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Portfolio: Lexington Home, Kitchen & Family Room

We’re so excited to share our latest project with you that was recently published on Houzz! Selected for the feature Kitchen of the Week, this Lexington Home has been praised as a beautiful “bright and happy family space” and we couldn’t agree more. Read on and take a look!

kitchen renovation with breakfast nook and brass light fixtures

breakfast nook with banquette seating brass pendant light

blue kitchen cabinets with brass hardware facelift renovation update

blue kitchen cabinets with brass pulls and terracotta tile

breakfast nook with pantry cabinet

family room with blue velvet sofa, yellow chair, and roman shades

Be sure to check out our Houzz Feature for the fully story and all the before and after details of this kitchen transformation! All photos by the talented Joyelle West.

A Closer Look at the Personalized Design Package

Personalized Design Package | Presentation Board

Last fall we launched the Personalized Design Package and it has quickly become one of our most asked about services. We thought it would be fun (and helpful!) to walk through an actual project.

STEP 1: GETTING IN TOUCH A wonderful young family with two active boys reached out to us for help designing their living room. They had tried tackling the project on their own, but were getting frustrated finding the perfect pieces. They wanted a comprehensive design plan with all the furniture, lighting, art and decor sourced along with the flexibility of ordering the items on their own. They were the perfect candidates for our Personalized Design Package.

STEP 2: SITE VISIT We started with a site visit to talk about their vision for the room functionally, aesthetically and financially. We chatted about the layout of the space – what was working in the space for them and what was presenting a challenge. We discussed budget – what pieces they wanted to invest in and which items weren’t as important to them. We looked at images of interiors they liked – what colors did they love and what furniture styles did they hate. During the site visit we also documented existing pieces they wanted to incorporate into the new design and took dimensions and photos of the space.Personalized Design Package | Floor PlanSTEP 3: FLOOR PLAN With a clear vision of the family’s functional requirements, an understanding of how they wanted the space to look and feel, and their budget defined, we jumped into the design. For us, the first step is the floor plan. A little behind the design fact: in our studio, either Miggy or I (Roisin) will draw up a floor plan (or multiple depending on the complexity of the space) and present it to the other for feedback and critique. It is the resulting “two designers are better than one” floor plan that is ultimately presented to the client.

STEP 4: SOURCING With the floor plan as our guide, we moved into the sourcing phase. One of the most frequently asked questions by prospective clients is: “Where do you source furniture and accessories from?” It’s a great question and the answer is everywhere. We have our tried and true “go to” lines that we love for their consistent quality and style. We also love mixing local and one of a kind finds into our designs. We sourced the vintage kilim rug from a Turkish etsy shop, coffee tables from one of our favorite neighborhood shops Lekker, and abstract prints from an art studio in Australia.

Personalized Design Package | Presentation Pages

Personalized Design Package | Wall Elevation

STEP 5: PREPARING THE PRESENTATION Once we have all the pieces sourced we put together presentation boards to share with our client. Above, you’ll see the main board that shows the entire design. We also put together boards for individual pieces so that our clients can see each item in more detail.

STEP 6: PRESENTATION CALL Over the phone we presented the living room design to our clients. We walked them through the floor plan, discussed details for each individual piece, and answered all of their questions. They loved the design! 

Personalized Design Package | Pinterest Board

STEP 7: SHOPPING LIST After the call we compiled an exceptionally detailed shopping list with all the information they needed to purchase and execute the design on their own. Sent over via Pinterest, it included all of the direct purchasing links, dimensions, and specs for every single product featured in the design. If there are any special instructions (for example where to hang art) we include that guidance too.

STEP 8: BRINGING THE DESIGN TO LIFE Over the course of the next few weeks our clients implemented the design, e-mailing us progress photos along the way (our favorite part!).

Interested in more information on our Personalized Design Package? Check out our F.A.Q. post or reach out to us by phone or email. We would love to hear from you!

Portfolio: Milton Home, Family Room & Kid’s Corner

Across the hall from the soft and sophisticated Living Room is a colorful and casual Family Room. For this space, the goal was to create a room that was bright, cheery and family friendly. We also designed the family’s sun room (home to one of our favorite custom millwork solutions). Let us give you a tour!

