Cheerful Melrose Victorian

For this family with young children, Barbara created a fun-colored, kid-friendly, design that melded the owner's modern and eclectic tastes with the Victorian architecture of the home. 

In the entry, Barbara switched out old the wallpaper, replacing a frumpy floral with a stylized floral pattern inspired by a 1950s Scandinavian block print. A vintage wood cabinet and antique Persian geometric rug round out the vignette.  

Since the living room was a long, rectangular room, Barbara created two distinct seating areas. A media section in the front contains a sectional, felted round ottoman and a side table. In the rear of the living room, a round gray coffee table is flanked by four chairs: two custom-upholstered chairs in a leaf green fabric plus two Eames moded plywood chairs in a wood finish. The bright teal blue fireplace mantle and brown and white cowhide rug add a touch of whimsy. Throw pillows and roman shades in fun hues of green, blue and yellow bring color to the mostly neutral based scheme.  

The fun color scheme extends into the dining room where a "worry-free", indoor/outdoor rug lays under the couple's existing reclaimed wood farmhouse table. In the center of the room, the George Nelson pendant light adds softness and structure without distraction. Barbara spruced up a barely used window seat, now known as the “cuddle corner,” transforming it into the most coveted spot in the house. Just off the dining room, a teak desk and glazed ceramic lamp in the wife’s office extend the mid-century modern aesthetic and bold palette used throughout the first floor.

Upstairs, however, Barbara employed a much softer scheme for the master bedroom, using hues of lavender, gray, navy and white. The accent wall behind the bed is papered in a creamy white thistle pattern on a lavender background, while soft gray and white honeycombed patterned roman shades are lined with a room-darkening fabric to provide privacy at night.  

This design project was also featured in the Boston Globe Magazine "Your Home" issue on July 29 2018. Click here for a link to the article:

Photo credit: Michael J. Lee

Project year: 2016