Bold Vermont Marble Works Its Way Through This South End Victorian – Boston magazine

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A couple reclaims the lower levels of their South End townhouse to create a family-friendly home that exudes modern elegance.

Photo by Sean Litchfield

Samantha Pratt met the owners of this brick Victorian row house back in 2013 at the then brand-new Restoration Hardware on Berkeley Street. The recently engaged couple had just purchased the five-story South End home and needed furniture, along with some guidance.

Fast forward five years and two children later. The couple, who had been renting out the bottom two floors while living on the upper three, was working with architect Timothy Burke to merge the two units into one. As luck would have it, they ran into their former designer, who had since teamed up with Hannah Deutsch to launch Pratt & Deutsch Interiors. A quick peek at the designers’ website, and the couple hired them.

After some back and forth about whether to locate the kitchen on the lower level, the couple decided that a kitchen on the entry-level made more sense. “My husband and I toured the space after the demolition was completed, and the open, main floor was so breathtaking that I emailed the designers, the architect, and the contractor with the subject line ‘Emergency,’” the owner laughs. “It was the day before they were to start framing!”

The team collaborated with Coastal Art Glass in Norwell to create new stained-glass windows for the home’s original mahogany doors. The bench beneath the mirror was fabricated from marble left over from the kitchen. / Photo by Sean Litchfield

A CB2 chest with a black marble top provides extra storage for the dining room and matches the original staircase, painted Farrow & Ball “Off Black.” / Photo by Sean Litchfield

The entry into the open, front-to-back first floor sets the tone for the rehabilitated 1867 home. Double mahogany doors with stained glass in pastel hues open to an art deco–inspired vestibule with a marble checkerboard floor and fan-patterned wallcovering. A vintage Oushak runner unfurls past an ornate vintage mirror toward the home’s crown jewel: an original sweeping stair. “Sam and Hannah created a beautiful fusion of old and new,” the owner says.

Expertly navigating the challenges of furnishing a 15-foot-wide home, Pratt and Deutsch outfitted the adjacent living room with a circulation-friendly, curved sofa. They also tucked a window seat into the empty bay overlooking the street, and composed stylish, functional vignettes to flank the fireplace.

In the dining area, abstract artwork by Wendy Westlake from M Fine Arts Galerie in SoWa inspired by the violet cushions on the Four Hands chairs. The Timothy Oulton selenite chandelier feels cloud-like over the live-edge …….


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