Thoughtfully Planned Updates

Thoughtfully Planned Updates

I’m wrapping up a project with clients who moved from a suburban, stately Colonial brick home to a new construction, contemporary condominium in Boston. Even though they were making big changes, one of the clients’ goals from the start was to move some of their existing furniture to the new home, for several reasons:

To keep furniture that they were fond of and that was in good shape/perfectly fine to move to the new home (for example, coffee tables and side tables).

To maintain the color scheme that they already loved in their current home (especially applicable with valuable area rugs and art).

To keep sustainability in mind and use items already owned, rather than purchase new items.

We were able to re-use and reupholster several pieces, including two sofas, two lounge chairs, and eight dining room chairs. We selected fabrics that worked with the area rugs that the client wanted to move to the new home, but I added a fresh touch by moving away from the existing,  traditional color scheme featuring lots of red and introducing a color scheme based on blue and beige with accents of red. It all ties together very well. I also freshened up the upholstery by changing some of the details to make the pieces less traditional and more contemporary. The reupholstered furniture fits in well in the clients’ new living room, dining room and office/library.

For the primary bedroom, the clients opted for a new, upholstered bed in a beautiful beige and teal blue herringbone fabric. The bed ties in with new valances and a neutral, beige area rug to create a serene and comfortable bedroom.

The project included new window treatments, including Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades for bedrooms, wood blinds for bathrooms, roman shades for the office/library, and sheer drapery panels with handsome, tailored cornices for the living room and dining room. The cornices add a finishing band of color and texture without being heavy or overwhelming.

The clients are very happy with the results, so I’m happy too!


Soft colors and textures for the primary bedroom

A combination of classic colors will complement the client’s living room area rug

The new dining chair fabric fits in nicely too

Elegant fabric for sheer draperies plus a fun textured fabric for the cornices