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    A Cambridge condo goes sophisticated

    With an elegant renovation, this unit on the Charles gets an interior that lives up to its view.

    Michael J. Lee
    “It was important to the homeowners that the condominium be classic, casual, and comfortable, with a touch of elegance,” says designer Leslie Fine.

    Michael J. Lee

    After living in a large suburban house for years, the homeowners dreamed of downsizing to a chic urban space. They loved the views of the Charles River from this roughly 2,000-square-foot Cambridge condo, but the interior needed lots of work. “The unit was very dated. Quality materials hadn’t been used initially. It was time for a face lift,” says Boston interior designer Leslie Fine, who created the home’s new aesthetic and oversaw a gut renovation. Now the home sparkles with fresh finishes, fixtures, and custom design elements.

    1 > NEW CHERRY FLOORS with a maple border are so handsome that the homeowners opted not to obscure them with a rug in the master bedroom.

    2 > BLUE AND TAN LINEN DRAPES that invigorate the understated color scheme bring in the hues of water and sky, seen through the room’s expansive sliding glass doors.


    3 > THE BED is upholstered in a sueded material that “is both durable and soft to the touch,” says Fine, who selected a curved headboard that offers comfortable support for reading.

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    4 > NEW MILLWORK, including built-in shelves around the bed that are backlit with LEDs, adds architectural interest as well as space to display plants or pretty objects.

    5 > BATHROOM WALLS are sheathed in a mosaic pattern by Ann Sacks using limestone and Jerusalem gold tiles.

    6 > A RECESSED MIRROR-FRONTED CABINET above the vanity offers additional storage and conceals electrical outlets.

    7 > NEUTRAL TONES offer a sense of serenity and timelessness, and “they won’t end up looking dated,” says Fine. “If you want to bring in color, add accessories.”