4 Black and White Bathroom Designs

No matter what type of bathroom we are designing, we find we cannot go wrong with a black and white palette.  That is not to say that all of our bathrooms look the same!  Over the years we have designed black and white guest baths, black and white powder rooms, and black and white children’s bathrooms. It is a palette that can be dramatic, fun, chic, and is always timeless.

Scalamandre's Zebra wallpaper, black and white basket-weave floor, and Land of Nod light fixture make this a fun and sophisticated kids bathroom.

The first of the four bathrooms shown belongs to my children but it also serves as our guest bath. For that reason, we chose decor that is both young and fun but sophisticated at the same time.  The Zebra wallpaper from Scalamandre was the perfect choice as it is loved by both children and adults and the black background makes it a little more dramatic yet still playful.  One of my favorite features of this bathroom is the the light fixture we bought from Land of Nod.  They have a fantastic selection of stylish lighting for children.  The black piping around the light is such a great little detail.

The second bathroom – shown below – is from a renovation project we recently completed in Winchester.  Our clients asked us to design a bathroom for their two young children, a boy and girl.  They wanted us to create a gender neutral, chic bathroom that they would enjoy as much as their children for years to come.  To achieve this, we used classic elements like a subway tile but made it more modern and interesting by using black grout.  Solid white countertops are offset by a high gloss black vanity and black mirror and the black hexagon floor tile pops against the all white walls.  We designed a bathroom for them that will not go out of style and has the modern, cool aesthetic they were hoping for.

Black and white children's bathroom

As the interior designers for a home in Newton, MA we were tasked with renovating the powder room – pictured below. By painting the brick wall white, adding a sleek black countertop, black tile floor, and parisian inspired accessories, we were able to achieve the fresh European style powder room we envisioned.  Black and white powder rooms are also a great option if you are not looking to spend a lot but want to design a chic and modern bathroom.

A painted white brick wall, sleek black countertop and parisian inspired accessories give this powder room a European flair.

If you’re looking for a black and white design but one that is perhaps a bit more traditional and elegant, we have that for you too!  Below is a guest bathroom that’s part of a condo we did all of the interior decor for in Boston. This palette varies from the rest we’ve shared as we used off-white instead of a stark white to give the space a softer, more delicate feel. We covered the walls in Nina Campbell’s Lomasi wallpaper in Black to achieve the dramatic and elegant guest bath our clients requested and although it is a very different style than the others we’ve shown, this guest bath shares the timeless quality we looked to achieve in all of these bathrooms.

Nina Campbell's Lomasi wallpaper adds drama to this guest bathroom.

We hope you enjoyed this post and the black and white bathroom designs we shared! To see these homes and other homes designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors, check us out at www.catherineandmcclure.com.

 

on Mar 11 in Bathroom,black and white,children's bathroom,guest bathroom,Interior design,powder room,Tiles,Uncategorized,wallpaper

Choosing A Paint Color: Tips From a Boston area Interior Designer

Choosing a paint color can often be a difficult task even for Boston area interior designers Catherine & McClure Interiors who do it on a regular basis.  In our business it is so important to get the paint color just right because it is the backdrop that everything else is layered onto.  While finding the perfect color may take several trips to the paint store and many sample boards, it is a necessary part of the design process.  When we nail the wall color then all of the art, window treatments, furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories come to life.

Neutral paint color

The soft neutral tone of the walls showcases the art,

Don’t get us wrong there are times we can produce a room design, know exactly what is going to work on the walls and it does not take multiple trips to the paint store.  However, paint is a tricky thing. It changes depending on the lighting in a home.  It changes from day to night and much to peoples chagrin it does not look the same on the walls as it does on those little chips you bring home from the paint store.  As interior designers, we have steps we take each time we choose a paint color to ensure it is going to be beautiful in our client’s home day or night and in the glow of the home’s unique lighting.

interior designer color picks

Pale neutral tones create a soothing and sophisticated environment.

First, we look at our fan deck of colors and choose two or three to make up into sample boards.  That’s right, we do not rely on the paint chip itself to give us a true reading.  We need to see the actual paint in the room. We use white boards in lieu of doing samples on the wall unless the wall color is white.  We do this to eliminate any distorted view of the new color from the existing wall color.  Sample boards are also useful because we can hold them up in different parts of the room and our clients don’t end up with a patchwork quilt of paint samples on their walls.  More times than not one or two of those colors will work in its original form or with a bit of tweaking.

