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Design Diary: Color Theory Brings a Suburban House to Life

Boston-based interior designers Brad Dufton and Kendra Amin-Dufton, the husband and wife duo behind Color Theory (of Apartment Therapy Small Small Cool fame), recently finished a top-to-bottom project on a house in Winchester, which I wrote about for the Boston Globe Magazine. The story, “Against the Gray,” details the process of and relationship between the designers and clients on their journey in creating a color-filled home. Note that Color Theory did it entirely from retail sources, so if you’re interested, re-creating the look is within easy reach.

Living Room Designed By Color Theory

 Photo by Michael J. Lee

Funnily enough, although the clients wanted color, Brad went with gray paint throughout the house. It makes a great backdrop for the saturated furnishings. Above, in the formal living room, he used a relatively dark shade, Benjamin Moore “Rock Gray.”  Brad says, “Formal spaces benefit from darker colors; it decompresses your energy, makes you want to stay longer for conversation.” This is one of three rooms in the house that he tags as moody.

Indian rug from Mohr & McPherson in Boston;  ”Fillmore” sofa from Thrive; barley twist chairs from Zimman’s near Boston, upholstered in “Prospect” ikat by Thom Filicia for Kravet; starburst mirror from Zimman’s; coffee table from Horchow.

Farmily Room Designed By Color Theory

The family room, above and below, is huge. The walls are a lighter gray, Benjamin Moore “Wales Gray.” (By the way, Brad started out as a professional painter; he swears by and only uses Benjamin Moore, preferring its Regal Select line with a matte finish.) They used a three-dimensional, dried black lava stone tile for the fireplace surround. He calls the handmade, Brazilian chevron cowhide rug, from PureRugs, a “god-like” material, saying, “Everything and anything washes out of it.” Chairs from Circle Furniture; trio of acrylic tables from Wayfair.

Farmily Room Designed By Color Theory

A 14-foot-long Flexform sofa from Showroom in Boston dominates the main portion of the family room. Thomas H. Little Upholstery in Southboro, MA crafted the round ottomans and throw pillows. As for the juju hat installation, the client, who is from Congo, had the orange one. Brad and Kendra asked her to bring back “as many as she could carry” went she went to Africa to visit her mom. They admit they had no idea what they’d do with them all, but in a fit of inspiration, they clustered them on the wall

Sunroom Designed By Color Theory

Photo by Michael J. Lee

The sunroom boasts an amazing collection of indoor/outdoor pieces by Paolo Lenti from Montage in Boston. The sofa is actually three individual chairs that can be moved around (or dragged out to the deck). They originally purchased the ensemble for the basement playroom, but in an Aha! moment, Kendra realized they’d be perfect for the sunroom. The indoor/outdoor rug was a steal for $150 at RugsUSA, a welcome addition after the splurge on furniture. Continuing the high/low mix, there’s also a “Martini” side table from West Elm and a trio of cage pendants from CB2.

Lighting Designed by Color Theory

In the stairwell, nine brass and stainless steel pendants with rope cords and Thomas Edison filament bulbs by Lunabella, purchased at Zimman’s. We hear the electrician was none too pleased to have to hang them all.

Lighting Designed by Color Theory

Bedroom Designed by Color Theory
Photo by Michael J. Lee

The master bedroom is done in a glamorous scheme of black and magenta, with Benjamin Moore “Rock Gray” on the walls. The bed, which the clients first saw in an apartment they rented in Paris, is B&B Italia by Max Aalto, purchased from  Montage in Boston. It’s black-stained wood, with a gray tweed upholstered headboard and platform. The ottoman is West Elm and the ikat rug from Wayfair.  The Horchow fainting chaise came in gray velvet, but Brad and Kendra had it reupholstered in a magenta fabric by Iman for Kravet that they’d had their eyes on for years.

