Downtown CondoTransitional Family Room, Boston
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Living room, dining room and office. Interior designers Roisin Giese and Miggy Mason of Twelve Chairs needed to fit a lot into this Boston condo for newlyweds. The couple wanted an inviting living room that would also serve as an office space, dining area and storage center for media and books. The designers inventoried what the couple needed to store and sized the shelves and cabinets accordingly. The built-ins fit snugly around the TV, house the media components, corral books and display sports photography. The designers also added a ladder for reaching the high shelves.
“He is a writer and had a ton of books spread around in different bookshelves in his last home,” Giese says. “Having them all in one place was one of the biggest program requirements for them.” The designers checked out the collection and the size of the books to help them determine the dimensions of the shelves. They also planned the area for the TV around the existing set’s size to get a tight fit around it. The media components are hidden in the closed storage below. “The ladder is one of their favorite things about the room,” Giese says. “They use it all the time to access the books up high.” The backs of the shelves are painted the same gray-blue as the ladder. Another of the husband’s favorite interests is sports photography — the photo is of Ted Williams at Fenway, and there is a photo of Muhammad Ali over his desk.