A Contemporary Facelift

A move from city to suburbia spurs a homeowner to reimagine her furnishings in a new abode.

By Laurie Higgins | Photography by Christian Scully/Design Imaging Studios

After living in a Boston condominium for a few years to be close to work, the homeowner of this spacious contemporary home in Wayland decided she was ready to move back to the suburbs. She hired Casey Timm, of Studio C Interiors, in Sherborn, to help her freshen up the home using most of the furniture she already owned.

“Casey was fabulous to work with, really smart and really practical,” the homeowner says. “The fact that she was able to find ways to do really clever things with what I had as opposed to spending money that didn’t need to be spent was wonderful.”

The redesign of the home office was driven by three large self-portraits of photographer Rachel Perry covered in chain links she made using gum wrappers.

Beginning with what the homeowner calls the sunroom, they kept the furnishings simple and sleek with a Sunburst Table and New York Chairs by Calligaris purchased from Neo Furniture in Framingham. When they couldn’t find the perfect round rug to go underneath the table, they picked out a rectangular one by Steven King at the Boston Design Center and had it cut into a circle and rebound.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done a room with less furniture in it,” Timm says. “It’s such a simple room, and her choices were perfect to set the stage for the rest of the space.”

Hunter Douglas Silhouette® shades soften the walls without blocking too much light.

The rest of the design flowed from there. Early on in the process Timm painted all the main living spaces in the house super white to create a “white box” look that was clean and sparkly.

“The owner has an extensive art collection, which we added to and the art drove a lot of the design,” comments Timm. “The house sits on a hill, with an amazing view. On a really clear day you can see almost as far as New Hampshire, so the goal was to let the views and the art be the color in the house.”

The redesign of the home office, which Timm calls “a little funky and a little different,” was driven by three large self-portraits of photographer Rachel Perry covered in chain links she made using gum wrappers. The photographs are both stunning and unusual. Timm explains that both the office’s window treatment and the wallpaper are plays on the photographs, with the Kravet silver lamé fabric mimicking the chains and the Lee Jofa wallpaper hung horizontally to create stripes.

For the living room, Timm covered an existing sectional sofa with a very pale mint green fabric from Kravet. An existing chest had a gold front, which she changed to silver. Two modern swivel chairs were repurposed in a small grouping beneath another work of art.

To complete the fresh look of the living room, she helped the homeowner pick out a vine-patterned Landry & Arcari rug that works beautifully with the swivel chairs. Recovered pillows in another vine pattern by Kravet create a sense of cohesiveness, as does the recovered ottoman, while a painting by Tom Brydelsky from the Boston Design Center adds just the right touch to the room.

Views of the outdoors and art from the homeowner’s extensive collection bring color into the house.

“She had a lot of furniture in beige tones, and she wanted something crisper,” Timm says. “The beige was masculine and dull. This is much lighter and airier.”

Julie Mussafer at Jules Place Art Gallery in the Boston’s South End helped the homeowner choose and place art to add to her existing collection.

“The other big change was the window treatments,” Timm says. “I had Boston Shade come in and surrounded the whole thing with a Hunter Douglas Silhouette®, so that you could really soften the walls and still get tons of light in.”

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