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 MICHAEL J. LEE / COURTESY OF THEO & ISABELLA DESIGN GROUP Theo & Isabella's D. Scott Bell likes a classic, more traditional sofa and plays with art and accessories to bring the interior to life. budget and be prepared for uncertainties that can drag the renovation on. Keep in mind that living on site during construction can tax relationships, but living away from the hubbub can tax your purse. How to Dress it Up Once the home is restored to its original magnificence, it's time to dress it up. In a recent kitchen renovation, Laura Meyer used stained glass accented with fleur-de-lis to reflect the homeowner's French heritage and leaded glass windows in the kitchen to maintain the home's historical integrity. But there is nothing antique about the state-of-the art appliances and a custom-built hideaway garage for the floor cleaning robot that provide ultramodern conveniences for the busy family who lives in the house today. When it comes to decorating, Labins says not to be afraid to bring modern furnishings into a historic house. "In my own home I have modern art and Asian pieces mixed with Victorian pieces. Modern art is an unexpected thing that works really well with an antique home." D. Scott Bell agrees. Fixed items like the fireplace mantle or built-in shelving bring in the history. He also likes a more classic, tradi- 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 tional sofa. Those pieces "reflect the house," he says. But then he likes to play with art and accessories to keep the house from feeling too much like a museum. Pairing a contemporary rug, chairs, or end tables alongside the 56

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