WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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PHOTO BY ERIC ROTH / COURTESY OF SHAFER O'NEIL INTERIOR DESIGN Interior designer Judy O'Neil Labins likes to mix modern art with antiques to provide a taste of the unexpected. roll the other way. But those floors are worn in "all the right places," Check with the local historical society. Labins discovered a bassinet from centuries of being walked upon. "I prefer it that way," she says. that originated from her home in a local museum. Photos, historical She buttons her windows with felt lined drapes on chilly nights in records, and old newspapers can give you the language you need for order to keep the single-pane wavy glass that's done the job so far. She what Gleysteen terms, "sympathetic planning." did, however, insulate the roof and bump the upstairs ceilings for a little extra headroom. For Bell, it was almost as if the house was waiting for him. The walls, floors, and foundation were plumb. "The bones were great," he The correct vernacular and understanding the context of your home will make additions snug and blend renovations seamlessly into the surroundings so that the house doesn't stand out like a gilded front tooth. says. He tore out and rebuilt two fire-ravaged thirds of the house, but In the case of a historically accurate restoration, that may mean renovated on the original footprint. "It worked out perfectly. In other scouring lumber yards for repurposed old growth wood. While that's a words I was able to get the best of both worlds." perfectly viable and ecological option, today's artisans and craftsmen We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 can create new products that match the old. Labins used soft pine that Speak the Right Language Before hiring an architect, a builder, or even a painter, spend some might not roll on its own, the patina matches the older portions. Bell time unraveling the mysteries of your house's past. Study similar matched the window trim and baseboards in his addition using new homes. Research the culture at the time of its building. What materials materials made to look old. The only indications of modernity are the were available? What paint colors were popular, or even possible? 52 she painted with milk paint for her new kitchen floor. While a marble vaulted ceilings in the kitchen and family rooms.

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