Oyster Shell

Needham, Massachusetts

Challenge: Analyze and refine the spaces of a developer home.

Prior to construction, we were called in to refine the space plan, design the kitchen and select finishes from a limited palette of standards. And help with overall fixture, finish, and paint colors throughout the house. Reuse of some existing furniture was also considered in the early stages of space-planning.

The trim color on the first floor was matched to a standard finish of the kitchen cabinetry which created the illusion of a custom kitchen. The island, also a standard color in the cabinetry line, is a tonal variation which adds interest.

The oversized open room plan is great for entertaining an oversized crowd, and often, not so great for an intimate one. This is a great example of interior architecture, cabinetry, and furniture working together to create balance. So, rather than placing a small round table in the window, I proposed a large, rectangular table to fill the void between the kitchen and family room, as well as using two upholstered chairs in the window. The effect is great for large gatherings and small.

Fun fact: The kitchen clock is a nod to the homeowner’s generational family of eye doctors.

Photos by Greg Premru

Family room staging by Jeanne Finnerty; family room furniture
was purchased through Delicious Designs in Hingham.