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeThis oversized ottoman is the ultimate family room furniture piece. It is a stage, a jumping platform and a spot to kick back and put up your feet.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeGrasscloth wallcovering is one of our go-tos for adding texture and depth to a room. In this space, it also adds a fun color to the walls. It was the perfect backdrop for this original watercolor by Skaneateles artist Barbara Delmonico.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeThe custom roman shades in this room are some of our all time favorites. The pom-pom detail adds a whimsical, fun-loving touch.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeOne of our objectives was to carve out a space that could be used for art projects and homework. Adjacent to the kitchen was the perfect spot. We designed a space for both work and display. The tackable wall and upper shelf has become a rotating gallery wall. Every time we visit, we find it filled with their girls’ latest creations.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeThe sun room also doubles as a play room. The ottomans (a second one is not in the picture) are true multi-taskers. The tray top is removable so when not being used for puzzles or games it can quickly become an extra seat.

More images of this beautiful Milton Home can be found in our portfolio.
All photos by Joyelle West.

Portfolio: Milton Home, Living Room

We are so thrilled to share this beautiful living room that we designed for a lovely Milton family. With three young children, they designated this as a grown-ups only space: a room where they could entertain friends or escape with a good book.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeThe daybed is the star of the floor plan. It is the perfect transition piece, the link between two distinct seating areas (one by the fireplace and one in the bay window).

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeDesign is in the details. Here, you can find it in the dots, an element repeated in subtle ways throughout the space.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeSome palettes are inspired by a rug, others a piece of art, for this room the stunning Christopher Farr Wallpaper was the jumping off point.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeOne of our favorite moments in the design process is when we uncover the perfect piece for a room. For this project, that moment came when we discovered the 1970s Curtis Jere Birds sculpture. It was exactly what the space over the mantle was craving.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Milton HomeA contrast welt is one of our favorite ways to celebrate and emphasize a beautiful silhouette.

Many thanks to the talented photographer Joyelle West for capturing the feel of this space so accurately. You can see more of the Milton Home Project in our portfolio.

our signature design service

Twelve Chairs | Portfolio | Lexington Farmhouse

Our Signature Design Service is a comprehensive full scale design option. Whether the scope of your project is a single room or your entire home, new construction or a renovation, we’ll guide your project each step of the way from its initial conception to the finishing touches of implementing the design.

Inclusive in our Signature Service are custom floor plans; the sourcing of all furniture, fabrics, art work, accessories and decor; custom millwork and bespoke one-of-a-kind pieces; the selection of finishes, fixtures and window treatments; as well as the hiring and managing of contractors and the coordination of deliveries and installations.

For an inside look at how it works, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions below.

Q: What is the first step?
A: When considering our Signature Service, many clients first hire us for an At-Home Consultation, while others prefer to visit us at our studio for an informal meet and greet to discuss the details of their project. If a phone call is easiest, we can set that up too. After meeting or chatting we’ll send over a project proposal for your review and approval.

Q: What is your process?
A: We split up the design process into two phases:

  • Design Development:
    Once you’ve signed off on the proposal, we’ll start with an on-site meeting to establish the scope of the project and take measurements and photos of your space. We’ll talk in depth about your functional requirements and aesthetic preferences and then begin developing the design direction for your home. Our collaboration will continue through a series of in-person meetings and presentations where we’ll deliver floor plans and design concepts for all spaces, followed by selections for furniture and lighting as well as designs for custom millwork and window treatments. We’ll also propose a curated selection of new, vintage and uniquely sourced works of art and accessories to style your freshly designed space.
  • Design Execution:
    Once the design is approved, we’ll begin processing orders with our vendors and overseeing the logistics of shipping and receiving. We’ll also organize contracted labor and manage the on-site coordination of any work that will take place at your home. The final step is the install when the furniture is delivered, the art is hung and surfaces are thoughtfully styled.

Q: Can I incorporate existing pieces into the design?
A: Of course! We’re happy to incorporate existing furnishings or treasured family heirlooms into the design. During our first on-site meeting, let us know which pieces you would like to keep and we’ll take measurements and photos of each.

Q: What is the timeline?
A: Timelines vary depending upon the scope and complexity of each project. Design development is projected to take about 8 to 12 weeks while the design execution is dependent on lead times of products and contractor schedules.

Q: This sounds like the right fit. How do I start?
A: Contact us. We’d love to hear from you!