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!

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.