I can’t think of a better way to kick Monday’s butt than by escaping into a pretty home, if only for a while. Julie Richard, the brainchild behind the popular Boston Based design firm Shelter Interior Design, has sent along one of her most recent projects and we couldn’t wait to dig right in. For more loveliness, click here!

From Julie… I had previously worked with this young family in Boston so when they purchased a classic colonial in the suburbs outside of the city they called upon me again to help them with the design. 

They requested a family friendly but chic space that would function well during the busy week but also be a relaxing refuge during the weekends — a space that had a more traditional feel but with a young, modern details.

The home had good bones and many traditional architectural features that we wanted to maintain. ie: the mouldings, hardware, crystal door knobs etc.

It was important that their new home be family friendly. They wanted to start fresh and decided not to bring their furniture from Boston. The couple enjoys entertaining and wanted the rooms to be multi-functional and seat large numbers of people but also create a sense of calm and coziness for their family. We devised a home to host cocktail parties and gatherings for their friends and family to enjoy.

I designed a number of custom furniture pieces such as the ottomans, living room sofas, hallway settee and collaborated with local area workshops and design studios to build them.

The clients requested one of a kind furniture that suit their needs and tastes but we also mixed in budget friendly pieces from local retailers too. (such as Hudson, Crate and Barrel etc.) The clients wanted the family room to be fun, we used grass cloth on the walls and a mix of graphic pillows on the sectional.

They desired the living room to have an edgier, moodier approach. We used deep blues, creams and gray tones to achieve this. The room is grounded by the custom sized fret work patterned rug. The overall design palette for the home was inspired by an array of hollywood films. They were thrilled with the outcome!

Photography: Sarah Winchester | Carpet: Cut And Bound From Landry And Arcari | Chevron Dish: Jill Rosenwald | Dining Chairs: Crate And Barrel | Dining Room Chandelier: Shades Of Light | Dining Room Credenza: Mitchell Gold | Dining Room Wallpaper: Cole And Son, Hicks Hexagon | Dining Table: Restoration Hardware | Faux Fur Pillow: Restoration Hardware | Foyer Frames: Pottery Barn | Foyer Light Fixture: Circa Lighting | Foyer Rug: Antique | Foyer Sette: Custom | Glass Lamp: Crate And Barrel | Large Shell: Z Gallerie | Leather Chair: Mitchell Gold | Living Room Rug: Schumacher | Navy Side Table: Oomph | Ottoman: Custom | Powder Room Backsplash: Ann Sacks | Powder Room Vanity: Custom | Sectional: Hudson Boston | Tortoise Table: Oly Studio | Wing Chairs: Crate And Barrel