There are occasions when we must choose all new colors as was the case in the living room shown above.  We started with various shades of white and quickly found white walls to be too stark for our design.  We switched gears and tried warmer neutrals.  Several samples later, we chose a beautiful taupe from Ben Moore. It still wasn’t perfect though.  It was a little too dark.  We cut the paint by 50% to lighten it up which we often do if we love a color but need it to be lighter.  Doing this extra step gave us the pale neutral color we were looking to achieve and created the calm and sophisticated environment we were aiming for.  The soft neutral tone showcases the artwork and luxurious fabrics and keeps the room feeling light and fresh.  We feel its the perfect backdrop for all of the decor.  There is still one more step once the paint colors have have been chosen and that is to pick the sheen. This step should not be neglected when designing a room.  In our interior designs in Newton and Boston, for example, we used high gloss finishes for a more dramatic effect.  More to come in a future post about this topic so stay tuned…

Hope you enjoyed this post!  To see more of our blog and other homes designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors, check out our website www.catherineandmcclure.com or click the link Catherine & McClure Interiors.

on Feb 22 in choosing a paint color,Interior design

Designing a Cozy Guest Retreat

Our clients asked us to design a guest suite at their Cape home.  One that allowed visitors to feel like they had their own separate comfortable and beautiful retreat.  With that in mind, we chose fabrics with soft texture, soothing colors, and whimsical patterns for the sitting room.  In lieu of paint, we used a neutral stripe wall-covering to compliment the beautiful fabrics.  The barrel back chairs and ottoman are the perfect place for guests to sit back and relax with a good book or magazine.

In the bedroom area, we used a more dramatic pallette hanging Nina Campbell’s Perroquet wall-paper in black, pairing it with a southern inspired bed beautifully detailed to look like bamboo, and gorgeous iron sconces from Formations.  Designing each area with its own personality defines the spaces giving them each their own purpose. Guests truly feel like they are on vacation when they stay here and that’s just what our client’s hoped for.

A cozy sitting area awaits visitors in this spacious guest suite.

A cozy sitting area awaits visitors in this spacious guest suite.

 

The guest suite was designed to feel like a retreat for the homeowner's friends and family.

The guest suite was designed to feel like a retreat for the homeowner’s friends and family.

 

Nina Campbell's Perroquet wallpaper in black adds a bit of drama to this guest suite.

Nina Campbell’s Perroquet wallpaper in black adds a drama and a romantic feel to this guest suite.

on Jan 06 in Beach house,Fabrics,Guest room,Guest suite,Interior Decorating,Interior design,wall-coverings

Catherine & McClure Interiors: The Newton Final Reveal

The last part of this reveal has taken a bit longer to produce because the pictures were not coming up sharp.  So, my apologies.  But, here it is…the third part of our Newton reveal.  The remaining rooms include the formal living room, dining room, and sunroom.

It made sense to create the design scheme of these rooms at the same time because they connect to one another.  It was important for the flow to feel like a cohesive story while allowing each room to have its own personality.  After decorating several other rooms in the home to the delight of our clients, they really allowed us to have creative freedom with these rooms while still being involved in the process.  Our clients are so happy with the results as are we!

This Newton home has a formal feel and lots of character with beautiful molding and wainscoating, high ceilings, and decorative fire fireplaces in many of the rooms.  We wanted to play up these wonderful details, at the same time not make these rooms too formal.  In the living room we wanted to create a space for our clients that felt cozy and inviting.  A place where they could entertain or sit and relax themselves.  Transitional chairs and sofas are upholstered in Ralph Lauren fabrics which also adorn the windows.  We added unique iron lighting and tables, an antique French clock, a JD Staron custom rug, and lovely artwork from galleries in Needham and Atlanta.

Formal living room

The formal living room is a great place to entertain friends and family

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Plaid upholstered barrel back chairs give this formal living room more a casual vibe.

The dining room holds a lot of drama with high gloss navy walls, custom rug, crystal chandelier and luscious velvet upholstered chairs.  However, there is still a lightness about the room, an airy feeling that we at Catherine & McClure Interiors try to bring into all of our rooms.  We accomplished this with Pierre Frey sheer drapes, bright colorful art, and lots of glossy bright white paint to balance the dark navy walls.  We were also able to convince our clients to have our decorative painter completely re-invent their once dark brown dining table and buffet piece.  The result is a more delicate and lighter look that fits beautifully with the decor and our client was thrilled because she was able to use furniture she already owned.  We just gave it a makeover!

Dining room

High gloss navy walls add drama but white trim and sheer drapes keep the dining room feeling light.

The dining table and buffet piece, once dark brown, were decoratively painted giving them a beautiful makeover.

The dining table and buffet piece, once dark brown, were decoratively painted giving them a beautiful makeover.

