“We chose this room because it was a design
challenge,” says Paula McCusker, who, with her
daughter, Kate McCusker, forms the venerable
Boston design firm Theodore & Company.
Never mind that the 14-by-22-foot living
room at last fall’s Junior League of Boston
Show House had doors or bump-outs or
alcoves at every turn; the owners, the Sisters of
St. Joseph of Boston, had used it as a chapel,
and an altar and a pair of decidedly liturgical
stained-glass windows were still in place.
“They deconsecrated the room and removed the altar,” says Kate,
but the stained-glass windows stayed.
The mother-daughter team rose to the challenge with clean decor
that delivers pleasing punches of blue within a serene environment. They
corrected the room’s proportions with a decorator’s trick: A pair of
3½-by-5-foot custom mirrors were mounted on walls flanking the former
altar alcove, giving the room reflected light, a focal point, and the illu-
a pleasing blend of cream and blue, luxurious cashmere drapes
(top) trimmed with indigo wool sateen and denim-colored tape
bring tailored elegance to the room. See-through Lucite side tables
and the metal-frame alabaster coffee table give the space an
ethereal lightness. Interior designer Paula McCusker (above, left)
with her daughter, Kate McCusker.