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Bold Color in a New England Home

Who’s afraid of color and pattern? Not this homeowner or the designer she called on to create a high-spirited family home

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
  • Michael Partenio

    If her personality was a color, it certainly wouldn’t be beige. Kim Fields goes bold in life, pulling off feats like buying a house, directing it to be gutted to the studs, and field-marshaling its renovation—all in a mere nine months.

    Navy grass cloth lines the niches next to the fireplace. Porcelain pieces speak to the whole-house palette

    Photography: Michael Partenio  
    Produced by Stacy Kunstel

    Interior designer: Katie Rosenfeld, Katie Rosenfeld Interior Design, 354 Washington St., Suite 223, Wellesley, MA 02481; 781/235-2450,
    Kitchen designer: Mariette Barsoum, Divine Design + Build, 180 Linden St., Wellesley, MA 02482; 781/235-5650.

    Wall paint (“Skimming Stone” #241): Farrow & Ball,
    Chandelier (“Crystal Stacked Ball Chandelier” #CHC1525): Circa Lighting,
    Sisal area rug (“Natura”/Seagrass): Stark,
    Sofa (“Parker” #1826-84); sofa fabric (“Banks”/Oatmeal, colorway discontinued): Wesley Hall,
    Patterned pillows on sofa (“Kashmiri Linen Print”/Pomegranate, Blue #BR-700020.176): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Blue pillow (blue velvet with tape trim): Lacefield,
    Blue lounge chairs (“Deb Chair” #1334-29); fabric (“Beck”/Navy): Stanford Furniture,
    Chevron-patterned pillows (“Watersedge”/Aqua #2013120.53): Lee Jofa,
    Red pillows in Deb chairs (coral velvet with Amalfi Charcoal tape trim): Lacefield,
    Mantel: original to home.
    Mirror above mantel (“Millie G,” discontinued); coffee table (“Rollo G”): Worlds Away,
    Blue-and-white china in bookcases; bowl on coffee table: Katie Rosenfeld through Dayton Home,
    Drapery (“Portavo,” by Nina Campbell, discontinued): Osborne & Little,
    Window shades (Natural Woven Shades): Horizons Window Fashions,
    Armless chair (“Sophie Skirted Chair” #717); fabric (“Inverness”/Fire): Wesley Hall,
    Pillow on chair (“Feather Pillow”): Dayton Home,
    Floor lamp by chair: Circa Lighting,
    Small stool beside chair (“Gold Waves Martini Table” #7.80056): Global Views,
    Art to left and right of drapery: by Pamela Munger,

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    Gallery Wall

    Luckily, she found a kindred spirit for the mission in interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. “It felt like some kind of crazy race,” Rosenfeld says of the Wellesley, Massachusetts, home project. “But I move at the speed of light anyway, so we’re a good match. We both thrive on chaos.”

    “I really threw a curveball into this home’s look with art,” designer Katie Rosenfeld says. She had two abstract pieces commissioned from an Etsy artist and also pulled together a wealth of vintage and junk-shop finds for an art wall that homeowner Kim Fields just wanted to keep expanding. “She’s a maximalist,” Rosenfeld laughs. “I was like a bartender cutting her off.” 

    Console table (“Three-Drawer Console-Burl” #MH496F01): Modern History,
    Table lamp (“Brush Stroke Lamp”/Blue): Bunny Williams Home,
    Bench under console (vintage); covered jar under console: Dayton Home,
    Bench fabric (“Zhen Velvet”/Sapphire #8012129.5): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Gallery wall art: includes work by William Guion and R.E. Moore, along wth vintage oils and art from the “Vintage” page at One Kings Lane.

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    Considering her dynamic persona, it’s no surprise that Kim loves vibrant color and pattern. “She knew she wanted color in her house,” Rosenfeld says. “She just didn’t know in what form.”

    Pieces with an Eastern vibe lend a well-traveled look and complement the blue-and-white fabrics that thread throughout the house. 

