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Before & After :: Newton Colonial

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s safe to say that 2015 has been a whirlwind but I’m pleased to announce that I’m now back from maternity leave! Although it feels a little weird to leave the girls at home, I’m really excited to be back in the office. 2015 was a life changing year both for my family, with the birth of our second daughter, and for KMID, as we moved into our new office in Somerville. We have a lot of exciting upcoming projects in the new year and it feels good to be back in my work boots {so to speak}! So make sure to stay tuned on the blog for periodic updates about what’s happening at KMID.

Today I want to share a beautiful Before & After with you all! You may recognize some of these photos as the project was just featured in Sunday’s edition of the Boston Globe Magazine {or online here}. I have to admit I will never stop getting that “pinch me” feeling when I see our work in print! I wanted to share a little bit more about the project and how it all came together so read on for the juicy details…


This young family immediately fell in love with this beautiful old colonial home {built in 1900} in Newton. When they moved in, they brought with them a hodgepodge of family furniture that they had collected over the years.  So while their house was fully furnished, it didn’t reflect their style or feel like home to them.

They approached KMID to help them marry their youthful spirit with both the house and the classic pieces that they had inherited. We wanted to honor the bones of the home and its history, but also make it work for the homeowners and withstand the rigors of family life. To achieve this, we kept a lot of their antique furniture, and reupholstered it with more updated, fresh fabrics. This helped keep the traditional lines and curves, but with a more updated and fresh take. It’s a very beautiful traditional home, and the aesthetic embraces the history but also feels welcoming and casual.


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When these new home owners moved in, they wanted to highlight the thick original moldings and lovely wainscoting in the living room and entry. They started by painting the trim a cooler and brighter white to really highlight the intricate woodwork in the entryway. We then chose this gorgeous wallpaper from The Martin Group to make an impact and really set the tone for the rest of the home. The fun 1950’s Spanish metal light fixture from English Accent Antiques helps strike the perfect balance between modern and traditional.

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You can really see the difference simply painting this space made.  We opted for a beautiful, dusty rose paint color {Benjamin Moore Sheraton Beige} to keep things neutral yet maintain interest and warmth. We really wanted to keep the use of color throughout the space, but by layering on a calmer palate in a more thoughtful way.

This beautiful Natural Curiosities “Gold Leaf Waves” print really draws you into the room and makes a bold impact. The tufted “Vivian” sofa from Emerson Bentley has traditional lines, but is updated when paired with red throw pillows and one in a suzani pattern from Etsy.  We also re-upholstered this antique Hollywood armchair in a fresh mint mini-print by Victoria Hagan. An oversize oval ottoman made of mohair and velvet by Lee Industries takes the place of a standard coffee table, while remaining versatile, practical and comfortable.

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This corner is in the living room, and we wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in the space. This painting by Elise Morris from Jules Place packs some color and texture and draws the eye to this special nook. This “Samuel” wingback chair from Furnishings by Design grounds the corner of the room and balances the other furniture in the room. The clean and fresh white drapes and sweet blue and white floral window seat cushion make for a bright and relaxing reading nook.

Dining Room

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Once again, the bones of this room were beautiful. We replaced the red paint with a beautiful printed grasscloth by Berkeley House that immediately brightened and transformed the room. We loved the curves and shape of their existing dining room chairs, but reupholstered them with a metallic Nina Campbell fabric to give them an updated look. As for the window treatments, the vintage metal valances were a really cool and unique element that we wanted to keep.  We replaced their existing white drapes with these beautiful green wool window treatments by Brunschwig & Fils, adding some color and luxury to the space.

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This stairway runner was in need of an upgrade. We updated it with a subtle print in a softer, calmer color. The result was still classic, but didn’t take away attention from everything else around it. The sculptural antique bench, found by the homeowners on 1stdibs.com, draws the eye to the detailed white woodwork. I love this Madeline Weinrib rug, with a graphic black and white print on a lavender field, because it brings a fresh modernity to the space. Finally, the painting by Duy Huynh from Jules Place adds visual interest in a soft way that doesn’t upstage the architecture.


