boston sunday globe

 

Mom and Dad want peace and quiet -- and these designsNo biggie.

Just sharing an article from The Boston Globe where I’m interviewed.

The SUNDAY Globe.

In which I am quoted 3 times.

On the front page article of the “Address” section.

With color photos, and other quotes from folks like the style director for Joss & Main and the editor-in-chief of HGTV Magazine.

Because I’m an EXPERT in designing for families.

Yup. Me and my interior design and organization business. WOOT!!

 

Read it here : “Mom and Dad want peace and quiet — and these designs”

 

 

 

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Golly, it’s a busy year! One project that I am especially proud of is a family home in Needham. I’ve been working with this family for almost nine months, and the house has already been transformed. A few rugs and accent furniture pieces need to be finalized, and the finishing touch of accessories has not even begun, but I can’t help but give you a sneak peek.

The living room and dining room are the first rooms you see once stepping into the foyer of the house. We had originally decided on a soft neutral taupe for the walls to keep it simple, but once the painting began in the other rooms, my clients were so inspired they wanted to go more dramatic.

Living Room - before
Living Room – before
Dining Room - before
DIning Room – before

We had already ordered the sofa in a red herringbone texture, an armchair in a cream-and-tan woven ikat, and the window treatments in persimmon trellis embroidery on pale linen. Their dining room chairs were recovered with a kid-proof cayenne Ultrasuede. With so much pattern and color in the furnishings, I was thrilled to be able to bring drama to the walls as well.

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Fabrics with our original wall color — meditation AF-395

After perusing Houzz for inspiration, we decided on a deep chocolate brown with a hint of red: Fresh Brew 1232 by Benjamin Moore.

Living Room - after
Living Room – after
Dining Room - after
Dining Room – after

I am in love with the way it turned out! And more importantly, so are my clients. I can’t wait to show you the finished space in a few months!

say ‘no’ to solid sofas

Most people automatically assume that a sofa should be a solid neutral color. It’s often the largest element in the room — a neutral fabric prevents it from overwhelming the space. When upholstered in a boldly patterned fabric, a sofa becomes a dramatic focal point.

Start with a piece with simple, clean lines and a classic style. This tight-back bench seat sofa is about as simple as it gets:

via Loveology

Find a fabric you adore and cannot live without. Afraid of pattern? The navy background on this gives this punchy floral a classic yet fun look:

Flavia fabric from Harlequin’s Folia Collection, via Bright.Bazaar

A nod to classic styling with a modern twist is this large-scale ikat in grey highlighted with oh-so-chic chartreuse by Dwell Studio:

Dwell Studio – George Sofa – Batavia Citrine fabric

Personally, I’m a sucker for plaid, especially large plaids when the pattern matches up this neatly across the cushions and base:

Paul Smith + Maharam Sofa - Ps Plaid Sofa

Once you have selected the perfect frame and fabric, style the rest of the room with your sofa as the star of the show. Keep things elegant with a coordinating neutral:

Crate and Barrel Sofa in custom fabric

or a bright complementary color for a playful air:

Patterned sofa from Domino Magazine via Roomology

Bonus for families: a pattern doesn’t show stains as readily as a solid can.

a home for living in

Stylist, editor, and designer, Sarah Alba, had her home featured in Apartment Therapy. It is a lovely example of how a family can live comfortably and stylishly on a budget. She uses affordable furnishings from some of my favorite national retailers — Crate&Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, West Elm, and Serena & Lily — but mixes different styles together so it doesn’t look off-the-shelf. An eclectic mix of baskets, boxes, and shelving help corral the clutter throughout the home and keep it casual. The look is livable, welcoming, and elegant. Can you tell they have a dog, too?

Sarah & Matt's Expertly Styled Home House Tour | Apartment Therapy

Get the full tour at Sarah & Matt’s Expertly Styled Home House Tour | Apartment Therapy.