Living Room Sitting Area

A Roberto Dutesco photograph of horses creates a focal point at a console table supported by neoclassical columns. A pair of RH, Restoration Hardware, porter’s chairs recalls the design popularized in 16th-century France.

Neoclassical Coffee Tables

The room’s neoclassical bent is articulated by Ionic capital coffee tables from RH.

Living Room Game Table

A pair of chairs flanking a pedestal table creates a symmetrical scene in the living room.

Exterior

An iron spiral staircase accesses the five-story tower in the family’s pied-à-terre.

Portrait

Joseph Abboud in his Boston home.

Foyer with Hand-Painted Coffered Ceiling

Acanthus leaves hand-painted on canvas in the ceiling coves are “an ode to all the beautiful things I’ve seen on my travels in Italy,” says fashion designer and homeowner Joseph Abboud.

Open and Contemporary Kitchen

Located on the same level as the living and dining rooms, the kitchen includes a small staircase that leads to the master bedroom. A Faber range hood and Fagor cooktop are backed by a wall of copper slate stone and Olympia marble.

Kitchen Bar Area

An antique hand-carved bowl warms up the island’s Carrara marble countertop.

Hallway Sleigh Bench

A kilim rug and sleigh bench sit in the hallway below a large black-and-white photograph by William Curtis Rolf.

Neutral Dining Room with Farm-Style Seating

Symmetry is created by a pair of sconces that flank a Jeffrey Terreson horse painting and wing chairs that bookend the console table. Nailheads trim natural linen on the turned-wood dining chairs as a quiet detail. Juxtaposed with smoother wood, the farm table’s scrubbed look adds another layer of textural interest.

See details from this room on the following slides.

Dining Room Wooden Console

Two antique horses and rustic artifacts lend masculine sensibility to the dining room’s console area.

Winding Staircase

Behind a mysterious curtain on the home’s main floor, the iron staircase spirals up the five-story tower. The top floors were designated to Joe for his “man cave.” Grated arches overlook the rooms below, and give the staircase a medieval tone.

Cool Tower Stairs

A spiral staircase winds up inside the tower. 

 

Handsome Tower Library Sitting Area

Eight antique botanicals and a late-1800s weathered English chest join new pieces from RH, Restoration Hardware, including the leather chaise, tripod lamp, mirror, bench, and sconces.

See more of the library on the following slides.

Tower Library Bookcases

 

Library Bookcase Details

Animal skulls are hung from the bookcase to give the library the masculine feel of a hunting lodge.

Tower Deck with Stunning Views

The private deck at the top of the tower overlooks Bradlee Reservoir. The columns honor the neoclassical style Joseph loves.

Collections

Vignettes of weathered mementoes around the Abbouds’ home lend interest and texture throughout the sepia-toned spaces.

Guest Bedroom with Wood and Grasscloth Details

Grass cloth covers the walls in the guest bedroom.

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Guest Bedroom Desk Area

A corkboard with women’s fashion sketches personalizes the desk area of a guest bedroom with grass-cloth wall covering.

Guest Bedroom Sitting Area and Mirror

A linen chair and ottoman are warmed with a throw from Joseph’s menswear collection. Custom hardware at the window joins an antique Belgian mirror and RH furnishings.

Marble-filled Master Bath

A Corinthian capital as shower seat pays homage to neoclassicism. Walls are custom Venetian plaster. Art behind the Kohler tub is by Grant Ernhart.

History Behind the Designs

Written by Estelle Bond Guralnick

Joseph Abboud wanted to be a teacher, relishing the idea of a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches. In college, he studied literature and spent a year at The Sorbonne in Paris. While an undergrad, he worked at clothing emporium LouisBoston, which ultimately changed his destiny. After graduation, he turned down a teaching post to stay on full-time, traveling and buying. He also met his wife, Lynn, who sold shirts and ties, at Louis. “It was a marriage made in retail,” he quips.

History Behind the Designs

But the capital of the fashion world is NYC, and Abboud joined Ralph Lauren there in 1981, becoming associate director of menswear design. In 1988, his own label, JA Apparel, was launched; in 1990, he became the first to be named Menswear Designer of the Year for two consecutive years by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Dark and Alluring Wine Room

An antique French bronze clock with a 66-inch diameter was conveyed to the upper level of the tower by a freight elevator with only a quarter inch to spare. “Good karma,” says Joseph. The darkest room in the apartment, the winery is also his favorite.

Contrasting Winery Details

The winery’s ebony palette leaves room for lighter pieces to pop against the dark walls.

Antique Marble Bust

An 1850 marble sculpture of Napoleon in Joseph’s tower office is one of his most prized antiques. It shares space with new Napoleon busts from RH.

The home’s neutral palette is warmed in the master bedroom, where pair of tufted benches sits at the foot of a wooden bed with carved details. Antique rugs cover the nubby flooring underneath.

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At Home with Fashion Designer Joseph Abboud

Tour fashion designer Joseph Abboud's Boston home

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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Collections

Vignettes of weathered mementoes around the Abbouds’ home lend interest and texture throughout the sepia-toned spaces.

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