The opulently decorated and inviting living spaces of 166 Boundary Lane exist as an ode to the enduring style of Ayer’s architectural details, and as a meticulously maintained and continually evolved masterpiece by the renowned design firm of Parish Hadley. Originally created in the mid-1970s for a former owner, the interiors are the inspired work of Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, partners in the eponymous New York design firm, and the people most singularly credited with importing the eclectic mix of styles, patterns and textures more commonly found in the great English country houses to America. They are perhaps the most important figures in the definition and propagation of the American country style, and their work reaches as far as the Kennedy White House, where their brilliant mix of colors and patterns, overstuffed chairs and brocade sofas are exemplified by the Yellow Oval Room.
After acquiring the property, the current owners brought in former Parish Hadley VP and protégé, Brian Murphy to update and re-curate the interiors with a playful eye toward history, provenance and whimsy. Murphy scoured the auction houses of Europe and America to find a perfect mix of antique furniture, rugs and fabrics to highlight the house’s style, then arranged the pieces into rooms that explode with rich color and texture. There is a fineness and perfection to each surface in the home that is reminiscent of a custom tailored suit of clothing or a couturier gown – every detail has been seen to, and every object seems organically placed.