Our client asked that the sunroom be a happy place and very comfortable as this is where she spends most of her time relaxing and working.  So, that is just what we made it.  With Jane Churchill’s floral fabric as our inspiration, we added solids and a plaid keeping the palette to various shades of blue with lots of white.  Our client loves her whole house but this has become her favorite room.  No matter what the temperature is outside, this room always feels sunny and warm.

The sunroom has become the wife's favorite place to hang out.

The sunroom has become the wife’s favorite place to hang out.

No matter what the temperature is outside, this room always feels warm and sunny.

No matter what the temperature is outside, this room always feels warm and sunny.

Hope you enjoyed the last part of this reveal!  This was such a fun project to work on.  It’s always so gratifying to see it all come together but disappointing to have such an enjoyable project come to an end.  As always, to see this project and others like it, check out our website Catherine & McClure Interiors and keep checking back for new posts!

on Apr 03 in blue and white decor,Blues,Dining Room,Interior Decorating,Interior design,Living Room,sunroom,Transitional Decor,Uncategorized

Catherine & McClure Interiors: The Newton Reveal Continues

Here at Catherine & McClure Interiors, a Boston based interior design company, we are continuing the reveal one of our most recently completed projects in Newton, MA.  In the last post, we revealed the kitchen and family room the interior design of which was a careful balance of masculine and feminine decor.  Once the design for those rooms was complete, the homeowners gave us the go ahead for the master bedroom, a space they were very excited to makeover and one that was to have little to no masculine influence.  We worked mainly with the wife on the design and like the family room and kitchen, this room unfolded quite naturally.  We all agreed that the feel in the bedroom should be kept light, romantic, and serene.  We chose to keep the color palette to shades of lavender and white, inspired by the beautiful Designers Guild fabric used on the upholstered bed, then bring in lots of color in the art.  We added a sitting area with two chaises side by side.  We love to put chaises in a bedroom.  They are the perfect place to kick your feet up, read, watch TV or take a little afternoon nap (Oooh, that sounds good).

Master bedroom in various shades of lavender feels serene and romantic.

Master bedroom in various shades of lavender feels serene and romantic.

The sitting area in the master bedroom exudes elegance and comfort.

The sitting area in the master bedroom exudes elegance and comfort.

A space off of the bedroom that might otherwise have been overlooked is the small pass thru from the hallway to the bedroom. We decided to play up this area up because you really see it from the bedroom and we didn’t want it to feel disjointed.  We love how this little entryway sets a glamorous tone for the master suite.  Although it’s a small space, it makes a grand statement thanks to a stunning Swarovski crystal chandelier, lovely vintage floral prints in beveled mirrored frames, and French style ladies desk and chair.

Ladies office attached to master suite.

Entryway into the master suite sets a glamorous tone.

The master bedroom is quite large and so we wanted to find ways to fill it efficiently and still keep it feeling very open and airy.  Before we began working with these clients, they had discussed breaking down a wall in order to expand one of the closets.  We looked at the space where they wanted to build a closet and gave them another idea.  Let our cabinetmaker build you custom closets right in the bedroom.  Then, there will be no need to break down walls, it will preserve the openness of the room, it will provide ample closet space, and it will look beautiful!  So, that’s what they did.  We love how the mirrored fronts reflect the rest of the bedroom.

Custom mirrored front closets and ottoman add elegance to this bedroom.

Custom mirrored front closets and pouf top ottoman

We hope you are enjoying the reveal of this house so far.  Stay tuned for the rest of the reveal and please check out our website Catherine & McClure Interiors to see more pictures of this home and other homes designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

 

 

on Feb 18 in Dressing Room,Interior Decorating,Interior design,Lighting,Master Bedroom,Transitional Decor,Uncategorized

A Balance of Masculine and Feminine Decor

I thought since it’s Valentine’s Day, this would a great day for a reveal of one of our favorite homes.  We just recently finished this home in Newton, MA and we absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  This was a two-year project that began with the kitchen and family room.  The clients were so pleased with the way these two rooms came together, they had us do the rest of the house.  I am going to make it a three-part reveal because there are quite a few rooms to include.  First, are the kitchen, family room, and the husband’s office.

Eat-in kitchen area designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

Eat-in kitchen area designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

 

Family room designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

Family room designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

It was important to the clients that the family room feel both masculine and feminine, be family-friendly and refined at the same time.  To create this balance, we combined fabrics by Holland and Sherry, a London based company famous for producing the finest cloths for men’s suits, with furniture that boasts curvy lines. We layered warm tones and soft textures, added in stone and wood pieces, then used a beautiful Schumacher brocade to add a bit more feminine flair to the room.   The two-tone sofas add an unexpected, whimsicality to the room.  We feel it is a wonderful balance of masculine and feminine, sophisticated and casual decor.

