As professionals working for a research company in the greater Boston area, this couple in their 60s frequently traveled the globe. They knew that their dated, small, and dark space could be transformed into their dream home – a Parisian-style pied-à-terre with great flow from room to room. It took them a while to find the right designers to do it but they finally came across ID8 Design Studio, headed by Sashya Thind Fernandes, who could make their vision a reality.
A Pied-à-Terre in the Greater Boston Area
“The Parisian pied-à-terre was our starting point,” Sashya said, “from there we were able to make strategic decisions on the floor plan, windows and lighting.” The unit itself needed some intense renovations, replacing the insulation and the windows. It also needed a new floor plan to take advantage of all its square footage and improve the connections from one room to another. “I wanted the light to flood in through the home, and since the windows were located on both front and back ends of the space, we divided the living/dining from the master bedroom with a pair of beautiful pocket doors,” she explained. “On a summer day it’s bright and airy, and on a winter day it’s a bright space that would otherwise be a bit dimmer. When the pocket doors are drawn completely open, it has a loft-like feel with a large open floor plan.”
Once the new layout was decided, Sashya got to work on creating that Continental look that the homeowners wanted. They invested in oak herringbone floors that flowed throughout the home to give that classic timeless look. Since the space lacked extra square footage, Sashya had to get creative with storage: “Upon removing the walk-in closets, we created beautiful reach in wardrobes which were made to look like wall paneling. Every wardrobe was designed based on the number of clothes the client wanted to store, as well as their jewelry and shoes. Apart from the crystal knobs, you can’t tell that there’s tons of storage back there.”
As for the choice in furniture, Sashya decided that a cohesive palette of grays would give the home the sophistication that the homeowners wanted. A mix of high and low pieces such as the Marble Topped Pedestal Coffee Table from west elm and the Kreten Side Table by Souda helped to complete the theme. “They wanted the feel of a Parisian pied-à-terre, while being easy to maintain and cat-friendly; in the end, they were very happy with the result!”
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