Shannon Feeney introduced audacious color to the family room with textiles and accessories.
Formal dining takes place at the room’s opposite end.
Eastman discovered the covered patio’s driftwood table base at the Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford and gave it a see-through top.
Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis lines the powder room’s walls.
A curvaceous, hand-crafted dining table offsets the straight lines of the architecture.
The cantilevered design of the steel bed repeats the theme of the home’s architecture.
A spiral staircase leads from the garage to the studio.
A concrete plinth serves as a grand terrace for the walk-out lower level.
The kitchen’s glossy surfaces reflect light.
Minimalist materials soften the home’s impact on the site.
In the home office, metal spheres bring an element of softness to the composition
The bedrooms curtains, made from metal mesh, and the sleek Woodmeister-made headboard contribute to the industrial sensibility.
A live-edge walnut slab tops a desk in the master bedroom.
A live-edge walnut slab on Plexiglass legs forms the dining table, from Hudson Furniture.
The kitchen, with its wall of Japanese ceramic tile, sits at the center of the unit and opens to the home office. Cabinets built by Woodmeister Master Builders were treated to a coat of shiny paint that resembles a metal surface.
Mixed with the industrial sensibility, bits of whimsy include a Terzani light fixture and gilded branches in the frame surrounding the sofa and on the built-in shelves.
A bright red bench by Bouvé Woodworking and a contemporary painting add zest to the complex textures and colors of the entry. The Venetian plaster walls and ceiling, as well as the tiled walls were designed to resemble concrete and stone.
Magnificent views of the Charles River and Back Bay attracted the homeowner to the lofty condominium.
A built-in upholstered headboard maximizes space.
The family room decor began with the blue-and-cream abstract rug that is, says Elms, "a total wow."
An oval table and light fixture are fluid counterpoints to the dining banquette’s regimented, contrast-welt grid.
The Boston apartment wears a contemporary palette of grays, taupes, and gold. Vintage lamps add a layer of history to new pieces, such as the richly textured gold sofa by Paul Gaucher of Icon Group.
The view from a rooftop terrace is nothing short of spectacular.
A Pottery Barn Teen cupboard with cutouts, lavender drapery fabric from Duralee, and a John Robshaw quilt give eleven-year-old Emma’s room an edge.
Vintage orange chairs complement Kerri’s artwork with a bit of extra punch in the television room. The ottoman is another custom D2 Interieurs design.
A palette of cool blues creates a soothing atmosphere in the master bedroom.
Colorful accessories pop in the living room, where walls of Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black set off the crisp white trim and shelves.
A custom table by D2 Interieurs holds sculptural pieces in the dining room, which Kerri sometimes uses for client meetings.
A navy-blue wall adds depth to the master bedroom. The shag rug is cut to the width of the custom platform bed’s upholstered headboard.
The recess in the kitchen pantry cabinetry was meant to display art, but the client’s need for entertaining space led to the last-minute purchase of swivel lounge chairs.
A built-in banquette in white matte lacquer gives the dining area a casual, restaurant-style feel.
Living room seating by B&B Italia is suitable for large crowds or intimate groups. The chairs, featuring a sculptural shape and sexy zipper up the back, were chosen for good looks when seen from any angle.
The glossy Dakota Jackson table in the hall outside the master suite has a floating glass top and leather-front drawers.
Designer Leslie Fine gave the master suite luxurious touches like the bed wall upholstered in suede and a plush tete-a-tete chaise.
Mirror-mounted sconces with crystal sprays set the entry’s glamorous tone.
A field of porcelain tile edged and accented with stainless-steel strips stands in for a rug beneath the dining table.
Twin seating areas, tiered ceiling coffers, and soft corner drapes give the expansive -living room the warmth and intimacy of a smaller space. Mica panels in the chandelier add sparkle to the room’s quiet palette.
The long, live-edge walnut table links the kitchen and dining areas, with seating at one end and a concrete slab with a bronze-lined sink at the other.
The live-edge dining table helped inspire the overall design.
Vertical and horizontal elements form a pleasing composition, as in the tall wall of slate above a long, narrow fireplace mantel.
A wall of walnut that begins at about the average height of most kitchens adds a note of warmth.
An Italian chandelier casts a glow on a custom table by Keith Fritz.
A cibachrome print by Vee Speers and a sculpture by Donald De Lue claim a niche of their own.
The multipurpose wall is "like a sculpture interacting with the art," explains architect Carlos Ridruejo. "Based on the simple geometry of an exploding square, its design is intended to create interest, not overpower." The owners take pride in their art collection, which includes the bronze sculpture by Pablo Eduardo.
In the guest room, a lithograph by Robert Longo hangs on a wall painted in Benjamin Moore’s Galveston Gray.
In the show-stopping master bath, the walls are crafted of wide slabs of marble that are perfectly book-matched to appear seamless. The same marble was used for the shelving and, cut into strips and laid in a herringbone pattern, on the floor. Sconces from Circa Lighting and a sculpture from Marc Hall Objekt add the finishing touches.
Diaphanous wool-and-mohair curtains, in Ethereal by Threads at Lee Jofa, offer some privacy while still allowing natural light into the master bedroom. Jim Thompson fabric covers the custom-designed winged headboard. Behind the bed, Reclining Figure, a midcentury painting by Peter Busa, is a colorful counterpoint to the room’s serene grays.
