When Heather and Saahil Mahajan purchased their new home in Larchmont, New York — a six-bedroom 1908 Colonial just two blocks from the ocean — they were ready to ditch the contemporary furnishings from their former residence. They wanted an updated take on the Parish-Hadley style, rooted in tradition with bold touches, said CeCe Barfield Thompson who was the perfect choice for the project due to her education in historic preservation and background as senior designer for Bunny Williams (a Parish-Hadley alumna). “I love the marriage of the old and the new, the feeling that rooms have a past and a future,” she told Flower magazine.
CeCe embraced the home’s historic character — beautiful bones, gorgeous natural light, and original parquet floors — while ensuring that it serves as a modern home for an active family with four young children and a standard poodle. Rugs and carpets were chosen with durability in mind, indoor/outdoor fabrics were incorporated for their performance, and a generous sprinkling of chintz was infused throughout. “Chintz is so Old World and glamorous, but it’s truly the most practical fabric,” said CeCe. “It hides stains beautifully, and it only looks better with age.” Antiques, art, and lighting were sourced by CeCe to create a layered, collected feel, and the colorful Chinoiserie wallpaper in the dining room defined the botanical feel and palette used downstairs.
Images below are by Lesley Unruh for Flower magazine and additional images, previously unpublished, were provided by CeCe Barfield Inc.
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