When my best friend since high school asked if I would redesign her historic, North Shore home to suit her growing family, I immediately said yes. Coming from a family of antique collectors, Shana already had an incredible design sense. She grew up going to art and antique shows with her mom! However, (in her words) “…if I were to put them together myself, it would look like a garage sale.”
Obviously that wasn’t exactly the look we were going for, and in the end we created a cohesive yet eclectic home that’s just as functional as it is beautiful. We were so excited when Luxe Interiors + Design decided to feature the project, and even more excited when they made Shana’s living room the front cover of their latest issue. *Cue the champagne*
Shana and her husband moved into the home a couple of months before our work began. They were eager to create a more functional and beautiful kitchen space. The previous layout was small and cramped with tight passageways and honey wood cabinetry (keep scrolling to see for yourself). This left plenty of room for improvement. Soon enough, the progress in the kitchen led to us creating a character-filled, light and bright design plan throughout the rest of the home. The wallpaper in the dining room was a major jumping off point for the color story. The William Morris paper also brings a historical touch to this Dutch Colonial Revival, which was originally built in the 1930s.
Interior Design: Claire Staszak, Centered by Design
Builder: Jeffrey Levin, Plumb Properties Construction Co.
Cabinets: Studio 912
Architectural Details from earlier renovation by Cohen & Hacker Architecture
Photography: Aimee Mazzenga
Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!