The study, which the homeowner uses more for relaxing than for work, features a sofa from Casa Design outfitted in Donghia mohair in the same hue as the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper. The mixed-media artwork is by the contemporary Argentine artist Claudio Roncoli.
The living room’s second sitting area plays host to a Kyle Bunting coffee table and armless chairs upholstered in cashmere velvet.
A Moroccan silk shag rug and black-and-silver wallpaper strike a sumptuous tone in the dining room, where a David Weeks chandelier illuminates a round walnut table.
The sophisticated kitchen sports a skyline marble mosaic backsplash and a mix of painted and stainless-steel cabinets. Arctic Pear light fixtures by Ochre gleam above an island of snow-white quartz.
Black Venetian plaster walls and geometric marble floors in the foyer make for a dramatic entrance. The sunflower painting is by the American artist Keith Shaw Williams.
Reflective pieces such as the sconces, a custom mirror, and a console in polished nickel and shagreen add sparkle to the windowless space.
In a living room sitting area that looks out on Boston Common, B&B Italia high-back chairs with long-hair Mongolian cushions keep company with a tub chair and sofa from Holly Hunt. The bronze sculpture, Blade II, is by Guy Dill.
The master bedroom takes the home’s colorful palette down just a notch, adding gray to create a quiet, relaxing ambience.
Rebuilding the rear brick wall gave the design team the chance to add large windows to the spacious kitchen, a cook’s dream with its horizontal-grain walnut cabinets and stainless-steel counters and appliances.
The master bedroom sets a bold tone with a richly painted red accent wall.
The master bathroom takes a more serene tone with a floating teak vanity and large soaking tub.
Plentiful windows and a wide door lead to a large terrace off the living room, marrying indoor and outdoor spaces.
The living room bids welcome with an easy formality. Herringbone floors, a traditional wood mantel, and ornate plasterwork on the ceiling nod to the past but share space with modern sofas, throw pillows, and artwork.
The kitchen is as well-loved as it is often-used, with plenty of room at the long walnut table for sit-down dinners with family and friends, stainless-steel appliances and accents, and a large island of steel, wood, and concrete-material choices used throughout the house.
The side entryway sets a modern tone with its cool palette of gray and white.
The couple’s shower is clad in stone tile from Artistic Tile’s Ambra Collection.
In the den, luxury translates to a cream-and-brown Tibetan wool carpet from the Stephanie Odegard Collection.
The breakfast area sports a live-edge table from Dennis Miller and a branch chandelier from Paul Ferrante.
Details, such as the careful sizing of the oak panels to echo the proportions of the windows, are paramount. Finished in the same color throughout, the home’s windows create a sense of consistency.
A hand-blown glass chandelier by John Pomp lends drama to the dining area. In the adjoining living room, a Matrix coffee table from Cliff Young Ltd. delivers a visual punch.
The handsome beamed ceiling and stone hearth provide gravitas. In this setting, explains the architect, the ashlar pattern of the fireplace granite comes across as "more organic than rustic."
Brushed-aluminum upper cabinets add a modern touch to the kitchen, while the glass tile backsplash brings a spark of energy.
The homeowners’ year-old son’s bedroom is childlike but not babyish; the sheepskin rug is a favorite spot for play.
The plums and blues of the rest of the home take on a muted tone in the master bedroom.
The designer maximized space in the master bath with a built-in vanity that has open and closed storage.
A range and hood with an industrial look make it clear this is a kitchen for a couple who love to cook.
The room’s plentiful natural light is further enhanced by pale cabinetry and a glass mosaic backsplash.
The family room is unabashedly bold with its cerulean grasscloth walls and candy-apple-red sofa.
Nineteenth-century architectural details, such as the living room’s fireplace, stand in counterpoint to modern pieces like the abstract painting and a hammered-metal sconce.
The crystal chandelier, a family heirloom, was the starting point for the dining room. Pale-gray grasscloth makes a modern juxtaposition with the wainscoting.
The homeowners shy away from pattern, so designer Rachel Reider created interest by mixing textures, pairing a velvet sofa and pillows with a metal cocktail table. Further texture takes the form of a nubby fabric on an antique chair.
Jewel tones, multiple textures, and a blend of contemporary and classic furniture make a bold statement in a Back Bay penthouse. A pale rug and neutral drapery fabric offer a calming touch.
The kitchen has a definite Euro-modern vibe.
The open staircase was fabricated using metal grates.
Mariani kept the old-fashioned radiators as a reminder of her home’s history.
A windowed dormer transformed the attic into a light-filled office space. A rooftop deck extends the connection to the outdoors.
Black steel ceiling beams help to define interior spaces.
Spaced boards on the stair walls create a nice interplay between open and closed.
Clean lines and modern fixtures define the guest bath.
The wall of the private stair to the third-floor tower incorporates translucent panels that diffuse the light.
While Estes describes the interior detailing as "simple and straightforward," he added interest with the subtle play of shadow lines.
The owner (with input from his sister and mother) chose the modern furnishings.
A glass wall of windows and doors opens the living room to the yard.
Awning windows and sliding doors enhance the relationship between indoors and out.
Architect Jim Estes says he used stone walls, trellis, pergola, and stone paving to "soften the transition to exterior spaces, create outdoor rooms, and blend the house into the site."
The use of local stone connects the house to its surroundings.