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Creating a young, modern feel in a traditional Back Bay condo

Newlywed homeowners wanted a playful, sophisticated design that lightened their home’s interior.

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The twentysomething newlywed owners of this Back Bay condo turned to interior design service Homepolish for help with furnishings and accessories. Although the three-bedroom unit was relatively new construction, the living-dining space boasted classic details, including a tray ceiling, crown molding, and a fireplace with a traditional painted-wood mantel. And the view of the Charles River wasn’t bad, either. Homepolish matched the couple with Somerville-based Steven Santosuosso of Squarehouse Studios, who understood their desire for playful sophistication. To enhance the open airiness of the space, Santosuosso opted for a pale palette as a base, painting the walls gray and the millwork a warm white. Watery blue and green accents keep things fresh, while wood and gold tones add warmth and shine. Says Santosuosso, “The result is a young, modern feel that still celebrates the home’s classic elements and historic location.”

1. The Veronica wing chair by Currey & Company transforms one corner into a chic reading nook. Its silver-leaf frame and white cotton twill upholstery impart a fresh twist to a classic silhouette.

2. Bookshelves designed to match the mantel were key. “The fireplace felt slight,” Santosuosso says. “The built-ins provide a focal point and make the wall feel bigger.”

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3. Accessories chosen for color and shape, including a Jonathan Adler brass bird and vintage walnut canoe bowl from Germany, populate the shelves. “The spare but bold forms and finishes echo other elements in the room,” Santosuosso says.

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4. Skinny gilded-iron sconces purchased online from Serena & Lily dress up either side of the television.

5. The roll-arm lounge chair in camel-colored waxed suede mirrors the brass accents and stands up to the homeowners’ young dog.

6. Santosuosso designed the quartzite-and-brass coffee table, fabricated by New Antiquity in Connecticut, to be large enough for a group to congregate around for cocktails.

7. The extra-deep slope-arm sofa with chaise upholstered in Belgian linen from Restoration Hardware seats five. Its low profile preserves the sightline to the windows.

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8. The Asian-inspired vintage-elm dining table from Restoration Hardware is a simpatico counterpoint to the home’s mid-century modern elements.

9. The homeowners commissioned CZ Art Design to create a geometric painting to anchor the large, blank wall. Powers Gallery in Acton edged the canvas in a gold-leafed custom frame.

10. Brass accents on the West Elm chandelier with bubble-glass shades visually connect the opposite side of the room to the living area.