The Design Process….showing off a show house!

I heard about the Designer Show House at the Endicott Mansion through the chairwoman of the Danvers Historical Society Sandra Biondo.  Knowing it is the busiest of seasons for i-Design I was not sure I wanted to take on such a large project but was intrigued with this property and its rich history.  So I did a walk through of the house and I realized right away that I could not say no.

The library was one space I was considering (one of the residents, William Endicott, back in 1900 was a judge on the Massachusetts Supreme Court and spent much of his time in this room). But THEN I saw the Bride’s room and fell in love!

(this is a photo of the room in the process of transformation)

I was pleasantly surprised that no one had claimed this charming room.  A short time later I was at the Boston Design Center and found the perfect cream silk and my design vision came to life.  I made up a proposal of my overall vision and then the clock started ticking……. I wanted to customize a special space just for the Bride that was both beautiful and functional. I still recall the magic of my own wedding day and I hope I will have captured some of that magic for each Bride at Glen Magna.

The challenge for this room came in perfectly blending something old with something new essentially capturing both the romantic vision of today’s sophisticated bride, while also honoring tradition within the presence of such a historically significant venue.

So I put together a color board that has sketches of the room overlaid with samples of fabrics, paint and materials to help define the design.

mood-board-for-brides-room-150x150Starting with the bed as the natural focal point I selected the stunning, hand carved, four poster bed from the Museum’s collection.  The side tables are a modern touch and maximize the tight space.  Custom bedding and spectacular silk drapery panels that showcase silver rings finished will be finished off with custom monogrammed cornices featuring a striking black ‘B’ for bride.

It is an artful blending of old and new.  The reveal is only days away…have you bought your tickets yet?

showhouse-B-close-up-with-watermark  Our next post in this series will be “She slept here”