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Just For Fun :: 19th Century Summer Camp Renovation

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One of the best parts about vacation is finally getting the time to sit back, relax, and flip through those magazines that have been stacking up on my desk. As I was perusing Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, etc., I found myself continuously inspired by the work others are creating. Taking off for a little vacation was exactly what I needed to hit the reset button for spring. It always helps to step back and gain perspective, returning home with fresh eyes and mind. I’m excited about all of the amazing projects we are working on right now and can’t wait to see them all come to fruition in the coming months.

As I was looking through Elle Decor, I stumbled upon this project that is just too good not to share. This Manhattan couple found this abandoned 19th century summer camp (I mean come on) kind of on a whim. They loved the bones and saw the infinite potential, so they took the plunge. And boy are us design-lovers glad they did! Lets take a little tour shall we?

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I love the mix of traditional and eclectic here. All of these spaces are designed and styled to perfection. The designer, Rita Konig, used pieces with classic lines mixed with fun, personality-packed elements. I also love love love these blinds by Joss Graham and am itching to use them in some of my upcoming projects.

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I love all of the paint choices in this home. Konig struck the perfect balance between dark, jewel tones in some spaces and fresh white in others. Also…that gallery wall is perfection!

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This wallpaper by Pierre Frey is so classic and clean- perfect for this light-filled space.

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The homeowners hired Gil Schafer of Gil Schafer Architecture to help with all of the architectural changes to the home. All of the details throughout the project are so thoughtful and you can see it in the quality of the work. Gil commented that almost everything that looks old and original to the building, is actually new. Details like the irregular gaps in the floorboards (which were newly installed) were carefully made to look original and really make the space sing.

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This paint color, Black-Blue #95, by Farrow & Ball is gorgeous. It’s so rich and transforms this space into something that is dramatic and special. I’m dying to use this somewhere and will have to keep it in mind…

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The flooring here is really interesting. Painting a checkerboard pattern on this rustic wood mixes the farmhouse feel with something more graphic and visually interesting. Also, I love Hugo Guiness‘ work and this print is perfect for this space.

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This stunning patio is the conclusion to our little tour. And come on, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a cold glass of lemonade sitting on that wicker set?!

I hope this home inspires you as much as it did me, and that it reminds you to leave room for serendipity, like these homeowners did. Renovations are hard work, but the results are well worth it in the end!

Design is everwhere. Be Inspired.

Kate

Design 101: Throw Pillow Basics

Hello everyone- Elizabeth again. In case you missed my little introduction the other day, I’m the Junior Design Assistant here at KMID. I started out as the trusty intern and now, after being here over a year, I’ve learned more than I can put into words {or a blog post}. Since I recently graduated college, I don’t have as much traditional training as the other talented ladies on the KMID team.  I live and breathe design but every once in a while, someone will mention something that I don’t know as much about.  The difference in pleating styles of drapes?  And what’s the deal with the latex backing on some high end rugs? And don’t even get me started on picking grout colors…

So who better to get down and dirty with some design facts than me!  First item of business: pillows.

Throw pillows, to the untrained eye, may seem like something that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.  But when used correctly, they can make a dramatic difference in adding some serious design goodness to a space!  They provide a pop of color and texture when thrown on a couch or chair and can really add that extra oomph to any room. You may have noticed various differences in pillow styles before, but not really understood all of the options when buying or getting them custom made. I’m here to inform you that there really are endless possibilities when it comes to throw pillows. Honestly it can be quite overwhelming…which is why you hire people like us to make these decisions!  Here’s a little break down of the basics…


PILLOW STYLES

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This is the simplest and often most popular pillow style. It is formed from two pieces of fabric that meet in a sharp edge, tapering to a sharp corner. You can enclose knife-edge pillows with a zipper that matches your fabric choice, or with an envelope back.

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Box edge pillows have a top, bottom and are either cylindrical or have four sides. Rather than two pieces of fabric that meet at an edge, they have a long edge that creates a pillow with depth and dimension. Despite the name, box pillows can be square, rectangular, round, etc. You can always add piping to add more structure or a pop of color.  You can see an example of a box-edged pillow on the chaise lounge below.

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A bolster pillow is long and cylindrical-shaped.  It’s essentially a piece of fabric filled to be a tubular shape, with two circular end pieces on either side.  Bolster pillows are either firm, placed behind the lower back to provide support, or used decoratively to add a finishing touch to your furniture.

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EDGING STYLES

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A self-welt pillow has a cord going around the edge. The cording can be done in the same fabric as the pillow, or in a contrasting color/texture.

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Flange pillows have usually an inch or two of fabric that extends out from the edge of the pillow. This extra fabric gives the pillow a fluttery, decorative edge.  Flanges on flanges below!

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That’s it folks! I hope this little run-down helps you understand the vast world of pillows. What I love about this “Design 101” segment is that I get to learn a lot from each post as well. One thing is for sure- pillows are a design element that’s meant to be fun and a show off your personality…so get creative!

Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.

