the good life
Interior designer Lisey Good turns a Beacon Hill lemon into lemonade
Written by ESTELLE BOND GURALNICK
Photography by ERIC ROTH
‘There’s nothing in this house that
isn’t new, simply because there was
nothing worth saving,” says Lisey
Good of her top-to-bottom renovation of a small townhouse tucked
away on a cobblestoned street in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Good, an interior designer whose clothes closet
conveys unmistakable clues to her bold, trend setting
decorating style, put an up-to-the-minute stamp on the
once dark and dowdy townhouse that she and husband
Lenny Snyderman first encountered at a real estate
open house in 2004.
“Lenny took one look and hated it,” Good recalls.
“I couldn’t blame him. The house had been on the
market for ages—empty, dreary, cramped, lacking even
the charm of antiquity because it was a bad design built
in 1965 on the foundation of an old carriage house.”
Yet Good couldn’t sleep that night as she thought
about how great the house could be. For starters, she
loved that it was on a cul-de-sac on a quiet street just
a stone’s throw from the Common. “I hounded Lenny
for weeks, until he agreed” to buy the house, Good says.
It didn’t hurt her cause that Snyderman wears two professional hats: one as manufacturer of fitness products
as the introduction to the
house, the kitchen/dining room
(below) makes a high-style
statement. Lisey Good works at
the counter she designed to
extend into a custom banquette.
To open up the space, the
stairway wall was replaced by a
tempered glass panel and the
ceiling was stripped back to the
rafters. In summer, the courtyard
(facing page) extends the
kitchen to the outdoors.