Designer and clients agreed on a palette of muted colors with variations on light mushroom and stone hues on the walls and glossy complementary colors on the trim. “The tone is one of spare sophistication,” says Tharp, whose firm, Lisa Tharp Design, is also in Concord.
“This envelope could be formal, but the clients wanted the luxury of
comfort and calm — not formality.” Although the scheme is monochromatic and there is a strong sense of continuity, each room feels distinct.
Tharp tapped the wife’s love of gardening and nature to inform the
design. For example, an oversize pendant made of meticulously hand-folded paper “blossoms” makes a grand gesture in the living room.
“The light fixture is about not being too serious in this traditional
framework,” says Tharp. “That’s a theme throughout the house.”
Luxury comes by way of studied simplicity, with textural changes
separating spaces and adding interest. “When you strip away the
color,” says Tharp, “you see all that ‘dark-light.’ ” In the living room,
a sea grass rug transitions to the pale gray flecked cotton velvet on the
chairs and the soft beige linen curtains, while the black marble fireplace surround contrasts with glass sconces.
In the family room, where a wall was removed, allowing light from
the south-facing room to flood the kitchen, new built-ins have clean,
modern lines, lending elegance to the room.
the kitchen walls, cabinetry, and trim (above) are all painted in Farrow &
Ball’s Skimming Stone; the monochromatic scheme has a calming effect on
the psyche, says interior designer Lisa Tharp. The pendant lights by Thomas
O’Brien for Visual Comfort become the room’s focal point. In the dining room
(left), botanical prints by Natural Curiosities add a vertical element.