    Wall paint (“Skimming Stone” #241): Farrow & Ball,
    Console table: owner’s collection.
    Art behind console: by Pamela Munger,
    Lamp on console (“Cloris Table Lamp”/Midnight Blue Porcelain #AH3067, by Alexa Hampton for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Buddha head sculpture: Studio 534,
    Benches under console (“Avon Square Ottoman” #3907): Century Furniture,
    Bench fabric (“Tien Velvet”/Blue #8012130.5): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Rattan planter (“Beachcomber Extra-Large Round Basket”): Pottery Barn,
    Wall sconce (“2 Light Cross Bouillotte Sconce” #CHD1191): Circa Lighting,

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    Feeling Blue

    The answer emerged as the duo discussed plans for the kitchen in the 1990s home that Kim shares with husband Warren, their two teenagers, and four pets. “We were talking about doing the entire kitchen in navy blue,” Rosenfeld says. They opted to dial back that idea, coating just the elegantly paneled island base in Benjamin Moore’s “Newburyport Blue.” The rich navy hue offers beautiful contrast to cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove” and to gleaming expanses of Antarctica quartzite countertops that give the look of classic marble without worries about spills and stains—or any maintenance hassles.

    Gray-blue subway tile with a variegated crackle finish complements the navy island and gray veining in quartzite countertops. 

    Cabinetry; range hood (custom): Divine Design + Build,
    Cabinetry paint, white (“White Dove” #OC-17); cabinetry paint, blue (“Newburyport Blue” #HC-155): Benjamin Moore,
    Cabinetry hardware (egg knobs): Classic Brass,
    Countertops: Antarctica Quartzite.
    Gas range (48 inches): Wolf,
    Backsplash on range wall (“Blue Handmade Crackle Glaze Tile”): Discover Tile,
    Art to right of range wall (by John Vinton): owner’s collection.
    Island sink (Shaws Original fireclay sink); island faucets (polished nickel bridge faucet): Rohl,
    Hanging lights over island (“Crown Top Banded Globe” #CHC2111): Circa Lighting,
    Bar stools (“Metro Bar Stool” #99-32): Jessica Charles,
    Bar-stool fabric (“Australia Natural”): Joseph Noble,
    Area rug by range (vintage Khotan): Landry & Arcari,
    Drapery (“Zenith”/Indigo #ED75006.3, by Threads): Lee Jofa,

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    Pup Station

    “Those moves in the kitchen led us in a classic blue-and-white direction for the whole house,” Rosenfeld says. 

    At one end of the island, a clever built-in pet station is stylish and super functional.

    Table: custom.
    Paint (“Newburyport Blue” #HC-155): Benjamin Moore,
    Countertop: Antarctica quartzite. 
    Table: custom.
    Paint (“Newburyport Blue” #HC-155): Benjamin Moore,
    Countertop: Antarctica quartzite. 

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    Family Room 

    But not completely classic. Vibrant coral hues and exuberant pattern, especially chinoiserie, also attract Kim’s eye. That opened the design door for Rosenfeld to make a few daring moves.

    “I pushed her a little,” Rosenfeld says. “I had to talk her into things like painting the dining room commode coral and mixing turquoise and light blue shades in with the navy—like the crazy Manuel Canovas fabric on the master bedroom pillows. Kim’s inclination was to match perfectly, while mine was the opposite. She let me go with that.”

    The kitchen opens to a comfortable family room, where Skyler, 15—and sometimes her brother Max, 17—can chat with Mom while relaxing on the sofa or in a swivel chair. Rosenfeld defined the “floating” furniture arrangement with a striped rug. Architecturally interesting crown molding and other millwork was added during the renovation.

    Drapery (“Zenith”/Indigo #ED75006.3, by Threads): Lee Jofa,
    Striped area rug (“Hallmark”/Festival): Stark,
    Sofa (“Emerson” #1906-89); fabric (“Poirot”/Flax); ottoman (“Andrews” #L128); ottoman leather (“Birmingham”/Tan); lounge chairs (“Wellesley Chair” #1951); chair fabric (“Poirot”/Flax with welt in “Rafael”/Indigo): Wesley Hall,
    Red pillows on sofa (“Red Oak Linen” with Eggshell pipe and Jute fringe ); blue pillow (blue velvet with tape trim): Lacefield,
    Floral pillows (“Le Lac”/Red, Blue #8012136.195): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Pillow on lounge chair (“Betwixt”/Indigo, Ivory #65681): Schumacher,
    Table lamps (“Foo Dogs White” #19HGY-E): Barbara Cosgrove Lamps,
    Red table beside lounge chair (“Taboret Stool” #TAB-500-05): Bungalow 5,

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    Dining Room

    The designer balanced her bold strokes against a calm, neutral backdrop, coating walls throughout the common areas in Farrow & Ball’s “Skimming Stone,” a clear gray-beige. “It’s quiet but not stark,” Rosenfeld says. “It complements everything.”

