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Montage: 20 Gorgeously Organized Closets

Not long ago we made some changes to the main level of our condo. We created a proper entry and spacious, well-organized  closet for coats and such (my scarves and gloves now have a permanent home), added a banquette (perfect place to hang tons of smaller  artworks), relocated my desk to the other side of the floor-through space (much needed), and partitioned the family room with the TV behind beautiful French doors (noisy no more).  We love it all. Thank you Amanda and Jeff of Hark + Osborne!

Now it’s time to focus on the bedrooms. We own the parlor and lower level, which means our bedrooms are in the basement. It’s rather dungeon-esque down there. While nothing can bring sunlight in, I’m certain we can still make the master suite more functional and habitable. It’s a large area with a lot of wasted space. The bathroom is unattractive and we don’t have a bathtub. We have a walk-in-closet with an exposed brick wall. It came all tricked-out with adjustable shelving done by one of the professional closet organizers, but I’ve given it over to my husband, save for some off-season storage. My stuff hangs on an unsightly rod in a niche in the bedroom, with the hall closet right outside housing my shoes and handbags.

I thought I’d start my inspiration gathering process by contemplating closets. I’ve designed three walk in closets for myself in the past, all very similar. I’ve always had the carpenter build the shelves, cubbies, and drawers. This time I may use one of those companies that specializes in custom closets. We shall see.  Mine will not be as lavish as the closets here, but they are a good source for organizational ideas.


Nuevo Estilo 


Celerie Kemble  –  Elle Decor 


J. Randall Powers


Astleford Interiors


Khloe Kardashian’s closet  –  In Style 



Nate Berkus


Bethany Frankel’s closet
Photographer Joe Standart – Traditional Home


Home of Michael and Jonathan of The Shoot Factory
47 Park Avenue


Lee Ledbetter  –  Architectural Digest  


Theodore & Company


Home of designer Miriam Alia of Living Pink Studio


Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Clos-ette


Closet of Laura Vinroot Poole  –  Domino




Jenna Lyons  –  Domino


Jennifer Eisenstadt


JJ Locations


Meredith McBride Kipp  –  Photographer Laura Moss


Closet of designer Lisa Kreiling, LTK Interiors
Photographer Trent Bell for Boston Home

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Traditional dressers with deep drawers and feminine white dressing tables offer added storage for underthings and accessories.


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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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Design Diary: Lisa Kreiling’s Gorgeous Townhouse

I first saw the work of Boston-based designer Lisa Kreiling of LTK Interiors almost two years ago at a South End Urban Showhouse organized by Ricardo Rodriguez. I was beyond thrilled when Rachel Slade, editor of Boston Home, assigned me a full feature (cover story, no less), about the four-story, 2,200-square-footSouth End townhouse Lisa shares with her husband and his two kids. Her former boss, Jeffrey Katz, did the architecture and Cheryl Katz and Kevin Musumano from the studio helped with some design choices. You can read the full piece, “City Slick”, but first, look my spread below. (Images, as indicated by Maine photographer Trent Bell. Others par moi.)


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photo by Trent Bell
The living room is an eclectic chic mix of old (sofa), vintage (chairs), inexpensive (coffee table), and treasured travel finds (rug). The wood floors were dark when they bought it, but they stained them another two or three coats, darker still.


Nude watercolor by Marie Schlect, the mom of a stylist Lisa worked for in New York years ago. She had it framed at A Street in the South End. Lisa uses Boston-based Joaquim Schmidt to hang her artwork.


photo by Trent Bell
The chandelier, which is hung in the corner, super low, is from Charles Spada in the Boston Design Center.


photo by Trent Bell
The red velvet sofa was her husband’s “from forever ago.” Oddly, her parents had an identical one when she was growing up! The line drawing is by Cocteau, purchased in Paris. It took them forever to decide where to hang it.


photo by Trent Bell
A sea urchin lamp from Mohr & McPherson in the South End becomes a natural design object. She calls it her “pet.”


photo by Trent Bell
The framed drawing, by architect Jeffrey Katz, was a wedding gift.


