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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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The Lorimer Project Part III – Design Plan

We’re nearing the final stretch at the Lorimer Project! Click here to see parts I and II. The challenge was to turn a nondescript white shell of a condo into a place that would reflect my client’s style: colorful, creative, and bohemian.

She wanted a chic, unfussy, but collected look. We started by layering rich patterns and textures, then we combined rustic, age-worn, and hand-crafted items with polished, refined pieces. 

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Kilim

The design plan for the main room.

In the main room, we chose a white-washed wood paneled wallpaper which immediately added warmth and interest.  Our 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. Finally we interspersed metallic accents, like a vintage brass arc lamp and copper pendant lights, to give the room a touch of glamour.

To integrate the loveseat’s bright color palette into the dining area, we found a funky boucherouite rug with bands of pink, orange, blue, and green. We chose a marble-topped tulip table and a set of vintage industrial metal chairs to complete the dining area.

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Hanging Window Garden Succulents

5×4 hanging window garden.

The largest window in the main room faces an adjacent building. My client was unhappy with a completely unobstructed view into her apartment – but she wanted to preserve a more open look than window coverings would provide. I suggested a succulent window garden. We found brass planters from West Elm, measured out a 5×4 grid to cover her window, and filled the planters with succulents and moss. The result is a hanging screen that gives her some additional privacy and adds a lush, natural element to our design.

Bedroom Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Black Walls

The design plan for the bedroom.

In the bedroom, we wanted to inject some glamour. We took our inspiration from the Hollywood Regency era, reflected in the flocked fan pattern wallpaper, brass accents, and vintage Rita Hayworth movie marquee poster. A rattan headboard from Serena & Lily and a kilim accent pillow give the room some natural textures.

The bedroom is small, so we needed a piece of furniture that could serve double duty as a nightstand and vanity. We ended up finding a vintage table from Brimfield Antique Market and giving it a mini makeover. We paired the table with a brass stool and vanity mirror.

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Geometric Wallpaper

And lastly, the art room. My client wanted bright, whimsical wallpaper to help inspire her art projects. We ended up designing our own colorful geometric pattern using Mur’s triangle decals. The decals are available in 11 different colors, so we played around with color combinations until we found a palette that worked just right. We also found a vintage industrial cabinet with metal baskets to store all of my client’s tools and supplies.

That’s a complete overview of our plans for the Lorimer Project. Be sure to check back soon to see the final reveal!

We're nearing the final stretch at the Lorimer Project! Click here to see parts I and II. The challenge was to turn a no...

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