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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with

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Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”



a living room with a fireplace and a large window: Blush velvet chairs from Room & Board add a feminine touch to the moody tone-on-tone living room. Gus Modern sofas from Lekker Home are different styles, but upholstered in the same fabric for consistency.


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Blush velvet chairs from Room & Board add a feminine touch to the moody tone-on-tone living room. Gus Modern sofas from Lekker Home are different styles, but upholstered in the same fabric

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A Plymouth couple transform their longtime home from dark to bright



a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: Diane and Scott Hatfield were so satisfied with their master bath remodel that they updated the rest of the house, too.


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Diane and Scott Hatfield were so satisfied with their master bath remodel that they updated the rest of the house, too.

Diane Hatfield realized she’d made a big mistake even before her family moved into their new home.

That was in 1994. The Plymouth resident and her husband, Scott, looked around inside the house they’d just built and disliked its dark finishes so much that they were sure the wrong ones had been applied.

Nope.

“We were to blame for all of the selections when we built the house. We literally walked in the day they were staining the woodwork and said, ‘That’s not what we picked out.’ But it was,” said Diane with a chuckle she can afford now that it’s been remodeled. “We hated it from the get-go. We kept trying to ignore it and decorate around it, until I

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