Category: Design Projects

Introducing: The Firmdale Project

I recently started work on the Firmdale Project, a master bedroom makeover in a Boston townhouse. My lovely clients, a married couple with two adult children, have not updated their bedroom in decades. In fact, they purchased their Depression-era bedroom set in 1980 and have been using it ever since. Both husband and wife are practicing lawyers with little time to focus on home improvement, and the accumulated clutter of many years has taken over their small bedroom. They are more than ready for a bedroom refresh! 

Firmdale Project This Way Home Before Bedroom Bed 1930s Bedroom Set

Let’s start by taking a look at the bedroom on Day One. A three-piece 1930s bedroom set, which consists of a double bed and two dressers, is the room’s foundation. The set is in adequate condition, aside from a broken post on the footboard; but ultimately, after 35 years with this furniture, my clients are eager for a new look, and they would like to upgrade from a double- to a queen-sized bed. 

Firmdale Project This Way Home Before Bedroom Bed 1930s Bedroom Set Dresser Bureau Mirrored Wall Cramped Small

This cramped corner caught my attention. There isn’t enough room for a nightstand, so the bedside lamp is relegated to the dresser. The dresser drawers hit the side of the bed when opened completely, and the frameless mirrored wall makes the room look dated.

Firmdale Project This Way Home Before Bedroom Big Wide Windows

This big set of windows, which measures over 12 feet in length, is one of the room’s best features. The existing paper accordion shades are functional– if a bit worse for wear– but they do nothing to highlight or enhance the windows.

Firmdale Project This Way Home Before Bedroom Messy Chaotic Home Office Desk Open Bookshelves Bookshelf

Opposite the windows, this work area is not functioning well for my clients. They rarely use the desk, so it has simply become a catchall for paperwork and clutter. These jampacked
bookshelves overwhelm the room. Being able to see every book, binder, and personal memento is visual overload and gives the room a feeling of disarray.

These 3D models give an overview of the room’s layout. The space measures roughly 12′ x 20′ in total.

Firmdale Project This Way Home Before Bedroom 3D Model Firmdale Project This Way Home Before Bedroom 3D Model

My clients want their new bedroom to feel fresh and restful. They gravitate towards transitional designs, which blend traditional and contemporary styles. They prefer a soothing color palette, but they like the look of mixing and layering patterns.

Improving functionality is key with this redesign. Right now, the room is trying to serve as a bedroom, closet, office, and library all at once; and the room suffers from trying to do too much. Our main goals will be to reestablish the space’s primary identity as a bedroom and to eliminate all non-essential functionalities.

Stay tuned for a reveal of our design strategy for this charming bedroom. It promises to be a major transformation!

I recently started work on the Firmdale Project, a master bedroom makeover in a Boston townhouse. My lovely clients, a m...

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Introducing: The Lorimer Project

For the past few months, I have been working on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg. My client has a bright, bohemian style and a creative spirit, and I wanted to design a space that reflected her personality.

My client had just moved in when we started working together, and the apartment itself was a blank slate. The main room is an open-plan kitchen, living, and dining area. The layout is irregular; it is a long, narrow space with lots of nooks and crannies, windows, and duct work.

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This photo shows the view from the apartment’s front door. To the left (not pictured) is a small foyer with doorways to the bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen is to the right, and it opens up to the main living area. At the far end of the main room, there is a door to the second bedroom, which my client plans to use as an art room.

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The kitchen has dark wood cabinets and stone countertops. There are reclaimed wood shelves for additional storage. Two bare bulb pendant lights hang over the counter.

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Here is a closer view of the right side of the room. There are two windows on this side, one large and one small.

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There is an alcove on the left side of the room with another large window.

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This 3D model gives an overview of the main room. As you can see, the floor plan is highly irregular. We had to be very thoughtful about the size and layout of the furniture we chose for this room. 

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The bedroom was also a relatively blank slate. My client had a queen storage bed, which she wanted to keep. She also purchased the sculpted geo console from West Elm. The room gets excellent natural light from the window, but there are no built-in lighting fixtures. 

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Lastly, the second bedroom will function as my client’s art room. Aside from this mid-century-inspired desk and small storage cart, the room was empty. The sliding glass doors open to a small terrace off the back of the apartment. 

So there you have a complete introduction to the Lorimer Project. In the next installment, I will show you our plan to transform this empty white space into a colorful bohemian home. Stay tuned!

For the past few months, I have been working on the Lorimer Project, a two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg. My client ...

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