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Design Diary: Living Room by Meredith Rodday

Boston area interior designer Meredith Rodday, who you may know from her blog View From My Heels, transformed this formal living room into a light and airy space. I wrote about it here, in a recent issue of Boston Globe Magazine. I’ve included more about Rodday’s design and sources below. Photo by Jessica Delaney.

White Living Room With Colorful Art By Boston Designer Meredith Rodday

Jessica Delaney Photography

“I’m not known for formal rooms,” Rodday told me. As such her signature style of light colors with a coastal touch, was just what the homeowners were looking for.

They started by painting the room Benjamin Moore “Navajo White” to tie it together with the home’s family room. Using the warm, creamy white as a base, Rodday added soft white upholstered and warm wood pieces, a dark grounding coffee table, and pretty artwork for a pop of color.

All the fireplaces in the home had awful green marble, which Rodday replaced with classic Cararra marble. The blue/grey veining is reflecting in the gray striations of the Restoration Hardware Nahla rug , which adds a touch of interest but keeps things neutral.

The Lee Industries sofa is upholstered in Serena & Lily washed linen in sand. The McGee & Co. Blaine armchairs have a wood frames with a driftwood finish that adds a bit of earthiness. The baluster profile and finish tie into the Arteriors Everett table. Its oxidized iron-clad surface and base connects with the dark color of the large cocktail table, custom covered in navy Phillip Jeffries Juicy Jute grasscloth.

“The room is very large,” Rodday says, “We needed an anchor on the fireplace, which is off-center, and this worked well.” The Visual Comfort Morris chandelier with polished nickel finish further establishes the center of the seating area, without blocking the artwork.

The colorful artwork cements the focal point for the seating area and is the jumping off point for the accessories which bring color into the room. The piece is “Sapling Grove” by Peter Batchelder, an oil on canvas from Powers Gallery in Acton, Mass.

The indigo leafy vine pattern of the Belgian linen drapery, Novella by Massachusetts textile designer Ellisha Alexina, stands up to the painting without overwhelming it.

Rodday used the fabric for a throw pillow too. Other throw pillows include, from left to right, Susan Connor New York in Madu, Zak + Fox in Postage, Peter Dunham in Kashmir, and a cognac leather McGee & Co. pillow. The brushstroke lamp is by Jana Bek.

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ARTmonday: Figures in the Landscape

I think we’ve already established that I’m enamored of images picturing women lying in a field, wading into water, curled up in a corner, or moodily attending to some undefined task. Today’s images are first and foremost, landscapes, then dotted with a single woman, man, or child, group, or crowd. The vistas range from grassy lawn to corn field and from rocky cliff to rubble. They all capture a mood; many peaceful or relaxed, at least one determined, another possible agitated, and others simply unbothered. I think the common thread here, is individuals carrying on with their lives, in outdoor settings. No more than that, than perhaps a certain aura they have, to me.


David Drebin, Field of Dreams, 2012


Grit Schwerdtfeger, Distanz: Badende, 2004


Harry Benson, Andrew Wyeth, Benner Island, Maine, 1996


Julie Blackmon, Lost Mitten, 2010


Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Untitled 1 (Spring), 2009


 Anastasia Cazabon


Carolyn Monastra, The Corn Field, 2003


Cig Harvey, Flood Tide, Self-portrait, Mangrove Bay, Bermuda, 2005


Meghan Boody,  2008
I requested my young lady to forego her ramble because I was certain of showers


Dennis Marsico, 2012
Summer Stock: Mature couple in search of single bi-fem


Stephen Hughes, Beachy Head, England, 1996


Tierney Gearon, published October 23, 2005, 2005
Actress Diane Keaton, from “Another Woman” 


Kevin Muente, New Years Day


Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2003


Rhi Ellis


Rachel Hulin, Cape Flight, 2012


Pieter Hugo, Green Point Common, Cape Town, 2013


Stuart Hawkins, Convenient Location, 2010


Massimo Vitali, Greenwich Park, 2012


 Evgenia Arubgaeva,Tanya and the Balloon, 2010-2011


Tom Chambers, Late For Dinner, 2013


Marcelo Tinoco, Sunset at Calton Hill (from the series Fotorama), 2009


Doug Dubois, My Mother in the Backyard, Oldwick, NJ, 2000

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