Real estate


Teen study space sets course for adventure

Michael J. Lee


Chestnut Hill-based interior designer Elizabeth Benedict created a stylish study space for a teenage girl out of a funny little room on the second floor of a 1880s Victorian in Newton. “The bay windows project out from the house, and there’s a park across the street, so it feels like you’re in the treetops,” Benedict said.


Benedict chose Schumacher’s Zebra Palmwallpaper in “Jungle” as the starting point to reflect the family’s love for travel. “It helps to envelop you,” she said, “to perpetuate the idea of being in the trees or a garden.”



A feather pendant from Furniture Consignment Gallery in Chestnut Hill adds texture and whimsy. “It’s a great source for finding stylish pieces on a budget,” Benedict said. A brass and iron floor lamp from Pottery Barnprovides nighttime reading light.


Modern chairs from HomeGoods provide a zesty pop of color. Benedict first saw one in Allston but passed because she needed a pair. Luckily, sleuthing turned up another on the Cape. Custom floral throw pillows in a Robert Allen fabric add movement, while their blue coloring ties into the palette in other rooms. A Missoni footstool and a cowhide rug keep the room fun and on trend for a teenager.


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At less than 16 inches deep, the glossy white Bestå Burs desk from IKEA was the right scale for the narrow space. The Janinge chair, also from IKEA, has recessed arms, so it can be pulled all the way up to the desk. A Bunny Williams table lamp with a whimsical pattern elevates the vignette. “It’s a definite case of high/low,” Benedict said, explaining that she spent more money on the impact pieces like the table lamp, wallpaper, and stool and less on the desk and chairs.

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