Kristin Paton Home brings Notting Hill to Cambridge.
When Kristin Paton, an interior designer, moved from London to Boston seven years ago, she quickly discovered a dearth of European-style home accessories in her new city. So last April, she took matters into her own hands, opening her own â€śdesign labâ€ť with Peter Griglik, also a designer. Situated just outside of Harvard Square, Kristin Paton Home stocks an eclectic mix of antiques, reproduction furniture, lighting, and textiles. â€śItâ€™s historical, intellectual, and a little bit unusual,â€ť says Griglik. â€śWe carry pieces that really become part of a lifestyle, rather than just sit there for show.â€ť
152 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, 617-491-7100, kristinpatonhome.com.
Photo byÂ Anthony Tieuli
1.Â Editorâ€™s Pick:Â This regal print ($6,250) depicts Nicolas Fouquetâ€™s magnificent 17th-century estate, Vaux le Vicomte. The residence made Louis XIV so jealous that he had Fouquet arrested and jailed for life.
2. Most Useful:Â Ralph Laurenâ€™s vintage-y â€śCarthageâ€ť lamps ($680) are finished in natural brass with a minimally styled base.
3.Â Great Gift:Â San Francisco designer Rex Ray uses handmade papers to create these lacquered boxes (starting at $175).
4.Â Luxe Buy:Â This circa-1860 French Louis Phillipeâ€“style chest ($4,920) â€śadds richness and depth with its restrained lines, walnut-wood grain, and light ornamentation,â€ť Griglik says.
5. Best Investment:Â These whimsical stag-leg tables (starting at $800) feature carved tops with an acanthus-leaf border.
6.Â Ownerâ€™s Fave:Â â€śI love finding and using pieces like these,â€ť says Griglik of these Murano glass vessels ($35â€“$145). They â€śtransform the look and feel of the room as the mood hits.â€ť
7.Â Talking Point:Â A handpainted wine-harvest barrel ($860) is a â€śgreat alternative for typical wall art, adding texture and dimension to a space,â€ť Griglik says.
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