, Newburyport, MA


December 4, 2013

Mansion makeover

Designers bring elegant new look to historic treasure


The fireplace in the drawing room, for example, influenced designer Donna Terry’s choice of decorations for this sizable space on the first floor.

“That fireplace was bought in Egypt,” Biondo said. “The Endicotts were traveling in Egypt at that time, and they found that and installed it here in Glen Magna.”

For the walls, Terry chose Egyptian sconces and a painting of a ship anchored in an exotic foreign port that recalls the Endicotts’ many overseas trips. There are also art deco influences in glass globes that serve as lamps, along with artworks and several pieces of furniture that suggest the period when they were traveling.

Elyse Parkhurst and Cailin Flynn of North Fork Design in Boxford worked on a groom’s bedroom on the second floor, where the furniture includes a sleigh bed.

“We used some of the existing furniture, as well as incorporating new artwork, lighting and other pieces,” Parkhurst said. “We’re also going to be borrowing furniture from Arhaus Furniture in Natick — a club leather chair and a buffet piece, a sideboard, a console, and a bar cart.”

They wanted the room to have “a masculine, smoking-room feel” and were also careful to choose artwork from several different periods.

“Old and contemporary are layered in to feel acquired over time, not to feel all brand-new or all old,” Parkhurst said. “That’s how our style is done anyway.”

Parkhurst and Flynn have also redecorated a hallway off the foyer on the main floor, where they fashioned a display cabinet out of storage space and displayed figurines and vases from the Danvers Historical Society’s collection.

“That’s really the key issue — the integration of pieces from the historical society, and then the designers taking those pieces as the springboard for inspiration,” Biondo said.

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