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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!


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.)


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!

portfolio: downtown condo, part 2

Last week we shared a few glimpses into the living room design of the downtown condo featured last month on Houzz. Read on for a few more tidbits on the master bedroom.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown CondoNeutrals of gray and cream keep the room feeling airy and serene, while the coral accents add warmth and contrast. The light blue walls feel soft and sophisticated.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown CondoA bench and ambient light in the way of sconces break up the hallway leading from the master suite entry to the bedroom area. This also created a mini-dressing area just outside of the walk-in closet.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown CondoRight: Walnut bedside tables with hidden storage add a bit of edginess to the otherwise tranquil color scheme.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown CondoA piece by one of our favorite artists, Erin Lynn Welsh, was the perfect addition to the large blank wall beside the bed. The soft blues and corals in the oil painting tie in perfectly with the rest of the room’s color scheme.

Our Three Favorite Features:

  • large scale art by Erin Lynn Welsh via Uprise Art (also featured in the living room)
  • simple cream drapery with a coral Greek Key trim adds privacy, light control, and softness
  • a standard Cisco Brothers headboard is customized with extra height for added drama

portfolio: downtown condo, part 1

We’re excited to share with you a few behind the scenes details from our downtown condo projected featured in Houzz last month. First up, the living room.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown Condo

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown CondoTaking into consideration our clients’ desire to warm up the very modern space we brought in rattans, a range of blues, and cozy layers.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown Condo
As a writer and avid reader, our client needed a desk space and plenty of shelves for his book collection. The solution was a custom designed built-in and desk nook.

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Downtown CondoWith no designated dining area to speak of, we carved out a corner of the open space between the kitchen and living room to build a custom banquette complete with extra storage drawers.

Our Three Favorite Features:

  • large leather ottoman with shelf for feet propping and extra storage
  • the rolling library ladder painted to match the back of the bookshelves
  • warm walnuts featured in the custom dining and desk areas

More photos of this project can be found in our portfolio!