A Tiny Cambridge House Gets a Big Renovation.

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Our latest project in Cambridge, a small single-family home, was just written up in the Boston Globe Magazine.

Three years ago, when Dee Elms and her husband, Doug Brown, first saw the single-family Cambridge house that would become their home, “it was a three-room wreck,” says Elms, a principal in Boston interior design firm Elms Interior Design. But the $300,000 asking price was right, the neighborhood was charming, and the 590-square-foot house was sited on a corner lot close to a park, so the couple signed on the dotted line and jumped into a major renovation project.

Built in 1870 with one level of living space, the house had just one bathroom “with a stall shower, no sink, and no heat,” says Elms. The couple completely revamped the main floor, turning the bathroom into a powder room, and added a second floor with two bedrooms and a full bathroom.

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Thanks to Michael J. Lee Photography for the fantastic photos and to Jaci Conry for a wonderful article.

Elms Interior Design’s Teen’s Choice Featured in Boston Globe

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“Involve teens in the design process. That’s the lesson Boston-based Andrew Terrat of Elms Interior Design learned when he designed this room for the teenage son of a client in Wayland. To his surprise, the boy and his two sisters, whose room Terrat also designed, were really interested . They sent him links to pieces they liked, having shopped it all online. The PB Teen Vintage Camo Quilt was one of the client’s son’s finds, as was a set of skateboard shelves.”

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Mission Accomplished (Traditional Home)

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In the June-July issue of Traditional Home, Elms Interior Design turns a waterfront house into “the charmer its location deserves”. Andrew and Dee take a hodgepodge beach house in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and transform it into a cohesive, stylish weekend getaway. Take, for instance, the kitchen:

Elms and Terrat escorted the large kitchen from dark and dreary to warm and cheery with a bright palette of lipstick red and ivory. And they followed the same process they used in the adjoining great room – architecture first. An added coffered ceiling features beadboard panels and a recessed light within each coffer. The island, once a hulking presence in the center of the room, is now augmented with low banquettes upholstered and cusioned in cheerful red-and-white check.

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Elms Interior Design Featured in Stuff Magazine

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In New England, there’s generally on time of year when we’re used to buying tickets to enter a strange, elaborately decorated home. Here are a few hints. It’s when the leaves are falling, not sprouting; when the days are growing shorter, not longer; and when Styrofoam tombstones, cardboard coffins, strobe lights, and fog effects are the typical accoutrements, not high-end home decor. We’re a long way from Halloween, so it’s an Urban Showhouse.

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Dee and Andew Talk Color With Esplanade

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“A house may have great bones, and the addition of color, in fabrics, artworks and objects certainly makes a room come alive. But the quickest way to change the very character of a space is paint and wallcovering. A city home, finished well, can be sedate to awe-inspiring. Where you let your rooms go is entirely up to your imaginations, as the combinations are quite literally endless.
We asked one design team, Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms of Elms Interior Design to give us a few of their newfound favorites. They like the texture of the new offerings from Phillip Jeffries and Maya Romanoff as well some of the naturals available through Schumacher. With a decidedly modern bent, they are also finding use for bold geometrics like those of the design studio known as twenty2.

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Elms Interior Design Featured in Esplanade

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Esplanade explores the beauty of efficient, simple living.

“We found a great example of this new way of living in an apartment designed by Andrew Terrat, of Elms Interior Design, for just such a couple at FP3 in Fort Point Channel. The designer worked like a yacht builder, reconfiguring an 1154 square foot space into a clean and simple 2-bedroom apartment where hidden closets, flexible space, and discrete lighting are engineered to the inch. The design team then mixed this ingenuity with natural woods and sensuous textures to create a luxurious retreat in a complex born of re-purposed 19th-century manufacturing buildings.

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This Was Grandma’s House? (Boston Globe Magazine)

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Elms Interior Design is featured in today’s Boston Globe Magazine. In the article, Peter and Kathy Davidoff moves their family into their grandmother’s 1950’s ranch in Chestnut Hill. The Davidoffs hired Terrat elms to update the living room:

The family hired Boston-based interior designers Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms to refresh the living room, giving it “some stylish, up-to-date glamour,” says Kathy.

With a few small architectural changes and swanky new furnishing, the designers transformed the space. They added beefy crown moldings and baseboards, long windows, French doors opening to the garden, and a 10-foot window seat that serves as a sofa, but they kept the wooden floors, built-in bookcases, and small pass-through window from the kitchen.

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