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French connection

In one Truro home, a treasure-trove of Paris-bought antiques.

By Kate Grip Denon
July 19, 2009
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When Scott Slater purchased his Truro home in 1998, it was a mishmash of time periods -- the oldest part dates to the late 18th century -- scrunched into a series of small rooms. To open things up while preserving details like the 2½-foot-wide king-pine floors in some rooms, he called upon architect Timothy Techler of Techler Design Group in Watertown. Slater’s other challenge: where to place the houseful of French antiques he had collected over years as co-owner of an art-poster importing business based in Paris and Provence. For that, he looked to Michael Ferzoco, principal of Eleven Interiors in Boston’s South End. Turns out, there was plenty of room. “Once we determined what was still needed or missing,” Slater says, “I asked Michael to come to France to help me decide what purchases were needed to complete the house.” Here’s a glimpse inside.

Dining Room The Empire table in Scott Slater’s home comes from a Brimfield antiques fair, and the 1960s chairs were found in the St. Ouen flea market north of Paris. The iron chandelier dates to the early 1900s and was found in the village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz in the Basque region. The 8-foot-tall armoire came from L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a town in Provence known for its antiques dealers.

Sitting Room The oak-framed settee dates to the 1800s and still has its original velvet upholstery. The bronze and gold-finished sconces above it are from the early 1900s. The room also serves as an office. For his desk (not shown), Slater used a 1950s French picnic table; the matching benches were placed in the front entryway and the master bedroom.

Kitchen Slater and designer Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors in the South End found the tiles now above the stove in a cardboard box at St. Ouen. “We didn’t know then they would become the backsplash -- there turned out to be just enough, with just two left over,” says Slater. He used those to make trivets. They discovered the metal rack full of old utensils the same day as the tiles.

Master Bathroom The deep porcelain claw-foot tub and antique mirror also hail from St. Ouen. “I had no idea it would be going with the tub when I bought it,” says Slater. “I bought it because it was beautiful.” The plumbing was a dilemma for Ferzoco. “We weren’t sure these old fixtures would be compatible with new hardware,” he says. “But everything ended up working.”

Master Bedroom Originally from a French cruise ship, the mahogany armoire has three mirrored doors that open to create a dressing area. The bedroom is part of an addition designed by Timothy Techler of Techler Design Group in Watertown.

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