    The organic vibe of stone-hue walls blends easily with swaths of textural grass cloth and sisal. “I use sisal everywhere,” the designer says. “It instantly brings the formality level down, giving the room a modern, fresh feel.”

    Textures mix and mingle in the formal eating area, where nailhead-trimmed chairs wear sensuous cut velvet and walls are clad in nubby grass cloth. A crystal chandelier introduces the glam factor.

    Wallcovering (“Juicy Jute”/Warm White #4826): Phillip Jeffries,
    Area rug (“Natura”/Seagrass): Stark,
    Chandelier (“Montmartre” #ARN5110, by Aerin for Visual Comfort); sconces (“French Deco Horn Sconce” #S2020, by Studio VC): Circa Lighting,
    Dining table (“Ingold Oval Extension Table”): Hickory Chair,
    Dining armchairs (“Rowan” #L640-A); side chairs (“Rowan” #L640-S); side-chair fabric (“Linen Velvet”/Navy): Wesley Hall,
    Armchair fabric (“La Fiorentina, by Groundworks, velvet, colorway discontinued); drapery (“Taplow”/Indigo #ED75010.5, by Threads): Lee Jofa,
    Blue-and-white collection on table: collected by Katie Rosenfeld, through Dayton Home,
    Mantel: original to home.
    Art above mantel: by Linda McCane Gritta,
    Bar cart (“Bamboo Server” #8531): Baker,
    Candleholder on bar cart (“4-Arm Candelabra Classique”/Navy): Dunes & Duchess,
    Art over bar cart (by Laura Huff): owner’s collection.

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    Bar Cart

    The earthy canvas lets splashes of color and pattern from fabrics, artwork, and objects sing—downright sassily at times. “Katie did take me out of my comfort zone with some things,” Kim says. “But that’s OK. I knew she would give me the interiors I wanted—cozy yet sophisticated, layered, and timeless.” Much of that layered look comes courtesy of art and objects—none of which made the across-town move with the Fields family.

    Bar cart (“Bamboo Server” #8531): Baker,
    Candleholder on bar cart (“4-Arm Candelabra Classique”/Navy): Dunes & Duchess,
    Art over bar cart (by Laura Huff): owner’s collection.
    Drapery (“Taplow”/Indigo #ED75010.5, by Threads): Lee Jofa,

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    Grand Space

    “Warren and I have been married for 17 years,” Kim says. “I came with stuff; he came with stuff. And I didn’t want any of that old stuff in the new house. Everything except some family photos and crystal was sold or donated. I wanted to start fresh.”

    And that’s no exaggeration. “She came with nothing but forks, spoons, and a suitcase of clothes,” Rosenfeld laughs. “Every piece of art, every object was purchased for this project.” While new to the Fields family, though, many of the items aren’t freshly minted—or fresh off an assembly line. 

    Steps from the dining room, the sunny music room continues the blue-and-white scheme.

    Drapery: discontinued.
    Area rug (vintage Oushak): Landry & Arcari,
    Piano; bench: owner’s collection.
    Bench fabric (“Zhen Velvet”/Sapphire #8012129.5): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Coral cabinet seen in dining room (custom Linen-Wrapped Cabinet, designed by Katie Rosenfeld): Art Applications Inc.,
    Mirror behind cabinet (“Waverly G”): Worlds Away,
    Lamps on cabinet (“Parish Buffet Lamp” #TOB3152, Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,

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    “I don’t want to just pick anything up at any store anymore,” Kim says. “It has to have meaning and be something that everyone else doesn’t have.”

    That message sent Rosenfeld on the hunt of her life. In addition to furniture, fabrics, rugs, lighting, and hardware, she pursued a staggering array of art and accessories. “I absolutely scoured One Kings Lane, 1stdibs, Etsy, consignment shops, and local art sources,” Rosenfeld says. “I’d shoot one image after another to Kim every night while I was watching the news. Do you like this? Do you like this? I kept pestering her, and she was up to the task. She didn’t hesitate to make decisions.”