We carried this theme into the husband’s office.  Fabrics by Holland and Sherry and Ralph Lauren keep in line with the library feel.  Custom framed photographs of Boston hang on a beautiful coppery grasscloth wall-covering and a rug made of animal hide gives the room modern edge.

Home office designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

Home office designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

 

Home office designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

Home office designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors.

I will continue to reveal the rest of this home on our blog this coming week so stay tuned!  To see more pictures of this home and other homes designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors, check out our website at Catherine & McClure Interiors.

 

on Feb 14 in Fabrics,family room,Interior Decorating,Interior design,Kitchen,layering,Uncategorized

Bathroom Re-do by Catherine & McClure Interiors

When my husband, Matt, and I bought our house a little over a year ago in Swampscott, the master bathroom was in need of a renovation.  The countertop was a glass mosaic that was sharp and dangerous.  Matt asked if it was possible to just replace the countertop.  My immediate response was, “Absolutely not!  If we are going to remove the counter, we will have to replace the vanity and if we are replacing the vanity the floors are going to be ruined, and so it goes.”  It was a domino effect that would ultimately lead to gutting the whole bathroom.  It would also allow us to make the shower a little bigger by removing the doorway in the middle of the bathroom which Matt was very much on board with.  Here is the bathroom before the renovation.

Master Bathroom Before

Master Bathroom Before

I wanted to create a light, bright, and airy space to make the bathroom appear bigger.  To achieve this look and feel, I started by choosing a small hexagon marble tile for the floor inside and outside of the shower.  I love marble and if there had not been a budget in place, I would have chosen to use a unique marble mosaic pattern or larger marble tile but these tend to be a lot more expensive and I knew I could still achieve a luxurious look with the small white tiles while saving significantly in cost.  Using a mix of marble and porcelain also saved us quite a bit in cost for this renovation and with the new porcelain products on the market, I did not feel like I was compromising the design.  I will write a future post on marble vs. porcelain as this debate is coming up more and more in our projects.

I chose a large porcelain tile with gray veining for the shower walls, replicating the look of a carrara marble and then used a clear, frameless shower door for unobstructed views creating the appearance of a larger bathroom.  Saving on the shower tile, I was then able to customize our vanity as I had a specific color and look in mind that I did not want to stray from.  As for the countertops,  I was set on using a marble and here is a little tip if you want to use marble but are afraid of the cost.  Go to your local granite and marble distributors and ask if they have remnants pieces.  I found a beautiful piece of marble this way and saved significantly by not having to purchase an entire slab.  Keep in mind that you may need to check with multiple distributors to find a piece if you have a specific marble in mind but I believe the savings is worth the extra time and effort.  Here is a picture after the renovation.

Master Bathroom After

Master Bathroom by Catherine and McClure Interiors: After

I love the simple, clean, look and bright, airy feel of our bathroom now.  Designing a beautiful bathroom does not have to break the bank.  There are so many great options for tiles these days and ways to save on higher-end products like marble.  Also an option, hire a designer like us to make the process go more smoothly and to design a bathroom you will love for years to come!

Master Bathroom Renovation: After

Master Bathroom by Catherine and McClure Interiors: After

To see more pictures of this home and other homes designed by Catherine & McClure Interiors, check out our website at Catherine & McClure Interiors.

on Jan 18 in Bathroom,Marble,Master Bathroom,Porcelain,Tiles,Transitional Decor

A New Year, A New Blog…

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  I have been reflecting on 2015 and giving a lot of thought to the coming year.  Aside from my usual new years resolutions to cook more, stress less, and exercise daily, the resolution I am going to work vary hard to achieve in 2016 is to produce more frequent and consistent posts to the Catherine & McClure Interiors blog. I enjoy sharing our projects and I believe we have a lot more we can share.  How to’s, favorite products, current project progression, and more.  My hope is to make this a blog that you continually come back to and share with friends, family and colleagues.  So, good luck with all of your resolutions and wish me luck with mine;-)  I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite Catherine & McClure project pics from 2015 and be sure to check out my first post of 2016 “Master Bathroom Remodel” coming soon!

Scalamandre wallpaper makes this children's bathroom fun and sophisticated.

Scalamandre wallpaper makes this children’s bathroom fun and   sophisticated.

interior design newton living room

Luxurious fabrics in cool tones keep the room light and airy.

High gloss navy walls,framed Vogue covers, and beautiful silk curtains add drama to this ladies office.

