A Modern Bohemian Living Room

Hello everyone and Happy 2018!  I'm excited to share a project I worked on last year. This room was a true collaboration with my client who had a California cool vision for the room. My clients moved to the Boston area from San Francisco a few years back and wanted a Cali vibe - light and airy with lot of pattern and texture. It's their formal living room, but in no way did they want it to be formal and stuffy in an old school New England way. Instead they wanted a comfortable space where they could relax, listen to music, read books, and entertain friends. Here are a few photos of the final product.

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To bring her vision to life, we paired modern lines in the furnishings with colorful textiles and a variety of textures and finishes to create a beautiful, bohemian space. While key pieces were purchased for the room including the sofa, chair, end table, and bench, we were able to incorporate some of their existing furniture to keep the budget in line (plus I love using my client's existing pieces where possible).  Some of those items included the glass coffee table, bookcases, antique rug, and lots of interesting and unique accessories.

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My clients have a one year old and while they aren't fully in the toddler trenches just yet, they will be soon and I wanted to ensure the textiles would hold up to a growing family.  I opted for soil and stain resistant fabrics on their new sofa and chair. Whenever I do a cream colored sofa in a family space (or any space for that matter!), I try use a fabric that can stand up to the messiness of everyday life.  The sofa is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and is covered in a Crypton fabric by Robert Allen.  The chair is from Duralee and upholstered in a Pater Dunham Sunbrella fabric.

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My client found some mud cloth at the Brimfield antique show and we had it made into pillows and cushions for the sofa, leather bench, and Senufo stools (also found at Brimfield). These textiles, along with the rug, bring the red, purple, and blue color palette into the room, which is otherwise very neutral. Their antique rug was too small for the space, so I layered it over a jute rug to fill out the space.

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There's also no overhead lighting in the room, so the lamps and sconces played an important role in lighting the space. We added these tall sconces above the fireplace along with a new floor lamp on one side of the sofa and their existing glass table lamp on the other for ambient lighting.  A brass floor lamp from Target next to the blue chair provides task lighting for reading

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And last but certainly not least - as styling is super important to a room - are the bookshelves, also pieces they already owned. We styled them out using some of their own accessories, like this vintage camera along with pieces from West Elm and Homegoods that I found, including these marble bookends and faux succulents. 

I loved working on this room because my client was so lovely, fun, and laid back (in particular when we experienced a few bumps in the road). They love the final product and I hope you love it too!

Cheers!

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.