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Before and After: Beverly Farms Carriage House

Elizabeth Tobin

This project was one of our favorite renovations and I'll tell you why. We had the opportunity to renovate such a historical building type, a carriage house with 13ft ceilings, and transform it's mismatched interior into a modern take on mixing styles that boasted the clients gorgeous antiques. Our clients bought this home from the previous homeowner who doused the interior in french traditional style that lacked a lot of luster.

The neighborhood of Beverly Farms itself, in Northeast Coastal Massachusetts, is traditional and colonial to it's core. The history of the homes here date back to the 1700's. Inspired by the architecture and history of the neighborhood, I was tasked with grounding our clients existing art and antiques into a grandiose first floor (did I already say the home had 13ft ceilings?!) that needed a serious balance between size and style.

The homes' exterior is picturesque. Focused behind high stone walls, the original carriage doors peer out from the gravel entrance like big green eyes that certainly draw you in. Follow me inside for a before and after of this traditional carriage house renovation!


Before..

We had to begin our focus on a few key features that NEEDED to change. The first was the wallpapered dividing wall (1) that was put in to separate the first floor entirely and bring the ceiling height down to size. We put a fresh coat of bright paint over the gray faux weathered paneling (2) that stretched around the first floor. Dark window frames (3) gave the stairs a daunting introduction and all existing furniture needed serious reupholstering (4). The original rug (5) was just too large for the room. It completely hid the beautiful floors beneath.

With these considerations in mind and a lot of paint, process, and procurement later, we fulfilled the clients needs of mixing new and modern styles to create a first floor they loved. What was two separate rooms that needed a lot of attention quickly became a multi functional first floor that provided space for hosting as well as style. Here's how it turned out..


AFTER!

Lacquered Carriage Doors provided option for open concept living. The modern velvet couch, surrounded by statement antiques and dark wood hues, became the centerpiece of the space.

Lacquered Carriage Doors provided option for open concept living. The modern velvet couch, surrounded by statement antiques and dark wood hues, became the centerpiece of the space.

We hung this existing art piece higher which brought out the vibrant colors in the textiles we chose to give the room a lot of life!

We hung this existing art piece higher which brought out the vibrant colors in the textiles we chose to give the room a lot of life!

Here we opted to layer the clients existing oriental rug over the enormous DWR wool rug we chose for this room. This is a great trick for providing separation in an open concept space. We wanted this side of the room that was surrounded by antiques and an extensive library, to stand on it's own.

Modern textiles, a mixture of new accent furniture and lighting, and bright windows were exactly what this room called for. Not to mention that gorgeous rug! Bigger isn't always better, scale is just as important as style.

Modern textiles, a mixture of new accent furniture and lighting, and bright windows were exactly what this room called for. Not to mention that gorgeous rug! Bigger isn't always better, scale is just as important as style.

Want to see more of this project? Check out our Beverly Farms portfolio on our website!