Each of greater Boston’s areas sports its own distinct personality—and its own distinct aesthetic. We tapped three of the city’s top interior designers to choose a ’hood and create the perfect bedscape for it, evoking the area’s personality and flair. Forty winks have never come so stylishly.
Sweet dreams, Beacon Hill: South End–based interior designer Rachel Reider represents the “youthful energy” of the tony hood with a lively but harmonious bedscape.
Make no mistake, Beacon Hill is not your grandmother’s stomping ground. Gone are the Brahmin family tea sets, replaced instead with psychedelic backgammon boards. The ole cobblestone streets are bursting with youthful spirit, a vibe Rachel Reider channels into this lively (bed) spread. The Washington, DC–born Reider made her way up north for college, soon afterward making Boston her home base from which to launch her interiors firm. Also the design director of Lark Hotels, Reider is known for bringing the unexpected to each of her projects.
Who sleeps here? “I picture a young family, looking to unwind after a long day. The kids are tucked into bed, so it’s time for that hour of ‘me time’ with some macarons and a glass of Champagne.” How does this say Beacon Hill? “I see a lot of young families moving in and renovating the beautiful townhouses. They are looking to bring a fresh, more modern look, while respecting the architecture that the area is well known for.” Hill highlights? “We wanted the room to be the sanctuary in the house and reflect a youthful energy, bringing a more fashion-forward look to the typical ‘Beacon Hill’ typecast. The luxurious fabrics add an extra layer of warmth, while the bold linens add a fresh pop of color. All of these pieces support each other.”
Boston native Stephanie Rossi recalls Fenway’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage with an “edgy, fashionforward” bedscape that is equal parts inviting and fearless.
From punk-stomping days at The Rat to modern luxury penthouses, the “Fens” oozes both rebel yell and haute couture. The same could be said for Stephanie Rossi of Spazio Rosso. Known for pushing the envelope, Rossi revels in surpassing clients’ wildest expectations. A Boston native, she left a career in finance to pursue design, bringing with her a mindset that’s equal parts left and right.
Who sleeps here? “An edgy, fashion-forward female working in the music industry. With her busy schedule she’s lucky if she gets to rest her head for a few hours every night.” Who is your muse? “Carine Roitfeld. She’s hot… a well-traveled, fearless, bourgeois player of sorts. Creating any space for an imagined client is where you can make [it all] up and break the rules.” What is Fenway’s “special sauce”? “It’s gritty, it’s energetic, it’s spicy. The attitude might be harsh for some, but for many it comes from a place of die-hard devotion.” What are the statement pieces in this room? “The dotted black Edelman leather hide was the impetus for the design, in addition to the thick gold chain; soft, rough, sexy. The Frette bedding, the Strat, and the Stella McCartneys and Jimmy Choos represent the highbrow lifestyle with street-smart carelessness.”
Careful splashes of bright island color make Liz Caan’s Nantucket–inspired boudoir setting pop with the spirit of summer.
It’s fun to be nauti! As a diehard Nantucket and ocean lover, Liz Caan knows firsthand. Holding a degree in fine art, she always finds a way to bring color and texture to her work. With clients on both coasts, Caan can design your dream Atlantic or Pacific seaside escape.
Who sleeps here? “I envisioned a gallery girl on Nantucket. Her style is preppy but there’s also a hint of Bohemian there. She works in Boston during the week and then escapes here to her island retreat on the weekends.” Explain the Nantucket vibe. “I always start my projects with color—see what feels right, and then run with it. I pulled a little bit of blue but not as expected, and then added graphic black and white. As for the layering pieces, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t done in such a literal way. The rattan tray brings a natural surface, while the cashmere throw adds an element of coziness.” What are the superlative pieces? “I love the duck foot lamp! Every space needs a personality piece, and for this room the lamp is the star.”