January 31, 2020
A formal Back Bay living room with plenty of gilding hearkens back to tradition, with a twist.
The directive from designer Kristine Mullaney’s client, a native Bostonian, for decorating his Back Bay home was clear. “He wanted nods to historic Back Bay and Beacon Hill town houses without it feeling stuffy,” she says. They decided that the focal point of the living room would be a show-stopping gilded mirror hung over the room’s original marble mantel. “He wanted the biggest, baddest, most amazing antique mirror,” the designer says. Mullaney looked at nearly 30 mirrors, until Diana and Scott Cooper, the owners of Trianon Antiques, found this one at a flea market in Paris. “The eye goes right to mirror, which is massive at over six feet tall,” Mullaney says. “The scale draws you into the room.”