A Fun Project

Last week I had the chance to see the final product for a cool project I worked on last year. We were engaged by a development/ real estate company to consult on the floorplans, layouts and interior finishes for a condo building development in Medford called One St. Clare.  It was a great project because I always get SO frustrated when I tour new construction homes and condos and see mediocre “builder grade” finishes that went out of style in the 90’s.  It doesn’t cost more to use more classic, universally appealing finished- in some cases, it can even be cheaper! White subway tile in a shower costs a fraction of tumbled travertine, for example, and looks so much better!

I happen to think these units came out awesome!  The model unites were staged by Stephanie Morrison and they came out fantastic.

These professional shots show the colors better than the iPhone ones I tool below.  The walls were painted Sherwin Williams Eider White with Extra White trim and we selected a greyish pre-finished wood plank floor that came out incredible.


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In the kitchens I selected white Shaker style cabinets with a marble backsplash and grey quartz counters.


Simple silver bar pulls on all cabinets looks clean and modern while the pendants offer a little hint of vintage style.


In the bathrooms we chose a marble large hexagon for the floor in the master bedroom baths, with a darker grey wall and more white simple cabinetry. The floors came out STUNNING in person


In the showers we used an elongated subway that looks so clean and modern.


In the bathrooms that serve the second bedrooms and main spaces we used a simple marble basketweave also apired with grey walls and white cabinetry.


The bedrooms all look sunny and bright, which is so inviting.



In the larger units there is a tv room/ office on the top floors that open to great deck spaces! It’s really awesome. :)


Here are some finishes like we picked for these units!


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  1. love seeing your work! my only comment – why did they not run the kitchen cabinets up to the ceiling and trim with molding? imo, this always makes a kitchen feel finished and also gives the home owner a lot more storage.

    1. That’s a budget thing- it costs more to do custom sizes to the ceiling. They are keeping these lower priced for young professionals, not high end buyers, so that was why.

  2. Is the white bedding from Lands’ End? I am trying to come up with something for our guest room.

  3. Hi Erin – I’m local in Boston; would you mind sharing who you used for the glass shower doors? My shower is literally the same tiny size and we need to replace our door ASAP, it’s leaking. I like the look of the glass. Thanks!

    1. The shower door hinges look like patch fittings by CR Laurence. They come in a few profiles and finishes. Glass sizes can be customized to your setting.

  4. Erin I totally agree about what is offered in a new build. We are having a new home built and I found the offerings, beyond difficult to choose from. We had a choice of ugly, uglier, beige, beiger, and beigest. I am not a beige girl, but since they did not offer marble at all and everything but two beige tiles were offered as standard I chose the least of two evils. I kept the standard solid surface counter tops and chose a 12 X24 cream travertine porcelain tile, it was the lightest floor that would go with the , what I am calling sand counter top. I am calling it sand to make it more palatable for my color pallet. I am using white walls and cabinetry to make it appear like a white, cream, linen room, but was disappointed in the offerings, as you said in your first statement in this post. Good for you for choosing well!!

  5. Erin, these look great! I live in Des Moines, and every Sunday we watch a real estate show that mostly features new build houses and townhouses. The finishes and particularly the lighting fixtures are always so sad. I’m sure my husband is tired of hearing me moan at the television every week over how the builders are just so uninspired. You did an awesome job proving builder grade doesn’t have to be basic.

  6. I wish more Builders would work with Designers like this, its the perfect symbiotic relationship and the work always comes out better. Beautifying the city one condo block at a time.

  7. I would LOVE to know the paint color of the walls in the bathroom with the hexagon floors. thank you in advance.

  8. I’m so glad to see you go with classic choices. No one is going to get sick of marble and subway tile in 5 years. When I work with my clients on kitchens, I tend to steer them to classic finishes. We use subway tile all of the time. Could I ask one question of your finish choices? Why did you choose to put pulls rather than knobs on the upper cabinets? Thanks!

    1. I just personally like pulls better than knobs in modern kitchens- keeps everything looking clean and linear. Personal choice really- did the same in my own kitchen.

  9. Hi Erin..this is so beautiful..great job!! I have a really quick question so if you could answer I would be so grateful because I have been on the hunt for this for a bit. Where did you get the stainless steel looking table off the kitchen.

    Much appreciated!

  10. I’ve built two properties with my husband off the plan and I couldn’t agree more… don’t try and skip important details! We always get things changed like taps/fixtures/fittings as these things make such a difference. Then it’s easier to change the feel of the room with soft furnishings! Love how this turned out though, the colour palette is gorgeous!!

    Megan || http://www.ohheyblog.com

  11. Hi Erin, Love that gorgeous gray palette that unifies all the rooms. The bathroom floors and cabinets could not be any more perfect…..so clean and classic……thanks for sharing!

  12. Everything looks fabulous! I’ve always been a big fan of rooms styled with white furnitures which is why I have to say the living room is definitely my favorite.

    -The Office Stylist

  13. Hi Erin!

    I may have overlooked it but what colors did you choose for all of your cabinetry? Love your work!!!!!!

  14. Love your choices! We live in new construction and I wish all home builders asked you to consult. What do you think about using something like the hexagon marble as a kitchen backsplash?

  15. Beautiful! I love everything about these spaces… would you be able to tell me about the bathroom vanities? I’ve been searching for vanities and these are simply lovely!! Thank you!

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