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Boston Globe Magazine – Family Friendly Spaces

Posted by Cecilia Walker on

Screenshot 2014-06-02 00.51.03In yesterday’s Boston Globe Magazine, a project that I had worked on, most of last year, was featured along with three other homes in an issue focused on family-friendly design.  What’s cool about these spaces?  I don’t even know where to begin!

My great friend and colleague, Dulcey Connon — who I’ve collaborated with a few times — asked me to join forces with her and her new client on a big renovation and multi-room design.  The initial project meetings began in April 2013 and included configuring space/floor plans for the architect, budgeting, creating design schemes, with sourcing and installation that finished in February 2014.  The renovation was to convert the garage, and add additional space — a family room, mudroom, and powder room — but also to open the dining room to the family room and create multi-functional spaces that were also family-friendly, without sacrificing custom furnishings.

Jaci Conry wrote a wonderful article telling our client’s story, and Mike Casey portrayed the project beautifully in the photography.  So, check out the full feature titled, “The Perfect Fit in Wellesley,” here.

Dulcey and I re-designed and decorated the first floor of the house — eight rooms in total — with some of my favorite details shown in these pictures that weren’t shared in the article.


photo by Michael Casey | CASEY Photography

A fun, styling secret…the book on the mudroom bench is this one!  Our shout out to our rockstar photographer!

photo by Michael Casey | CASEY Photography

photo by Michael Casey | CASEY Photography

I love the Thibaut wallpapers that we selected for this powder room (above) and in the front entrance (below)!


photo by Michael Casey | CASEY Photography


photo by Michael Casey | CASEY Photography

 A drum stool from Water & Main pops in the front living room.  And the painting above the mantel (as with all of the artwork) belonged to our client (read here), along with the bronze replica of a former mayor of New York, and relative of the family’s.

What’s cool, is that beyond a happy client, we gained a friend.  What’s cool, is that we got the opportunity to get to know Mike Casey.  What’s cool, is that the other designers, Stephanie Rossi and Kate Maloney — who also had features in the issue — I had the great opportunity to work alongside at the Junior League Show House, so congrats to them (and to Stephanie Sabbe too, who has the cover!)  What’s cool, is that Dulcey and I completed another project together, and like he says in his speech, “If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.”  What’s cool, is we GOT PUBLISHED!

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