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Inside a Historic and Traditional Beacon Hill Townhouse Decorated for Christmas

In Monday’s blog post, I featured exteriors of Boston homes decorated for the holidays. Today, I am sharing a tour of the inside of one of those homes.

The home is a historic brick row house built in the 1880s in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. Like most row houses, it is tall and narrow. This one is six stories high and is only 18 feet wide. There are two rooms per floor, and each room has a fireplace. How cozy!

Before we head inside, take a look at the brick exterior with festive wreaths and window boxes:


The owner of the home is a retired businessman who is on the faculty at Harvard Business School.  He and his wife have a principal residence elsewhere; this home is where he stays when he is teaching during the school year.

The interior design of the home is the work of John Cialone of Tom Stringer Design Partners. Cialone created a traditional and formal, yet warm and cozy, gentleman’s pied-à-terre. The seasonal Christmas decorations throughout the home enhance the elegant and tasteful decor.

Here is the homeowner entering his charming home (notice how beautiful the fan window is above the door):


The gracious entry and floating staircase:


The home was redesigned with entertaining in mind.  The elegant living room:


As in many historic row houses, the dining room and kitchen are downstairs on the garden level. The dining room features 19th century mahogany beams. What a warm and cozy setting!


The inviting family room:


Another sitting area:


The master bedroom, sitting area, and bath:



Can you imagine having a fireplace and armchair in your bathroom?!


This is an elegant and classically beautiful home. Wouldn’t you love to see the couple’s full-time residence?

To read more about this home, visit Traditional Home.


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