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Designer’s mission impossible: Make an antique-filled 1790 farmhouse family friendly

Designer’s mission impossible: Make an antique-filled 1790 farmhouse family friendly


First up was the primary bedroom. Weisberg started by finding wallpapers that matched the soft green millwork. The winner was a layered yet airy damask print by Sanderson. A custom-made tiger maple bed and coordinating nightstands from Leonards New England in Seekonk replaced the furniture from the owners’ prior Mediterranean-style home, which felt dark and clunky here.

Weisberg relocated their too-small Oriental rug to Monica’s office in favor of a large Mamluk-style carpet from Landry & Arcari. Its coloring inspired the love seat’s yellow velvet upholstery; the style of the piece is based on a British love seat that Monica saw online. For the other side of the fireplace, the designer reupholstered their vintage fan-back chair in pale green velvet. The couple initially envisioned the room as a private retreat, but to their delight, the kids join them before bedtime. “There are spots for everyone to snuggle in,” Monica says.


The living room got a redo ahead of schedule, after the pressure washing of the exterior resulted in cracked window panes. “We needed to replace the windows, paint the trim, and one thing led to another,” Monica says. To make the room feel rich and vibrant, yet still approachable, Weisberg pulled together a palette reminiscent of fall in New England. Persimmon paper with gold-leaf embossing by Twigs complements the blue, overstuffed sofas that face each other, with a sturdy vintage table from Berkshire Home & Antiques between them. “They wanted a rustic coffee table that they could bang around,” Weisberg says.

A pedestal table and chairs that Weisberg picked up at a local estate sale are tucked into a nook next to the fireplace. “We play games almost every night,” Monica says. “Poker, Parcheesi, Stratego, everything.” Her favorite spot, however, is the fanciful settee she found on Cape Cod. “It was in an awful yellow vinyl, but I told [my husband] Tom, ‘Just wait, it’s going to be amazing,’” she says with a laugh. “I sit there to drink my morning coffee and watch the sun rise over the pond.”

The adjacent dining room scored a hand-me-down rug from the living room. Weisberg also added a rejuvenated chandelier and sconces. “They needed upgraded lighting to be functional for doing projects with the kids,” the designer says. She also fashioned a closet-turned-bar into a gorgeous jewel box, lining it with Farrow & Ball paisley wallpaper and painting the ceiling gold. The finishing touch is a photo of Abraham Lincoln from eBay that Monica gave to her history buff husband for his birthday. “We call it Lincoln’s Closet,” she says.


Weisberg made a few other fixes, including painting the trim in the breakfast nook and hanging pretty café curtains in the TV room. New Morris & Co. wallpaper in Monica’s office makes the small-business owner feel like she’s in a garden, even in the dead of winter.

“This home, with its beautiful craftsmanship and furnishings from hundreds of years ago, is now an expression of who we are,” Monica says. “It’s like our chocolate: classic with a twist.”


Interior design: LW Interiors, lwinteriors.com

Wallpaper installation: Melanie Harvey Interiors, melanieharveyinteriors.com


Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to the Globe Magazine. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.