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Boston Globe Magazine – Style Watch

November 6th, 2020

Home design inspiration: Layering prints makes for a bold den.

A red-saturated scheme makes a big statement in a Hingham home.

Often, people move from the city to the suburbs for a larger home. Not the case for Kristine Mullaney’s client, a cardiologist who downsized. “She headed to Hingham because she wanted a yard for her dog,” Mullaney says.

Mullaney had also decorated the client’s Commercial Wharf condo — more like a town house — where the rooms were larger in scale. In the Hingham cottage, they took down a wall “to open the kitchen to the water, but the den is narrow and completely enclosed,” Mullaney says. Designer and client embraced the tight space with a dramatic, red-saturated scheme. “We showed her safer colors, too,” the designer says. “She chose the boldest option.”

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