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In a Milton colonial, a calm master suite for the parents of three young kids

Perched atop a new addition, this serene space makes perfect use of nooks and crannies.

Jessica Delaney

When the owners of this center-hall Colonial in Milton decided to tear down the attached garage and build a new kitchen, they welcomed the chance to add a new master bedroom suite above it. “They have three kids under age 5, so they wanted a serene, spa-like retreat,” says designer Beth Bourque, who conceived the new space. By taking advantage of architectural quirks, she created a space that is at once airy and cozy. The original plans specified an 8-foot ceiling, but Bourque suggested that the shape follow the roofline, resulting in a cathedral ceiling. She also opened up what was meant to be a flat wall to create a niche for the bed, following the architecture rather than hiding it. “We gained about 15 inches in the room,” she says. Finally, a sitting area nestles into the dormer.

1 Wallpaper from Kravet with a mosaic-meets-tie-dye pattern transforms the niche into the room’s focal point. “The clients wanted a mural wallcovering that turned out to be very expensive,” Bourque says. “This was only about $300.”

2 A Pottery Barn bed with a wingback headboard upholstered in linen and trimmed with nailheads replaced the couple’s cherry sleigh bed, which they moved into their son’s room. The embroidered bird pillow was a fun find from Marshalls.

3 Both the clear glass lamp on the nightstand and the pottery lamp by the window, which Bourque brought up from the living room, are from Simon Pearce. The homeowners “have a huge Simon Pearce pottery collection in pale green-blue shades,” Bourque says.


4 Bourque painted the walls, ceiling, and trim the same color, Benjamin Moore White Dove, to establish consistency. “It helps the soffits for the mechanicals and other non-architectural details disappear,” says the designer.

5 The starting point for the overall scheme was seafoam chenille fabric by Pindler, which Bourque used to reupholster a pair of chairs that came from the wife’s mother.

6 Bourque freshened an unremarkable 1970s-era wood chest with white paint. “It wasn’t old enough to be stylish as is,” she says.


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