Home Tour: A Casually Refined Boston-Area Abode
In an effort to meld their different tastes and aesthetics to create a warm kid-friendly home, the clients of Kelly Davis Healy and Stacey Scott Clarimundo of Boston-based design firm Davis Scott called upon the pair to help them utilize some of their existing furniture pieces, while injecting their home with a fresh look. Seeking to create a comfortable space for the couple and their young daughter, the team went to work to create a cozy atmosphere in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Victorian-style home that would work for their family, while also functioning well for entertaining both intimate and medium-sized groups.
Searching for design inspiration, the team initially gravitated toward eclectic, layered interiors.
“The first imagery we looked at was of Amanda Peet's home, which ended up proving to be a little too bohemian, but we liked the overall vibe of the space and the eclectic mixing of styles,” says Clarimundo. “We liked it as a starting point but knew it needed to be a little more refined to match our client’s taste.”
To create a timeless yet casual and collected design, the team utilized a combination of midcentury modern-inspired furniture pieces and bright, punchy fabrics and patterns. Classic accessories and modern artwork add a sophisticated, personal touch.
The resulting space enables anyone sitting in the grouping to pivot to face either of the larger seating arrangements while also functioning as a conversation space of its own.
The home’s living room, which runs the entire length of the house from back to font, presented a design challenge. “It was feeling more like two very separate spaces instead of one big room with different zones,” says Healy.
“Our challenge was to create multiple seating zones so many people could fit in the space, but we also wanted to be very careful not to just cram furniture in,” the designers share.
To connect the two resulting seating arrangements, both of which are anchored by sofas, the designers created a third flexible space in the center made up of a pair of Hans Wegner easy chairs and a modern bench.
A large broadloom rug from Landry & Arcari further connects the spaces. “The idea is that accent rugs could be added over it in the future if a new look is desired,” notes Healy.
Both published English professors at a local university, the designer’s clients find themselves utilizing their new larger dining table for work and writing.
Though metal Tolix chairs used to be the couple’s primary dining seating, the new Saarinen Executive chairs proved to be a cozy upgrade. “The armchairs are so comfy!” Healy exclaims. “Although they liked the style of their Tolix chairs, they felt too cold and hard for long-term seating.”
The designers were able to utilize the original dining chairs elsewhere, using some to flank a buffet.
No doubt inspired by their client’s literary backgrounds, the designers carved out several spaces for reading and relaxing.
Luckily for the designers, their client’s existing décor was easy to work into the new design. “Our clients have amazing taste,” says Clarimundo. “We used all of their own artwork and most of their existing accessories to style with. It was so nice to not have to edit much out!”
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