Designer Snapshot: 30 Days to a Stylish Home
November 23, 2011
By Paula M. Bodah
Amy Thebault spent the better part of a year on the interior design plan for a client, choosing just the right furnishings and fabrics and patiently waiting for the custom-designed rugs. â€œThe end result was exquisite,â€ she says, â€œworth the wait and the time invested in decision making.â€
So when the same client asked if she could outfit a Boston apartment, she was pleased. The catch? It had to be done in a month. It helped that she was familiar with the client’s tastes and preferences, but she wondered, â€œCould I make this flat look and feel custom–well thought out and comfortable–in such a short time?â€
â€œThe first thing I did,â€ says Amy, who lives and works in Manchester Center, Vermont, â€œwas outline my plan, compiling a list of all the ingredients necessary to make an instant home. Then I asked all my friends in and around Boston for â€˜instant gratification’ sources I could use beyond my usual â€˜go-to stops’ like the Boston Design Center, my own shop and the antiques shops on Charles Street.â€
She was delighted and surprised to find success in places she wouldn’t have looked had she not been on such an imposing deadline.
In three weeks and four days, Amy put together an urban flat that suited her client to a tee by mixing fine pieces she was able to buy off the floor at to-the-trade showrooms with stylish items from middle-market retail shops and antiques from her favorite Charles Street shops. Amy, who offered us her inspirations for a welcoming dining room in our November/December issue,Â shows us how she did it.
Living room before; all photos courtesy of Amy Thebault, Thebault Design
Living room after
â€œThe Restoration Hardware outlet in Wrentham, Massachusetts, was a favorite source,â€ Amy says. â€œFriendly, fast and good-looking, although I hear it can be hit or miss. I must have hit it on the right day.â€ The tufted leather sofa she found there pairs handsomely with a tan sofa from Furniture Guild. That’s where she also picked up the brass lamp, which sits on an end table from the Martin Group‘s Take Me Home Collection, and the brass coffee table, which looks right at home on a rug from Stark. The paintings came via a stop at Brookline Village Antiques.