One Great Room: Parlor Games

Using a Steinway grand piano as inspiration, Jeff Klug of Butz + Klug Architecture reimagines a South End sitting room as an elegant, multifunctional space.


Photograph by Eric Roth

1. A handblown glass pendant light by New York artist Deborah Czeresko adds a warm glow to the entryway.

2. “That’s a classic South End double front door,” Klug says of the circa-1867 row home’s original entrance.

3. Local artist Sandra Allen created this graphite drawing of a tree removed from the Museum of Fine Arts’ courtyard during renovations.

4. New mahogany-framed, counterweighted windows are almost identical to the home’s originals. “They’re elegant and give the room materiality in exactly the right places,” Klug says.

5. “The lighting was designed to emphasize the dining room at one end and the music room at the other,” Klug says of the Doge pendants by Venini.

6. Custom linen panels by Eliot Wright Workroom act as interior shutters, letting in natural light without obscuring the architectural casework.

7. A gilded 18th-century French rococo mirror was purchased in Hudson, New York.

8. Klug replaced a bulky Colonial mantel with a sleek, streamlined black-granite version by Gerrity Stone.

9. The architect spotted these green glass sculptures in the window of the Michele Mercaldo jewelry store in the South End.

10. A figured butternut-wood sideboard offers storage for napkins and silverware.

11. “They are incredibly comfortable, but also beautifully designed, with sensual lines and a linear base,” Klug says of the wool Eero Saarinen chairs from Knoll.

12. Chris Rice of Furniture Design Services used recycled ebony wood to craft the 84-inch expandable dining room table. “We wanted wood with a pronounced grain to complement the piano,” Klug says.