Style Watch

Mom and dad’s retreat

Owners of a Needham Colonial set aside one room for grown-ups.

“The room has a tranquil vibe,’’ says Sheri Edsall. “By keeping the patterns tonal, no one thing stands out, but there are a lot of little things to take in.”

Michael J. Lee

“The room has a tranquil vibe,’’ says Sheri Edsall. “By keeping the patterns tonal, no one thing stands out, but there are a lot of little things to take in.”

Michael J. Lee

Parents of 7-year-old twins, the owners of a Needham Colonial craved a living space they could claim as their own. Toys were relegated mostly to the basement playroom, while the living room, off the foyer, was set up for adults only. “They wanted the room to have a lounge-like feel suited for entertaining in the evening,” says Needham-based interior designer Sheri Edsall. It also had to feel casual, a place where the parents could relax while reading the newspaper on Sunday morning. Edsall transformed the once stark white and mostly unfinished room by working in shades of taupe, warm grays, punches of yellow, and textural patterns. Furniture is both stylish and comfortable, and shiny finishes and artwork give the eye plenty to enjoy.

1 | Roman shades in an embroidered fabric — a blend of cotton and linen — have an organic feel.


2 | Edsall, who is also an artist, painted this oil landscape for the room. “The siding on the house next door is visible through the window,” says Edsall. “The painting distracts the eye from that view.”

3 | The tufted linen sofa with decorative nailhead trim was bought at Ethan Allen. “The owners liked it because it’s very cushy — you can just fall into it,” says Edsall.

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4 | To give the iron base of the glass-topped coffee table a bit of shimmer, Edsall had silver paint rubbed around it.

5 | The charcoal gray wool rug has a contemporary geometric design. “The varied lines in the room pick up the pattern of the rug, creating a modern look,” Edsall says.

6 | Desiring a durable surface, the homeowners opted for a Century Furniture bench with a cushion made of faux ostrich. The piece can be used as a table or extra seating.


7 | A pair of pastels by Parisian artist Francoise Julien pick up the throw pillows’ pops of yellow.

8 | Made of silver leaf with mirrored tops, mini side tables provide perfect drink perches with a splash of glam.

9 | Chair cushions are upholstered in a luxurious Lee Jofa patterned fabric, while the rest is sheathed in a less expensive plush gray. “The dark fabric frames the pattern and makes it feel featured,” says Edsall.

10 | A leather-wrapped console table, visible in the foyer, feels more modern than one made of wood. A vase holds branches, which the owners change seasonally (rose of Sharon is pictured here).

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