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April 22, 2014
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As a New Englander who lives VERY close to this little gem of a home, I'm pretty sure that spaces as lovely as this one are a rare find. The restraint in decor, the unabashed elegance, the soft muted palette - all designed by Design Manifest and photographed by Courtney Apple - feel both timeless and incredibly chic. Click here to see even more.

From Design Manifest...The family of 6 had been living in the house for almost 2 years before they brought me in. They didn't want to keep any of their existing furniture and were ready to start from scratch for their "grown up" home. It was exciting and daunting to build a completely new, mostly neutral palette. As a designer who has relied on color for my oomph, I relished in the opportunity to go softer, more layered and elegant in this home.
Family Room

This was the very first room we did together. My client has 4 kids and wanted a space that was serene and classic yet also practical. She wanted to keep the colors neutral but was down to play with lots of patterns and textures like reclaimed woods, rusted irons, and sisal rugs. We had the built-in bookshelves installed and painted the backs a soft blue. (BM glass slipper.) It was important to my client that the TV not be the first thing you see when you walk in the door.
Living Room

For the formal living room we wanted more of a lounge feel so we opted 4 chairs around an ottoman. The light in her is amazing and it's so inviting. You can come in here with a glass of wine and put your feet up and relax!
Like the family room, we stuck with creams, caramels and blacks, mixing in pattern here and there. Vintage items like a tea cart from the 1800's and a set of ebonized bamboo chairs add to the charm. The ottoman is custom made. My client was a little nervous when I suggested an octagonal snakeskin ottoman, but she trusted me and agreed we needed something a little edgy and special to anchor the room (I pretty much swoon every time I see it).
Dining Room

We took a little departure in the dining room by adding a little color! This room started completely bare and white. We built the faux-wainscot for a little architectural interest and added the dreamy willow wallpaper above. We couldn't find a sideboard that was long enough for the wall, so we custom made one and painted it a complimentary blue-green color.My client wanted a mix of chairs, so we paired wing-style head chairs, with Louis XVI oval back side chairs and a bench they can pull up to the table. Sisal rugs are the common theme amongst these first floor rooms and tie the spaces together.


This is such a big space that we struggled to fill it all! We ended up building a window bench into one of the alcoves. The kids will pile onto it and snuggle with all of the pillows. This was another room where my client was willing to add a little more color. We tied in to the dining room's seafoam blue and also added a pop of coral. While each room is different, we wanted to house to flow seamlessly.
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Powder Room

It's a dark space already, so we embraced it and added a charcoal grasscloth to the walls. It's so rich and cozy in there now!

Photography: Courtney Apple | Designer: Design Manifest

Sofas: Lee Industries | Arm Chairs: Ballard Designs in custom fabric | Rug: Stanton | Ottoman: similar | Stools: Bernhardt | End tables: Aidan Gray | Chest: Bliss Studio

Chairs: Lee Industries | Console Table: Robert Allen | Floor Lamps: Robert Abbey (with black trim applied by us) | Pillow Fabric: Manuel Canovas | Ottoman: By Design Manifest / Lee Jofa fabric | Chairs and Bar Cart: Vintage

Table: Zimmerman | Sideboard: Design Manifest | Head Chairs: Aidan Gray | Side Chairs: Ballard Designs / Schumacher fabric | Bench: Lee Jofa fabric | Rug: Stanton | Wallpaper: GP & J Baker "Oriental Tree"

Bench: Design Manifest / Jim Thompson fabric

Bed: Chestnut Hill Trading Company | Bench at end of bed: Restoration Hardware recovered in Schumacher fabric | Chair/Ottoman: Aidan Gray | End Tables: Bliss Studio