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Personalized Design Package: Classic Family Room

We wanted to share a sneak peek of another Personalized Design Package project. A family in Lexington reached out to us in the process of renovating some rooms in their home. They had hired a contractor to do some work in their family room and with structural renovation plans underway, they decided it was time to start thinking about the interior design.

Personalized Design Package | Lexington Family Room

When describing the space that they envisioned, they used words such as ‘warm’,  ‘inviting’, and ‘family friendly’. They had two school aged boys and a large extended family, so they needed a place where they could entertain a crowd and an area where their boys could settle in and do homework during the week. They also wanted the room to feel elevated and ‘adult’, where they, as parents, could curl up and enjoy some quiet time by the fireplace.

Personalized Design Package | Lexington Family Room

For our clients, an important element of the design would be having the ability to “sit test” their new sofa. Generally,  we recommend testing out major upholstery pieces, especially if comfort is an influencing factor. With the layout and floor plan established for the space, we jumped into sourcing and made it our priority to use local resources and vendors.

Personalized Design Package | Lexington Family Room

We recommended a fresh coat of paint in a subtle and soft wash of gray to brighten up and refresh their previous yellow walls. Then we layered hues of coral and blue pastels throughout. We love incorporating texture and pattern through pillows and throws to bring in a touch of warmth and dimension to the space. Then, to finish off the family room, we recommend a cohesive collection of art. Two oversized double-hung prints fit perfectly on a large blank wall, while smaller scaled complimentary pieces accentuate other focal points in the room.

Personalized Design Package | Lexington Family Room

You can also find more of our other Personalized Design Package designs here and here.

Personalized Design Package: South Boston Loft

We’ve been wrapping up a lot of projects in the past few months and wanted to share one of our latest Personalized Design Package designs with you.

Our client, a busy professional who travels constantly for work, had recently moved into a gorgeous South Boston loft (brick walls, floor to ceiling windows, tons of space!) and was looking to cozy it up. She loved the loft’s modern and industrial feel, but really wanted to transform the space into a welcoming oasis where she could unwind and relax at the end of stressful days. Her style was sophisticated and chic. So to kick things off, we started looking at inspiration photos to nail down the vibe. Take a look!

Personalized Design Package | South Boston Loft

After discussing the images and vision for her home, we decided on the color palette: layered neutrals with lots of textured detail. This concept would be the driving force behind the design. Now that we had a defined direction, we jumped into sourcing and began gathering the perfect pieces for each room. Below you’ll see the design board that we presented for her living room.

Personalized Design Package | South Boston Loft

One design challenge with her home was defining and giving purpose to each square foot of her gracious living space. It, alone, was almost 400 square feet! To help ground the living space and provide a focal point for the seating area in the room, we placed a 8′ ft long media console against one wall. We loved that the lines of the piece felt streamlined and clean, but that it didn’t feel too weighty for being so large. Incorporating a t.v. in the space was also important to our client. Knowing that this console provide so much surface area was great, so we suggested positioning the t.v. off center and then balancing it with a moody accent lamp and a curated collection of plants.

Personalized Design Package | South Boston Loft

We love incorporating texture through accessories and think that it brings a touch of warmth and dimension to every space. For our client, we sourced a thick chunky knit throw, neutral sofa pillows with organic and geometric shapes, woven baskets for plants, and a couple cozy oversized floor cushions for additional seating and everyday lounging.

Personalized Design Package | South Boston Loft

You can also find more of our other Personalized Design Package designs here and here.

Inspiration Photos: 1. Thomas O’Brien / 2. Hewing Hotel / 3. Domino / 4. Jessica Helgerson

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.