Junior League of Boston 35th Annual Decorators’ Show House
The Potter Estate
Opening starting October 16, 2012, for approx. one month.
Arteriors will be collaborating with designer Frank Hodge, who was awarded one of the rooms in the Junior League of Boston Decorators’ Show House at the historic Potter Estate in Newton. Our decorative painting will be an integral part of the design for a beautiful 2nd floor bedroom.
I went to see this grand old American Victorian Second Empire for the first time early this August. A few contractors, a photographer and a Junior League of Boston lady were buzzing around inside, who all left me alone to wander through the mammoth mansion at my will. What I found was a frozen-in-time, decorative arts treasure.
The house was built in the 1860’s and the Victorian style dominates. However, there are other features that were added sometime between the turn of the century and 1921, when it became the property of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. This is when the amazing wrap-around, wood paneled porch with copper ceiling panels and a gorgeous Chinese globe chandelier was added.
In the library that leads to the porch, there are Art Nouveau stained glass windows separating the two rooms. And trompe l’oeil painted panels in the coffered ceiling that are perfect examples of several decorative painting techniques.
The house has been a convent since 1921 and lucky for us, the sisters of St. Joseph were not slaves to interior design fashion. Refraining from renovations that would’ve deleted the gorgeous architectural details, they beautifully maintained the parquet wood floors, arts n’ crafts fireplace tile, and quarter sawn oak paneling in the dining room. The majority of the decorative arts features were left intact.
I won’t show you pictures of whole rooms because I want you to see the house with fresh eyes. Make sure to come! The Junior League of Boston’s 35th Annual Decorators’ Show House promises to be spectacular.