Thursday, January 10, 2008

Media Talk: This Old House sneak peek

A couple of months ago we wrote about our participation in the currently filming This Old House Newton Project. Interior designer Abbey Koplovitz tapped Heller Furniture to build a custom banquette for the kitchen, plus some window seat and dining chair cushions. The filming has officially wrapped and we wanted to share the work we did on the project.

This is the banquette seat for the kitchen table. One thing about Victorian homes, there are lots of wonderful elements like window seats throughout. Walter Heller and Tommy Silva collaborated to create this unit, which is a functional yet elegant use of the space under the bay window which looks onto the wrap around porch.

In the dining room, designer Abbey K put together a beautiful mix of new and old, with hints of the Victorian - such as the beautiful tasseled drape - along with with more modern touches such as the grass cloth shades. The beautiful bench cushion adds a warm and inviting touch.

The French country style dining room chairs are topped with comfortable pads made specifically to fit the seats.

And sitting on the top of the house is the slightly mis-named "Man Cave". Misnamed only because the "Billiard Room" is filled with light and hardly a cave at all.

We were thrilled to take part in this project. The house was certainly beautiful to begin with, but the combined talents of the This Old House crew, designer Abbey K and homeowners Paul Friedberg and Maddy Krauss really came together to create a comfortable home for a contemporary family that still pays homage to the past. Bravo to all!

Click here to read homeowner Paul Friedberg's posts on Old House My House about this project.
Click here to read interior designer Abby Koplovitz's posts on her blog On Interior Design. She includes lots of before and after photos.
Click here to find out when This Old House is airing in your area.

And don't forget to check out an upcoming This Old House Magazine for more photos!

Photos by Linda Merrill for Heller Furniture.