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SEP-OCT 2018

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w WHEN HEATHER MAHAJAN AND HER HUSBAND, Saahil approached CeCe Barfield Thompson about decorating their home in Larchmont, New York, they had a clear vision, a blank slate, and a growing young family. "They had just moved into the house and were willing to start from scratch," says Barfield Thompson. The Mahajans' new home, a six-bedroom 1908 Colonial just two blocks from the ocean, held great promise, but the family's contemporary furniture from their former residence did not translate well. "They wanted an updated take on the Parish-Hadley style, rooted in tradition with bold touches," says the designer. "For Heather, who had really done her homework, she felt like this was the way to give the house a new life." With an education in historic preservation and a background as senior designer for the legendary Bunny Williams (a Parish-Hadley alum herself ), Barfield Thompson was the perfect choice for the project. "I think studying historic preservation gave me a reverence for the past that is reflected in my work," says the designer, who started her own firm in 2015 after the birth of her first child. "It made me appreciate the quirks that come with historical spaces. I've found I actually enjoy working within those constraints. I love the marriage of the old and the new, the feeling that rooms have a past and a future." The Larchmont home has historic character— beautiful bones, gorgeous natural light, and original parquet floors—but the Mahajans wanted to make the space work as a modern home for their four young children and one large standard poodle. "We were very sensitive to the fact that this is a family house," says Barfield Thompson. "Nothing is too formal; no relationship is too serious. Heather and Saahil love to entertain formally in the dining room, but they're also hosting kids soccer parties in the kitchen." Whenever she could, Barfield Thompson used indoor/outdoor fabrics for their performance. Similarly, rugs and carpets were chosen with S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 | 59 Like her mentor, Bunny Williams, Barfield Thompson has a gift for sourcing objects, art, and lighting that give spaces an authentic, layered, lived-in look— "a collected feel," as she likes to call it.

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