Boudoir Designed By Color Theory
 Photo by Michael J. Lee

The client was hot for a vanity. Brad and Kendra couldn’t find one they loved, so they pieced together its components using the Jonathan Adler “Channing” console, an inexpensive acrylic chair, curvy “Cattaneo” mirror from Horchow, and chrome sconces with black shades from Lamps Plus. I love the Senegalese storage basket from Serena & Lily, presumably used as a hamper.

Bathroom Designed By Color Theory

The master bath is done with a 3D tile on the floor, inspired by Manhattan bathrooms of the 1920s, and staggered oversize marble tiles on the wall. The egg-shaped tub was a splurge, and caused a bit of a ruckus with the plumber, but they finally got it right.

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 Photo by Michael J. Lee

The client, pictured here, is expecting a baby. Luckily, they were able to use all the pieces from her now two-year-old’s nursery from their prior home to create a new gender-neutral nursery. The walls are a grayish blue, Benjamin Moore “Sterling.”  The chartreuse lacquer dresser is the “Latitude” from CB2, the sleeper sofa from Room & Board, and the crib is Stokke. The stuffed animals are from Africa and the animal photographs purchased online from The Animal Print Shop, finished in frames by Room & Board. The chevron rug was created from FLOR carpet tiles. The cuckoo clocks over the crib were Brad & Kendra’s (you may recognize them from their living room), purchased a while back for 99 cents each at Urban Outfitters.

Guest Room Designed By Color Theory

The guest room, above and below, is done in the punchy black and white “Feather Fan” wallpaper by Cole & Son. “Wood Tiled” whitewashed dresser from West Elm; assorted carpet tiles by FLOR.

Guest Room Designed By Color Theory

“Window” headboard from West Elm and “English Garden” comforter set from Target.

Color Theory Girls Bedroom Boho

Finally, the daughter’s bedroom is done with a hippie chic, boho bibe, in a slight departure from the rest of the house. Brad says, “I want her to feel like she is carried to a far away land when she steps in.”

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Get the Look: Crystal Ball Chandeliers

Following up on yesterday’s Montage: 20 Rooms with Crystal Ball Chandeliers, and simultaneously pushing my own living room light fixture quest forward, I scrounged around for crystal ball chandeliers and floral sputnik styles. While these all aren’t exactly uniform in style, I resisted the urge to include other types of globe-shaped pendants, like the pierced Oly pieces, or spikey corals, or capiz shell creations, or globules of hand blown glass, in the effort to (mostly) approximate a globe shape in crystal (or at least crystal detail).

The vintage Italian versions from 1st dibs (#11 and #21) are what I’d love to hang. #1, which is a contemporary version, is great looking too, though minus the patina. I discovered that Juliska makes light fixtures (who knew?) and I’m kinda smitten with the Serena & Lily (#5) in concept, though it skews too Moroccan for my own home. Check out #8; it’s quite beautiful, and interesting (and I wouldn’t have expected to find it at a department store). #7 is a popular pendant that gets the look across without being frouffy, and #15 is a bit more feminine, petite, and very inexpensive. Anyway, enough of my musing, have a look yourself and let me know your thoughts.

 

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S H O P P I N G

1 Remy Sixteen Light Pendant, $2,730 at Zinc Door.

2 Crystal Ball Pendant, now $1,495 at Neiman Marcus.

3 Maxim Arabesque Golden Silver Pendant, $990.91 at Lamps Plus.

4 Juliska Florence Large Globe Pendant, $650 at Bloomingdale’s.

5 Marmont Pendant.,$275 at Serena & Lily.

6 James R Moder Tekno Mini Sun Sphere Strass, $4,782 at Lumens.

7 Maxim Lighting Glimmer Chandelier, $1,150 at Macy’s.

8 Waterford Persia Pendant, $18,000 at Bloomingdale’s.

9 Dar Geneva 15-Light Gold Pendant, £599.50 at Mail Order Lighting.

10 1920s Crystal Ball Floral Chandelier, $4,300 at Gallipoli, 1st Dibs.

11 1950s Crystal Ball Chandelier by Lobmeyr, $18,600 at Brady’s, 1st Dibs.

