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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.


Ana Donohue
New England Home


Lineage Restaurant – Alison Sheffield
Photographer Mike Diskin

annie-hall-s-+-h-kids room

Annie Hall – S+H Construction
Boston Globe Magazine


Brenda Be – Photographer Ben Gebo
Boston Globe Magazine

brad-walker-loft-kara-butterfield-jeff-osborne- Matt- KalinowskiI

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


Butz & Klug ArchitectureBoston Globe Magazine


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


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


Hacin + Associates – Photographer Clint Clemens
Boston Globe Magazine


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


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


Joao Stefanon, JFS Design Studio
Boston Globe Magazine


Christine Tuttle – Photographer Eric Roth
New England Home


Robin PelissierBoston Globe Magazine


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


Frank Roop – Photographer Eric Roth
Boston Globe Magazine


Duncan Hughes
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Home


LDa ArchitectureBoston Globe Magazine


Rachel ReiderBoston Globe Magazine

Andra-Birkerts 2

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


Shellie Donovan
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine


Kelly McGuill
Photographed by Eric Roth for Boston Globe Magazine


Andrew Terrat, Terrat Elms


Tom Murdough, Murdough Design
Photographed by Chuck ChoiBoston Home


Tricia McDonough – Photographer Michael Casey

107 South Street, Boston, MA

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


Kristen RivoliBoston Globe Magazine


Rachel ReidBoston Globe Magazine


Kristine MullaneyStuff Magazine


Sally Wilson, Wilson Kelsey Interiors
Boston Globe Magazine


Annsley McAleer – Photographer Ben Gebo
New England Home

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Montage: 32 Rooms with Blue Velvet Sofas

For a while I had been noticing gray sofas galore, but lately its been blue velvet sofas that have been standing out. Elegant but still cozy, they work in a variety of rooms, and seem just the touch of richness needed for this chilly winter week. There are some old favorites in here that I felt like I had to include (Frank Roop, Mary McDonald), but also plenty of new finds. Tomorrow we’ll take a shopping trip on the Interwebs to find blue velvet seating of our own.



Emily Henderson


 Rue Magazine


Monica Penaguião


 Home of interior stylist Jaime Lacasa
Photographed by P. Zuloaga for Elle Decoration Spain


Aman & Carson
Photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Elle Decor


Designer Frank Roop’s own home (also my neighbor in Boston)
Photographed by Eric Roth for Elle Decor

blue velvet sofa-Justin-and-Jeanne-Roebert

Hecker Guthrie
Photographed by Derek Swalwell (via The Design Files)

blue-velvet-sectional-Vancouver-loft-architect Omer Arbel

Architect Omer Arbel • Photographed by Martin Tessler


Victoria Hagan


Architectural Digest Spain (via ECLECchic)


Amanda Nisbet

blue-velvet-sofa-abstract-art-Petra Bindel

Photographed by Petra Bindel

Blue-velvet-sofa-home-of-designer-Ksenia Nikitina

Designer Ksenia Nikitina’s Moscow penthouse
Architectural Digest Russia


Annsley McAleer
(Boston designer and my neighbor)


 Brad Goreski’s home on The Coveteur


 unidentified (via Remodelista)


 unidentified (via MFAMB)


Photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor


Photographed by Mark Boston for Heart Home Magazine


unidentified (via The Brick House)


Elena Letteron • New England Home


D. Mesure Studio


D. Mesure Studio


Pauline de Rothschild’s library in House Beautiful


Martyn Lawrence Bullard


 Actress Romy Schneider photographed by Giancarlo Botti


 Mary McDonald


Designer Todd Alexander Romano’s apartment in NYC
 Thomas Loof for Architectural Digest


 Shoot Factory


Emily Henderson


Windsor Smith

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Montage: 47 Bedrooms with Upholstered Headboards

As I’m wrapping up the details on Meredith and Daniel’s apartment, I’m also sorting through my overabundance of images in iPhoto. In the mass cleanup are a multitude of upholstered beds. If you recall, the design process started with the master bedroom, because Meredith had a specific look in mind. Said look revolved around a great upholstered bed. We opted for a silhouette with gentle curves, white canvas upholstery, and nickel nail heads. As you can see from these rooms, there are so many different variations on shape, pattern, color, and detailing. Tomorrow I’ll round up specific styles for you to shop.

