Eleven Interiors overcomes tight budget and awkward spaces in designing bachelor pad.
The outcome is a dramatic, masculine interior.
There were two major challenges in the interior design of a South Boston condominium: awkward spaces and a tight budget. Designer Michael Ferzoco transcended both with aplomb.
The client had just moved to urban Boston from a suburban residence. A single man, he was used to an abundance of space and great storage. All of that was different now. In his new apartment there was not much wall space because of the many windows (an attractive feature that was a selling point.) But where to put his many belongings? The open floor plan and awkward spaces begged answers to questions about furniture placement.
From the numerous discussions with the client, Michael took his direction. He ultimately developed a contemporary concept to include dramatic, masculine tones in grey, black, and white. He then accented them with warm muted jewel tones.
To make sense of the awkward spaces, Michael chose to float furniture in the living area because of the abundance of windows. But he also needed to create separate functional areas. Given the tight budget, he thought it best to source, design, and purchase pieces based on a high-low approach. He thought it important that the seating/upholstered pieces be comfortable and durable, so these absorbed a good portion of the budget. He designed custom ottomans and draperies for each sitting area. With what was left of the budget, he purchased case pieces from IKEA and CB2.
The partial wall separating the bedroom from the living areas allowed light and air to flow from one end of the unit to the other. The large mirrored armoire in the bedroom was able to reflect the natural light around the room. The wall where the bed sits was accented in a soft grey, similar to the walls in the living space. A custom headboard and West Elm platform bed frame were combined to fit the space perfectly, and keep the project within budget.
Some advice from Michael Ferzoco regarding this project and others. He suggests mixing and matching custom and vintage items with store-bought finds. "The misconception with good interior design is you need to have a big budget," states Ferzoco. "The truth is designers help you maximize the potential of your space and know the ins and outs of how to obtain the look you want within your budget. Good design doesn't have to break the bank."
Photos: Eric Roth Photography
535 Albany St. 4th floor
Boston, MA 02118