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Thank You New England Home!

Posted by Cecilia Walker on

Wow!  Thank you to Kyle Hoepner for your acknowledgement of my hallway space at the JLB Show House on the New England Home Design Blog!  I appreciate your kind words about small, transitional spaces in a show house, and am flattered that I sit in the company of the other talented designers — many veterans in the Boston design community.

The photo on NE Home’s Design Blog is of the stairwell — a space that I shared with John S. Coles, who was so cool to work with — but has ME sitting in the space, so I feel I must explain.  After a long day of shooting spaces, Eric Roth, finished up his day with mine, and Michael J. Lee was tucked away around the corner doing his magic, capturing Kris Shaffer’s powder room onto his Canon.  Watching Eric photograph a hallway space — late in the afternoon with natural lighting challenges, and tough angles — with such patience (and no lunch break!) was really inspiring and made me appreciate the talent that goes into the gorgeous photos that we thumb through in our favorite shelter magazines.  (And same with Michael, who was practically laying down on the powder room floor!)  Before Eric packed away his equipment, he said to me, “Let’s get a photo of you in your space.”  Angie Foss (Junior League) was nearby and chimed in, “YES!”  So, dressed as I was, in my normal, everyday attire, I went along with it and took the cues.  Eric hummed “Cecilia,” (Simon & Garfunkel) — a gesture, I’ve heard my entire childhood, up through college — and I, in a surreal moment, thought, “I love this industry!”

Here is the photo Eric took of the back entranceway at the JLB Show House — my space was the Back Entrance/Hallway, titled, “Modern Passage.”

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photo by Eric Roth

The little door underneath the antique, gear mold mirror is a pass-through into the butler’s pantry, designed by Kay McKallagat (check out her dining room in “Rooms We Love,” p. 42, New England Home, Jan/Feb 2013).  The wallpapers (two, in the photograph, but I actually used three in the space!) are by Graham & Brown and Schumacher.  Ceiling paint by Farrow & Ball.  Gold gilded lantern is from Fleming’s Lighting of Cohasset.  Cow hide stool from Delicious Designs in Hingham.  Vintage mirrored sconces and antique lusterware cup and saucer (in butler’s pantry) from Water & Main.  Carpet by Landry and Arcari.  And finally, because everyone has asked, the antique gear mold mirror, is mine.  The gear mold came from an old abandoned factory in Michigan, and I scored it back here.

Thanks again, Kyle!  Suzanne Logan introduced us briefly at the Show House Gala event, but next time I see you, I’d love to thank you in person.

Check out Dianne Ramponi & Susan Welsh’s Grand Foyer, Elizabeth Benedict’s Green Room, Kris Shaffer and Ana Donahue’s bathrooms, Marilyn MacLeod’s Flower Room, Hilary Bovey’s Guest Room and Mally Skok’s amazing Girl’s Room over in Kyle’s “Tiny Treasures” post, here.

 photo by Eric Roth


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