A Little Project Reveal

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I was so excited to have this special little space I designed featured in the Boston Globe Magazine this weekend (shot by the wonderful Sarah Winchester)!  This room was for a long time client (whose house is in my book) that needed a study space for her daughter as well as a second guest room, and I think we succeeded on both fronts!


A daybed from Restoration Hardware anchored the room and gave us ample floor space for the other elements we needed to incorporate into the space.  We used Farrow & Ball’s Lotus wallpaper behind the bed for some drama and installed two brass sconces from Circa Lighting for ample direct reading light. All the pillows were custom as were the cuffed drapes.

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In between the draped windows we used a tall skinny bookshelf for book storage ( lots of the accessories I found at Homegoods).

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Across from the bed we used a West Elm dining table as a double desk so two chairs could face each other for when help was needed at homework time.

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  1. Absolutely stunning!!! I never comment but this room is so beautifully done I cannot keep quiet! Your choice of colors and fabrics is perfection. Congratulations on creating such a beautiful, beautiful room Erin!

  2. Gray and purple – love, love, love!!! You nailed it with the mix of gray prints on the daybed. It feels so lush and calming. Perfect for relaxing or homework!

  3. Love it! Great ideas for a small tween/teen bedroom as well! Would you mind sharing the source for the round brass cocktail table? I have been on the hunt for one for my living room, and that is one of the best I’ve seen.

  4. Hi Erin!!! This room is amazing! I am in love with the color palette and mix of prints. I know the pillows are custom, but would you mind sharing the brand/name of the fabric used for the three pillows in the very back? Thank you!!

  5. When everyone wants your sources, you know you did a great job. Well, mostly if the client is jumping up and down with excitement. ..

  6. Beautiful room! I’m putting together a nursery for my son, and am using a lot of grays. Looking for bedding for the daybed I have in his room. Where did you get the quilt and blanket on the daybed?

  7. I love this wallpaper, it is my all-time favorite. I plan to use it in a lighter color way on an accent wall in my master suite, so I was thrilled to see it featured here. This is a great room, I am a big fan of using a dining table for a desk! Congrats on the feature, well deserved.

  8. Your window treatments are always perfection. Will you share the name of the white (cream?) fabric that you often use?

  9. Such light colors are great if one of the purposes of the interior design is not to distract the girl’s attention from studying . The lightness inside the room creates a good working atmosphere. However, I would add some bright accessories (like a cushion, pillow, rug) when guests come.

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