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Boston Globe Feature: Lexington Home, Before & After Photos

We just love a good before and after and our Lexington Home project (recently featured in The Boston Globe!) is no exception. Below we show the transformations of our clients’ breakfast nook, kitchen, and family room. Take a look!

Before + After: Kitchen

When our clients purchased their forever home they were drawn to the good bones, open space, and all the potential it held. The kitchen had a great layout and top of the line appliances, but felt dated and dark. A fresh coat of paint on the cabinets and fun new tile and hardware transformed the once dreary room into a bright and cheerful space that our clients felt more at home in.

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Before + After: Breakfast Nook and Kitchen

Swapping the sage green on the walls for a warm white instantly made the space feel brighter. The out-dated track lighting was replaced with a funky linear chandelier (one of our client’s favorite pieces!). And perhaps the most transformative of all, an under-utilized corner of the kitchen was converted into a fun and functional breakfast nook. The custom banquet is now the most popular spot in the house. Just to the left of the banquet is a new and improved custom built-in featuring additional pantry storage, microwave, a roll out tray for serving tea, and hidden file storage.

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Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Lexington Home

breakfast nook with banquette seating and brass pendant light

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Lexington Home

Before + After: Family Room

The adjacent family room needed a good layout for cozy nights in for a family of three as well as room to spread out for visiting relatives and lots of entertaining. The first step was brightening up the room with a fresh white on the walls and softening the oak floors with a warm gray. Our clients love color so we used every chance we had to introduce it. Every soft surface from the window treatments and rug to upholstery and pillows was layered with warm and inviting color.

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Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Lexington Home

To see a tour of our client’s Lexington Home, head over to our portfolio and blog. You can also read about our feature in The Boston Globe if you like!

Before Photos: Redfin and Zillow Real Estate Listings
After Photos: Joyelle West

hot off the press: the boston globe

We are beyond thrilled to announce that our Lexington Home project was featured in the Sunday edition of Boston Globe Magazine. The story was also released online and graced the home page of The Boston Globe. We loved seeing our wonderful clients loving their bright and cheerful new kitchen!

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breakfast nook with banquette seating and brass pendant light

For more photos of the kitchen and adjacent family room click here. Next up we’ll feature before & after photos of their space. The transformation is too good to miss!

Behind the Design: Commercial Interior Design Project in Downtown Boston | Part II

We’re back with more from our first large commercial interior design project. Read on for a look behind the design of the kitchen, cafe and atrium spaces of this digital design studio, Upstatement.

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Throughout much of the space we embraced a black and white foundation and the kitchen is no exception. We kicked off the design process for the space with a little inspiration (above). We wanted the space to feel bright, but a little moody, stylish and a reflection of our clients.


Our starting point was the balance of classic white subway tile with rich, black cabinets. The cement tile featured on the peninsula adds bold pattern to the space while keeping true to our color story. To warm things up we layered in wood and metal stools and a custom made wooden floating shelf to display art, greenery, and kitchwares. Sleek black sconces draw your eye up and highlight the shelves contents.

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In the cafe, we created a canopy of lights, all which are dimmable to suit changing needs whether it be lunch, a party, or a slideshow (a drop down screen is hidden in the ceiling of the space). The custom tables are all square giving employees the option to reconfigure the set up for more intimate tête-à-têtes or larger working lunches.

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Along one large wall, we saw the opportunity for a comfortable and stylish seating area and designed custom banquets with a fun light install just overhead. You’ll find our booth and lighting inspiration above.


On the wall on which the banquets sit we installed a beautiful ombre wallpaper that goes from a deep teal to black creating a rich and dramatic backdrop for the cozy space.


Our clients had recently expanded and acquired an additional floor which needed to be connected with their existing space just above. The large, open staircase was calling for something dramatic. Through careful planning, numerous drawings, and a meticulous install we lit up the atrium space with a seemingly organic arrangement of capiz and pewter globe lights. The result is dazzling.

Next up the Partner’s Lounge!

Until next time,
Miggy + Roisin

Inspiration photos: 1. Jenna Sue Design / 2. Studio McGee / 3. Architectural Digest / 4. Daniel Nagaets

Behind the Design: Commercial Interior Design Project in Downtown Boston | Part I

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We are so excited to give you a behind the scenes look into our first large scale commercial interior design project. While residential interior design is our forte, when we were approached by the founders of Upstatement, a digital design studio in downtown Boston, to design their office space, we enthusiastically said yes.

After having acquired an additional 7,000 square feet of office space, they were looking for an interior designer’s expertise to address not only aesthetics, but also the all-important functionality for a growing firm. And while their office operates as a place of business, they were most interested in bringing a warm, inviting and residential feel to their new space as opposed to the more sleek and contemporary spaces often seen in their industry. That’s where we came in.

We started with the raw industrial shell as our jumping off point.

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The initial concept for the reception space/waiting room included:

  • rough exposed brick juxtaposed with fresh white on the walls
  • a rich and colorful geometric flat weave rug
  • a mix of neutral fabrics for the upholstery pieces
  • natural rattans, woods, and greenery to pull it all together

Below are a couple of inspiration images we presented to convey the overall vibe of the space.

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Here’s a look at our presentation board with the completed space just below.dowtown boston office reception interior design presentation board twelve chairs

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Portland Street

A key part of our process includes sourcing inspiration images that can effectively communicate interior design concepts to our clients. The left image below illustrates the concept for the large scale and rigid spacing of the gallery wall shown in the waiting room.

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The right image shows a large space divided by open, free standing shelves which we designed to separate the waiting room from adjacent open concept workspaces. Take a look at the completed spaces just following.



Stay tuned next week for a look at the kitchen, cafe, and atrium spaces.

Until then!

Miggy + Roisin

Inspiration Photos: 1. Jessica Helgerson / 2. Amber Interiors / 3. Plastolux via Galerie Miquel Alzueta / 4. Arch Daily via Facet Studio Architects


Tour for a Cure Milton Home Kitchen

This upcoming Thursday, one of our favorite projects will be featured on a Milton home tour for a fundraiser for Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. The project included a custom island in the kitchen, a built-in homework/ craft space, a bright and cheerful sitting room, a cozy family room for games and movie night, and a sophisticated living room perfect for entertaining. For pictures of the spaces and more about each room visit our past blog posts here and here.

Roisin and I will be at the home during the tour and at Steel and Rye for the after party to answer any questions about the space, provide some design inspiration, and help to raise funds for a great cause. This wonderful event is being put on by William Raveis and tickets can be purchased through their website.  We hope to see you on Thursday!