For more photos from this project shot by Michael J. Lee Photography check out Newton Colonial on the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page. You can also read about the project in this Sunday’s {1/3} edition of the Globe magazine {or online here}.

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

Kate

Horizons for Homeless Classroom Design with Wayfair

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As we enter the heart of the holiday season, we feel blessed and fortunate for everything in our lives. We were so happy to collaborate with Wayfair on a project that would give back to our community and bring happiness to those who deserve it most.  With Christmas fast approaching, we felt this was the perfect time to share this project with you all.


Earlier this year, Wayfair approached me to be a keynote speaker at their Trade Services Workshop held during Boston Design Week. This was shortly after we rebranded and launched our new website so I was thrilled! It was the perfect opportunity to share our newly gained insight on the world of branding as well as start to build a relationship with a Boston-based design powerhouse.

Shortly after the event, we received an email from Jessica, the Marketing and Brand Manager at Wayfair, about an upcoming charity project they were working on in Jamaica Plain. The KMID team and I had just been discussing a way to get involved within the community and this project fit the bill perfectly! We wanted to help out in any way possible, utilizing our skill set in a way that would benefit the community around us. It was a match made in heaven.

Wayfair was planning to makeover a local preschool and was looking to partner with an interior designer to help them make the most of the project. The chosen preschool for the makeover was Horizons for Homeless Children in Jamaica Plain. The selected classroom cares for 15 children from local shelters while their parents are either working, attending school, or a work training program.

Wayfair has a large assortment of pre-k furniture providers on their site that they worked with to get the products donated or discounted. Our job was to layout the room to maximize function, and choose the furnishings, finishes, paint colors, etc. People are always asking us about our design process, so although this project was a little different for us, I though this was a good chance to give you an inside peek!

Our first step was to meet with the teacher, along with the Wayfair team, to discuss what goals she had for the new space. Above all it had to be functional for the teacher and students’ needs so it was imperative to walk through the space with her. Alison and I took rough sketches and notes as well as measured the space.

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Alison then entered these notes into sketchup, and worked with the room dimensions to create a layout that made sense. Wayfair guided us as to which vendors were participating and donating goods so we faced certain limitations as to what we were able to choose for our designs. Additionally, we had to ensure that all of the items we chose met the safety requirements for a preschool.

We knew we wanted to clearly define the different spaces in the classroom. Part of what created these divisions, were the cubbies throughout the room. We wanted all of these to be different heights depending on their function, but in the same wood tone so as to not distract from the more fun elements in the space. The rugs also helped to divide the areas; for example a star shaped rug in the drama area and a solar system rug in the science area.

Once we had a clear plan, Alison and I presented our design boards and floor plans to Wayfair…

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After creating and approving our wish list of Wayfair products, the Wayfair team procured all of the items. Once we had a timeline for when all of our purchases would arrive, we scheduled an install date.  On the weekend of installation, 18 volunteers assembled in Jamaica Plain to help with the installation.  The KMID team was on site and ready to get their hands dirty…except baby Julia, who was sitting pretty while we all worked :).  Check out some photos from the install below.

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We are so proud to have worked with Wayfair and Horizons for Homeless Children on this project.  Knowing that these kids will have a functional and beautiful space to learn and create is so rewarding and makes our job easy. We will be having a grand reveal in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more complete images of the final space!

UPDATE :: You can check out the full interview, as well as before & after photos, here.

Before & After :: Cambridge Retreat

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Now that things are finally starting to hit a rhythm post-baby, I’m excited to get back into a groove.  One aspect I’m looking forward to is getting back into the blog.  I love being able to chat with you all, read your comments and give you a sneak peak into our projects.

If you’ve been following along, you may remember I posted a few weeks back about this incredibly special project in Cambridge.  These clients, Jessica and Patrick, came to us following the Marathon bombing, looking to transform their space into one that is handicapped accessible and beautiful. You can read more about the project details and the story in our post ‘KMID and “The Meaning of Home” by Design New England’ {here}. You can also read the full article featured in the November/December issue of Design New England, or online here.

