When it came time for a young family to build on the lot they owned in the Boston suburbs, they turned to Wellesley, MA-based interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. The classic New England farmhouse will undergo a full Grandmillennial renovation — think warm woods, charming finishes, nostalgic accents and smaller rooms — though the home is 5,000 square feet with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms .
“I love how cohesive the house feels,” says Rosenfeld. “Each room is related to, but not matching, the adjacent rooms, and the primary color palette is very folk-friendly.”
Her favorite room is the living room, which is open concept with the home’s kitchen. It has soaring beamed ceilings, but Rosenfeld and her team achieved what she describes as a “come sit by the fire and stay a while” feel by using oversized custom furniture in a creamy palette mixed with painted furniture and cozy elements .
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“These types of spaces can be difficult to decorate and especially difficult to make feel inviting and warm,” explains Rosenfeld. “But I hope we got it right by adding a lot of layers.”
Iron accents mixed with copper throughout the space also add interest. And the flowers and ditsy materials are meant to “evoke grandma’s house, but make it fresh,” says Rosenfeld. Even the patterned kitchen backsplash is an old-fashioned, handmade nod to Delft tiles. An abundance of painted furniture, cabinetry and calico-like prints are cleanly mixed to add to the modern farmhouse feel.
In the powder room, Rosenfeld added Farrow & Ball farm-inspired wallpaper and a cheeky little chandelier. The landing, mud room and office are all filled with antique bowls, baskets and Americana. And the bedroom is covered head to toe in an iconic floral chintz by Blithfield and also features a tiger maple poster bed from a New England standard: Leonards.
While the entire process went smoothly, Rosenfeld jokes the project was, “on time and way over budget — as usual!” But can you really put a price on stylish comfort?
Rosenfeld used Farrow & Ball Ponting on the walls. The ceiling chandelier is Circa Lighting. The curtains are Schumacher Magical Menagerie. The mirror is vintage. The upholstered chairs, the sofa and the leather foot pan are custom made.
“Because we’re an open floor plan, we really wanted the kitchen and family room to feel connected and feel like one big warm hug,” says Rosenfeld. Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue on the lower cabinets adds contrast in this kitchen. The backsplash tile is Filigree by Pratt + Larsen. The hanging lanterns are Circa Lighting. The counter stools are Noir in Perennials Jake Stripe fabric.
“I love this wallpaper,” says Rosenfeld of the hand-blocked farm scene by Farrow & Ball, finished in the brand’s Lulworth Blue. The sink is Perrin & Rowe, and the mirror is RH.
To make this hallway bookcase feel collected and warm, Rosenfeld used old and new books along with a collection of mismatched wooden boxes, time-worn baskets and woven goods. She painted the ceiling Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light and added a rug from Missoni Home, sconces from Circa Lighting, and chandelier from Ironware International.
The chaise and sofa are custom, and the floral fabric is Blithfield/Lee Jofa. The bed is by Leonards New England. The rug is Landry & Arcari. The ceiling light is Circa Lighting.
To create an understated feel, Rosenfeld used a wood RH vanity mixed with gray tones, black tiles by Pratt + Larsen, and white in a traditional Cole & Son wallpaper. The sink hardware is Perrin & Rowe and the mirror is RH.
Farrow & Ball Lulworth Blue warms up this mud room. The rug is vintage from Landry & Arcari. Rosenfeld also layered additional vintage baskets, bowls and jugs.
To make the floor look custom, Rosenfeld created her own pattern using penny and hex tiles. The cabinets are painted Farrow & Ball Off Black. The sink is by Rohl/Shaws.
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Architect: Matt Cummings, Cummings Architecture + Interiors
Builder: Windhill Builders
Stylist: Karin Lidbeck-Brent