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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

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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: 20 Rooms with Cherry Blossom Branches

It’s cherry blossom time. I know this not from seeing cherry blossoms outside my window (unfortunately), but from seeing so many on Pinterest. I don’t think Boston is big in cherry blossoms. In my neighborhood it’s magnolia trees that bloom like crazy, though not quite yet. If you’re wild about cherry blossoms, when you’re done scrolling through these, click over to my “Cherry Blossoms in the Home” post on Wayfair’s blog today too.


Laura Green, L. Green Studios
Atlanta Home & Lifestyles Inspiration House 2011
(walls are hand-stenciled)

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Photographer Carolyn Barber  –  House to Home

Cherry Blossoms Mural

Home & studio of photographer Manolo Yllera


W Design Interiors


Palmerston Design Consultants


A Beach Cottage


Dreamy Whites


Lilla Blanca


Design Within Reach


SF Girl by Bay


Canadian House & Home 
(Clarence House “Flowering Quince” wallpaper)


Supon Phornirunlit, Naked Decor
Photographer Larry Olson




Frank Babb Randolph  – Photographer Max Kim-Bee


Platemark Design


Photographer Maria Isabel Hansson for Hus & Hem 
(Marimekko “Lumimarja” wallpaper)


Photographer Jessica Pages  –  Design Sponge


Katie Ridder


Kristine Mullaney
Photographer Russ Mezikofsky for Boston Globe Magazine 

photo-Christian Oth Studio-Rhoads Garden

Flowers by Rhoads Garden
Christian Oth Photography Studio


Photographer Michael J. Lee


vi a Shoebox Decor


Photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo
Bringing Nature Home (Rizzoli, 2012)


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Site Spotlight: The Inside Source

Last week, eBay launched a new lifestyle site, The Inside Source. It’s genius really. A blog-style  format with interviews on the latest pop culture, art, fashion, beauty, décor, “green” chic, and hi-tech gadgets, all concluding with links to similar finds currently available for sale on eBay. My friend, and Store Adore co-founder, Meredith Barnett is the editor, so it’s a sure thing. I’ll be contributing two articles each week, so I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s a run-down of my contribution – what’s live now, and a preview of what’s to come:


Interview with Boston  chef Barbara Lynch on her new cookbook Stir.


Boston interior designer Kristine Mullaney creates a glam boudoir.


London-based antiques expert Judith Miller enthuses on her favorite chairs.

stack-laminated plywood chair by Julia Krantz

Trend Alert: Tights as seen on the runways for fall.

00060mCynthia Rowley on Style.com


Trend Alert: Outerwear. Will you bundle up in fur or go military?

00040mAndrew Gn on Style.com

An interview with Jonathan Adler.

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Mod Green Pod designer Nancy Mims finds vintage pieces to reupholster.


Kelly Wearstler, Gossip Girl (maybe), and others . . .

See you at The Inside Source!

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Design Diary: Kristine Mullaney Goes Glam

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This week’s Stuff Magazine features Heather Hazelton’s condo designed by Boston-based interior designer Kristine Mullaney. Heather is a fun and gorgeous girl who’s the local ad manager at CW56. That means she gets to meet “Gossip Girl” cast cuties. But that’s not what the story is about. “Beantown Boudoir: TV Exec Heather Hazelton Gets Her Glam On At Home” looks at Heather’s Back Bay home, made newly fabulous by Kristine Mullaney.

Heather had the usual mélange of IKEA, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel pieces; you know, the particleboard wardrobe and the mammoth brown sectional complete with olive paint. That is, until she hired Kristine, who transformed her place into a glam and girly haven. Heather told me, “I travel a lot. I’m never here, so I don’t focus on decorating. My place definitely didn’t match my personality or my wardrobe.”

Kristine started by asking Heather to pull her favorite dresses from her closet. Out came the Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Chanel, Gucci, and Herve Leger. (That may well be what I’d buy if I were a single, childless exec with an amazing body.) The bold patterns and colors were Kristine’s inspiration. She says, “I try to pick colors that my clients wear, that they look good in. From opening up her closet, it was clear that Heather wasn’t afraid of color or bold statements.”

While a DVF print influenced the overall tone, it was a coral Leger from which Kristine took color cues. For the entry, Kristine says, “We took that Leger dress and kicked it up about five notches.”

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The checkerboard marble floor was already in place. They painted the walls Birds of Paradise by Benjamin Moore. Kristine found the chandelier at an estate sale in Beacon Hill at auction. It was dusty and gross but she knew it would shine when it was all cleaned up.

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The bedroom is glam, but softly romantic too. Kristine wanted to evoke the feel of old time Hollywood starlets. The wallpaper is Schumacher Kyoto Flower in silver and the silk charmeuse drapes are from Osborne & Little. Kristine says, “I wanted it to look like a silk charmeuse evening gown.” The Stark Leopard Rose rug adds to the Hollywood vibe. Heather bought the Donna Karan bedding on sale at Bloomingdale’s, and she found the light fixture at Domain, pre-Kristine. “It was the one thing I did that was good,” she jokes. The raspberry and pink pillows are made from Jane Churchill fabrics.

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The closets are completely new, and the perfect use of the room’s extra space. A large closet was crucial for Heather. Kristine based the design of Heather’s new closet on Dorothy Draper’s style contrasting black and white. Heather says, “All I wanted was a closet. Kristine was talking about the molding; I didn’t’ know what she was talking about, but when she finally showed me a picture, I said, ‘I want that!’ And then I went to L.A. for a week and when I came back, it was done!”

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This was the original closet. Kristine turned it into a shoe and accessory closet. It’s based on a picture of Kim Cattrall’s closet, which she saw in a magazine.



The bathroom is painted in another bold shade of pink – Benjamin Moore Vibrant Blush. The original black tiles tie in with the black and white closets.
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The best seat in the living room.

The living room isn’t complete yet, but here’s the statement piece – the Jeannie chair from Mitchell Gold. And Heather found it all on her own. It came in hot pink, all ready to go, but Kristine suggested this rosey raspberry cotton velvet from Duralee instead. The contrast leather piping is the perfect finishing touch. The ivory carpet is from Stark, and they’ve ordered a mirrored console from Ballard Designs to use as a media cabinet. Heather loves mirrors, so much so that her friends teaser her about it. There’s a mirrored piece in the bedroom too.

Of the overall look Heather says, “I wanted my place to be feminine and sexy and comfortable. When I finally come home its shut down time. The high heels are off and pajamas go on. I make dinner and hop in my chair.”


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