Behind a restrained traditional 1840’s Boston facade is a kaleidoscope of colour. The house had been gutted by a developer in 2016 but entirely lacked vitality and liveliness. The owners, Eric and Ian, are passionate about fashion and love to travel, and had the vision of a more colourful and exuberant home. They brought on Boston-based Evolve Residential interior design studio to inject some joyful colour and energy into the property. The result is a jewel box home that’s awash with bold colour, luxurious fabrics and contemporary art.
Push open the bright blue front door and find yourself in the hallway, where a Black Crow Studio wallpaper runs up the stairs, designed to read as a spectacular watercolour that transforms the walls into a giant canvas.
The hallway leads into an open-plan double living space. At the far end, overlooking the garden downstairs, is the main living room and TV area.
A vivid line painting by Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip injects a burst of colour, while the tufted sofa is upholstered in a colourful Harlequin fabric that mimics a watercolour painting.
There are interesting and unusual furniture pieces everywhere you look, that make you do a double take.
From the zig zag lamp table (above) to the orange stool (below), the home is full of covetable pieces like this.
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This TV area flows into another living space, with a sumptuously curved plum sofa, that faces the mantelpiece.
The walls surrounding the fireplace mantle are clad with a french foxed mirror, to visually widen the space at its most narrow point. The overscaled vintage sconces from 1stdibs were installed to add drama and ambiance.
Here in the corner is another vivid painting by Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip, hung above the desk. The studded spike desk chair is by Artemest.
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Concealed built-ins were added to this main entrance area to create window seats.
The kitchen is downstairs on the lower ground floor, and flows into a colourful outdoor terrace area.
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The kitchen features a mix of white cabinetry on one side, and wood cabinets on the opposite side, divided by a modern kitchen island. A watercolour paper makes a striking and colourful feature among the wood cabinetry.
Walls are given a 3D treatment with a bespoke artwork.
Even the terrace features vibrant, zesty colour and punchy designs.
The master bedroom features a colourful grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling that sets the colour palette for the rest of the room. The walls and windows are drenched in a vibrant blue.
A dressing room acts as the walkway / corridor that connects the bedroom with the master bathroom.
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A raised divide in the bathroom separates the wet space from the vanity basin area, allowing for a cosy rug.
A fun wallpaper by Osborne and Little creates a feature wall in the guest bedroom.
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A lacquered desk acts as a dressing table. The red minimalist table lamp offers a fun colour contrast to the rest of the scheme.
The lilac paint from the built-in shelving flows over onto the ceiling.
The shelves feature jars of sweets that imitate pills, perhaps a wink to Damien Hirst’s pill themed cabinets.
A black and white Voyageur Snowscapes wallpaper by Jill Malek follows the treads up stairs to the sun room. The vibrant cord carpeting is by Landry & Arcair.
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The framed hand drawn bees are by Ryan Chadwick.
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A green velvet sofa complements the green and blue rug in the top sunroom.
This space leads out onto a roof terrace.
Photography / Sean Litchfield