That understanding helped Sayeed and homeowner Judi Rosens-
weig relate as designer and client, but also as world travelers and
moms. “We had many overlapping connections,” says the designer,
who grew up in India and frequently visits there with her own young
children. “I could tell where she was coming from. They wanted a global
aesthetic that reflected their tastes and travels, and I got that.”
The design direction was to create a layered look so that the decor
seemed collected over time. Preserving the architectural details of
the 1920 Tudor Revival house while meeting the needs of a 21st-cen-
tury family was important, but a bigger task loomed: They had just six
months between purchase and move-in to transform the space, which
needed serious updating.
When she was hired in January 2016, says Sayeed with a laugh, “I
thought I was the last piece of the puzzle — that I’d just be picking colors and finishes.” Instead, the program involved removing and relocating walls and doors, adding built-in case work, rebuilding a deck, and
overhauling the decor. With the help of FBN Construction of Boston,
the team moved at “superspeed,” says Sayeed.
sayeed transformed a small space off the entry into a jewel
box of a powder room (above) by wrapping it in Elitis’s
Rajasthan wallpaper and adding a vanity she custom
designed. A bench by Baker in the living room (below) can
easily be moved as needed. A view into the dining room (left)
delivers a pop of color.