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“Empire is so graceful,” says Guralnick.
“I’ve always loved it.” Above it is a mirror
that belonged to her grandmother. In the
dining room, a 1950s Empire-style table,
bought for the apartment, is surrounded
by a diverse collection of chairs, including a
modern barrel chair that had been in Gene’s
waiting room. Against the wall is a colorful
antique cupboard the couple bought.
Guralnick acknowledges it took time,
and “a lot of pushing things around”
before the apartment had the bespoke
quality she enjoys.
It helped that she was able to re-create one thing the old house had — an
uplifting first impression.
“The best architecture is when you
come through the front door and your eye
goes to the vista,” she says. At the Belmont
house, “the foyer was beautiful and opened
to the garden.” It is a happy coincidence
that at the Cambridge apartment, the
sightline from the front door, across the
dining room, is directlly to the leafy views
of city rooftops.
“The apartment is autobiography,” says
Guralnick. “It is a mishmash of my own
evolution.” She likes taking seemingly disparate
objects, artwork, and furnishings and grouping
them together. “Like the chairs around the
dining room table, things are mismatched, but
they are harmonious.”