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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

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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.

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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

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!

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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.

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.

behind the design: install day

One of our favorite days are install days. In just hours, months of design decisions come together to transform a house into a home. These moments however are rarely documented (and our i-phone photos just can’t do them justice!). When our friend, the super talented photographer Lara Woolfson of Studio Nouveau, offered to photograph an install day we jumped at the chance. Thank you Lara for capturing the excitement, choreography and bustle of it all!

001a It starts with the arrival of the delivery van. We have all furnishings sent to a receiver. They inspect each piece when it arrives and then store it until the install day.

001b Watching pieces come out of the delivery van (especially custom pieces like this chair) never gets old. It is like Christmas morning!

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002b The delivery team, Joe and Dylan of Sico Delivery, carefully place each piece of furniture in our client’s home.

003aWhile Joe and Dylan place the larger items like chairs and tables, we tackle opening and assembling the smaller items like lamps.

004a Meanwhile our electrician, Ben, installs all the light fixtures (note: all rough electrical work is completed prior to install day).

004b Sometimes a light fixture will require assembly. Erin hung all 64 of those bone china plates. Big thanks to Erin for her patience – the end result was so worth it!

004cEach piece is placed according to the floor plan we create at the beginning of the project. (Note: the custom window treatments were installed the day before.)

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005b For this project we designed a custom dining banquette. The cabinetry was built on site and painted a few weeks prior. On install day we had the back and seat cushions installed. Seeing our drawings come to life is one of the best parts of our job.

006bOnce all the rugs are laid, furniture is placed, light fixtures are hung, beds are made and pillows are fluffed, we place the art. Moments after the last piece was hung our client arrived home. Seeing her reaction is why install days are our favorite.

Stay tuned for our next blog post with final photos of the space!