Nina Farmer Interiors

A Boston-area balancing act

Photo by Eric Piasecki

Comfort and style. The words sound so natural together, and together they add up to the dream shared by so many of us when we’re staring down an empty room in need of furnishing. How to achieve both? As decorator Nina Farmer knows, comfort and style can sometimes be a challenge to bring together. Especially in a family room, in a pandemic, in a cold-weather setting like Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Farmer designed a height-of-comfort sectional sofa and a leather-topped coffee table for this room but struggled to find an anchor piece for the opposite corner. “It can be tricky for furniture surrounding a sectional to hold its own,” she says. “This sculptural chair and ottoman from Jean de Merry have a large presence and don’t feel overwhelmed.” Her masterstroke: an eye-catching chandelier, a vintage piece from Lucca Antiques, that mediates between the sides.

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

“At the heart of everything we do is a desire to create surroundings that are both visually stimulating and comfortable
— Nina Farmer

Designer Picks

Rude Osolnik Burl Walnut Bowl, 1991, Offered by History Never Repeats LLC
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Rude Osolnik Burl Walnut Bowl, 1991, Offered by History Never Repeats LLC

“I often add hand-turned wood vessels to the spaces we design. They add a layer of warmth and interest to the room.”

Lawson-Fenning Mesa Sectional, New
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Lawson-Fenning Mesa Sectional, New

“It is hard to find a good-looking sectional. The rounded edges on this one help minimize the scale.”

Indonesian Hand-Carved Tribal Wall Panel, Mid-20th Century, Offered by A. Tyner Antiques
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Indonesian Hand-Carved Tribal Wall Panel, Mid-20th Century, Offered by A. Tyner Antiques

“Artwork is crucial to bringing a room together. Wood sculptures work well in rooms that are aiming for a relaxed vibe.”

Rug & Kilim Moroccan-Style Rug, New
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Rug & Kilim Moroccan-Style Rug, New

“This rug is similar in structure to the one we used. A high-low pile works really well for family rooms.”

Renzo Zavanella High-Back Lounge Chairs, ca. 1955, Offered by Ponce Berga
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Renzo Zavanella High-Back Lounge Chairs, ca. 1955, Offered by Ponce Berga

“These Renzo Zavanella chairs strike the right balance between form and function.”

Alvino Bagni for Bitossi Ceramic Lamps, 1950s, Offered by Quotient
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Alvino Bagni for Bitossi Ceramic Lamps, 1950s, Offered by Quotient

“Vintage lighting is a key element in the rooms we design. I love how perfectly imperfect these Alvino Bagni lamps are.”

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