12 Tresor Suspension Light, $9,090 at Ylighting.

13 14.1 Suspension Lamp by Omer Arbel for Bocci, $350 at Switch Modern.

14 Worlds Away Knox Antique Mirror Large Pendant, $613 at Zinc Door.

15 WAC Roxy Chrome+ Crystal Pendant, $288.91 at Lamps Plus.

16 Ortenzia Pendant Light, $2,191.50 at Ylighting.

17 Currey & Company Crystal Bud Sphere, $986 at Layla Grace.

18 Fascination 3-Light Halogen Chandelier, $299 at Ylighting.

19 Caboche Piccola Chandelier by Patricia Urquiola, $1,078 at Ylighting.

20 Bloom by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell, $380 at Switch Modern

21 Chrome & Glass Ball Chandelier, $2,500 at Assemblage, 1st Dibs.

22 Plastic Floral Sputnik, $3,100 at Coolhouse, 1st Dibs.

23 ET2 Brilliant 1-Light Pendant, $170 at Macy’s.

24 Antiqued Silver-Leaf Chandelier, $1,500 at Horchow.

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Covet: Gold Spine Hook

Gold Spine Hood At Furbish Studio

Gold Spine Hook
Spine hook in cast aluminum with gold finish
$64, Furbish Studio

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Get the Look: 34 Blue Velvet Sofas

If you’re feeling inspired by yesterday’s montage of rooms with blue velvet sofas, here are some options you can buy. Granted, some are more aqua, and some are chairs rather than sofas, but I’m pretty sure they’re all velvet, and after all, variety is a good thing.

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S H O P P I N G

1 1940s Canapé by Carlhian, $3,801 at 1st Dibs Paris.

2 Curved Sectional Sofa, $1,859.99 at Overstock.com,

3 4/5 Seat Dandy Sofa, £1,190 at Maisons Du Monde.

4 Up 3-Seater Aged Velvet Sofa at Fab.

5 Edie Chaise, $649 at Urban Outfitters.

6 1960s Style Arm Chairs at Lawson-Fenning.

7 Clapton Sofa, $3,816 at My Two Designers.

8 Curvy Loveseat, starting bid $1.04 on eBay.

9 Christopher Sofa, $5,701 at My Two Designers.

10 Edward Wormley Dunbars, $32,000/2 at Coverso 1stDibs.

11 Arden Chair, $1,595 at Jonathan Adler.

12 Circa 1910 Edwardian Sofa with Ticking at Branca 1stDibs.

13 Mid-Century Love Seat, $2,899 on eBay.

14 Versace Blue Velvet Wave Sofa.

15 Pierre Sofa, $1,299 at Z Gallerie.

16 Sofa 3031 5, 48,500 SEK at Svenskttenn.

17 Old Hickory Tannery City Sofa, $3,959 at Horchow.

18 Jasper Corner Sofa, from £2,168 at Leigh Harmer.

19 Merrill Bros. Sofa, $10,450 at Nancy Corzine, V&M.

20 Mid-Century Sectional, $1,600 on Etsy.

21 Button Tufted Chaise Settee, $383.99 at Target.

22 Jazz Sofa, $829 at Funky Sofa.

23 Tuxedo Club Chairs, $2,500/2 at Rubbish, V&M.

24 Worlds Away Cameron Chair, $1,838 at Zinc Door.

25 Liam Sofa, $2,425 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

26 Chester Sofa, on sale, $649.99–$1,399 at West Elm.

27 Studio Sofa with Rosewood Veneer by Thomas Hucker.

28 Milo Baughman Wave Chaise, $4,800 at Showplace.

29 Butterfield Sofa, $3,695 at Jonathan Adler.

30 Baker Furniture Sofa, start bid $250 on eBay.

31 Desi-Lu’s Camel Back Sofa, $749 at Funky Sofa.

32 Chesterfield Sofa, approx. $1,505.40 on eBay.

33 Liam Sofa, $2,425 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

34 Deep Dream Sofa, £1,657.50 at Graham & Green.

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Scheming: Meredith and Daniel’s Master Bedroom

If you read my blog post about gray sofas earlier this month, then you know I have sashayed into the realm of decorator. To recap: A friend asked me to decorate her new four bedroom apartment in New York City. There’s no construction, kitchens or baths involved; it’s the paint and wallpaper, furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories. There are a few pieces making the move that I’ll need to integrate, and the toddler’s room is pretty much set, leaving the master bedroom, nursery, guest bedroom/office, playroom, living room, and dining room.

