Style Watch

Patterns and color take a family room from dull to dynamic

The designer was told: “I don’t care what you do, as long as it’s funky.”

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At their initial meeting, designer Jessica Bodamer’s client gave her free rein in the family room of their Concord home, saying, “I don’t care what you do, as long as it’s funky,” she recalls. When Bodamer, founder of Yarmouth Port–based Double Knot Home, spotted a pair of vintage malachite-topped cocktail tables at the Brimfield antiques market a few weeks later, she knew they’d be the perfect starting point. From there, she layered in more color, texture, and pattern. By not committing to a strict range of colors, she created the eclectic, vibrant look the client desired. “I’ve dubbed this the ‘no scheme’ color scheme,” Bodamer says. “In the abstract, the palette is a bit crazy, but when composed in the room, the tones totally work.”

1 On the blue velvet sofa, preppy Kate Spade New York pillows with wavy lines and polka dots echo the jewel tones and patterning of the malachite tables.


2 Vintage lounge chairs reupholstered in petal pink are a feminine take on Milo Baughman’s classic Parsons chairs. “They make quite a style statement,” says Bodamer. “Plus, the upholstered arms are so comfortable.”

3 On the window seats, black-and-white embroidered cushions add drama, contrast, and texture without an overload of color. Custom pillows created from a vintage eyelash-fringed curtain Bodamer bought at an estate sale add a plush, cozy touch.

4 Lush by Makelike wallpaper establishes the built-ins as the focal point of the room. “Its wild pattern brings in an element of surprise and amplifies the vintage feel of the space,” says Bodamer.

5 The chrome Mya floor lamp from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams contributes to the mid-century vibe. “It looks like it could have come straight out of an Italian lighting catalog from the 1950s,” Bodamer says.

6 The simple flat-weave wool rug with crisp stripes is a bright yet neutral foundation for the colorful furnishings.