    The family room opens to a sunroom, where Warren and Cody like to relax. The light oak paneling is original to the room. “It’s ’80s, but in a good way,” Rosenfeld says. “It feels like a conservatory.” Four chairs instead of a sofa seem to get the conversation flowing. An antelope-pattern rug matches the modern mood of the youthful chair fabric and abstract art. 

    Lounge chairs (“Sawyer” #650); chair fabric (“Ibiza”/Tomato, discontinued); leather ottoman (“Carrie” #L70): Wesley Hall,
    Ikat pillows on chairs (“Pardah Print”/Persian #919301.LJ): Lee Jofa,
    Blue pillow (“Lacefield Glass Velvet with Amalfi Charcoal Tape” #D865): Lacefield,
    Floor lamps (“Mia” #TOB1021, by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort); hanging lantern (“Morris,” by Suzanne Kasler): Circa Lighting,
    Art over mantel (vintage): One Kings Lane,
    Ceramic garden stool: Dayton Home,
    Area rug (“Antelope- Ax”): Stark,

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    Master Bedroom 

    The mélange of accessories, curated to feel as if they were collected over a lifetime, works with Rosenfeld’s color and pattern choices to put a contemporary spin on this classic home. “The house is very traditional,” Rosenfeld says, “but we kept it from being frumpy with abstract art, funky vintage pieces, foo dogs, and Buddhas.”

    Rosenfeld cocooned walls in grass cloth for a textural counterpoint to crisp navy and white fabrics. The room’s “wonky” shape led the designer to use small bedside tables and wall-mount lamps.

    Wallcovering (“Juicy Jute”/Warm White #4826): Phillip Jeffries,
    Trim paint (“White Dove” #OC-17): Benjamin Moore,
    Carpet (“Tandy Prism”): Stark,
    Chandelier (“Sanger Chandelier” #ARN5105, by Aerin for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Bed (“Cleo”): Vanguard Furniture,
    Bed fabric (“Linara”/Antique White #2494/217): Romo,
    Blue quilted blanket: Bonsoir Inc., 781/416-2800.
    Three blue Euro shams (Stone Harbor”/Sea Spray #27591.35): Kravet,
    Trim on Euro shams (“2.75-inch Matilde Embroidered Border”/Gulf #977-55060-16): Samuel & Sons,
    Pair of patterned pillows (“Voyage en Chine”/Indigo #4806-01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout,
    Bolster pillow (“Glimmer”/Pale Gold #62630): Schumacher,
    Trim on bolster pillow (“RTC Roulette Fringe”/Regatta #985-46528-16): Samuel & Sons,
    Wall sconces (“Cromer Swing Arm Wall Light” #WA0285.BR): Vaughan,
    Bedside table (“Sara Side Table,” by Alexa Hampton): Hickory Chair,
    Blue-and-white collection: Dayton Home,
    Bench at end of bed (“Ingrid” #V113-BE, discontinued): Vanguard Furniture,
    Bench fabric (“Safari,” by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout,
    White armchair: owner’s collection.
    Chair fabric (“Linara”/Duck Egg #2494/57): Romo,
    Pillow on armchair (“Agni Bargello Texture”/Canton Blue, Aqua #BR-800058.M22): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Pillow trim (“1.5-inch Annecy Brush Fringe”/White #983-38120-082):  Samuel & Sons,
    Drapery (“Garden of Persia”/Bleu Marine #175033): Schumacher,
    Lounge chair (“Alexander Skirted Chair” #782); fabric (“C-Jubilee”): Wesley Hall,
    Side table by lounge chair: Dayton Home,
    Art: owner’s collection. 

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    Fast Friends

    It’s just the right mood for this distinctive homeowner and her energetic family, Kim agrees. “No one can re-create this house,” she says. “Our home is one of a kind.”

    The two like spirits (shown, with Rosenfeld standing) became fast friends.

    Pedestal dining table: Restoration Hardware,
    Dining chairs (“Tori Side Chair”/Antiqued Silver Bamboo with leather seats in “Rhone”/Navy): Made Goods,
    Chandelier (“Double Twist Large Chandelier” #SC5005 by Eric Cohler for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Blue-and-white bowl: Dayton Home,
    Drapery (“Zenith”/Indigo #ED75006.3, by Threads): Lee Jofa,

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    The 1990s Massachusetts home sports classic good looks.

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