Professional Manhattan couple with two school-age children bought a house in the historic Cottage Farms neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Surface renovation and interior design throughout; gut renovation in the kitchen and master bath.


  • Make sure the home’s large rooms don’t come off as cold
  • Outfit rooms for family activities, such as movie nights and homework
  • Re-use some existing furniture and light fixtures from New York apartment
  • Showcase art and collections from many travels



  • Multiple area rugs add softness and comfort; used Kristen Rivoli custom rug designs in the dining room, family room, master bedroom, and foyer
  • Lots of soft seating, pillows, and textured fabrics
  • Refinished living room millwork and kept the room light with white grasscloth wall covering and off-white curtains
  • Overall color palette and patterns nod to the family’s time in South Africa
  • Creamy white kitchen accented by island topped with green/blue zebra stone and faced in reclaimed barn wood
  • Raised height of fireplace in breakfast area so family can enjoy it from the banquette