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Her new haven

A homeowner starts from scratch in this two-bedroom Bay Village condo, housed in a former church.

By Jaci Conry
September 11, 2011

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When Boston interior designer Eric Roseff was called in to invigorate this 1,300-square-foot Bay Village condominium, he was pleased to find it in good condition. His goal was to infuse the newly renovated interior of the condo – one of four units located in a former church – with the homeowner’s taste.

“We had the rare luxury of starting with a blank slate,” says Roseff. Enthusiastic about a new beginning, the homeowner, a single woman whom Roseff describes as independent and free-spirited, had gotten rid of her old furniture before moving into her new two-bedroom abode. “She wanted the place to be both refined and warm,” says Roseff, who sought to give her home a clean and contemporary appeal that wasn’t sterile.

A top priority was storage, so Roseff designed a floor-to-ceiling cabinet in the living area with multiple compartments. The built-in piece, which has a glossy lacquer finish, stores everything from glassware to books and board games. It also houses a small bar and wine refrigerator.

“The living area is painted in three shades of taupe; it’s very monochromatic,” says Roseff. He added visual interest by introducing different textures and pops of red, his client’s favorite color. Among the fiery-hued accents are two swivel Tulip chairs designed by Jeffrey Bernett for B&B Italia. The dining area is defined by a striking red wallcovering by Maya Romanoff that has a lacquer-like finish and stitching details. The Cassina dining table, purchased locally at Montage, features a dark-wood top and a polished-steel base that reflects light. “The table has a great sculptural quality – it’s like a piece of art,” says Roseff.

Furnishings aren’t all high-end: Roseff scored a zebra rug from the 1940s on eBay and added new opaque white glass and stainless-steel kitchen cabinets from IKEA. Three red blown-glass pendant lamps equipped with nostalgic Thomas Edison-style bulbs provide light at the raised breakfast bar.

In the master bedroom, the homeowner selected strong colors, including an immense deep-brown headboard and dark-wood floating nightstands wrapped in metallic leather. Roseff added flocked-velvet wallpaper in a floral motif by Larsen and hanging light fixtures that emulate blossoms, giving the room some feminine flair.