With vaccine life on the horizon, I’m thinking that dining rooms might need sprucing up. Throw the kids and their laptops back to their bedrooms and classrooms, and reclaim your entertaining space. I’m sure you practiced plenty of recipes during lockdown. It’s almost time to put them to use for friends.
I love this dining room for its fearlessness. I’ve seen other dining rooms with Kelly Wearstler Graffito wallpaper and adore them. This one by designer Martha O’Hara takes it to another level by pairing an equally busy, but geometric rather than organic, pattern on the floor. Then, O’Hara prettifies it with a floral chandelier and goes for color with green velvet head chairs.
I wrote about this bedroom in Boxford, Massachusetts designed by Jenn O’Brien of Jenn O’Brien Interiors for Boston Globe Magazine at the end of last summer. It’s a great example of clean, transitional bedroom design that incorporates a canopy bed.
O’Brien used the Driftwood canopy bed from StyleCarrot partner Crate & Barrel which gives the room a stately feel thanks to its architectural lines. She also used it to create symmetry in the room by centering it on the window.
Since the clients wanted the bedroom to feel soothing, O’Brien employed a subdued palette, but punched it up with hits of black and sumptuous pattern underfoot. She actually painted the abstract artwork herself; I think it really makes the room!
Photo by Jared Kuzia
You can pull together a similar look for a transitional bedroom with exact and similar matches to the ones used by the designer. I perused StyleCarrot partner sites to find them for you.
Interior designer Holly Gagne is one of the loveliest designers I know, her style is fresh, natural but still sophisticated, and her taste is impeccable.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Holly a few times now, from our Covid Zoom with tips and tricks to bring harmony into your home (it’s recorded, you should check it out), to a kitchen with a supersized island in Boston Globe Magazine, to this Gloucester home with zellige tiles, a sliding glass bar door, and Scandi style wood stove; the story just dropped in the Winter issue of Boston Home magazine.
Photo by Jared Kuzia
Holly channeled hygge -meets-tailored in this sitting room just off the open living room. While there’s no wall between the two spaces, it feels private. The owners use it to read, drink morning coffee, and entertain with cocktails.
Faux shearling and iron lounge chairs nestle around a rattan coffee table that speaks to the coastal locale. Holly lined to backs of the custom built-ins with grasscloth for additional texture. “It’s all about being cozy,” Gagne says. The abstract painting is by local artist Nicole Sayour Botto.
A separate home office space is probably the most coveted space of 2020. I wrote about this office in the Boston Globe Magazine in the fall. Realm Interiors designed the office for a mom when they re-thought the open layout on the first floor of the family’s Winchester, Massachusetts. home. With three kids and a puppy, she really cherishes this chic space.
Photo by Joyelle West / Styling by Kaylei McGaw
The small room off the entry had been an eyesore of a playroom before Liza Kugeler and Laura Ogden of Realm Interiors made it over as a stylish office with dark, saturated walls painted Farrow & Ball Studio Green.
What do you do when you have a decrepit screened porch that you just don’t need? Robin M. Anderson counseled her clients to dismantle it and transform the square footage into an outdoor room. I wrote about this patio makeover by Boston designer Robin M. Anderson for Boston Globe Magazine this summer, and have been meaning to share it.
Tonight my husband and I cranked up the gas fire pit and shared wine and ginger flank steak rice bowls on our patio, thus reminding me to get this online already. I’m guessing Robin’s clients are getting cozy by the outdoor fireplace right about now. That fall chill is definitely in the New England air.
Photo by Sabrina Cole Quinn
Collaborating with Boston architect Diane Lim of Lim Design Studio, Robin transformed uninsulated, little used indoor space to an often enjoyed outdoor haven. Removing the walls had a bonus effect too—sunlight now streams into the home’s entry.
While the brick of the patio was pre-existing, Robin filled in the area under the roof with bluestone pavers, creating an outdoor rug. The beadboard ceiling stayed in place (there’s a room above).
For furniture, Robin channeled her bohemian tendencies with the client’s traditional New England tastes for a coastal california appeal that is as stylish as it is family-friendly. A piece of salvaged wood from Fan Pier in Boston adds age to the chimney and hanging ferns make the whole tableau look lush.
Shop this outdoor room to create a patio getaway for yourself. Here are Robin’s top sources for outdoor furnishings and accessories: