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Design Diary: Boston Pied-a-Terre by Ana Donohue

I wrote about this the 1,600-square-foot, contemporary Back Bay condo, decorated by Boston area interior designer Ana Donohue, for New England Home in the article ”Urban Oasis.”  Boston photographer Michael J. Lee took all the photos.

The homeowners, who live in Bermuda, purchased the two-bedroom as a pied-a-terre so they’d have somewhere to stay while visiting their two daughters, who attend boarding school in New England. Ana was recommended by a friend, and worked with the wife to create a contemporary home-away-from-home that has a similar feel to the family’s Bermuda residence.

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The walls were already this deep charcoal, and since there’s tons of light, they decided to leave it. Plus, dark walls would provide a dramatic backdrop for the light-colored B&B Italia Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio and Cassina LC2 armchairs, purchased at Montage.  The mirrored cocktail table is from The Morson Collection. Newton-based art consultant Jacqueline Becker chose artwork throughout.

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The floors, however, were a different story. Stained a rich walnut, the homeowner wanted them lightened. The contractor thought they were crazy, but embarked on a long bleaching process that left the floors a lovely, creamy shade of white. Everyone loves them.

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Donohue chose a silvery rug from nearby Landry & Arcari to keep to a uniform palette. The homeowner told me, ““I didn’t want a Persian rug, or a busy print; it would make too much of a statement.” She also preferred to leave the windows bare. Donohue added color and pattern with Missoni throw pillows. Donohue chose a pair of alabaster-topped turned walnut  Jonathan Adler Buenos Aires side tables in different sizes.

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In the dining area, Donohue used a classic white marble Saarinen dining table and Saarinen Executive dining chairs. A Foscarini Caboche Suspension Lamp designed by Patricia Urquiola hangs above, casting an amber glow.

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A Jonathan Adler Bond desk is in front of a window; the Lucite legs makes the burled mappa wood top appear to float. Behind it, barely visible, is an Kartell Mademoiselle chair, also with Lucite legs.

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The upholstered bed in the master bedroom is from DWR and the sleek dresser from Italian Design in Brookline. Bedding from Bloomingdale’s.

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Stacked horizontal tile in robin’s egg blue is from Ann Sacks, and the contemporary walnut vanity and faucet from Billie Brenner in the Boston Design Center.

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The girls wanted fun colors in their bedroom. Ana found a brightly colored wire side table and bedding at Home Goods. The Jonathan Adler zebra rug in orange adds pattern.

Photography by Michael J. Lee

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Montage: 32 Interiors by Boston Designers, in Honor of Marathon Monday

Today’s post is in honor of the horrific explosions that occurred at the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday. (I live just a few blocks from that spot; thankfully my family and friends are safe.). I have pulled together an assortment of rooms designed by Boston interior designers. I’ve had the honor of working with all of them; these images are from stories I wrote over the years for various publications—Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Home, Stuff, and New England Home. And, of course, they were shot by our wonderful assortment of Boston-based photographers, and assigned by esteemed Boston editors, Anne Nelson, Veronica Chao, Rachel Slade, Brooke Foster, Erica Corsano, Paula Bodah, and Kyle Hoepner. Finally the homeowners–friends, neighbors, and others I’ve been privileged to meet, who have opened their gardens and homes to us.

After twelve years, Boston has become my home. It’s certainly my children’s home; they’ve lived here almost their entire lives. It’s been a wonderful time for us, free of tragedy after a very stressful few years in Washington, D.C. There for just a few years, but during both of my pregnancies, we suffered with the nation through 9/11, anthrax, and locally, the Sniper. I am sad that Boston has been marred by this tragedy now, on an iconic day. My thoughts are with the people who were hurt (and worse), and the little boy who lost his life too early. Thank you my friends who have been helping hold down the fort until I can get home, and thank you to my husband and his colleagues for their dedication.

