Best of Boston Home 2015


Elms Interior Design is proud to be included in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Home 2015.

Every year we see countless beautiful designs from hard-working, creative teams all over New England. Here, we share the smartest, chicest rooms of the bunch.

The design firm Elms Interior Design wowed us with this chic Brookline conservatory, just as ideal for a post-swim summer lunch as for reading on a snowy day.

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Downtown Boston Apartment Gets a Family-Friendly Redesign

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A three bedroom apartment at The Clarendon in Boston’s Back Bay becomes a warm, family home with the help of Elms Interior Design.

The sight line from their three-bedroom unit, nestled on the twentieth-floor of the thirty three-story building, descends to the expanse of the Charles River Esplanade, with its sailboats, bikers, and joggers. A glance to the side offers a stunning view of the historic Henry Hobson Richardson–designed Trinity Church reflected in the soaring John Hancock Tower. “We like being on twenty,” says the homeowner. “We love the mix of seeing through to the river but also seeing some of the rooftops.”

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Back Bay Condo Gets a Dynamic New Look

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Elms Interior Design is pleased to have their redesign of an urban condominium in Boston’s Back Bay featured in New England Home. The design flaunts its spectacular Boston view and features a floor-to-ceiling hearth and some beautiful original art.

The design duo’s challenge was to wake the place out of its slumber. The owners had left behind a handsome traditional home and, although they didn’t want a repeat of the same, they envisioned a residence that reflected their good taste—something a dash more contemporary, for sure, but brimming with character nevertheless.

So Elms did what the best designers do: they listened carefully and then they sprang into action, shaking up the rectangular two-bedroom condominium from end to end. The heart of the home—the open-plan kitchen/dining/ living area—rocketed from quiet to stunning with the addition of a classic coffered ceiling meticulously crafted by Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers from Cumberland, Rhode Island. And where a ho-hum wall had formerly stood its ground, the designers introduced a grand focal point: a floor-to-ceiling hearth clad in dreamy Athens Silver Cream travertine from Ann Sacks. They thoughtfully elevated the level of the firebox to ensure the heart-warming flames remain visible above the cocktail table, even when the owners sink into their John Mark sofa at the end of the day.

Read the full feature here.

Elms Interior Design Featured in Renovation Style

Elms Interior Design in Renovation Style

“This was the most confused house you’ve ever set foot in,” says Dee Elms of Elms Interior Design in Boston. The 1960s beach house in Massachusetts suffered from disjointed additions. The client’s bedroom was one of them.”

Elms redesigns the room with feminine colors, an airy iron canopy and yards of draped fabric.

Read the full feature here.

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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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!!!!

A Tiny Cambridge House Gets a Big Renovation.

Boston Globe Single Family Home Interior Design

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.

Read the full article here.

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


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