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Name: Terry and Lyndon
Location: Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
Size: 1,810 square feet
Years lived in: 7 — owned

Terry and Lyndon know how to make an entrance. There's no typical landing strip or shoe storage here — instead, polished marble and hand-painted Chinoiserie walls sparkle and pop. A flair for the dramatic with a touch of whimsy delight as you tour this detailed duplex.

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Terry describes her home as an "adult apartment." The public areas shine and sparkle with mirrors, glass, chandeliers, and antiques like a jewel box of precious stones. Though look closely and there's joie de vivre — soft fabrics, a cozy chair, well-thumbed books. The family room, kitchen, and bedroom are less flashy and more intimate, a reminder that this place is a home and not a palace. Though palaces are more likely to have secret rooms and hidden pathways, and the starry-ceilinged bathroom with a barely distinguishable door falls into that category!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Elegance and drama within a traditional context. Ours is definitely an adult apartment!

Inspiration: A lifetime of experiences-- always looking around, reading, & discovering.

Favorite Element: The elegant architectural features.

Biggest Challenge: The mirrored dining room, because when they came to hang the mirrors, the wall was so out of plumb that a crew had to come fix it first. Also, for some reason, the jib door to the guest bathroom.

What Friends Say: "Wow," "It's gorgeous," and "Who did your design?"

Biggest Embarrassment: That I haven't yet replaced the tacky old chest of drawers in my closet!

Proudest DIY: Coming up with the overall design and working with our architect.

Biggest Indulgence: Probably the Statuario marble floors in the gallery and dining room.

Best Advice: Choose your contractor VERY carefully (get tons of references!) and go to the site every day!

Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

    • Grisaille Chinoiserie painting on walls in tones of grey, silver and white hand-painted by Marcello Lavalan, who also did the silver leaf on dining room ceiling

FLOORS

    • Entry & Dining: White marble floor inset with black slate
    • Living: Original herringbone oak floor
    • Bathrooms: Marble

FURNITURE

    • Antiques & custom upholstery

RUGS & CARPET

    • Stark, Landry & Arcari

KITCHEN

    • Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
    • Stove/Oven: Thermador
    • Dishwasher: Asko
    • Counters: White Carrera marble
    • Hardware: Baldwin Estate Collection in satin nickel

WINDOW TREATMENTS

    • Fabric from Scalamandre in Beacon Hill

LIGHTING

    • Antique Baccarat chandelier
    • Antique Baltic smokebell

ARTWORK

    • Mostly 19th c. paintings and watercolors

    Thanks, Terry & Lyndon!

    Images: Tara Bellucci.

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