Episode 10: Interior Design Ideas

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This Old House continues working on the Bedford House, a historic Georgian home built in 1720.

Master carpenter Norm Abram and general contractor Tom Silva create a more historically accurate front door surround. Certified arborist Matt Foti prescribes deep root injections for the ailing American Beech tree. Host Kevin O’Connor meets contractor Monica MacKenzie at an antique home she renovated. Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat show Kevin and homeowner Becky Titlow where the design for the new space is headed—a sophisticated blend of modern and rustic elements that will be comfortable and low maintenance for the famil

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Elms Interior Design Featured in New England Home

Elms Interior Design New England Home Nov Dec 2011 Article

We are so happy to announce that our latest project at The Clarendon in Boston is featured in the current edition of New England Home Magazine (the November/December issue). Special thanks to the fine folks at New England Home for a super article, to photographer Greg Premru for his fantastic shots, and to Mokum Textiles for providing some of the fabrics for the project.  Stay tuned for another posting on Mokum soon- we love their stuff! In the meantime, be sure to pick up a copy of New England Home at your local newsstand.

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Episode 8: Kitchen Inspiration

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This Old House renovates one of its oldest houses to date, a 1720 Georgian home listed on the National Register of historic places.

General contractor Tom Silva replaces a rotted post. Window restoration specialist Alison Hardy reinstalls the restored historic window sashes. Host Kevin O’Connor finds electrician Allen Gallant upgrading the electrical service in the garage. Kevin meets interior designers Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat at a house they designed in Cambridge, MA that inspired the look for the Bedford Project kitchen. Tom and Kevin remove strip flooring to reveal historic boards.

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Our Debut on This Old House!

Andrew and Dee This Old House Bedford

So we are getting ready for the airing of our first This Old House episode this weekend, and everyone at Elms Interior Design is very excited! In this episode (#8 of the season), we show host Kevin O’Connor a project that we previously completed in Cambridge and that inspired the Bedford project’s new kitchen design.

The house is a gut renovation of an old worker’s cottage dating from 1877, and Becky Titlow (this season’s TOH homeowner) immediately responded to photos of the home’s great new kitchen space.  We walk Kevin through the first floor of the home, touch on our design inspirations, and explain how the elements of the project will translate to Becky and Joe’s antique home in Bedford.

Be sure to tune in to the show to get a glimpse of our progress to date. Note that show times vary depending on your viewing area, so check the This Old House website for specific show times and dates or watch the webcast of our first episode beginning next week. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!!

Almost Time – The Bedford House

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Next week we will be installing our This Old House project in Bedford. Time sure does fly. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting with the homeowners for the first time and talking about all of our ideas for the house.

We will be meeting the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams delivery truck early on Monday morning, and we won’t be stopping until we are done. Our first episode airs Thanksgiving weekend. In the meantime, you will just have to make due with a few photos of the progress to date. Stay tuned for updates!

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Bedford House Kitchen

A Look at ChromaLab’s Amazing Work

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Working on the This Old House Bedford project has been such a blast because we’ve had the opportunity to introduce the team to some of our favorite people. Yesterday Alicia and Tony from ChromaLab came out to Bedford to meet the homeowners and the crew.  Tony and Alicia are a married couple, and they are business partners – how cool!

ChromaLab does the most amazing things.  Not only do they do an unbelievable job spraying furniture, but they also create hand-painted canvas that is hung like wallpaper.  At the This Old House project they are going to help us in all areas.  They are going to spray some plain jane counter stools a hot red, do decorative painting in the Study, and do a custom canvas wall treatment in the Powder Room.

Here’s a sampling of their work, and you can of course see more on their website:

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stenciled canvass chromalab


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Summer is Over – Wrapping Up the Bedford House Project

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And now it’s almost WRAP time!  We are now only 9 weeks away from the wrap of the This Old House Bedford project! The homeowners Becky and Joe Titlow have been fantastic to work with, and we are really excited about everything we are doing with their home.

Right now the house is a full blown construction site, but we are told it will all be completed and ready for us in a few short weeks.  Here’s a glimpse of the great color palette we are working on.

Fantastic New Chairs

We just had to share these fabulous chairs!  The fabric is from Madeline Weinrib /Celery Luce .  This material was really interesting to work with because it’s only 44″ wide, and it’s actually three pieces sewn together to create the full 44″ width.  We love the artsy, bohemian look – and so does our client!

Madeline Weinrib Celery Luce Chair 1


Madeline Weinrib Celery Luce Chair 3


Madeline Weinrib Celery Luce Chair 2

Five Star Living in NYC

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We just returned from an exciting new project in New York City! We installed two fabulous units in the new MiMA tower at 42nd and 9th. If you haven’t seen the building, check it out.

The views of Mid-Manhattan are sensational, and the finishes in the units are to die for.  Related Companies is the developer, and they do such amazing work!  The units were just photographed yesterday- here are a few preview shots:

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master bedroom mima towers

This Old House, Our Latest Project

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Dee and I just returned from our first visit to This Old House’s next restoration project – a really beautiful antique in Bedford, Mass. – where we’ve been selected to work as this season’s interior designers.

The homeowners are a really nice young couple with an adorable 18 month old daughter and an exciting, and very public, few months ahead for them.  Demolition has already begun and the house is wired with webcams so viewers can check in on the project at anytime – it’s a very state-of-the-art job site nestled intoa very old house.

Today’s filming  –  centered on the foundation for the new family room addition – was just getting started as we were leaving and the place was alive with producers, directors, contractors…and the owners’ three dogs!  It is really quite a production.  Stay tuned for more in the months ahead and for the season premeire on October 6th, 2011!


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