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Room to Love

Pops of color make for smooth landing at top of stairwell

Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.
Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.Shelly Harrison Photography


The built-in is original to this 1949 Newton home by local architect Samuel Glaser. Interior designer Diane Burcz purchased the home six years ago. It came with the original blueprints,which detail the built-ins throughout thehouse.


Since it is a second-floor family space, Burcz hung her kids’ artwork in acrylic box frames. “They’re older now, so it’s a nice memory,” she said. “Plus they would be horrified to see them in more public spaces.”


Stone adds a lot of texture but can be dreary, especially when it’s north-facing. Burcz recommends adding a pop of color that might be too intense to use elsewhere in the house. The ottoman (Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’s “Rocco” in citrine velvet) adds comfort and brightness without blocking the horizontal line of the desk, she said. Inexpensive white ceramic vases from Target stand up to stone without competing with other elements, and colorful boxes from The Container Store supplement drawers housing photos, making them easy for the family to access and enjoy.



A sliding door opens to the master bedroom suite, which has ample built-in storage. Maintaining that lessis more, Burcz said she likes to “celebrate the architecture and original details without cluttering the space.”