Kelvin Browne, the director of the Gardiner Museum, tell us why this is his favorite room.
“Because most everything I own has a story associated with it, our living-dining room is like a novel. The plot unfolds with an assortment of furniture and art purchased with my husband, lawyer Michael Allen, for homes we’ve had over 28 years. The move four years ago from a larger apartment to here anticipates, as we meander toward retirement, increased time at our place in Cape Cod and somewhere warm in the winters.
It’s a one-bedroom apartment, less than 600 square feet, and the only place I’ve lived where I needed to measure everything and use a floor plan to make stuff fit. Nothing was bought specifically for it — it’s all recycled. It’s fascinating how pieces change in a new scale context. However, a worry about it being claustrophobic has morphed to acceptance of its coziness, and so we entertain — four guests at time.”