Working on the This Old House Bedford project has been such a blast because we’ve had the opportunity to introduce the team to some of our favorite people. Yesterday Alicia and Tony from ChromaLab came out to Bedford to meet the homeowners and the crew. Tony and Alicia are a married couple, and they are business partners – how cool!
ChromaLab does the most amazing things. Not only do they do an unbelievable job spraying furniture, but they also create hand-painted canvas that is hung like wallpaper. At the This Old House project they are going to help us in all areas. They are going to spray some plain jane counter stools a hot red, do decorative painting in the Study, and do a custom canvas wall treatment in the Powder Room.
Here’s a sampling of their work, and you can of course see more on their website:
And now it’s almost WRAP time! We are now only 9 weeks away from the wrap of the This Old House Bedford project! The homeowners Becky and Joe Titlow have been fantastic to work with, and we are really excited about everything we are doing with their home.
Right now the house is a full blown construction site, but we are told it will all be completed and ready for us in a few short weeks. Here’s a glimpse of the great color palette we are working on.
We just had to share these fabulous chairs! The fabric is from Madeline Weinrib /Celery Luce . This material was really interesting to work with because it’s only 44″ wide, and it’s actually three pieces sewn together to create the full 44″ width. We love the artsy, bohemian look – and so does our client!
We just returned from an exciting new project in New York City! We installed two fabulous units in the new MiMA tower at 42nd and 9th. If you haven’t seen the building, check it out.
The views of Mid-Manhattan are sensational, and the finishes in the units are to die for. Related Companies is the developer, and they do such amazing work! The units were just photographed yesterday- here are a few preview shots:
Dee and I just returned from our first visit to This Old House’s next restoration project – a really beautiful antique in Bedford, Mass. – where we’ve been selected to work as this season’s interior designers.
The homeowners are a really nice young couple with an adorable 18 month old daughter and an exciting, and very public, few months ahead for them. Demolition has already begun and the house is wired with webcams so viewers can check in on the project at anytime – it’s a very state-of-the-art job site nestled intoa very old house.
Today’s filming – centered on the foundation for the new family room addition – was just getting started as we were leaving and the place was alive with producers, directors, contractors…and the owners’ three dogs! It is really quite a production. Stay tuned for more in the months ahead and for the season premeire on October 6th, 2011!
Our latest project in Cambridge, a small single-family home, was just written up in the Boston Globe Magazine.
Three years ago, when Dee Elms and her husband, Doug Brown, first saw the single-family Cambridge house that would become their home, “it was a three-room wreck,” says Elms, a principal in Boston interior design firm Elms Interior Design. But the $300,000 asking price was right, the neighborhood was charming, and the 590-square-foot house was sited on a corner lot close to a park, so the couple signed on the dotted line and jumped into a major renovation project.
Built in 1870 with one level of living space, the house had just one bathroom “with a stall shower, no sink, and no heat,” says Elms. The couple completely revamped the main floor, turning the bathroom into a powder room, and added a second floor with two bedrooms and a full bathroom.
Congratulations to Aaron Sorkin on his Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for The Social Network. Here’s a photo of Aaron that accompanied a recent Boston Globe profile. He’s pictured in the unit we designed at the new W Boston Residences. Way to go, Aaron!
“Involve teens in the design process. That’s the lesson Boston-based Andrew Terrat of Elms Interior Design learned when he designed this room for the teenage son of a client in Wayland. To his surprise, the boy and his two sisters, whose room Terrat also designed, were really interested . They sent him links to pieces they liked, having shopped it all online. The PB Teen Vintage Camo Quilt was one of the client’s son’s finds, as was a set of skateboard shelves.”
In the June-July issue of Traditional Home, Elms Interior Design turns a waterfront house into “the charmer its location deserves”. Andrew and Dee take a hodgepodge beach house in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and transform it into a cohesive, stylish weekend getaway. Take, for instance, the kitchen:
Elms and Terrat escorted the large kitchen from dark and dreary to warm and cheery with a bright palette of lipstick red and ivory. And they followed the same process they used in the adjoining great room – architecture first. An added coffered ceiling features beadboard panels and a recessed light within each coffer. The island, once a hulking presence in the center of the room, is now augmented with low banquettes upholstered and cusioned in cheerful red-and-white check.