Contemporary Take on Traditional Tudor

Maine Home + Design Magazine, 2012

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The living space inside a traditional Tudor home features strong Gothic influences, a unique slate for Leandra Fremont-Smith to create her interior design. Her goal was to seamlessly blend the furniture, art, and accessories together, while taking her client's request for contemporary flair into consideration.

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“In order to keep the scheme grounded, I implemented Victorian, Gothic, and English furniture with clean lines, such as a modern rendition of a classic wingback chair and an English legged sofa with a sleek, curved arm,” she explains. “The large Victorian urn accented with green cattail balls is originally from a Portland foundry and is dated 1890.”

The cattail balls bring the outdoors in and mirror the moss found in the gardens surrounding the house. Texture and origin influenced the fabric selections, including the French Moroccan Ikat on the blue chairs, the South American hand-embroidered fabric on the footstool, and the Old World tapestry designs on the sofa pillows. The grounding elements of the historical and antique fundamentals complement the room’s modern lines and accents, making the space well balanced.


“It is my goal to transform a living space into an area that reveals  traditional details paired with contemporary sleekness for a stylish yet comfortable place to call home. Paying attention to detail and educating the client are vital parts of my design philosophy. My inspiration and challenge is integrating color, architectural details, and the landscape outside to give my client a home environment he or she will cherish.”

“Painting the fireplace a dark charcoal gray (it was formerly white) turned it into a major focal point and enhanced the leaded windows.”