Friends of KMID :: Highland Hotblock

Hi everyone! My name is Elizabeth and I’m a Junior Design Assistant here at KMID. While Kate is away this week, I thought I would pop over and try my hand at writing a post for you all. While we’ve already started updating you on our office (here), I realized we haven’t shared anything about our fabulous neighbors….


 We’re really settling into our new office space and it’s so great to be a part of this wonderful Somerville community. Today it’s so warm we’ve thrown open the doors to let the spring breeze meander in. I can’t wait for warmer weather when this can be a regular occurrence {plus enjoying a glass rosé on the back deck after work!}

For those of you who don’t already know, our little line of shops here on Highland Avenue is more formally referred to as the “Highland Hotblock”. It’s chalk full of amazing and creative people that we love having as neighbors. It’s great to be surrounded by people who are inspiring and share an appreciation for aesthetic- no matter what their field. As we slowly reveal our space, I figured it’d be fun to introduce to those who are around us, because they’re all pretty special…

7ate9 Bakery

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7ate9 is our go-to spot for coffee and afternoon pick me ups. They have loads of delicious beverage options, locally made snacks, and their specialty, cheesecake. They make these mini “individual” cheesecakes that result in a daily struggle of self-restraint {for our waistbands sake}!

E. Scott Originals

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E. Scott Originals, and her adorable pup, Mable, occupy the shop two doors down from KMID. The owner, Emily, designs and creates some seriously gorgeous jewelry. It’s always a fun spot to stop by and window shop, or slyly suggest to your loved one around Valentine’s day {wink}.

Work Shop Salon

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Work Shop Salon is a boutique hair salon that prides itself on it’s experienced stylists and individuality. Although we haven’t gone there for hair styling yet, we’ve heard they’re quite a talented bunch. Also, they carry Living Proof products which all the girls in the office swear by!

M.F. Dulock

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M.F. Dulock is an artisanal butcher, and also happens to live right next door to us. We love that they source entirely from local farms and only carry the absolute highest quality. It’s the perfect place if you’re cooking for a dinner party and want to get something special.

Arts at the Armory

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The Armory is a stone’s throw away from us and serves as a real Somerville landmark. It functions as a community arts center for the city; including artists studios, gallery spaces, and a great performance hall that often hosts live music. They also have a little cafe that is great for a quick cup of coffee, sandwich, or soup.

Highland Kitchen

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We have a real soft spot for Highland Kitchen. We’ve all had countless meals/drinks here whether together as a team outing, or with friends and family. The bartenders are some of our favorites and the food is absolutely delicious. The black bean burger is the best veggie burger I’ve had and the buffalo brussel sprouts are always a crowd pleaser. Also if you’re okay with a wait, the Sunday brunch is one of the best in Boston.

3 Little Figs

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3 Little Figs is sort of our special occasion lunch spot. It’s a little bit further down the road which requires a little bit more effort, but it provides such a cozy and welcoming atmosphere that sometimes it’s just what you need. The sandwiches and salads are delicious and they always have an array of tasty pastries that pair perfectly with a latte.


If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend you stop into any of the above. We’re very friendly over here on Highland Avenue and it’s a great place to explore!

Design is everywhere. Be Inspired.

{Images: Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Eater, Boston Magazine, Salon Today, The Second Lunch Blog, Ruby Shoes Photography}

Just for Fun :: Oscars Best Dressed

In case you missed all of the buzz- last Sunday was the 88th Academy Awards. With the kiddos in bed, there’s no better way to end the weekend than curled up on the couch with a glass of wine in hand, watching the Oscars. Although the awards are the main event, the two hours of red carpet are really my sweet spot ;).

I love that the Oscars are such a movie-star event in terms of fashion. The celebrities really bring their A-game and dress like, well, movie stars. This is their time to whip out the big, bold, dramatic, risk taking, avant-garde looks and I love it. This year was all about color and sequence- two things I can definitely get behind on the red carpet.

Since we’re interiors people around here- we pretty much automatically see our favorite looks translated into rooms {we’re a funny bunch, I know}. Here are a few of my favorite red carpet looks paired with their equally as gorgeous interior design counter parts…


Cate Blanchett

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Seafoam green is a color I would never expect to like on the red carpet. But this gown, and the fact that it’s worn by the beautiful Cate Blanchett, hit some unknown haute couture sweet spot that is just stunning. This color is equally as difficult to pull off in interiors- but I love the shade that was chosen for these cabinets. I like the sculptural quality of the floral appliqués on Cate’s dress, and they partner up nicely with the sweet little gold bird sculpture in this office nook.

Margot Robbie

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This dress is glam to the max! Robbie looked like a high fashion version of the Oscar statue itself in the best way possible. Paired with this uber-chic kitchen design with gold cabinets, these two looks are all about drama and glamour. I also love that she kept her hair relaxed and natural looking so as not to overdo it.

Julianne Moore

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Ahh Julianne Moore- you can do no wrong! This gown is a departure from her usual jewel tone, sequence gowns (not that we don’t love those too). I love that the silhouette is traditional and classic, with some modern touches in the beaded details. This room does the same thing perfectly. Although it’s a traditional space, the black and white color palette and modern elements like the chandelier- add edge and sophistication.