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Ana Donohue
New England Home

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Lineage Restaurant – Alison Sheffield
Photographer Mike Diskin

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Annie Hall – S+H Construction
Boston Globe Magazine

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Brenda Be – Photographer Ben Gebo
Boston Globe Magazine

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Brad Walker, Ruhl Walker Architects
Photographed by Matt Kalinowski for Boston Home
Styled by Kara Butterfield & Jeffrey Osborne

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Butz & Klug ArchitectureBoston Globe Magazine

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Lisa Kreilling, LTK Interiors
Photographed by Trent Bell for Boston Home

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Ritch Holben, Rh Design
Photographed by Keller + Keller for Boston Globe Magazine

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Hacin + Associates – Photographer Clint Clemens
Boston Globe Magazine

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Jeffrey Osborne, Hark + Osborne
Photographed by Josh Kuchinsky for Boston Globe Magazine

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Karen Watson, Acorn Hill Design
Photographed by Diane Anton for Boston Globe Magazine

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Joao Stefanon, JFS Design Studio
Boston Globe Magazine

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Christine Tuttle – Photographer Eric Roth
New England Home

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Robin PelissierBoston Globe Magazine

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Erin Gates, Elements of Style
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine

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Frank Roop – Photographer Eric Roth
Boston Globe Magazine

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Duncan Hughes -
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Home

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LDa ArchitectureBoston Globe Magazine

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Rachel ReiderBoston Globe Magazine

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Avery True, Andra Birkerts Design
Boston Globe Magazine

700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA; Stephanie Sabbe Interiors

Stephanie Sabbe
Photographed by Bob O’Connor for Boston Home

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Shellie Donovan
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine

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Kelly McGuill
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine

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Andrew Terrat, Terrat Elms

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Tom Murdough, Murdough Design
Photographed by Chuck ChoiBoston Home

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Tricia McDonough – Photographer Michael Casey

107 South Street, Boston, MA

Studio Luz Architects
Photographed by Bob O’Connor for Boston Home

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Kristen RivoliBoston Globe Magazine

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Rachel ReidBoston Globe Magazine

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Kristine MullaneyStuff Magazine

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Sally Wilson, Wilson Kelsey Interiors
Boston Globe Magazine

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Annsley McAleer – Photographer Ben Gebo
New England Home

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Design Diary: Jr. League Show House Boston

The 35th  Jr. League of Boston Show House in the Potter Estate in Newton closed on Sunday. I didn’t make it over to see it in person, but I rounded up a bunch of gorgeous photos and sketches. Many of the rooms were done by designers I’ve often collaborated with on stories for local publications. Many thanks to photographer Michael J. Lee for sending over a whole batch of images. If any other designers who participated in the show house have photos or sketches of their rooms, feel free to email them to me and I’ll happily add them here.

BATH  RETREAT

Design by Ana Donohue

Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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GUEST BATH

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Design by Janet Marena, JTM Interiors

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Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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THE BATHING ROOM

Design by Stephanie Rossi, Spazio Rosso

Photographs by Greg Premru

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LADY’S ROOM 

Design by Elizabeth Benedict

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Photographs by Michael J. Lee

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MASTER BEDROOM SUITE

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Design by Kristen Rivoli

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Photographs by Greg Premru

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KID’S ROOM

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Design by Andra Birkerts

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GIRL’S BEDROOM

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Design by Mally Skok

Photographs by Eric Roth

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THE FOYER

JR LEAGUE NEWTON SHOW HOME

Design by Dianne Ramponi Interiors +  Susan Welsh Design

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Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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GUEST ROOM

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Design by Hilary Bovey, Bovey Steers Design Group
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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POTTER’S ROOM

MARILYN MACLEOD BOSTON INTERIOR DESIGNER

Design by Marilyn Macleod, Lee Design
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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LIBRARY

THEO & ISABELLA BOSTON INTERIOR DESIGN LIVING ROOM

Design by Theo & Isabella
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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CONSERVATORY

Design by Gerald Pomeroy
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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According to Wicked Local here are some details from two other Boston designer friends from whom I haven’t had a chance to get photos yet:

Paula and Kate McCusker of Theodore & Company converted the home’s former chapel into a blue and cream formal but relaxed living. They removed the old altar to expose a bay window for extra light. Artwork included a graphic black and white work by Picasso.

Kate Maloney Albiani designed an adorable nursery with tiny painted fairies on striped lavender walls. Details include double glass pulls on the built-ins, a poem made from old-fashioned reading cards, and a closet filled with tiny clothing.

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The Potter Estate, Newton, Mass.

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