AGING IN PLACE, IN STYLE
Planning for future needs of her clients, Gifford designed corridors at
least 4 feet wide, a stairway that can accommodate a motorized lift,
and a master suite (right) with a double-door entrance and bath with
a curbless shower and built-in bench. An antique Lavar Kerman rug
(above left) from Landry & Arcari inspired the palette. No. 9
Thompson chinoiserie wallcovering from Webster & Company is a
contemporary take on a traditional motif and a modern backdrop for
antiques such as the Louis XVI chest (above). Textiles (above right)
include linen from Kravet and cut velvet and mohair from Romo.
LAUREN GIFFORD Master of Arts in Interior Architecture,
New England School of Art & Design, Suffolk University
Lauren Gifford’s design aesthetic leans to the traditional. That might seem unusual for a 24-year-old design student who studied studio art, art history, and psychology as an undergrad at Union College in New York, but Gifford brings a fresh perspective as she
reinterprets the collection of antiques, especially the Oriental carpets her
“clients” brought to their Boston pied-à-terre.
An empty-nest couple (inspired by her own parents), “they are at a
transitional point in their lives,” says Gifford, and want their city dwelling
to be more formal than their casual country house. The rugs are the common thread for her design. They establish the color scheme for each room
for a cohesiveness that still allows each space its own personality.
Gifford, who is from New Hope, Pennsylvania, aims to complete her
master’s degree in 2016. She sees her future in residential design. “I love
the idea of creating a home,” she says. “It is more personal design.” She
adds: “There was never a time when I didn’t think about a career in interior
design. I could have taken a more direct route, but I thought it was important to have a well-rounded foundation. I learned critical thinking that
translates to the design work I do today.” She is currently working part-time at Maven Interior Design in Wellesley, Massachusetts. “It is a great
opportunity to get hands-on experience while going to school,” she says.
“It’s a powerful combination.”— g.r.
design showdown PEOPLE’S CHOICE