Tradition Returns to Topsfield
Completed in December 2017

Anita Clark Design was retained to design an interior restoration of this existing house with a focus on the First Floor. Her initial concepts were to drastically change the finishes in the Family and Powder Room along with all new furnishings, floor coverings, wall and window treatments throughout the remaining areas of the first floor.

When Anita first laid eyes on the space, she told the Homeowner the home was a perfect slate to potentially be a beautiful mansion. After a series of preliminary meetings with the homeowners, Anita knew that all this project really needed was a modification of the finishes combined with the procurement of authentic antiques and the appropriate furnishings.

Her initial focus was on the existing Family and Powder Room. She envisioned and all wood paneling room with Coffered Ceilings, Floor to Ceiling Wall Panels and a New Mantel with Flanking Bookcases. She wanted the room to look like it had always been there and to mimic the existing wood moldings and profiles so it would seamlessly be integrated with the original finishes.

After she obtained the owner approval of her initial design concepts, Anita Clark met with several qualified contractors to obtain pricing on the initial scope of work. One of the contractors, Howell Custom Builders, was selected for the project. Steve and his team had previously worked with the homeowners on their last home, so it was a natural fit to work with them again.

It also a great collaboration between Anita Clark Design and Howell Builders. They had the ability to take her initial design concepts, incorporate them in the same software and generated shop drawings for this project in a relatively short time period. This was a great benefit to the client as well and for Howell Builders to expedite the design process and start building this room from scratch as a design build project.

Howell Builders selection and quality of materials combined with a high level of detail from every angle gave this room a stunning facelift to compliment a very beautiful home. There was never a doubt that the skilled craftsmen working on this project knew exactly what to do and how to do it. The level of expertise, attention to detail and superb craftsmanship is highly reflected in the end result.

Anita Clark also worked closely with David Neligan, her friend and colleague , who is a renowned antique dealer in Essex , MA. Anita provided David with the lists of pieces she was looking for and little by little David sourced and restored them for her for this project. Anita told her client, there is only one dealer I truly trust to purchase authentic antiques. He has a discerning eye and has the best selection of quality antiques on the North Shore of Boston

Interior Architect and Designer: Anita Clark Design in Salem, MA 01970
Builder: Howell Custom Building Group in Lawrence, MA 01843
Custom Millwork: Howell Builders in Lawrence, MA 01843
Photographer: Michael J. Lee Photographer