One Room Challenge Spring 2018: pied-a-terre reveal

ORC challenge Boston loft


Drum Roll please…It’s the big day. The One Room Challenge Spring 2018 REVEAL!! I crossed the finish line and I am so excited to show you my pied-a-terre. I have so many emotions but relief is probably number one. It was a LOT of work putting together this room puzzle, especially with multiple changing parameters. Now that I’m done, I am very happy with how it turned out but I’ll let you be the judge.

Before I get to all the photos, which I know is the only thing you want to see, a quick back story. For this Spring’s One Room Challenge, I was sponsored by the Boston Design Center to transform a raw open space into a room of my choice. I chose to create an imaginary pied-a-terre that would function as both entertaining and work space. To quickly refresh your memory this was the “living” area before.

My Pied-a-terre living area BEFORE

And this is the living area now. As luck would have it, photo shoot day was a foggy rainy day. You’ll have to trust me when I tell you the view of Boston out the window is spectacular.

My Pied-a-terre AFTER

My “work area” Before

My work area AFTER

Another BEFORE


Originally the third “wall” of the space was to be open to the rest of the floor. I suggested suspending wood panels or fabric from the ceiling but that was not allowed. As it turned out, the day before the furniture installation a temporary plywood wall was put up. There was no time to do anything decorative to the wall but it anchored the bookcase and I was able to add artwork.

Before the temporary wall was installed

The wall really worked out for the best.

The Full Reveal and Sources:

Between myself and my photographer friend, Emily O’Brien photography I have A LOT of photos to share. Grab a drink and enjoy all the many details of the space. Note: All art and accessories not credited are my personal belongings or were loaned by my friend Nirma Raffi.

Rug: JD Staron

Chandelier: WaterSpot Boston

Drapery Panels: Stroheim fabrics Pattern: Chintsa

Sofa: Mattaliano from Webster and Company Boston

Cocktail table and side tables: Century Furniture Boston


Purple Pillow: Robert Allen fabric Pattern: Exquisite-Color Currant

Green Pillow: Stroheim Nottington green velvet in Olive, Pillow trim Stroheim Nottingham velvet in Daisy

Black and white pillow: Arianna Belle Channels Ebony and Ivory

Turquoise Lamp: ICON Group 439 Boston Design center

Drapery Panels: Stroheim fabric pattern Chinsta

Side Table: Century Furniture Boston

Resin and burnt wood orbs: Couture Lamps. Available on One Kings lane


Yellow Carter Sofa: Duralee Boston

Pedestal table: Duralee Boston

Saffron sofa pillows: Duralee

Turquoise and yellow pillows: Beacon Hill for Robert Allen in surf

White throw: Bellacor, Company C

Secretary desk: M-Geough Boston

Side chair: M-Geough Boston

Hanging Pendants: Lamps Plus

Table: Dan Parish Ltd Ailanthus Boston

 Chairs: Journal collection Stori Modern

Pillow: Bellacor Company C Presto Ultramarine accent pillow

Dining Chairs: Journal Collection from StoriModern

Large Yellow bowl: Lawrence McRae

Purple Herb Pot: Jill Rosenwald Boston

Black and white Houndstooth chairs: Duralee Boston fabric by Toby Fairley

Round side table: Croxley Accent table Duralee

Dimond Black Matte Floor Lamp: Bellacor

Metal and Marble Etagere:  Milling Road Baker Boston

Malachite Box: Couture Lamps available on One Kings lane

Ladies Face Art: Pamela Copeman Art

Art work lower left: Roberta Nigro Hall

Malachite Geo Bookends: Couture Lamps

Gray chair, Side Table, Reading floor Lamp: Design Within Reach Boston showroom

Snake Pillow: Design Legacy High Point North Carolina

Green Mulligan Chest: Webster Company Boston

Black Mirror with Silver Rings: Market Stalls, Boston Design Center

Art Work: Susan Siefer Art

White Table Lamp: ICON Group 439 Boston Design Center

Gallery Wall Art Work

Clothes Pin Dolls Top and Bottom: Roberta Nigro Hall

Blue Abstract: Roberta Nigro Hall

Top: chair paintings: Susan Siefer Art

Middle: Face: Markus Sabastiano

Bottom two square abstracts: Roberta Nigro Hall

Top: Minted, Leaves and Stems limited edition print by Deborah Valasquez

Bottom: Unknown, vintage sea urchin silk screen

iphone composites: Linda Holt Photography

Top: Chairish limited edition print. Madame Paradis by Melvin G.

Bottom: Minted Hallelujah art print by Christopher Grayson

Top: Minted, Surround Me Art Print by R Studio, a Minted Design Challenge winner.

Bottom: Susan Siefer Art

Abstract: Susan Siefer Art

Art Print: Minted, Bamboo Grass by Alison Jerry Designs

Water Reflections: Linda Holt Photography

I want to say a huge thank you to Andrew Joseph who invited me to partner with the Boston Design Center and to Linda, the founder and genius behind the One Room Challenge. I will be forever grateful that they had full faith in my ability to pull this challenge off. Also, thank you to all my sponsors mentioned above as well as; Media sponsor House Beautiful, The Boston Design Center, Niamh O’Maille, and my incredibly supportive friends for helping me create my fantasy pied-a-terre.

Congratulations to all the other designers who also created gorgeous new spaces within the past six weeks.