Show house designers honor the past
Photographed by Eric Roth
Bill Ralph made the library, which formerly had dark red walls, cozy and inviting by using cream and blue paint and well-scaled furniture. The Serapi rug was chemically stripped to create hues that match the colors in the room.
Visitors to Glen Magna Farms, with its turn-of-the-century Endicott Mansion and 11 acres of formal gardens, will tell you it feels like stepping into the past. In fact, the past is so well preserved at this historic Danvers, Massachusetts, estate that the Derby Summer House, a small two-story wooden structure nestled in the sprawling gardens, is a National Historic Landmark on par with the White House and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.