Cheerful Victorian

Melrose, MA

For this family with young children, Barbara created a fun-colored, kid-friendly, design that melded the owner’s modern and eclectic tastes with the Victorian architecture of the home. For example, in the foyer, a vintage wood cabinet and antique rug compliment the more modern 1950’s Scandinavian inspired block print wallpaper.

Dual areas were created in the living room, one as a media section and the other for more adult conversation. Wood and metal finishes on some of the furniture items neutralize the space, while the teal blue fireplace and leaf green chairs add punch. In the dining room, yellow wood chairs add whimsy, while the reclaimed wood table and indoor/outdoor rug add warmth. A barely used window seat was outfitted with a new cushion and brightly colored throw pillows and is now the most coveted spot in the house. Just off the dining room, a teak desk and glazed ceramic lamp in the wife’s office extend the mid-century modern aesthetic and bold palette used throughout the first floor.

Upstairs, however, Barbara employed a much softer scheme for the primary bedroom, using hues of lavender, gray, navy and white. The accent wall behind the bed is papered in a creamy white thistle pattern on a lavender background, while soft gray and white patterned roman shades are lined with a room-darkening fabric to provide privacy at night

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Boston Globe Magazine, Your Home (July 2018)


Michael J. Lee


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