High gloss navy walls, framed Vogue covers, ornate desk, and beautiful silk curtains add drama to this ladies office.

Pops of color are infused with a framed print by Britt Bass and orange velvet chairs.

Pops of color are infused with a framed print by Britt Bass and orange velvet chairs.

This dining room exudes elegance.

This dining room exudes elegance.

To see more complete portfolios of these homes and other homes we have designed, check out our website Catherine & McClure Interiors.

on Jan 02 in Bathroom,children's bathroom,Dining Room,Fabrics,Interior Decorating,Transitional Decor

Investing in your Furniture – A Before and After

One of the qualities that makes Catherine & McClure Interiors a unique interior design company is that we have much of our furniture custom made in North Carolina.  We often find that potential clients get nervous when they hear custom because they immediately think it’s going to be much more expensive than buying from a store.  Of course, this really depends on where you buy from.  It may well be the case but what we try to explain to clients is that you are making an investment in high quality pieces that you will have for a very long time and can be re-upholstered to look like new years later.  A great example of this is the before and after below.  Catherine began working with this client about 10 years ago when she decorated their home in Newton.  After having a great experience, they hired her to help design, build, and then decorate a house on the Cape.  Now, eight years later, we are re-decorating several of these rooms as the clients are ready for something different.

We started with the ladies office/sitting room.  It was very pretty before.  A soft pallet and subdued fabrics made it a calm room.  Our client, always willing to try something different, fell in love with the Phillip Jeffries Chain Link wall-covering in gray and white.  To that, we added various shades of pink and a bold floral fabric on the chairs to give the room a completely different feel.  What was great about this project was that we didn’t have to purchase any new furniture to give the room a complete make-over.  Having done the room originally using high-quality investment pieces, Catherine was confident the furniture would still be in excellent condition and it was.  All the furniture needed was new fabric to make it look like a new piece.  This is such a fun before and after.  We hope you enjoy it!

Our clients sitting room before the makeover.

Our clients sitting room before the makeover.

This ladies sitting room is our client's "happy place."

Our client’s sitting room after the makeover.  She calls it her “happy place.”

Before, the chairs were upholstered in a subtle stripe.

Before, the chairs were upholstered in a subtle stripe and the tone of the room was much more subdued.

Phillip Jeffries "Chain Reaction" wall-covering sets the whimsical tone for this ladies sitting room.

Colorful fabrics and a bold wall-covering give this sitting room/office a very different feel.

To see more of the interior design in this Newton home and other homes we have designed, check out our website Catherine & McClure Interiors.

 

on Sep 02 in Uncategorized

Before and After Design in Newton, MA

Most often, an initial meeting with a perspective client is just that. A meeting to introduce ourselves, explain our services, fee structure, to give them an idea of our design aesthetic, and mainly to see if it’s a good fit for them and for us. Occasionally though, we have an initial meeting where everything aligns, the creativity is flowing and the project has begun!

That was the case with our client in Newton. The home has a very long living room connected to the dining room. The owners of the home were at a loss as to the right furniture layout for this room. An artist herself, our client acknowledged that painting is a different type of creativity than designing and decorating a home. Her knowledge of color and ability to envision what we described to her, however, made it an easy working relationship from the beginning and within the first twenty minutes of that initial meeting, we had come up with a functional and aesthetically pleasing layout the clients loved.

Newton living room before...

Newton living room before…

Luxurious fabrics in cool tones keep the room light and airy.

Newton living room after Catherine and McClure re-design.  Luxurious fabrics in cool tones keep the room light and airy.

We transformed this living room and dining room using luxurious fabrics in cool tones to keep the space feeling open and bright.  The wool fabrics give the room warmth and and the two seating areas make the living room intimate and inviting.  In the dining room, we replaced existing chars with a skirted chair upholstered in Nancy Corzine‘s Satin Steel fabric and then added ornate buttons to each of the backs for an added bit of elegance.  The finishing touch on this room were several of the pieces our client painted.  The soft palette and neutral walls were the perfect backdrop for her vibrant pieces and she and her husband were thrilled to showcase them.

Newton living room before

Newton living room before…

Two seating areas make this elongated living room with soaring ceilings more intimate.

Newton living room after Catherine and McClure re-design. New seating areas make this elongated living room with soaring ceilings intimate and inviting.

Ariel view of Newton living room after Catherine and Danielle decorate.

Ariel view of Newton living room after Catherine and Danielle decorate.

To see more of the interior design in this Newton home and other homes we have designed, check out our website Catherine & McClure Interiors!

on Aug 02 in Art,Blues,Interior Decorating,Interior design,Living Room,Transitional Decor

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