Boston-based interior designer Gina Baran created a scheme that echoes the harbor view for her thirtysomething client, the new owner of a two-bedroom condo in the Seaport District. “I pulled colors, materials, and textures from the water and sky as well as the surrounding architecture,” she says. The open layout establishes defined areas for cooking, dining, and living without physically separating them. The armchairs and counter stools swivel, so people can chat easily, and nothing blocks the sightlines within the space — or the Boston Harbor vista.
1. “The leather is masculine while the pleats are feminine,” Baran says of the West Elm swivel chairs. The pattern of the Ballard Designs pillows echoes the angles of the table bases.
2. The oval marble-topped Aero dining table from Restoration Hardware facilitates flow, and the antiqued-brass base adds subtle shine.
3. Sisal covers the back wall and anchors the space, providing a rich backdrop for the trio of mirrors with similarly textured frames. “They open up the space and reflect the view,” Baran says.
4. The metallic wallpaper on the ceiling unifies the living and dining areas, and the finish works with Baran’s overall theme. “It reminds me of city lights,” she says.
5. Budget-friendly artwork from HomeGoods ties together the metallics. And, Baran says, “ An abstract doesn’t compete with the view.”
6. The adjustable bar stools,which have durable faux-leather seats, can provide extra seating at the dining table.
7. The glass tops and intricate metal bases of the cocktail tables are airy but provide visual interest. The geometric shapes pop against the bright shag rug.