She ripped out the tile, vanities, and lighting in the two bathrooms. Floors
in the guest bath were resurfaced with skinny rectangular marble mosaic tiles.
In the master bathroom, floors and walls were finished with watery-blue glass
tile for an overall effect akin to swimming in a shimmering pool.
Orpin is known for her sophisticated approach to neutral palettes, and
her new condo exemplifies her ability to make magic with just a few colors.
Her old house was restricted to black, white, and taupe. Here, she painted the
walls with Benjamin Moore’s “Woodlawn Blue,” “Manchester
Tan,” and “Sailcloth,” to reference sand and sea. Furniture was
re-covered with similarly ocean-inspired fabrics. Orpin was even
able to integrate some of the furniture she used to create the
dining room of the Boston Design Center’s 2007 “Dream Home,” including
a woven-leather fabric reminiscent of fishing nets.
“Since I tend to design with contemporary classics, they are timeless and
can be reworked into a new space and look totally different,” she says.
Now, with work and home life clearly delineated, Orpin’s new condo has
become a soothing space that is at once comfortable and refined — although
she admits she finds herself compulsively researching new furniture and fabrics from home. “I am one of the extremely fortunate people whose work is
also my favorite hobby.”
the woven-leather fabric that Orpin used in her design for the 2007 “Dream
Home” was discontinued. She loved the fishing-net quality of the curtains so
much, she had them recut to fit her new condo. Mercury glass candle holders
add a touch of glamour, while simple birch boxes reference nature.
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