Grande Dame

Newton, MA – This Grande Dame 6,000 square foot 15 room Queen Anne Victorian, circa 1891, was built by a manufacturing magnate. The home is defined by stunning architectural details reminiscent of the Victorian era. The original interior design boasted a bowling alley, billiard room, and eight intricately carved mahogany and oak fireplaces with marble, onyx, and handmade Italian tile detailing.

Boston interior designer, Tiffany LeBlanc approached this modern makeover the same way she does every project. “I like to create a little friction in the interior design process,” she says. “This magnificent grande dame and the owner’s impressive modern art collection set the stage for what I call visual interplay.”

In the formal living room, modern deep tufted plum velvet sofas, a contemporary black steel and glass nested coffee table, a prized Aubusson, and understated window treatments create the mood. In the formal dining room, an antique buffet table with brass fittings, a mahogany dining table, and upholstered chairs set the stage for entertaining.

Contemporary art compliments period detail in the den (formally the billiard room). The piece de resistance, however, is the room’s original frescoed domed ceiling. In the office, sleek glass-fronted built-ins and soft roman shades mingle with a white desk, violet leather chair, upholstered chairs, an ottoman, and a window seat. The massive all-white kitchen is a chef’s dream.

In the master bath sits a show-stopping French bateau tub wrapped in a stainless steel skirt. Marble, silver accents, and double sinks complete the room.

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