love warmth, and I wanted really good solutions for where stuff goes — to help control
the chaos of life with young children.” In the
dining room, new built-ins allow each family member to have his or her own drawer.
There’s also a drawer devoted
to crafts and another for technology such as iPods and chargers. “Before, we had no storage. We’d do crafts with the kids
and then have to throw it away because there
was no place to store it,” she says.
Because Holleran and Salter both like
orange, Elms strategically added pops of the
hue to the trim on the Roman shades in the
kitchen, throw pillows in the living room, and
the cylindrical upholstered stools in the foyer.
While an architect involved in the proj-
ect early on proposed making the first floor
an open plan by removing the living-room
wall, Elms disagreed. “The room has a
lovely scale and beautiful trim work,” she
says. It’s now the spot the family gathers in
the most. Elms lightened up the space with
mouldings painted a creamy off-white and
designed a new mantel and fireplace sur-
round that echoes the beige tones in the grass-
Two three-legged vintage chairs have a
low profile and are upholstered in dark-blue
mohair. “As soon as I saw them, I knew they’d
be perfect,” says Elms. She also added an
oversize sectional from Mitchell Gold + Bob
Williams where the whole family can curl
up. It has high arms, contemporary lines,
and deep cozy cushions. “It’s big enough for
three kids and one parent to stretch out com-
fortably, and all of us can squeeze on,” says
Holleran. “We often all end up here reading
together. It’s really wonderful.”
the master bedroom is cozy,
serene, and simply designed.
“The owners didn’t want to go
over the top in here,” says Elms.
The bed and nightstands are
from Room & Board; the
grass-cloth wallcovering behind
the bed is by Phillip Jeffries.