Anthony Baratta

Tom Scheerer

Susie Sarlo – Beau Monde Interior Design

Katie Leede – Digs by Katie

Amy Lau Design

Photographer Eric Roth

M. Design

Jen Ramos’ bedroom – Made By Girl

Martha Stewart Living

Fawn GalliDomino Magazine

Elle Decor 

VT Wonen

Serena & Lily

Lonny Magazine

 Cole & Son ‘Palm Leaves’ wallpaper
via House of Turquoise

Living Etc.

Frank Roop – Photographer Eric Roth

Palmer Weiss – TRADhome

via All Things Thrifty



Photographer Toby Scott

Piet Boon


Vanessa de Vargas – Lonny Magazine

Lotus Bleu Design

Mary McDonald – Domino Magazine

Photographer Carolyn Barber – House to Home

Celerie Kemble Interiors

Fawn Galli

Jonathan BergerHouse Beautiful


Burnham Design

Greg Natale

Delphine Krakoff – Pamplemousse Design

VT Wonen

White Webb

Firmdale Hotel

Elle Decoration Norway

Photographer Brian Park


Canadian House & Home

Photographer Carolyn Barber – House to Home

Atlanta Homes Magazine


Annie SelkeHouse Beautiful

Kevin Hart Interiors


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Montage: 47 Living Rooms with Chandeliers and Pendants

The renovations are finally finished in our condo, save for a few odds and ends and two extra dining room tables in the living room. I should also get around to sourcing a living room chandelier. I had the electrician add a box and switch for one in the center of the living room, between the rows of recessed lights. I originally thought I’d like a vintage sputnik, possibly in brass, but now I’m not so sure. Obviously a glittering crystal chandelier isn’t my taste, and a Lindsey Adelman fixture is way out of my price range. So, what shall it be? I found some gorgeous specimens on 1st Dibs, but I’ll save those until tomorrow. Meanwhile, let’s look at 47 different living rooms with various options, from contemporary creations and vintage sputnik to lanterns and Chinoiserie.

Alisberg Parker Architects

Julie Bowen’s home by Molly Luetkeymeyer of M. Design Interiors

Jenna Lyons’ NYC brownstone by Levenson McDavid Architects

Kelly Behun

Delphine Krakoff of Pamplemousse Design

via New York Times

Jean Louis Deniot

Frank Roop

Brad Dufton of Color Theory


via The Aestate

Shaun Jackson Design for fashion designer Michelle Smith of Milly

Tilton Fenwick

Amanda Nisbet Design

Design Within Reach

Jamie Drake Design Associates

Elizabeth Kimberly Design

Photographer Peter Margonelli

via Skona Hem

Melanie Turner Interiors

Photographer Francesco Lagnese

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

via The Aestate

Photographer Susan Gillmore

John Willey of Willey Design


Clarisse Demory

via Living Etc.

via Living Etc.

Architects Found Associates

Julianne Moore’s NYC brownstone

via Inspace Locations

via Homes and Gardens

Photographer Simon Watson

Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors

Photographer Francis Smith

Bolig Magasinet   |  Photographer Mark Roshams

Weitzman Halpern Interior Design  |  unknown

Steven Gambrel  |  unknown

Stylist Rosie Brown  |  Amy Butler’s home

via Living Etc.  |  via Inspace Locations

Abington Gallery  |  Photographer Simon Watson

Orrick & Company Architecture & Design  |  Photographer Philips Ficks


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Montage: 54 Kitchen Banquettes

Our Boston condo is under renovation. One of the features we are adding is a banquette adjacent to the kitchen area. It seems to me that there’s been a proliferation of built-in seating recently. Unlike the booths of the ’70s (I grew up with an orange and white vinyl booth in a kitchen with oversize floral wallpaper that had a gold, brown, and orange plaid border), today’s specimens are sophisticated and sleek.

Ours will be U-shaped (not ideal, but we’re dealing with a tight space), with a pale blue and taupe chevron upholstered seat-back and pale blue faux leather seat cushion. The custom table has a walnut herringbone-pattern top on a restaurant supply style stainless base. I’ll post a photo when it’s complete. (If I’m not dead first.)

In the meantime, here are 54 very fabulous banquettes. In addition, check out my piece “The Haute Seat,” in last Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine.

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