Soothing Greens And Antiques in WOI

I’ve been feeling a bit off this week and discouraged by the renovation. I’m overwhelmed and having a hard time imagining an end.

When I opened the February issue of World Of Interiors this morning my mood instantly brightened. A cloud had been lifted and I was inspired. The above and below photos are screen shots from the story “Jamb Packed” featuring a 1780 London town house owned by Jamb founder Will Fisher. Many of the contents in the home went up for auction on February 2nd. View all lots and information at Christies.com.

The whole house feels cool with an air of green. The rooms are minimally decorated with textiles and color but no piece overwhelms offering perfect balance and harmony. The sitting room above is striking. I have my eye on the s-curve armed sofa in the foreground. A printed arm chair pairs well with a bobbin turned chair.

The space recalls so many of my favorite spaces including Ben Pentreath’s sitting room with a gorgeous boxy yellow sofa and collection of scaled prints. And the room I first brainstormed with Lizzie Bailey when I first bought my house.

I guess taking my time renovating my home does offer me one luxury: time to figure out my own style and make thoughtful purchases. Below a few more rooms in the home plus, pieces featured at the Christie’s auction.

A bedroom with beautiful textile accents.


I love the arms on this sofa. The lines reminds me of Max Rollit’s sofa I spotted in Ben Pentreath’s parsonage.

An arts and crafts dining table with the perfect amount of patina.


A beautiful grand bathroom that reminds me I how much I love the look of simple interior shutters in place of curtains. The fish print is pretty darn cool too.

William IV Ebonised Sofa circa 1830-1840. The s-shaped back and arms about a rectangular seat with squab cushion on tapering legs with brass caps and castors, covered in olive green linen, restorations40 in. high; 83 in. wide; 34 in. deep via christies.com.

A George IV Convex Giltwood Mirror, Circa 1830, 20 7/8 in. diameter via christies.com.

A Pair Of Victorian Walnut Armchairs By Howard & Sons, circa 1880. Re-covered covered in blue printed cotton fabric with ‘H&S’ monogram, the brass cap castors stamped ‘HOWARD & SONS LONDON’ 32½ in. high; 37 in. wide; 28 in. deep via christies.com

A George IV Bobbin-Turned Oak Bergere
Circa 1820-30 With caned seat 35 in. high; 23 in. wide; 25½ in. deep via christies.com.

Kantha an embroidered cotton antique quilt from Bengal c.1900 via jossgraham.com.

The interior images above are screen grabs from my digital edition of World of Interiors which can be purchased through Zinio.com.

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Farmhouse Laundry Room

Designed by Amanda Jones and skillfully created by cabinetmaker David Bowen of Salisbury Artisans.

I collect a lot of inspiration; identifying elements that I can pull for my house renovation. Lately I’ve been thinking about our first floor and where I hope to create a mudroom/laundry/pantry space that flows into the kitchen. The worn wood bench I shared a few weeks ago was an element in my plan.

I’ve been brainstorming a number of places for laundry. Right now, I have to shlep to the laundromat each week—so you can imagine my mind often drifts to my dream space. My house does have a lot of square footage but each room is not large enough or could handle the proportions of front loaders side-by-side unless I want to put them in the basement.

A popular idea in old homes in Marblehead is stacking the washer and dryer and concealing inside a cabinet. I discovered this laundry room on pinterest.

Designed by Amanda Jones and skillfully created by cabinetmaker David Bowen of Salisbury Artisans based in Salisbury, Connecticut. The open beams and styling were the first elements to caught my eye. The room feels utilitarian but with sophistication that lends itself to an older home.

Miele washer and dryer are stacked and concealed inside a gracious cabinet. A single door opens to reveal both machines. A charming washtub re-imagined as an indoor sink is set upon a marble countertop with a wall mounted faucet. Below chicken wire covers the cabinet openings and allows for circulation.

I love the brick floor and proposed the idea to Greg. He has major concerns because he feels the foundation could not support the extra weight of heavy bricks. We’ll have to see if we can reinforce the beams to accommodate once we get closer to the project.

For more detailed photos of the laundry room and home click here to view on Salisbury Artisan’s website.


All photos courtesy of Salisbury Artisans.

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