Project Replay: Boston Townhouse Living Room



If you’re on Facebook, you’ll be familiar with the “memory” feature where they give you some of the highlights from posts from the same day going back several years. Today, mine was reminding me that this Boston townhouse living room project I did was featured in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine on January 17, 2010. It was our first major piece of press, and while we’ve been lucky to have had lots of great press since, you always remember your first with great fondness! Written by Jaci Conry and photographed by my friend Michael J. Lee, the article was titled Strategic Splurges and focused on how to get a complete high-end look while mixing in items from different price points.

Here’s a peak at the “before”:


The challenge of this project was to bring back the elegance of the original late 19th century Boston townhouse while making it work for a modern young family with an 18-month old. While our client’s home is three-stories, it’s only 1 room wide x 2 deep, plus the stairwell and landings running up the middle. The living room is only about 11′ x 13′ with a bay window. As the home only had two bedrooms, the living room had to double as a guest room and also a home office when the Mrs. worked from home. Additionally, all the fabrics had to be very durable and cleanable. I can share that these photos were actually taken nearly two years after the room was finished and despite getting some real use (and the occasional spilled milk) the room looked liked new. It drives me crazy when people say they can’t have anything nice while their children are young – projects like this show that you certainly can and with today’s great washable fabric choices, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a luxe and stylish space without worrying about anything being too precious to be used.


We fit a small round center hall table from Baker Furniture into the bay, along with two side chairs, for days when my client worked from home. The velvet arm chairs were from Mitchell Gold and covered in a washable velvet from Robert Allen.


The sofa was from Baker Furniture and covered in a soft, nubby chenille that looked more like antique velvet. The oriental carpet from Landry & Arcari in Boston was just the right shade of beige with enough pattern to hide any traffic patterns.


A detail of the original parquet floors which we had refinished. The people my clients bought the place from had nearly destroyed these beautiful old floors.


And the view looking across  the hall towards the media room, which featured three large tv’s on the wall for this sports loving family.

I hope you enjoyed this retrospective of one of my favorite projects!

xoxo Linda

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