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.
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 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.
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.
The nursery features a white lacquered crib and changing table from The New Traditionalists.
The tufted banquette was added, giving the couple a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the views from the dining room.
Glorious city views take center stage, thanks to a design plan that keeps the living room furniture below windowsill height. A pale color scheme gets interest from textured fabrics such as linen velvet on the sofa and chenille on the lounge chair, geometric patterns in rug and pillows, and a smattering of animal prints.
A hefty coffee table lends the airy living room gravitas.
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.
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.
A built-in banquette in white matte lacquer gives the dining area a casual, restaurant-style feel.
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 garden level pulls triple-duty as a music room, family hangout, and guest suite.
The spacious back roof deck offers a bird’s-eye view of the iconic Prudential building.
The front roof deck is a picture-perfect spot for outdoor dining or evening cocktails on starry summer nights.
Reddish ipe wood meets pale onyx tile in an easy balance of rich materials and a contemporary feel in the master bath. The skylight in the master bath floor, set with etched glass for privacy, illuminates a staircase below.
The graphite-hued media room is a favorite gathering spot for the family.
In the parlor, designer Meichi Peng chose transitional furniture with clean lines and comfort to suit both the room’s rich architectural detail and the homeowners’ modern sensibilities.
Granite steps lead from the walkway to the cooling green parterre Messervy created.
A parade of Calgary tulips, with their large, long-lasting blooms, bring days of enjoyment.
Containers of blue hydrangea make a colorful accent.
A pattern of bluestone cleverly set on edge around a star-shaped inset of granite adds drama to the owner’s "secret" sanctuary.
The efficient kitchen is outfitted in a marble waterfall counter and cabinets in two elegant finishes.
An Italian chandelier casts a glow on a custom table by Keith Fritz.
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.
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.
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 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.
A red ceiling, Osborne & Little wallpaper, and a Tom Dixon hanging light bring drama to a powder room.
The designers fulfilled the homeowners’ desire for color by outfitting the dining room in a stunning emerald hue. The long dining table is crafted with a slab of distressed wood that gives the glamorous space a homey touch.
CJ Katz layered colorful furniture and accessories with modern appeal over the front parlor’s original woodwork. The John Rosselli chandelier is, says Cheryl Katz, "a way to think about a chandelier that has power, but isn’t crystal."
The rear parlor offers echoes of its front-room neighbor, but conveys a more casual feel.
An enlarged skylight floods the stairway with natural light.
The master bedroom features floor-to-ceiling windows (flanked by Indian shutters and blue-and-gold silk drapes) that look out onto Commonwealth Avenue. A buttercream-colored rug keeps things light. A television and dresser are neatly tucked away in one of the room’s two alcoves.
Although the owner worried that the original wood paneling made the living room too dark, a color palette of light blues, greens, and creams and a generous supply of table lamps and wall sconces helped brighten the once "gloomy" room. Minimal window treatments also let in lots of light from Commonwealth Avenue.
The design team created a spacious new kitchen, complete with an island and breakfast counter. New cabinets of white wood and glass and a copper oven hood blend in with period elements such as the original leaded-glass doors.
The mural continues onto the dining room walls.
Designer Cynthia Deysher left the leaded-glass windows curtain-free.
To counterbalance the dining room’s fourteen-foot ceilings and massive limestone fireplace, Deysher chose oversize wing chairs in embroidered silk to anchor the generous dining table and added a William Morris-inspired rug and rock-quartz crystal chandelier.
After replacing wrought-iron balustrades with more traditional wood banisters and spindles on the main floor’s staircase, the design team commissioned a local painter to create a mural that features historical scenes of Boston.