Design Project: A Joyful Home in Boston That’s Bursting With Colour

Evolve Residential interior design studio breathed joyful colour and energy into this traditional 1840’s Boston home, resulting in a kaleidoscope of colour...


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.

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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.

Get the look: Wallpaper is from Black Crow Studio. Stair carpet is by Landry & Arcair.

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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.

Get the look: vivid line painting by Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip. Painted velvet fabric on geometric tufting sofa by Harlequin fabrics

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.

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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.

Get the look: Black studded lamps flanking TV by Kelly Weastler. Mid-century vintage media unit / sideboard through 1stdibs.

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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.

Get the look: vintage sconces from 1stdibs

Here in the corner is another vivid painting by Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip, hung above the desk. The studded spike desk chair is by Artemest.

Get the look: vivid painting by Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip. Spike desk chair 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.

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Even the terrace features vibrant, zesty colour and punchy designs.

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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.

Get the look: Ceiling wallpaper is by Nicolette Mayer. Floating bedside tables designed by Josh Linder of Evolve Residential.

A dressing room acts as the walkway / corridor that connects the bedroom with the master bathroom.

Get the look: Master bedroom closets by California Closets 

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A raised divide in the bathroom separates the wet space from the vanity basin area, allowing for a cosy rug.

Get the look: photograph by Max Steven Grossman


A fun wallpaper by Osborne and Little creates a feature wall in the guest bedroom.

Get the look: wallpaper by Osborne and Little. B&W photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe

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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.

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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.

Get the look: The vibrant cord carpeting is by Landry & Arcair. This is the black and white Voyageur Snowscapes wallpaper by Jill Malek.

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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.

Get the look: Sofa is by Partners in Design, upholstered in green velvet by Schumacher.

This space leads out onto a roof terrace.

Photography / Sean Litchfield

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