robe overage,” says Rosenfeld, pointing to
the tiered dresser from Bungalow 5 that she
had lacquered a striking shade of orange.
The bureau works, she says, because the bold
color and unusual shape make it a focal point
and not just a piece of bedroom furniture.
“You don’t necessarily want the living room
to feel like the bedroom,” says Rosenfeld.
Kofol’s linens are stocked in a tall teak
console from Crate & Barrel that has ample
storage behind its rattan mesh doors. “It’s so
utilitarian, but it has a really nice textural,
Midcentury look,” says Rosenfeld. The top of
the piece provides a display area for Kofol’s
collection of ceramic Staffordshire dogs.
Neutral walls make an appropriate back-
drop for the colorful furnishings and acces-
sories. However, the walls of the kitchen area
called for something a little more lively. “It
was a depressing little nook,” recalls Rosen-
feld. Since a complete overhaul of the kitchen
wasn’t in the cards, designer and homeowner
decided to revive the space with a linen wall-
covering by Clarence House depicting an
assortment of vases that feels both elegant
and whimsical, much like the entirety of the
apartment itself. Says Kofol, “It’s everything
I imagined and more.”
“The unit was typical old Beacon Hill. It
was creaky and crusty and kind of dismal,”
says Rosenfeld, whose firm, Katie Rosenfeld
Interior Design, is in Wellesley, Massachu-
setts. “But it has wonderful high ceilings, long
bowed windows, and a beautiful fireplace. ”
Working with Kofol’s budget, Rosenfeld
encouraged her client to incorporate an egg-
plant-hued Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa
that she’d had in her prior apartment into the
plan. “I didn’t want to keep it,” says Kofol,
who initially sought to infuse her new haven
with a light-blue-and-green palette. “But
Katie convinced me that it would be a good
base to build our textile choices around,” says
Kofol. Now, as the anchor for a color scheme
of purple, pink, brown, and orange, she says
the sofa has become one of her favorite pieces.
A bargain shopper for many decor elements, Rosenfeld believes in splurging on textiles that can add distinctive character and
charm. “We layered and layered with textiles
that offer splashes of funny, absurd, striking,
and whimsical,” says Rosenfeld.
Two low-profile armchairs upholstered
in brown-and-white trellis-patterned fabric
by Schumacher were another splurge, while
many accents pieces were found at second-hand shops. Rosenfeld and Kofol combed
consignment stores for the array of small
prints that hangs on an intriguing gallery wall.
At the center is a painting by artist Sally King
Benedict, a colorful abstract that suits the
Most frames are gold-toned to echo the
look of the brass fixtures used throughout.
“It’s much easier to create a gallery wall in a
small area,” says Rosenfeld. “On a bigger wall,
there is so much more area to fill, and figuring
out the right spacing can be difficult.”
Yet there are obvious challenges to liv-
ing in such a diminutive space. Paramount is
the lack of storage. “The closet is itty-bitty.
We had to find attractive solutions for ward-
kofol’s eggplant sofa is
livened up with Katie
Rosenfeld’s signature use of
colorful textiles (left). A
Lucite coffee table has a
narrow profile while the Stark
“antelope beige” rug provides
a neutral base. Clarence
House wallcovering and new
brass cabinet hardware turn
the once drab kitchen area
(below) into a whimsical but
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