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An Auburndale family brings on the bling in their new home

“We definitely needed to zhuzh it up,” says the owner.

The custom window seat cushion is covered in embroidered fabric by Castel and trimmed with leather whipstitch cording. The homeowner spotted the landscape painting at an antique fair and the pendants on the Shades of Light website.Jared Kuzia

Michelle Rosen and Shai Gozani’s newly constructed Auburndale home checked all the practical boxes on their wish list, including a mudroom, garage, eat-in kitchen, and back deck. “We put in an offer the day after we saw it,” Rosen says. “But we definitely needed to zhuzh it up.”

The couple, who have an 11-year-old daughter, 8-year-old twins, and a rescue dog they call Handsome Samson, turned to Boston-based designer Lisa Kreiling of LTK Interiors to help make the place their own. Kreiling, who had worked with them on their previous home, a historic residence in Brookline, helped sift through existing pieces to determine what would make the move. It wasn’t much. “I was in the mood for a more modern, Jonathan Adler look,” says Rosen. “But not completely, since we don’t actually live in Palm Springs.”


Kreiling painted the rooms bright white to modernize the traditional aspects of the interior architecture, then concentrated on rugs and light fixtures to achieve Rosen’s desired effect. “We needed glam and bling,” says the designer. “Michelle loves modern brass, furry, and sumptuous things.”

Comfort and livability were also key. “I assume whatever I have might get destroyed, from play dates or my friends drinking wine,” says Rosen. “Yes, I have white rugs; they need to be cleaned often.”

The starting point in the family room was the fluffy Moroccan wool rug. “It makes the whole room inviting,” Kreiling says. “You just want to lie on it.” The couple invested in a Verellen sofa, which sits in front of a trio of windows that overlook the leafy yard. Hammered-brass wall sconces on either side add funk. “Michelle is passionate about lighting,” Kreiling says with a laugh. “She wants more, more, more, so we edit.”

In the living room, Kreiling positioned four chairs — two with chocolate leather cushions and gold metal frames, and two velvet swivel seats — around an octagonal coffee table atop another fuzzy white rug. Dramatic brass lotus-leaf pendant lights hang above, and restrained brass picture lights illuminate the built-in bookshelves. Whereas the family’s Brookline living room was what Rosen calls a “decorative dead space,” she says this one gets tons of use. “The kids spin on the swivel chairs, and the dog hangs on the window seat.”


In the formal dining room, Kreiling channeled dark and moody by painting the walls, ceiling, and woodwork cool gray. The table and chairs came from the old house, but the starburst pendant light was picked especially for this spot.

The master bedroom rocks the Jonathan Adler vibe, with hard lines and strong color. “It’s the boldest scheme I’ve ever done in a master,” Kreiling says. “The client drove the bus.” The look started with the drapery fabric, a vibrant peacock-and-navy design by Kelly Wearstler. It complements the channel-tufted velvet headboard and solid cast-bronze Jonathan Adler lamps.

“If Michelle loves something, we find a way to make it work,” Kreiling says. “The house very much reflects her vivacious personality — nothing is dull.”


■ Interior Design: LTK Interiors, ltkinteriors.com

■ Builder: Arone Brothers Development

■ Upholstery: Partners in Design, partnersindesignltd.com

■ Window Treatments: L’Atelier Custom Drapery


In the dining room, Kreiling reupholstered an antique chair in fabric by Lincoln-based designer Mally Skok to coordinate with the cheerful rug from Bloomingdale’s.Jared Kuzia
The half-moon cutouts on either end of the burlwood veneer coffee table, from Williams Sonoma Home, remind designer Lisa Kreiling of smiley faces.Jared Kuzia
An extra-long chartreuse lumbar pillow provides a pop of offbeat color in the master bedroom. A faceted pendant light from The Urban Electric Company echoes the lines of the ceiling. Jared Kuzia
The Eero Saarinen Womb chair and a mountain mural hand-painted by Pauline Curtiss of Patina are highlights in the boy’s bedroom. Jared Kuzia
The master dresser. The master bedroom rocks the Jonathan Adler vibe, with hard lines and strong color. Jared Kuzia

Marni Elyse Katz is a frequent contributor to the Globe Magazine. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.