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:
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.”
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.”