Junior League of Boston ShowHouse. The Bar.

Hi!  I am thrilled to be working with Emily O'Brien Photograpy and 3 Olives and a Twist to take you on a Virtual Tour of the Junior League of Boston's 2016 Decorator Showhouse.  There is so much talent to show that we are all chiming in on our favorites.  I hope you enjoy!

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Can we just speak about what is happening in this next space ... trendy?  Yes, but these trends are built on tradition and have staying power!  The Bar.  Tracy Foley and Cecilia Walker teamed up to make this small space sing.  I love small spaces that live Big!  And these ladies rocked it!

Take a look at this Nook.  What do you see?  Shall I translate?

Wallpaper. UP on the ceiling and down the walls.  This wallpaper is a custom design by Cecilia, as well as the pillow fabric.  Do you notice that the same fabric is used on the leading edge of the drapes.  Unifying and Striking.

High Gloss.  It is a force to be reckoned with.  Painting trim is traditional in New England, but giving it a high gloss treatment brings it forward.  And doesn't it just DRAW you in?

The Rug ... deep and dark.  While I mostly suggest a lighter alternative to my clients, I love that this rug really grounds the playfulness of the large "chandelier" above.  The other talent in this duo is Tracy, of Water & Main, a great sources for vintage and antiques!  The Brass basket, of sorts, has been turned into a light fixture, one of the featured elements in this room.

And now ... look more closely ... trim is ever important now.  Details make everything unique and interesting.  Do you See it?  A ZIPPER straight down the middle of this little loveseat.  Let's face it, no one sits in the middle anyway.   A sort of Sexy Divider wouldn't you say?  You stay on your side and I'll stay on mine ... unless ..... !!

Then looking at the opposite side of the bar ... The wallpaper continues around the room ... just a "line" of molding to give some contrast and a tight geometric tile feature on the bar to make this small space pop.

I loved the detail in this little nook.  High Gloss Drama,Found objects, Function matched with Beauty and Style. 

The ShowHouse is going on through June 5th and you can purchase tickets at www.BostonShowHouse.org.    Stop by Emily O'Brien Photography tomorrow for another 'sighting'!   So much goodness to share ... stay tuned!


Junior League of Boston Showhouse. The Kitchen.

Spring is ShowHouse Season and I am thrilled that the Junior League of Boston chose to participate this year with the Nathaniel Allen House in Newton.  Lucky for you Emily O'Brien took some amazing photos and I get to use them here to share the beauty with you.  We also have Beth Daigle of the Lifestyle Blog, 3 Olives and a Twist chiming in about her favorites!  Hop over to each of these ladies posts to follow along while we each dish about our favorites!

First up ... This stunning kitchen by Vani Sayeed Studios.  SERIOUSLY STUNNING.

When I walked in the door I first noticed Vani's interpretation of built in cabinets with open shelving.  Not quite as trendy as the pure open shelf look, her version gives a fresh look while keeping with the traditional feel of the house and New England lifestyle.

And, then ... Literally ... I gasped.  In awe.  The ceiling height gave Vani the perfect place to wow us.  And SHE DID.  With the amazing RED vinyl wallpaper (perfectly suited for a kitchen) that looked like a hide.  And the rustic beams on the ceiling the perfect humbling moment against such punch.  I felt like a child trying on a princess costume, I just stood in the middle of this kitchen and twirled slowly around looking up trying to take it all in.  Oh, and the chandelier.  Yes.

The 12 X 24 tiles laid out to create a beautiful "parquet" floor gives a visual balance to the ceiling and walls. 

I loved her mix of texture, glamour, traditional and modern all in one swoop.  Notice the long subway tile next to the marble backdrop over the stove. 

The ShowHouse is going on through June 5th and you can purchase tickets at www.BostonShowHouse.org  What a beautiful and inspiring renovation this historic home has undergone!  More on Emily's, Beth's and my favorite rooms ... and why ... stay tuned!