Step inside this period townhouse in Boston that's an explosion of modern colour and print

Dramatic flourishes reboot this period townhouse in Boston so it now enjoys an individual mix of vibrant hues, powerful wallpapers and bespoke craftsmanship

period townhouse in Boston


A four-storey 19th-century period townhouse in Boston, USA. The modern home in the suburb of Brookline hash ground floor has a large hall, living room, kitchen, dining room and WC. The lower-ground floor comprises a family room, play area, gym, mud/flower room, utility room, bathroom and patio. On the first floor is the main en-suite bedroom, plus another en-suite bedroom, a study and laundry room. The top floor has two further bedrooms and a bathroom.

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The gaze-grabbing extractor hood (pictured above) took its cue from the Lacanche range cooker and was hand-forged in Ohio.The brass handles are not your average off-the-peg variety, but a bespoke version, fine-tuned to suit the kitchen of this Boston home.

period townhouse in Boston


On the ground floor, a study was transformed into a bright, companionable dining space. It strikes an elegant but informal note, thanks to a Palm Springs palette and rosewood dining table.

period townhouse in Boston


The living room feels contemporary, with a scattering of gilded frames glowing against gloss-blue shelves and a sprawling sofa, which accommodates 10 without overwhelming the space.

period townhouse in Boston

This home feels welcoming and punchy, particularly in the spring when sunlight throws slanting shadows across knotty floors. Restored panelling sits comfortably with ocean-blue hues and fronded wallpapers in a setting reconfigured to meet the needs of a modern family.

period townhouse in Boston

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In this once drab basement, neutrals were ditched for a floral wallpaper and hexagonal flooring resulting in a bright family space.

period townhouse in Boston


Inherited and bespoke pieces combine with a mirror left by the previous owners, which was repainted a more dashing colour.

period townhouse in Boston


The house is full of resourceful tricks. There’s an Ikea cabinet in the utility room, upscaled with a reclaimed marble top, which sits next to the hefty sink, lugged back from a salvage shop.

period townhouse in Boston


A former cupboard on the ground floor has become a chic WC, where hand-printed wallpaper sits with bespoke lighting.

Victoriana gets a look in too, with crinolined ladies parading across the wall courtesy of a paper by Katie Deedy.

period townhouse in Boston

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Photography ⁄ Sean Litchfield

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