Glen Magna Farms is truly a unique property that leaves a lasting impression on all who experience it.
Well Dunn Home Designs
Peabody, MA 01960
My inspiration for the Ivy Room came from Joseph Peabody. After visiting the Glen Magna Farm I was fascinated by the property. I wanted to learn more about the history of the grounds and people that called the grand estate home.
I learned that Joseph Peabody made his fortune as a merchant and ship owner. He dominated the trade between
Massachusetts and the Far East for years. I thought what an interesting life he must have had.
I started looking at fabrics and came across a beautiful Chinoiserie and thought how perfect. Since the Europeans
had a fascination with the orient and his trade had a hand in the property it seemed very fitting and period appropriate. The Chinoiseries fabric depicts petite colorful birds perched on trellising vines. I wanted to incorporate nature and the beauty of the lovely outdoor gardens into the room. Since the room was occupied by William C.
Endicott, Jr. I wanted the room to feel elegant and sophisticated without being too feminine. Keeping with the Far East theme the window treatments will be lush silk panels. The perfect coordinate for the Chinoiserie valances. The walls will be a warm rich bronzy gold to offset the cool ocean mist rug. It was important that the new design remain period appropriate. The man that once stayed here was dedicated to preserving historic landmarks and works
of art. The room needed a neutral pallet so not to distract from all the lovely items that will be on display, in the soon be Glen Magna Farms boutique
Originally called the Ivy Room for its plain wallpaper with ivy leaf border along its top, this room was used as a
bedroom by William Crowninshield Endicott, jr., until his death in 1936. The room was carpeted with sisal - a remnant from the time when the Endicott's relative, the future British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Joseph Chamberlain's son), was in charge of the Chamberlain sisal business in the Caribbean. Alas, after a number of years, the business went bankrupt. Whenever Neville would stand to speak in the British Parliament, the opposition would always hiss "Sisal, sisal" to remind everyone as to what a failure Neville had been in the sisal business.
Special thanks to the following:
Painter: R&J Painting
Roger Young, 4 Seneca Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 (978) 766-5248
Bookcase: Brett General Contracting
Peter Brett, Danvers, MA 01923, (508) 612-5176 www.brettgeneralcontracting.com
Window Treatments: Country Curtains
50 Dodge Street, Beverly, MA 01915 (978) 922-9552 www.Countrycurtains.com
Photography/Gallery Wall: K&M Photography
Kim Brisbois & Maria Dunn-Coleman (978) 430-5143 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Eric Roth