Your Home: Relaxed Elegance

California comfortable

A sunny Back Bay condo gets a dose of West Coast chic.

WHEN INTERIOR DESIGNER Phoebe Lovejoy first visited this Back Bay condo, she knew she had her work cut out for her. The previous owner was a bachelor with a vast art collection, and the decor consisted of deep reds, strong yellows, and a lot of dark wood. “The place was really designed more to showcase artwork than for living,” says Lovejoy, who was hired by the unit’s new owner, Joan O’Leary, to redesign the space. O’Leary, who also has a place in Southern California’s Rancho Santa Fe, wanted a comfortable home with a lighter and brighter feel and a “cool, California-type of tone to it,” she explains. The main selling point was location: O’Leary’s daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live next door.