFORE ...

AFTER ... they are newly dressed.

My personal design goal for this project is to create the feeling of a boutique hotel by incorporating a signature look to promote the Stevens Estate brand identity. We received a generous donation of fabrics, one of which – a beautiful gold linen by Kravet – I had monogrammed to add a personalized touch to these public spaces.

The second floor bridal suite is branded with
a smaller scale version of the “S” pillow.

BEFORE ... the hall runners were too narrow and
the colors did not speak to the new, lighter palette.

AFTER ... this custom-sized runner allows
more room for couples to stroll side by side.

BEFORE ... the fireplace in the
banquet room was overlooked.

AFTER ... adding some life and light with a stylish
grouping of bright white birch logs goes a long way.

Be sure to check back for future updates ...

A special thanks goes to ...
Miles River Sewing in Danvers
and Nancy N. of Melrose for
professional workroom services
and fabric donations, and to
Donna Dreher of Threads Couture
for the custom embroidery.

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