Although the shell of this home was beautiful, it didn’t work for Jess and Patrick.  We worked with the architects to create a home that they could easily maneuver through, while still being aesthetically pleasing.  Together we reconfigured cabinets, added an elevator, enlarged door frames, changed the stairway, and completed a lot of projects to make this space work for them. Then we layered on some wallpaper, window treatments, furnishings and accessories and this space became a home.

When we go places, it’s a constant battle of being creative about how you can adapt to the space.  It’s so nice to have a space adapted to you.  Not only aesthetically is that nice, but emotionally.  It’s a luxury to have all those accessibility features and know it can still be nice, so it’s not a constant reminder of your disability.

Today I wanted to share with you some before & after photos of Jess and Patrick’s “Cambridge Retreat”. All of the elements in this home came together beautifully and perfectly capture the spirit of the homeowners. It was such a rewarding and transformative experience and I’m thrilled to show it off to you all!

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Kate and Thiara really had to get in our head, our lifestyle, what we’re comfortable with, and what we’re not.  We were still getting used to these bodies and figuring out what works, what doesn’t and what makes us feel safe.  These were conversations that can be challenging to navigate, but they are eager to learn and we were happy to teach them.  They were so respectful and kind.

For more photos from this project {shot by Michael J. Lee Photography} check out Cambridge Retreat in the Portfolio section of our website or check out our Pinterest page.

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

Prescott :: Decorating for the Holidays

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Prescott hasn’t made an appearance on the blog for quite some time…and what better time than the holidays to get all dressed up? Luckily we had a good reason as we were asked to be included in our town Holiday House Tour.

I have to admit I was a little nervous when we were asked to participate because that meant my house really had to be up to snuff!  We’ve been hard at work this past year, slowly checking projects off of our list, but welcoming over 200 people into our home was a big deal!  It was a good chance to look at my home through the eyes of an outsider and see what holes still need to be filled.

Another plus is I had to get my act together early on the holiday decorating!  It’s certainly a relief to have everything done around the house with weeks to spare until Christmas.  I decided to keep things clean and fresh this year, with loads of greenery, flowers and hints of traditional Christmas decor… {I see you santa} dispersed throughout.

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I picked up all of our trees at Mahoney’s Garden Center {which is huge and has a great selection of trees}.  Christmas isn’t the same without a beautiful tree- which we kept fun with colorful lights and ornaments, topped with a big white bow.

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I love the look of these boxwood wreathes tied to the back of the dining chairs.  It’s such an elegant touch that really elevates the space. We picked these up at Russell’s Garden Center and chose a pretty silk gold ribbon to attach them.

For the tablescape, I pulled out my wedding china and lace linens. I love the look of all of the white and green and wanted to keep it looking elegant and fresh.  The combination of roses, festive greens and berries make an unexpected and beautiful flower centerpiece.

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One of my all time favorite touches is the garland snaking down the stair railing. Plus, this was SO easy to pull together.  I picked up a 15 ft long cedar garland from the flower market, and simply attached it with green wire every fifth stair post.  It’s a beautiful and easy way to make a statement in your entryway.

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In our reading nook and the girls’ rooms, I used felt garlands to keep things playful {and avoid any messy greenery}.  I love the pop of green for this one against the Christmas books.

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Thank you to everyone who came out last weekend on the holiday tour! We had a great time touring everyone through our home and showcasing all of the details we worked so hard and lovingly on. We’ve come so far and it was great to share it with all of you.  Now, time to enjoy all of our holiday decor during the countdown to Christmas!

Design is Everywhere. Be inspired.

Kate

Meet the KMID Team

When I started my business in 2003 I was 25. I had a vision for an interior design business. I wanted to create a place where I could be surrounded by other like minded creative types who shared my passion for all things inspiring, unique and special. I also knew I wanted to be a Mom one day and that this business could be my ticket to having the best of both worlds. I am humbled to say my dream has been realized and I have these special women to thank. Cheers to 2016. Look out world…here we come!!
It is with such great pride that I formally introduce my team of talented {and beautiful} women…

Thiara Borges
Senior Designer

Thiara Borges joined KMID in the Summer of 2005.   As a Senior Designer, Thiara skillfully creates custom environments tailored to clients residing all over New England.    Over the past ten years in the firm, Thiara has continually learned all sides of the industry by collaborating with architects, builders, craftsmen and vendors on projects large and small.  With a bright aesthetic and creative approach, she believes in pushing clients just past their comfort zone to create unique and inviting spaces that beautifully reflect their inhabitants.  Drawing inspiration from her love of textiles, bold palettes, and antiques as well as her favorite artists, designers and architects, Thiara has forged a unique style within the KMID brand.

