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Peek inside a designer’s living room

Christine Tuttle has been slowly updating the living room of her 120-year-old Boston-area home.

Tamara Flanagan


Interior designer Christine Tuttle has been slowly updating the living room of her 120-year-old Boston-area home, adding a new sofa covered with Belgian linen by G P & J Baker for Lee Jofa and reupholstering the club chair and ottoman in chenille herringbone by Mulberry Home. “I wanted a cozy, traditional room where I could have cocktails or sit on the floor and play Scrabble,’’ Tuttle said.


A relative’s Louis Vuitton trunk, purchased in New York in the 1920s and complete with monogram and European travel stamps, acts as a side table. The red colors in the mix of the throw pillows, which include one made from a Ralph Lauren wool paisley and two in Brunschwig & Fils’ Les Touches pattern, are pulled from the rug and warm up the room.



With input from her younger son, who had strong opinions on wall coverings, Tuttle chose Soho hemp grass cloth in a soft blue and gray by Phillip Jeffries. “I needed something to camouflage the wall imperfections that come with an antique home,’’she said.


Tuttle purchased the wool and silk rug, which has a tree of life design, from Landry & Arcari years ago for a bedroom, but was inspired to bring it down to the living room one cold winter weekend. “It fit perfectly,’’ she said.


Traditional brass sconces, which are historic in style but not fussy, are in keeping with the original 1890s hardware throughout the house as well as the andirons and the 19th-century English fireplace fender. The early 19th-centurybrass candlesticks came froman antique store in England.

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