LIZ CAAN INTERIORS
written by courtney goodrich
photographed by eric roth
The 1890 barn perched atop a hill across from the large Victorian farmhouse to which it used to belong is undeniably charming. Its exterior is painted red, trimmed in cream, with green French doors. Though it is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, a suburb 15 miles west of Boston, on a clear day you can see the
city skyline from the barn’s cupola.
The interior has a similar kind of wonder. The space is open, the
decor simple and attractive, with upholstered sofas and chairs, rustic wood accents, and distinctive rugs and accessories. Designed by
Liz Caan of Liz Caan Interiors in Newton, Massachusetts, the space
is perfect for its owner, Mike Hirshland. The divorced dad bought the
house a year ago as a place to live and a place where his four children,
ages 13 to 19, would find comfort as well as fun.
But since Hirshland’s move-in date was scheduled for just a few
weeks after he closed the sale, Caan had to pull it all together fast.
“An interior space created really quickly and on a budget can still
look just as rich,” Caan says. “Mike was very quick to make decisions,
he gave lots of feedback, was involved, and was honest about what he
liked and didn’t like, which helped a lot.”
“The barn is unusual,” says Hirshland, whose business, Resolute
Ventures, invests in startup companies. “It’s distinct. There’s some-
the exterior of the 1890 barn (right) charms with its painted red
clapboards and cream trim. The green French doors lead to a small
vestibule and then into the foyer in the center of the first floor.