Thiara holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a concentration in Business Management from Newbury College in Brookline, MA.  Outside the office, she enjoys exploring museums, mountains and restaurants.  Thiara can often be found alongside her sidekick, a small pup named Earl.


Kelley Antonuccio
Marketing Manager

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After leaving successful Boston social media marketing start up, BzzAgent (now Dunhumby), Kelley has stepped into the role of Marketing Manager at KMID.

Since her start in January 2014, Kelley quickly focused her energy on the creative and fast paced world of interior design.  Using her marketing background, she worked closely with Kate and the team to formulate a clear brand voice that appropriately reflects KMID’s high-end residential projects.   Her innovative and enthusiastic approach drove the firm to develop a clear message and image along all platforms, on and off-line.  Her marketing initiatives have since been recognized by the likes of online retail giant, Wayfair.  As a versatile member of KMID, Kelley also works closely with the designers in managing projects on a daily basis.   She is eager to learn from the team around her as she progresses toward her ultimate goal of becoming an interior designer herself.

Kelley holds a B.A. in Marketing from University of Massachusetts. In her spare time, when she is not renovating her new home with her husband, she enjoys yoga, dance and fancies herself an amateur chef.


Alison Pruchansky
Designer

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Alison joined the KMID team at the start of 2015. As a designer and coordinator, she quickly put her technical skills with Photoshop and Sketchup to work, completely re-hauling the presentation style at KMID, conveying the vision to clients in a concise and clear way. Alison’s collaborative attitude, passion for design, and intellectual problem solving has quickly become indispensable to the growing firm.

Alison received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History/Religion with a concentration in Fine Art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Her pursuit of the glamorous life of a starving artist led her to Washington, DC. There she founded AMPle art, a company selling her paintings while also working in a variety of museums and galleries, including The Phillips Collection and the Elizabeth Roberts Gallery.

Alison’s passion for art and design led her to complete a Master’s of Interior Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC with a concentration in Exhibition Design. After graduation she moved back to Boston and spent the following years working in Project Management and Business Development at Suffolk Construction.

She still enjoys painting and designing exhibits at the Somerville Museum.


Elizabeth Stone
Junior Design Assistant

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Elizabeth joined the KMID team at the start of 2015 as an intern and has quickly become a vital member of the tight-knit group of women around her.  In her ever-changing role at KMID, Elizabeth works closely with the designers, facilitating the timely completion of projects.  Her versatility and keen design eye are invaluable assets to the team as she coordinates the styling of photo shoots, manages social media platforms and photographs internal KMID projects.

Elizabeth graduated from Colby College in 2014, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art.  After interning for interior designers and fabric houses, she knew interior design was where she wanted to start her career.  In her free time, Elizabeth runs the lifestyle blog Stixandstonez, where she posts on interior design, fashion, food and art.  She loves exploring new spots around Boston (read: artisanal donut shops), and decorating her new (tiny) Beacon Hill apartment.


Stefanie Browne
Office Coordinator

Stefanie joined the KMID team in September 2011. Stefanie’s innovative methods and quick thinking has played a vital role in implementing a system that would aid in the development of a rapidly growing company.

Stefanie came to KMID with ten years of experience in marketing and sales, half of which she acquired in the Marketing and Client Services Division at Intercontinental Real Estate.

Stefanie holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Bridgewater State College. Outside the fast paced office environment she can be found at an even faster pace chasing after her two young children.


I am so thankful to have such a great team and such wonderful clients.  Team KMID couldn’t be more excited to forge ahead in the new year, continuing to design beautiful spaces for you all to enjoy.  We’re sending lots of warm wishes to you and your family on this holiday- Happy Thanksgiving!

Kate