together by the common threads of palette,
texture, and mood.
In the stairwell, abstracts thick with
brushwork hang opposite figures dancing
— a work purchased with the house — by
Boston artist Robert Freeman. At the top
of the stairs, a gallery wall features a mash-up of works, including mixed-media pieces
by Silvia and her daughter, who paints and
works with ceramics. Various works by her
son, who was in his high-school art club,
are also peppered throughout.
In the master bedroom, a maple four-poster bed is crowned by a lolling landscape by Vermont artist Craig Mooney. An
en suite bathroom, recently renovated into
an elegant and tranquil space, has become
another backdrop for art.
When needed, the house serves as a
kind of convivial pop-up gallery. Silvia
hangs artists’ work throughout, making
the works accessible and approachable in
an informal setting. “It says, ‘This is what
works for me,’ ” she says of opening up
her home. “‘Let’s see what you’ve got and
see what works for you.’ The search for art
should be a happy, emotional process.”
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silvia painted a side chair — a flea market find
— and had it carefully reupholstered in
Marimekko fabric. It sits in the second-floor
hallway in conversation with two geometric
paintings by the art consultant.