Michael J. Lee

To sell or to stay put? The owners of this home in Weston ultimately decided on the latter, and then worked to bring the decor in line with their current tastes. “They wanted the interior to reflect who they are,” says Newton designer Jennifer Palumbo of her clients, who had lived in the house for 15 years and had decorated it in French country style. The husband and wife both grew up in Europe and liked the idea of a cozy master bedroom and adjacent sitting area in a transitional style with global touches. The redesigned room soothes with tones of gray, taupe, and quiet blues. The hues become richer in the sitting room, where shades of turquoise and loden frame the view of evergreens. Varied textures and finishes create a more modern multidimensional atmosphere that will endure.


1 The room’s focal point is a Cisco Brothers bed frame upholstered in luxurious Duralee velvet fabric.

2 Lamps from Arteriors have hammered brass bases that will patinate over time. “We’re seeing the beauty of brass again,” says Palumbo. “Here, it feels natural and a little organic because it’s unpolished. It adds style in a global way.”

3 Bungalow 5 night stands are made of beveled glass with an antiqued mirror finish; the antique gold door pulls tie in with the brass lamps.

4 The dark wooden Room & Board dresser has modern flair. Crafted without any visible hardware, the dresser seamlessly integrates the drawer handles.

5 A Serena & Lily mirror adds texture and freshness with its carved white frame.

6 Already in the homeowner’s collection, these bird prints had traditional gold frames. By reframing them in Lucite, Palumbo re-imagined them to suit the new aesthetic. “We totally turned them on their toes,” she says. “You can appreciate the colors of the birds so much more.”


7 Fabrics bring in color and texture. One throw pillow is sheathed in aqua Sandra Jordan alpaca while the other sports a darker pattern by Schumacher. The window seat is upholstered in a subtle animal print by Suzanne Tucker Home.

8 While the stainless steel legs of the armless leather chair by Bernhardt Interiors exude coolness, the hammered brass table beside it tempers the effect, supplying warmth.