Alicia Vikander

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I love that everyone is comparing Alicia’s look to Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She really did look like a princess. Again, I love the traditional silhouette with more modern details like the half bun hairdo. Although it’s hard to read in the photo, the dress wasn’t a flat yellow but sort of a dusty color, which I loved. Just like with clothing, yellow is a hard color to pull off in interiors. But these couches {in that same dusty yellow hue} paired with a modern gallery wall and sparkly chandelier are a no brainer.

Charlize Theron

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This red has some slight orange undertones that really make it pop and stand out. I absolutely love this color on Charlize and the styling was to perfection. The gorgeous diamond necklace hit at just the right spot, and her hair was old Hollywood glam. I love love love a pop of red in a room. It’s fun and shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously! This bright poppy chest absolutely makes this entry nook- which would otherwise fade to the background.

Design is Everywhere. Be Inspired.

{Oscar outfit images via: Harpers Bazaar}

Kate

Thiara is Running the Boston Marathon!

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We are proud to announce that our Senior Designer, Thiara Borges, is training to run the 2016 Boston Marathon!

Thiara is running on team Housing Families to support a cause very dear to her heart. Housing Families, Inc. is a Boston based agency working for close to 30 years to help thousands of families overcome homelessness. Housing Families, Inc. was established in 1986, with a mission to provide safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing to homeless and at-risk families. Last year Housing Families served over 400 families, including more than 600 children in the Greater Boston area. Massachusetts has the fastest growing rate for homelessness in the nation, the work being done by Housing Families is extremely important to help combat this epidemic. We are excited to support and help her reach her goal!

Thiara has pledged to raise $7,500 for Team Housing Families. The funds raised will directly sustain HFI’s programs: eviction prevention, tutoring, counseling, emergency and permanent shelter. Please click here to donate!

So it’s safe to say that not only is she fabulous, but she has a heart of gold as well. We interviewed Thiara about her inspiration and the ups and downs of training, and we’re excited to share her insight with you.

{And of course it wouldn’t be in true Thiara fashion without mention of Beyonce ;)…}

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What excites you the most about the HFI mission and representing us at the Boston Marathon?

I am happy to be fulfilling a long term goal to run the Marathon while helping HFI. In 2008, I started volunteering with kids at a shelter in Cambridge and got to see first-hand the devastating effects of homelessness in children and their mothers. Housing Families is doing such important work in a sector of our society that is so prominent yet so overlooked. Because the Boston Marathon is such an epic event in our city, this is not only an amazing opportunity to raise funds, but also awareness for this cause. HFI is a vital tool for families, I am so honored to do my part in becoming a small part of the solution.

What have you been doing for training? How has the winter weather impacted your training (if at all)?

I’ve been doing between 3 to 4 runs per week and trying to also fit in 2 days of cross and strength training. I’ve been trying to do my long runs on the course, it’s very motivating to see the other runners out there! Last week, I met two older gentlemen with many Marathons under their belt. They were nice enough to take a picture of me in front of the Johnny Kelley statue, but more importantly, they also gave me some invaluable advice as a first time marathoner (brisk walk up those hills and save your energy!) As far as winter, it hasn’t been too bad this year…. I did long run this past Sunday on the treadmill because it was -30 degrees out…. Many episodes of Lost, lots of water and gu. It was like a Boston Marathon training milestone, which oddly, made me kind of proud.

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What does the Boston Marathon mean to you?

I was 11 years old when I moved to Framingham from Brazil, the Boston Marathon was the first big event I remember attending in America. It was pure magic. Cheering on the runners became tradition for my family, we moved to Mile 3 of the course in Ashland when I was in high school. We make signs for the runners every year! I currently live less than a mile from Heartbreak Hill in Newton, I don’t stray too far from the course, the fact that I have an opportunity to run this year is so exciting, I am so proud, excited/ terrified!

When and why did you start running? What’s your favorite running route.

I started running about 7 years ago as a way to get healthy, it completely changed me. It was cool to realize that, with some work and persistence, I could pack on the miles. Running is more than a sport and has given me a sense of pride and achievement, but it also challenges and humbles me all the time. I love to run around the Charles River, it’s nice and flat :).

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What is on your playlist?

First and foremost, I punctuate every half hour with Beyonce’s “Formation” . Some of my other favorites that I rely on to give me a boost are; Outkast’s “B.O.B”, Jay Z’s “ Can’t Knock the Hustle”, The Roots’ “ Here I come”, Beastie Boys’ “ Body Movin’” and Rage Against the Machine’s “Renegades of Funk”.


We’re so proud of Thiara and all of the hard work she’s putting in to realize her goal. It’s fun to be along for the ride so to speak {without the sore legs} as she trains and prepares for the marathon and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re thrilled to support Thiara, and Housing Families, in their incredible endeavor and we hope you will too!

To support Thiara’s cause and Housing Families Boston click here.

Thiara and the KMID team all thank you for your support and continuous generosity. Marathon Monday here we come!

Kate