In the past couple of years, I have been more inspired by modern/contemporary interiors rather than traditional. However, my recent project in Boston has made me realize that it can be fun and very creative to work in a more “traditional/ formal” mindset. The history and the architecture of Boston inspired me to remember that the cleaner lines of many of today’s interiors all trace back to European and even early American inspiration!
ABOVE: The streets of Boston…
My project is in a pre-war Back Bay townhouse on “Comm Ave.". I have loved learning about the area and understanding the history, and realizing the close proximity of all the exciting things this city has to offer! Whether it is the galleries and retail heaven that is Newbury Street, or the many antique stores found on historic Charles Street, an interior designer can become very inspired in just a two-day visit/installation in Boston!
ABOVE: The front entrance to the townhome
My clients, who recently moved to Boston from Boulder, wanted to use much of their Colorado furniture but make it seem more appropriate for their new city. We also transformed a tiny, outdated dark bathroom into a little-girl, bright white, very functional bath. We installed mahogany paneling in the study and remodeled the entire kitchen, as well as new paint and carpeting throughout. We used a fabric taffeta wall covering in the living room to dress up the furnishings and make it correspond with the more ornate polished brass hardware and elaborate white crown moldings throughout the house.
ABOVE: Looking through the door into the living room
In the powder room, you will find Schumacher wall covering with a Waterworks brass pedestal sink. They have a beautiful elevated balcony that backs up to the exquisite stained glass of a neighboring church. We tried to “open up” and “lighten up” the master bedroom to make the most of this view!
ABOVE: Powder Bath
ABOVE: Bedroom view
ABOVE: The beautiful stained glass
Unfortunately, the kitchen remodel was not complete for this visit, but we transformed the poorly done contemporary into a fresh but very elegant living/working space. White cabinets, walnut butcher block, and intricate hardware, as well as Calacatta Gold Marble countertops are still to be completed, but here’s a picture of the beautiful furniture-grade butcher block which is as high quality as the breakfast table and chairs.
ABOVE: Butcher block
I have been so busy during my four recent trips to Boston that I had not even had a chance to enjoy the infamous lobster roll…before I left this time, I made sure to have one! It was worth the wait!
I love traveling and learning about architecture of different areas, and working with clients on creating their vision! Next stops: Telluride, Colorado and Boca Raton, Florida!
Amy Lee Casey