Don’t you love it when you find a kindred spirit on Instagram and end up scrolling for an hour? That is what happened when I discovered Bethany Berk, interior and garden designer and founder of Marchioness Home & Garden, a beautiful antiques and textiles shop. Today we will take a peek inside her beautiful historic home!
With 25 years of experience in home remodeling, retail, antiques, textiles and manufacturing, Bethany developed Marchioness Home & Garden as the culmination of her expertise, travels and passion for design. A California native who has called San Francisco, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles home, Bethany now resides outside of Boston in the New England countryside, where she recently finished renovating a historic property on the Charles River.
Her house was built in 1905 and given as a wedding gift to Christina Hunewell from her father H.H. Hunewell. The house has had only two owners since the early 1980s. It was solidly built and kept in excellent original condition. However, all the systems – electric, plumbing, air, heating and chimneys – had to be updated. “Breaking into horsehair plaster walls to remove 100 years old cast iron pipes that go three floors up and down was painstaking work,” said Bethany. “The inspiration behind the updates was really the house itself and the natural setting on the river in which its situated. Once on the grounds and inside the house it feels as if you’ve slipped into a time warp to 100 years ago.”
While her journeys in search of antique treasures have taken her around the world, Bethany’s greatest joy is delighting in the country landscape of her own home, from admiring a family of swans on the river, to seeding and planting in her garden, or harvesting honey to share with others.
Bethany has such exquisite taste, and you can shop her beautiful curation of antiques, linens, botanical prints, tapestries, garden accessories, and more via Marchioness. For daily inspiration, please follow @marchionesshg on Instagram. Bethany is also featured in the January/February issue of Victoria magazine on the Art of Correspondence.