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JOIN US FOR A MILTON HOME TOUR

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!

Seeking Junior Designer

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We are so excited to announce that we’re expanding the Twelve Chairs team! We’re looking for qualified candidates with experience in executing high end residential design projects. If you’re passionate about interior design and are excited about the idea of working in a fast-paced, collaborative and growing small business we’d love to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Create and manage project timelines and budgets
  • Create construction drawings including plans, elevations, sections, and details that can be used for ordering and communicating with contractors, workrooms, and vendors
  • Creates presentation drawings to communicate design ideas to clients
  • Meet independently with contractors and vendors to discuss pricing, selections and drawings
  • Schedule and attend site visits and obtain contractor estimates
  • Serve as main point person for workrooms and contractors from design development through execution
  • Oversee contracted work as it is executed and installed (drapery, electrical, carpentry, etc)
  • Research and vet new workrooms and contractors as needed
  • Managing and maintaining client files

Requirements

  • 30 hours a week, Monday – Friday, occasional early mornings
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience at a high end residential interior design firm
  • Degree in interior design
  • Proficient in AutoCad or SketchUp, Illustrator, and Excel; Design Manager is a plus
  • Valid drivers license and willingness to travel to job sites and vendors
  • Experience working with and managing contractors
  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively with clients, contractors and vendors
  • Familiarity with residential design standards, specifications, and construction processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

To Apply

Please email resumes and sample portfolio in single PDF to hello@twelvechairsboston.com with the subject line Junior Designer

wanted! superstar intern

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We’re on the look out for a superstar design intern to assist in the studio one day per week beginning this spring. To apply please email your resume to hello@twelvechairsboston.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

by appointment only

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Beginning September 7th, Twelve Chairs will be open by appointment only. We’re shifting our focus from full-time shop to our design studio and full-scale clients. We look forward to continuing to be a resource for new, vintage, and custom pieces for designers and customers alike. To set up an appointment, shoot us an e-mail at hello@twelvechairsboston.com or give us a call at 617.982.6136. Hope to hear from you soon!

tip of the trade: buying vintage

Have you heard of Chairish? It’s a great new online marketplace for vintage furniture and home decor. Our shop recently debuted on the site and to celebrate we are sharing our top tips for buying vintage.

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1. MAKE A LIST. In your phone type a list of any vintage pieces you are on the hunt for. Phones are ideal because its rare these days to leave home without our devices. Be sure to include measurements of the spaces where theses pieces are intended to live. This way when you come across a darling painting in an antique store you’ll be able to verify it will fit just perfectly on that empty wall in your entryway.

2. BRING A TAPE MEASURE. The scale of furniture can be deceiving (especially when you are shopping at an outdoor market). Refer to your handy phone list to double check dimensions before buying. This is especially a helpful hint when purchasing  tables and casegoods.

3. BUY WHAT YOU LOVE. Buying vintage is personal. Like art, it should resonate with you. Ignore the trends and invest in pieces that speak to you. These are the pieces that will give your home soul.

4. BEWARE OF PROJECTS. You come across this upholstered chair at an amazing price. It has a great looking frame, but the fabric is dated and worn. You think to yourself, “no big deal I’ll just have it reupholstered”. While this can be a great idea it is also one that requires an investment of time and funds. Before buying make sure you love the chair enough that you are committed to its refurbishing.

5. GET CHATTY. Dealers can be fantastic sources of knowledge. Whether it be the story behind a piece, other local dealers to visit, or the best place in town to grab lunch, talking up a dealer is a great idea.

6. HAGGLE LIKE A PRO. Here is our go to approach when shopping antique fairs (note: this is one venue where haggling is appropriate and even encouraged). Discover a piece you love and then decide what you would be willing to pay for it. Ask the dealer what their best price is on the piece. If their price matches your price – sold! Also if you are considering multiple pieces be sure to let the dealer know.

{all photographs by Amber Hakim}