Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Beantown Bold

I cannot get enough of this Boston penthouse. It is bright and beautiful and takes chances with color all the while keeping in tune with a black and white, button-down, Beacon Hill reputation. The rooms mix Crate and Barrel with modern luxury high-end design to create a nice juxtaposition within each room. It's very cosmopolitan. Photography by Eric Roth.

The interiors were designed by Boston's own Weena & Spook. The clients, Alli and Bill Achtmeyer plus one, were already living on a lower floor in the 1886 Tudor-style building when the penthouse became available. Having a yearning for more square footage and a better view, they jumped at the chance to move on up. Apparently floor hopping is popular within the building as the penthouse's owner moved down to a lower floor as well. Speaking of floors, how great is this bulls eye tile design in the hall bathroom? Alli is originally a California girl and she wanted to pay homage to Dorothy Draper with a repeating pattern of black and white throughout the apartment.

Bold indeed. Another want for the interiors was a sense of Americana and marine blue. Benjamin Moore's Patriot Blue in high gloss is softened by the lush velvet furniture. Iconic design such as the Parson's table and the Marcel Breuer Wassily chair help to anchor the room. I usually do not like when the carpet patterns are matched to upholstery or curtains within a room, but here I think they have pulled it off. There is so much strong color that the pattern becomes a smaller detail.

"A butcher-shop feel" was what Alli wanted for her kitchen. Marble counter tops and copper pots meet topiary and Phillipe Starck Louis chairs. I think it is fantastic. So much natural light and a lot of space for storage and food prep.

This bathroom, JaDIE! The jewel tone of this purple really brings out the beauty of the veining in the marble. I also really love the way the bathroom is accessorized. It has natural elements such as the border of the mirror and the sea sponge basket to the side of the pedestal sink and some very Moroccan looking hurricanes as well as shiny nickel sconces and the same trim found on the vanities and walls of the Chrysler Building. It doesn't look overdone or contrived, nice job.

A guest bedroom and Alli's office occupy the top level of the house which opens up to a rooftop patio and wraparound views of the Charles River. Alli's office totally looks like my wedding! So of course I think it is spectacular. A saw-horse desk is naturally lit by a large window overlooking the patio and an over sized pendant lamp with a bright yellow shade. The custom chairs are JaDIE for and I love the black ribbon piping on the window treatments. The floors and walls are painted white to accentuate the natural light and the amazing view.

Did I mention that her office's French doors open onto the patio? And this is what it looks like. How does she get any work done? I'd want to be out there all day. The deck is 1,000 sq. ft. and has a fully equipped kitchen, staging area, pantry, and television.

The pergola helps prevent flooding from the Boston downpours. You can catch a glimpse of the kitchen off to the right. How fabulous.

The master bedroom was designed to have a masculine, all-American feel. The bedding and the window treatments were custom made out of men's suit and shirt fabrics and the walls are covered in camel colored topcoat felt. The trunk in front of the window was found at a town dump.

The black and white stripe that continues throughout the house keeps the primary colors from overwhelming everything else. Wallpaper by Jaima Brown.

A custom tablecloth covered round table in the den hosts family photos and glass cloche covered coral and shells.

The rooftop cocktail tray keeps the pattern going with a twist, turning stripes to zig-zags. Green and yellow elements as simple as bottle of Pellegrino and lemons and limes keep everything in a consistent color scheme.

The interior wall of the china hutch was wallpapered to bring the stripe element into the dining room. I must say, they didn't leave anything left undone. What an impressive penthouse.


The TownhouseLady said...

Christ. That is one gorgeous home.

maison21 said...

THAT PURPLE BATH! and the striped one, and that full-on drama of a striped patio! kinda fab.

Jill said...

I love the purple bathroom!!

erinleighheart said...

the bathroom is great :) i <3 purple.

The TownhouseLady said...

Was there a resources list for this article? I really like that vanity and the tiles in the bathroom.

Fifi Flowers said...

First let me say... I LOVE Boston! Second j'ADORE this penthouse... and that deck is to die for!!! LAstly I could live there... don't change a thing... just move right in from May to September... they can have October to April!
GREAT post!
Bon week-end!