A Grand and Gracious Historic Home

Comfortable upholstered pieces and a contemporary coffee table nicely complement a pair of antique French armchairs flanking the stone fireplace. A wreath and a simple arrangement of fresh greenery embellish an antique secretary in a corner of the room.

To maintain the home’s sophisticated architecture, Molster incorporated authentic finishes and chose furniture with an acquired look. “When we started out, Marshall was inclined toward English antiques, while Matt, who is originally from New Orleans, had a more Continental approach,” says the designer. “Over the years, they’ve expanded their horizons to include Scandinavian and Italian pieces. And best of all, they are both open to elements of surprise, as seen in their eclectic mix.”

Throughout the house, spaces tend to be tranquil and relatively neutral with one visual punch of color or an unexpected piece of furniture or a work of art. In the family room, bright green midcentury swivel chairs are as exuberant as they are surprising. “Diverse styles of furniture happily coexist when the scale and proportions are correct,” explains Molster.

A series of archways and a covered loggia create a welcoming presence facing the street.

In keeping with the home’s overall sense of timelessness, the designer captures an equally appealing mood in decorating for the holidays, starting with the covered front porch. Lanterns flanking the archway are festooned with magnolia, cedar, and boxwoods. Molster emphasizes the importance of this first impression. “It’s that moment when guests ring the bell and wait for the door to open,” she explains. And once inside, they are welcomed into a foyer that includes an intimate conversation nook. “Comfortable seating and a focal point ensure the space will be more than just a place for visitors to pass through,” Molster says.

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