Design Project: Home Gallery for a Cambridge Collector

Updated: Feb 1, 2019

Cambridge Collector Living Room, Interior Design, Unique Collectibles, Artwork, Eclectic

Rosemary came to me hoping to transition to her new space in Cambridge, having just moved from New York to start teaching at a local university. With her, she brought artwork and collectibles, each with its own history and memories. I knew that for Rosemary, making her Cambridge home feel uniquely her own would mean wrapping her collection into the plan for her new space. So much of my design deals with not only making a home look its absolute best, but using design as a way to create peace during these transitions.

Our Game Plan

At the end of our process, Rosemary's home would feel like her own personal art gallery. To do this, I knew we needed to open up the color of the space. Before, the walls were a muddy taupe that swallowed up the art and furniture. Once we painted the rooms with Benjamin Moore's Simply White, the walls immediately had space, making everything feel larger. I added soft linen window shades to match the clean, textural feel. And of course, we wanted to display Rosemary's art as a central feature so we sent pieces for framing at Framebridge.

Rosemary's eclectic features were the main highlight in my proposed design schemes. For a flat fee, I gave Rosemary two design concepts based on her floor plan to choose from, which Rosemary decided to execute herself. This option was great for Rosemary and also for other clients who have the flexibility in their schedules or are working with a slightly lower budget. In the end, we went with the first design scheme (though made a few edits!).

Cambridge Collector Living Room, Interior Design, Entryway, Moroccan Rug, African Accessories, Unique Collectibles, Artwork, Eclectic

The Entry

For the entry, we chose a Moroccan orange runner that would both complement and contrast with Rosemary's African accessories and artwork. The vibrant runner immediately brightened the space from the first step inside and drew the eye up to her unique pieces. We also changed the dreaded contractor grade "boob" light to one with an interesting and modern shape.

Check out that beautiful wooden cabinet from Anthropologie, which perfectly displays the basket above.