Category: Design Projects

The Lorimer Project Reveal

The Lorimer Project is finished, and we’re so excited to show you the reveal. And what’s more, the project was recently featured on Design*Sponge!

Before we dive into the after photos, let’s take a moment to remember where we started (or check out parts I, II, and III for a more in-depth review). The apartment was a blank canvas, with all-white walls everywhere. My client has a vibrant, bohemian, eclectic style, so we needed to infuse her home with lots of pattern, texture, and global inspiration. Here is the main living area before we started:

And here is the after! We started by covering the white walls of the main room with faux wood paneled wallpaper, adding depth and subtle texture. A custom-designed kilim loveseat, with its bold colors and patterns, is balanced by a pair of laid-back leather and velvet armchairs. The Beni Ourain-inspired area rug is layered with a super soft faux sheepskin. We interspersed metallic accents, like a vintage brass arc lamp and copper pendant lights.

The largest window in the living area faces an adjacent building; to dress it up we created a curtain of succulent plants and moss using brass planters from West Elm. The result is a hanging screen that offers additional privacy and adds a lush, natural element to our design while still letting in light.

This little nook was the perfect place for a dining area. We chose a round table to maximize space. Again, we wanted to balance polished pieces with rustic elements. The marble-topped tulip table and brass table lamp provide a nice counterpoint to the vintage industrial chairs and handmade boucherouite rug.

Moving on to the second bedroom, which my client uses as an art studio. Once again, empty white walls really didn’t cut it. My client wanted something vibrant and whimsical to inspire her creativity.

We designed a colorful geometric pattern for the walls, which is actually composed of individual triangular decals. We handpicked the colors and placement, creating our own customized pattern. We found a vintage industrial cabinet at an antique store outside Boston. My client needed a good place to store her art supplies, and the cabinet’s metal baskets were the perfect solution.

And lastly, the bedroom. My client wanted to go dark and dramatic in the bedroom– the exact opposite of these sterile white walls.

We went dark and dramatic all right. My client loves Hollywood Regency, so we chose a black flocked fan pattern wallpaper and played up the glamour with brass accents and a vintage Rita Hayworth marquee poster. A rattan headboard from Serena & Lily and a kilim accent pillow give the room additional texture and tie the design to the rest of the apartment.

That’s a wrap for the Lorimer Project! We hope you enjoyed seeing the process from start to finish, and thanks again to Design*Sponge for the lovely feature.

The Lorimer Project is finished, and we're so excited to show you the reveal. And what's more, the project was recently ...

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The Firmdale Project Reveal

Blue white French country bedroom

The Firmdale Project is complete! This master bedroom makeover in Boston has come a long way. Check out the introduction to the Firmdale Project to see where we started.

The original bedroom did not function well. It was trying to play too many roles– bedroom, closet, office, and library– all at once. Books from the large shelving unit were piling up on the desk. The desk was crowding the bed and making it difficult to access the en-suite bathroom. The dresser and bed were nestled in so tight, there was no room for a second nightstand and the dresser drawers couldn’t be opened fully.

Our main priority was to pare down the room to its essential role: bedroom. We relocated the books and desk to another part of the house (and my clients actually undertook a massive book donation drive!). We moved the bed to the long wall opposite the windows, which suited the room’s dimensions much better. This change allowed us to upgrade from a double to a queen bed and to give each person a dedicated nightstand. We installed swing-arm sconces from Ralph Lauren, which provide ample light yet leave the nightstands clear.

Blue white French country bedroom grasscloth

We swapped my clients’ two original dressers for one large bureau. It offers the same amount of storage, but the room feels calmer and more spacious with fewer pieces of furniture.

Oversized dresser large bureau bedroom

The focal point of the room is a custom blue and white upholstered bed. We selected the Josephine Bed from Restoration Hardware because my clients loved its French country style and graceful oversized wings. We then reupholstered the bed with Robert Allen’s Shields Tavern fabric in Federal Blue.

Custom upholstered bed blue white headboard

A custom indigo and cream carpet anchors the bed. Its color scheme is almost an inverse of the bed’s upholstery, so they complement each other nicely.

We chose a classic Thibaut grasscloth to give the walls texture and depth. This clean, neutral wall treatment balances all the bold patterns elsewhere in the room. We also added crown molding– a simple and inexpensive change that makes a world of difference. It gives the room a more traditional feel and creates a nice finished edge for the grasscloth.

We replaced my client’s old paper accordion blinds with off-white wood blinds and softened the window frame with a custom blue and white valance and curtains. The rectilinear ticking stripe from Robert Allen is a nice counterpoint to the rounded patterns on the bed and carpet.

Blue white valance curtain window treatment striped

That’s a wrap on the Firmdale Project! I am so pleased with the final product, and I hope my clients will enjoy it for many years to come!

Blue white bed carpet rug bedroom

The Firmdale Project is complete! This master bedroom makeover in Boston has come a long way. Check out the introduction...

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