A commercial architect built a new house in Belmont, Massachusetts, for himself, his wife, and older children. I lent my residential expertise, working closely with the contractor and advising on exterior and interior architectural finishes. Interior design throughout.


The husband preferred more modern, commercial-style furnishings, and the wife preferred traditional—I had to blend the two so both were happy.



  • The central limestone wall, large windows, and mahogany trim could be austere on their own; injected warmth and personality with varying wood tones and a Caribbean blue kitchen
  • Great room is anchored by two built-in credenzas, framed in walnut with live-edge wood tops and bespoke molded bronze knobs
  • Walnut frames the blue kitchen cabinets, and hand-colored Moroccan tiles create an area rug effect around the island
  • Antique-style painted chests add old-world character to the living room, master bedroom, and powder room
  • Added luxurious details to clean-line upholstery, such as the leather trim on the back of the living room sofa and the ruching on the custom master bed (which houses a pop-up TV in the footboard!)