In a Wellesley home, creamy color and refined details lend a serene feel.
Michael J. Lee
Get the best of the Magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your Inbox every Sunday. Sign up here.
After living with a visually loud master bedroom, a Wellesley couple was ready for a drastic change. “Their bedroom had a lot of color before — a bright-blue-and-yellow combo,” says designer Susan Schaub. “Now we aimed for a more serene, monochromatic scheme.”
Schaub and D. Scott Bell, principals in Sudbury-based Theo & Isabella Design Group, had worked with the homeowners over the years, moving room by room through their center-hall Colonial. When a representative from the interior brand de Gournay who was visiting the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center showed them an exquisite new hand-painted fabric sample, they knew it would be the perfect jumping-off point for the new master bedroom design.
At first glance, the fabric looks like natural-colored linen, but the background is painted before artists in China start on the elements of the pattern. “It’s a very specialized process,” Schaub says. “Some men work on the birds, some do the butterflies, and others the blossoms and leaves.”
1 The designers customized a pair of ribbed-front painted night stands by David Iatesta with drawers instead of cabinet doors, for maximum utility.
2 The tea-stained crackle glaze on the Christopher Spitzmiller gourd lamps adds a subtle depth to the monochromatic palette; the bases are 23-carat-gold gilt.
3 Nineteenth-century plaster intaglios with silk mats in gilded frames add historical interest.
4 The not-quite-white wall paint is Benjamin Moore November Rain, which has green undertones. “It’s atmospheric and a little bit moody,” Schaub says.
5 Bell and Schaub worked with de Gournay to ensure perfect placement of the birds and butterflies on the headboard, which they designed and Everett-based McLaughlin Custom Upholstered Furniture built.
6 The bolster pillow, made from Scalamandre Venezia champagne silk velvet damask, glistens against crisp C&C Milano bedding with a sage green accent stripe.
7 Floor-length drapes with tailored V pleats in de Gournay Earlham hang from custom wrought-iron rods with a warm gilded antique silver finish.
8 The custom walnut bench by Formations, upholstered in sage green ribbed silk with nailhead trim, introduces graceful curves.
9 The homeowner bought the landscape painting by Paula Rubino from Ann Long Fine Art in Charleston. “It reminds her of a beloved vacation spot in the low country of the Carolinas,” Bell says.
10 The live-edge onyx bowl, hand-carved out of a single chunk of stone, adds an organic element.
11 The hand-scraped artisan-painted finish on the Formations Monk chest lends an aged effect, reinforced by the weathered brass quatrefoil escutcheons. “It has a great patina,” Schaub says.
Sports, and Special Olympics in particular, was the one thing that worked well for him. Until we discovered another outlet that he has enthusiastically embraced.Continue reading »
An affair ended the evangelical Christian’s marriage and made him question everything he lived by. But out of that wreckage came his hit HBO show, “Crashing,” and a new spirituality of sorts.Continue reading »
More than two-fifths of women say they’re bothered if men expect them to help pay. One single man asks, what’s going on here?Continue reading »
The $15 billion project is a road paved with failures, successes, and what-ifs.Continue reading »
A new biography of Boston-born poet Sylvia Plath reveals a period of absolute depression and stunning artistry.Continue reading »
Will two busy grad students turn good conversation into a real connection?Continue reading »
No one is surprised about seeing dads with strollers anymore, yet biases with toys persist.Continue reading »
While picking up supplies for what we hoped would be a retro-hip fondue party, my friend Maggie and I met Julia Child in the Star Market on Comm. Ave. near BU.Continue reading »