A World’s Away bar cart, purchased at Hudson in the South End, is tucked in the corner. She jokes that the art over it is very manly—two boxers and a bullfighter.


photo by Trent Bell
OK, design lovers, name that chandelier. Yup, from Workstead in Brooklyn. The table is Danish modern from her mom, and she bought the vintage chairs years ago from Abodeon in Cambridge.  The upholstery is vinyl, so she drapes sheepskin over them, and jokes that she buys a new one every time she goes to IKEA. The mirror was a street find from when she lived in NYC and the buddha is from Red River Trading in the South End. Look at the entry at the right. Love the bue walls!


The abstract artwork is by her husband’s friend, Gary Koepke.


One of the reasons Lisa fell in love with the house was the old cracked skylight with chicken wire glass. Sadly, the glass needed to be replaced.


photo by Trent Bell
Lisa arranged postcards, photos, and kids’ artwork on the second floor landing.


photo by Trent Bell
Her stepdaughter’s bedroom has a bright Marimekko comforter and IKEA pendant.


A shot of the gir’s desk and Shepard Fairey poster. I didn’t take a photo of the boy’s room, since he was home sick from school that day.


The kids bath.


Another work by North Fork painter Marie Schlect hangs on the fourth floor landing.


photo by Trent Bell
Two vintage dressers stand back to back in the closet/dressing room. She bought the mirror online from Wisteria. The linen Roman shades add a touch of softness.


The master bedroom has bookshelves expertly tucked into the corner.


The master bath is done in 12×24 Dolemite tile with a very milky honed finish. The floor tiles are slate, some honed, some not. They added a skylight to the space, which she says, “Changes your life.”


photo by Trent Bell
The kitchen is on the ground level, which they gutted. She always knew she’d do her kitchen in white subway tile with black grout. The floor is painted with Farrow & Ball deck paint in “Arsenic.” The Kubus farm table is from Lekker, and the Thonet chairs are actually cheapie plastic.


The kitchen leads out to the garden area. They blew out the back wall, replacing it with windows, painted in black. Notice that the baseboards throughout the house are also black, on the recommendation of her former associate Kevin Musumano. (Sorry my computer is in the photo!)


The outside space, covered in pea stone. Uplighting makes it feel like a room at night.

ltk-kitchen-back wall

The open floating shelves displays white pottery, inspired by Cheryl Katz’s collection of Astier de Villatte pieces. Peek around the corner and notice the wall with the clock—it’s painted with blackboard paint (also Kevin’s rec) to give the space a defined end point. The Rohle faucet was a splurge.


Portraits of Lisa’s two stepchildren.


The walls of the downstairs powder room are lined with walnut flooring. The ceiling is gold and the sconces from Urban Electric.


Local carpenter Andrew Trainer built the shelving into the exposed brick wall. The window seat is topped with a custom linen covered French mattress, another splurge. She covered the ottoman with a piece of Madeline Weinrib carpet that was left over from a client. The leather chair is from Anthropologie and the sconces from Restoration Hardware. The rug was purchased in Morocco on their honeymoon.


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Montage: 34 Work Spaces with Swivel Chairs

Now that my workspace has been relocated to the living room, I’m thinking of getting a new desk chair. The one I’ve been using from Hold Everything is literally falling apart. I’m uncertain whether to opt for a stylish dining/upholstered chair or for a more ergonomically-correct, but not as living room-y, office chair. I think a rolling swivel chair may be too office-y for my workspace (I’ll post a photo of it tomorrow), though some of these look lovely. I love the Eames Management chair, but at over $2,000, it’s not likely to make an appearance at my house.

via Live Creating Yourself

via Herman Miller Lifework

Gene Meyer

Cookie Magazine

Photographer Justin Bernhaut

Photographer Erik Johnson


Kate Hume

Jessica Helgerson

Amanda Nisbet

Photographer Idha Lindhag


Architectural Digest

Sara Story

Hus & Hem

Living Etc.

Elle Decor Italia

Marie Fisher  – H2hotel

Photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo


Victoria Hagan

Photographer Marti HahnReal Living Magazine


The Office Stylist

Michael Habachy

Palmer WeissTradHome

Matt Eastwood

Cassie Pyle  – The Veda House

Studio AV5

Stefano Tonchi’s home (editor of W Magazine) – The Selby

Photographer Kelly Ishikawa

Photographer Trent Bell

Photographer Magnus Marding

Lonny Magazine

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