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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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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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

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

We wrap up our series on our downtown Boston commercial interior design project with a couple of co-working spaces and the all-important restrooms!

With a growing team that has a very collaborative approach to their work, co-working spaces for brainstorming, creating, and debriefing were a very important aspect of the design for Upstatement. They needed to be dynamic, good looking, and functional.

The first co-working space we tackled addressed the need for small group sessions and conference calls. Because the main working area is an open concept with desks in close proximity, quite space was a necessity. Before we came on the project, the owners had designated a space for “phone booths.” We loved the idea of these cozy nooks. You’ll find a couple of our inspiration images below with the final result just following.

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commercial interior design boston twelve chairs boston

Continuing our use of black into the photo booths created a moody vibe. We worked with local craftsman for the custom built in tables which are made of oak with a walnut stain and powder coated legs in a deep teal. The leather upholstered benches add a warm, sophisticated tone, and the ethnic print on the pillows add a touch of color and pattern. The sleek wall sconce is a like a piece of art on the prominent back wall.

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commercial interior design boston twelve chairs boston

A collaborative and flexible space was also needed for larger team meetings. Whiteboards are an intragrel part of the working process for Upstatement, but we weren’t crazy about the aesthetics of them. By using whiteboard paint in place of an actual white board, we were able to create a dramatic floating wall, that divides up the large open space. It functions as a built-in white board for massive brainstorm sessions. To complete the concept we added stylish black and brass wall sconces. The desks are custom built and modular giving the space multiple options for rearranging and accommodating various group sizes. The comfortable leather desk chairs add a warm and sophisticated last layer.

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The two floors occupied by Upstatement, had four identical shells of a bathroom; very nondescript and humdrum. We jump at any chance we get to jazz up a space with wallpaper and these rooms were the perfect backdrop. Using four distinct patterns, all in black and white, the lackluster lavatories received a much needed facelift. We finished off the spaces with large round mirrors and the same wall sconces used for the phone booths, but in a white finish.

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Thanks to Upstatement for a wonderful experience! We’re looking forward to our next opportunity to tackle another commercial space.

Until next time,

Miggy + Roisin

Inspiration photos: 1. Studio O + A via ArchDaily / 2. M Moser Associates via Office Snapshots

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 III

This summer we wrapped up a large scale commercial interior design project in downtown Boston for the digital design firm Upstatement. You can read all about the design for the reception space/waiting room here as well as the kitchen, cafe, and atrium spaces here.

A huge priority for the company’s founders was the interior design of their Partner’s Lounge. Part hang-out space for the three co-owners and part private meeting room, they wanted the space to feel stylish yet relaxed; a room where they could discuss important business, but also get away from it all and play guitar, get inspired, and lounge. As always we began with some inspiration to communicate the vibe we were looking to achieve.

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The starting point for the design began with the concept of black for the walls and ceiling as well as a streamlined and adaptable concept for showcasing their growing art collection.

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To contrast with the dark walls we specified a large cream colored sectional with an ethnic, textured, and graphic mix of pillows. For color we added a bold, geometric rug, a powder coated baby blue side table, and Upstatement’s own selection of fun and funky art. We also wanted to layer in warmer tones which we achieved with the leather wingback chair (a highly covetable seat!) and a walnut bookshelf. Last, but certainly not least, we introduced a variety of lights: an architectural tripod floor lamp/side table, a large textured table lamp, and a statement semi-flush mount in brass for the ceiling.

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The final result is a room that’s cozy and comfortable while meeting all the functional needs for the Upstatement co-founders.

We have one more post on this dynamic project headed your way. Next we’ll give a “behind the design” look at some of their co-working spaces as well as the all-important restrooms.

Until then!

Miggy + Roisin

Inspiration photos: 1. Architectural Digest / 2. STYLIZIMO

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