KMID & “The Meaning of Home” by Design New England


Oh, “Hello November.” What?! Where exactly did October go?! As you may have noticed I’ve taken a little hiatus from the blog due to some major changes for both my family and KMID.  My husband and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Julia, just a few weeks ago so we’ve been spending every possible moment with our new little bundle of joy. She even makes a cameo at the bottom of this post {wink}.

KMID moved office spaces! We’ve been on the hunt for a larger space for quite some time but the perfect space fell into our lap and we needed to jump on it right away. I may or may not have gone to see the space when Julia was just a week old {yikes}! So it’s safe to say it’s been a crazy fall but we couldn’t be more thrilled about all of the new developments! We’ll share more about the new office space soon enough!

Today it’s all about the work…and our special clients!

Jessica and Patrick came to KMID looking for a team to help them with the interiors of their new space. As Marathon bombing survivors, they were working through the new challenges in their lives and needed someone to help them navigate what that meant for the interiors of their new home. When I first got the call I was honestly apprehensive about taking the project. I didn’t have any direct experience with handicap accessible properties. All of those nerves were immediately flushed away upon meeting Jess and Pat in person. Our candid conversation landed us in a place where we agreed to “figure it out” together. What an honor it has been to learn from them.

We couldn’t have asked for more enthusiastic, down to earth and all around incredible clients on this one.  It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know them and helping them to create a space filled with beauty and joy that they could truly call home.

We are excited to share that this project and the story of its development is being featured in the November December issue of Design New England. Here are some behind the scenes photos {by our very own intern Elizabeth of Stix and Stonez} taken on the day of our Design New England shoot and an inside look at our roll in the project. Check out the story {here} for yourselves and enjoy this celebratory post!


Meet Jess, Pat and their service dog Rescue. The smiles you see here are genuine and they have a way of lighting up a room and drawing you in. As soon as the project was completed we knew we needed to share photos of this happy place. We engaged a wonderful photographer, and now friend, Michael J. Lee, to help us tell this story. Michael immediately saw the beauty of this couple and the story they had to tell and was INSTRUMENTAL in helping us to find the right editorial team to help us share this story. We couldn’t be more impressed with how the final images came out and Michael captured the spirit of the project beautifully. The team at Design New England was immediately excited about the images and the story and it has been the perfect platform to bring all the pieces together. {Check out Michael J. Lee’s Photos on our website here!}

Living Room
We designed the living room around some of the clients’ major pieces.  Adding a wall mounted media cabinet {by Furniture Design Services} helped to keep all pathways to the patio accessible, as well as hide any unwanted clutter.  Partners in Design helped us with this custom-made, round ottoman, continuing the easy accessibility throughout the space.


Because there were no rugs throughout this project, we used the patterns and colors from the wallpaper and drapes to really pack a punch in the space.


Dining Room
This custom dining table was one of the most important commissioned pieces for the project.  It was important to the clients that their table fit a lot of people for entertaining and was easily accessible.  Walter Creek helped us create this beautiful piece, with attachable leaves to accommodate additional guests.

In an open floor plan like this, it’s necessary to have art that really makes an impact and commands the space.  The stunning art over the dining table was donated by Black Crow Studios and really creates a moment and helps to define the dining area.  {The flowers by Boston Pollen don’t hurt either!}


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This room was a real design meets function moment.  Jess and Patrick wanted the room to work as a guest bedroom, den, and office- all within a small room.  We took out the existing closet, which freed up space to create customized office storage {with the help of Bob Purdy}.  The sofa is a queen sized sleeper {by American Leather} for when guests are in town and it’s surrounded by cheerful wallpaper by F. Schumacher and a spirited art piece of kites on a hilltop by Paul Octavious Prints.



Master Bedroom
Jess and Patrick wanted a calm and serene bedroom with punches of playfulness and color.  We designed these customized, large nightstands to store their prosthetics {by Tritter Feefer and finished by our friends at Art Applications}.


We had so much fun during this shoot and everyone was in great spirits. The space and people were truly inspiring.   Check out some more candids from our day with Design New England below and make sure to check out the November/December issue {here}!

{You’ll even get a sneak peak at little Julia who was only 11 days old when she attended her first magazine shoot! Patrick, you’re a natural. Thank you for cuddling her while we were “working”. }



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This was one of the most meaningful and special projects we’ve had the privilege of working on and we enjoyed every minute of it.  This project would not have come together as beautifully as it has without the generous donations of the very special vendors below.

Welcome home Jess, Patrick and Rescue!

Builder: Bob Purdy of Purdy Construction, Somerville, MA; 617-733-4425, Architecture: Ellen S. Light at Donham & Sweeney Architects, Boston;, Joseph F. Fournier at JFF Design Architects & Planners, Waltham;, Rosie Weinberg, Cambridge, MA;, John Altobello at John Altobello Architecture, Cambridge, MA; johnaltobelloarchitecture.comBoston Survivor Accessibility Alliance (BSAA). Drapery and art installation: Jim Anketell at JA Installations, Southborough, MA; 508-485-5065. Wallpaper installation: Sarah Smyth at John J. Smyth, LTD., Medford, MA; 617-969-5986. Drapery and motorized hardware: Lily and Chuck Schultz at Reliable Fabrics, Everett, MA; reliablefabrics.comLiving room: Sofa: Jordan’s Furniture;, Media cabinet: Chris Rice at Furniture Design Services, Peabody, MA;, Ottoman: Jim & John Sersich at Partners in Design, Newton, MA; 617-965-1950, Drapery Fabric: Tammy Couture at Kravet;, Wallpaper: Jessica Duffy at Osborne & Little; osborneandlittle.comDining room: Table: Robert Hanlon at Walker Creek Furniture, Essex, MA;, Art: Tracy Hiner at Black Crow Studios, Long Beach, CA;, Art Framing: Joe Caswell at Caswell Gallery, Quincy, MA; caswellgalleries.comBedroom: Side Tables: ML Littlefield at Tritter Feefer Home Collection, La Grange, GA;, with customization and finish by Douglas Yeiter and Bruce Dallaire at Art Applications, Inc.; artapplicationsinc.comDen: Wallpaper: Lewis Paternoster at F. Schumacher & Co.,, Sleeper Sofa: Maggie Bates at American Leather,, Console: Douglas Yeiter and Bruce Dallaire at Art Applications, Inc.,, Ottomans: Christy West at Furnishings by Design (Lee Industries), Berlin, MA, Pillow: Mary McDonald at The Martin Group,



  2. Kate and Thiera,
    Congratulations on a job well done. I know that this was a labor of love for us all. Nice pictures, and always great to see Jess and Patrick who inspire us all. Give them a hug for me next time you see them. Best, Ellen

    ps. Congrats on the birth of Julia.

  3. Dear Kate and Thiara

    WOW this is truly stunning on so many levels. I love the décor, a sneak peak at your new baby girl, and of course the fact that you have worked with this amazing couple. The spaces are gorgeous and have that wonderful yet tasteful KMID whimsy! This couple deserves a beautiful but functional space to call home and I am so thrilled you had the opportunity to create it for them. Oh and by the way, many congratulations on the new arrival…you have been one busy gal. Best wishes to you both and the team. Kate

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