The master bedroom seemed like the easiest place to start. Meredith is really drawn to this bedroom, particularly the jade color, designed by New York City designer Fawn Galli.

Designed by Fawn Galli

I’m a huge fan of Fawn’s work. In this room, I  love the dramatic green headboard and wallpaper with surreal  tree forms. However, the bedroom that really spoke to me for this project was the one I wrote about for TradHome, by San Francisco designer (of whom I am equally enamored), Palmer Weiss.

Designed by Palmer Weiss

Some of the differences between the two rooms reflect how my tastes and Meredith’s can differ. She tends to favor curvier, more feminine styles, while I really like more spare, hard-edged lines. Luckily, blue and green are both of our go-to colors.

She knew she wanted an upholstered headboard. After sifting through styles and swatches from Jonathan Adler, Dwell Studio, Serena & Lily, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Ballard,  Williams-Sonoma, Oly, Cisco, Vanguard, and Lee Industries, we chose the Serena & Lily Pondicherry trimmed with nickel nailheads. We haven’t confirmed an exact fabric yet, but it will be white.

For wallpaper on the bed wall, we ordered samples from Walnut Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, Burke Decor,and indie designers’ sites. I didn’t find a jade green—most were sea foam or pale sky blue. She liked several, and we narrowed it to two choices: Grow House Grow! ‘Mme. Jeanne’ and the new Timorous Beasties ‘Butterflies,’ which we have yet to see IRL (in real life).

Master bedroom floor plan

Which decorating scheme do you prefer?  
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Scheme #1

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S H O P P I N G

Scheme #1
Wallpaper:
Grow House Grow! ‘Mme. Jeanne,’ Grow House Grow!

Bed:
Serena & Lily ‘Pondicherry’ Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Nightstands:
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.
Bungalow 5 ‘Jacqui’ Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Jonathan Adler ‘Preston’ Side Table, Jonathan Adler.

Rugs:
Suzanne Kasler ‘Oria Flower,’  Safavieh.
Jill Rosenwald ‘Fallon’ flat weave wool rug,  Zinc Door.
Surya ‘Spectrum’ wool rug, RugStudio.
Suzanne Kasler ‘Athene’ wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Martha Stewart ‘Ikat Marsh’ wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Frontier Moroccan flat weave wool rug, Zinc Door.
Bowron vintage shearling rug, Burke Decor.

Chandeliers:
Arteriors ‘Caviar’ Staggered Pendant, Candelabra.
Calais Glass Chandelier in Aquamarine,  Z Gallerie.

Dressers:
World’s Away ‘Studly’ Dresser, Zinc Door.
Jonathan Adler ‘Channing’ 6-Drawer Console, Jonathan Adler.

Scheme #2
Wallpaper:
Timorous Beasties ‘Butterflies,’  Timorous Beasties.

Bed:
Serena & Lily ‘Pondicherry’ Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Nightstands:
Bungalow 5 ‘Jacqui’ Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.

Rugs:
David Easton Paro Grid wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Shabati Paxi wool & acrylic rug, Zinc Door.
Surya ‘Spectrum’
Thomas O’Brien Deco Garden wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Thom Filicia ‘Griffith Park’ wool & viscose rug, Zinc Door.

Chandeliers:
(Existing) Five-Light Coral Branch Chandelier, Ballard Designs.
Arteriors ‘Caviar’ Staggered Pendant, Candelabra.

Dressers:
Bennett Lowboy Dresser, Zinc Door.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay 12-Drawer Dresser, Zinc Door.
Vanguard Mirrored Chest, Horchow.

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