Inspired by…home of Joseph Abboud


My latest home obsession is that of fashion designer Joseph Abboud. Located in Boston, Abboud had admired the old architecture of the tower building on Chestnut Street since he was a boy and took advantage when the building went up for sale. The home is a gorgeous combination of strong and bold neoclassical pieces, beautiful old world architecture and natural textures, fabrics and colors. Abboud’s pied-à-terre was photographed by Eric Roth for Traditional Home Magazine, designed by Abboud himself in collaboration with the design team from Restoration Hardware, and the story written by Candace Ord Manroe.


“The room’s neoclassical bent is articulated by Ionic capital coffee tables from RH.”


“An iron spiral staircase accesses the five-story tower in the family’s pied-à-terre.”


“Acanthus leaves hand-painted on canvas in the ceiling coves are “an ode to all the beautiful things I’ve seen on my travels in Italy,” says fashion designer and homeowner Joseph Abboud.”


“Located on the same level as the living and dining rooms, the kitchen includes a small staircase that leads to the master bedroom. A Faber range hood and Fagor cooktop are backed by a wall of copper slate stone and Olympia marble.”


“Symmetry is created by a pair of sconces that flank a Jeffrey Terreson horse painting and wing chairs that bookend the console table. Nailheads trim natural linen on the turned-wood dining chairs as a quiet detail. Juxtaposed with smoother wood, the farm table’s scrubbed look adds another layer of textural interest.”


“The private deck at the top of the tower overlooks Bradlee Reservoir. The columns honor the neoclassical style Joseph loves.”


“Grass cloth covers the walls in the guest bedroom.”


“An antique French bronze clock with a 66-inch diameter was conveyed to the upper level of the tower by a freight elevator with only a quarter inch to spare. “Good karma,” says Joseph. The darkest room in the apartment, the winery is also his favorite.”

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