A Bold, Eclectic Family Space

I am excited to share one of my favorite projects from last year! This family hired me to help furnish their new home in Lexington. Their style was more modern with an eclectic edge and Asian influence.  And they were just so awesome to work with - trusting me along the way and being great partners in the design of this space.  They had lots of great accessories and some existing furnishings we were able to play with which is always a plus.  Today I'm sharing photos of their living space and next week will reveal their master bedroom. Voila!

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

The living and dining room were open to one another so the blue and yellow/chartreuse color scheme stretched through both of these rooms.  We painted the walls a blue-gray-green and used woven wood roman shades in both to connect and warm up the space.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

We decided to use the client's existing leather sofa and accented it with chairs in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures including a chartreuse velvet swivel, caramel leather accent chair, and marine blue wool womb chair.  I wanted to use a vintage Persian style rug in the space and opted for one from my favorite Etsy rug vendor in a smaller size to keep us in budget.  We layered that overtop a Jute rug to fill out the space.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

The wooden bar with inlaid brass is from CB2 and is accented with their own barware. The vases on the coffee table are from Lekker and the artwork above the sofa is my client's own.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

In the dining room we worked with Saltwoods to create a custom table. My clients really wanted to do a live edge (something I typically shy away from), however, this one is just AMAZING. Even better in person. I love how they worked with this piece of Cypress, in particular waterfalling the edge on one side.  Just so cool.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room

I also found this chinoiserie style China Cabinet for the corner - the black finish really pops in the space. I love how the wool rug from CB2 brings in pops of yellow while the vase and bowl from Lekker pull in the aqua color from the rug in the living room.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room

Moving onto the family room, I wanted this room to feel more casual and comfy.  We painted the large accent wall a slate blue and the remaining walls white. We accented this with pops of orange, citron, and blue along with black, white, and gray neutrals.  

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

The sectional from Crate & Barrel can easily fit this family of 3 for movie nights.  A round table and Eames style chairs provides a great spot for breakfast or lego building while the open shelving gives plenty of storage for toys, books, and other decorative objects.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

The carpet tiles are from Flor, a brand I often use in family spaces due to their durability and fun patterns.  The blue pillows and ottomans are from Lekker while the orange pillows were designed by my client.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

I'll be sharing their master bedroom next week in a separate post which is still colorful yet calm and serene. I can't wait!  I hope you love this project as much as me as it was certainly a highlight of my year. 

Cheers!

Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photo

Happy One Year to Me!

Holy moly - I've officially been in business for a year!  It has gone by so fast and I've learned so much over the past 12 months.  

I've been reflecting on how I was able to start my own business in the design field over the past few weeks and wanted to share some gratitude with those who helped me make it happen.  A big thanks to my friend (and fantastic designer herself) Whitney, who encouraged me to look into programs in Boston for interior design after I expressed interest in making a career change.  My school buddy Sarah who always offered good advice and brought along a sense of humor during our many classes at the BAC.  My teacher Janine - thank you for pushing me to try new things that were out of my comfort zone.  Fellow designer Kelly for answering my (many) questions and encouraging me to go for it when I was ready.  To all my friends who were enthusiastic cheerleaders along the way.  My brother and brother-in-law for encouraging me to take a risk and make it happen.  My parents for always believing in me.   And of course my husband Nick for supporting my decision to go out on my own and standing by me at every step along the way.  I could not have done it without you!

And of course I'm SO thankful for my clients who took a risk working with a new designer and for being great partners in the design process.  I have loved working with each and every one of you.  You've all helped me grow as a designer.

Moving forward I'm excited to take what I've learned and bring that knowledge into the next chapter of my business, while still taking some risks and pushing myself to learn more.  I hope to be blogging more regularly and sharing more updates on various projects I'm working on as well and am aiming to become more involved in the Boston design community through networking and philanthropic events like the Heading Home to Dinner event in October (Don't forget to get your tickets here!)  

I'll leave you with a short slide show of the projects I worked on this past year. Cheers to the next year!

Photographs by Sabrina Cole Quinn, Jourieh Alicea, and Marisol Marquez.