Interior design: a bedroom decorated for the girls (but not Dad’s Zoom calls)

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After decorating the bedrooms of a family’s three teenage daughters, Cara Fineman, founder of DAG Design, moved on to the space her client dubbed the “Innovation Room,” an optimistic retreat meant to spur creativity and the collaboration. “It’s not a formal workspace, but it’s not a place to lie down either,” she says. While the cheery setting is a hit with the teenagers, their dad’s co-workers have mocked its beauty. “He made Zoom calls from here during the pandemic,” says Fineman. “There were definitely comments on the colored background.”

1 Knowing the client envisioned comfortable chairs over a sofa, Fineman opted for oversized swivels in a playful (but not childish) silhouette upholstered in raspberry-colored crushed velvet.

2 Eddie Defreitas of Built-ins by Eddie designed the workstation to accommodate three people. Glass with small bubbles adds interest and helps hide the contents of tall cabinets. Blu Dot’s upholstered office chairs come from Lekker in the South End.

3 Design Within Reach’s Neverending Glory Blown Glass Pendants are fun but don’t rival wallpaper. “I wanted to include decorative lights and that way the installation above the desk is a bit unexpected,” says Fineman.

4 The client came to the table with wallpaper from the Elitis Kandy collection, which she saw in another of Fineman’s projects. “I get so many requests for this model,” notes the designer.

5 The colors and shapes of Hannah Lane’s painting by Libby Silvia Artstyle complement the wallpaper. “Even though they’re both busy, they feel really good together,” Fineman said of the couple.

6 “If the piece was too crazy and playful, it wouldn’t mesh with the decor of the rest of the house,” Fineman notes, explaining that the navy faux leather ottoman with nailhead trim nods to the overall design scheme.


Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to Globe Magazine. Send your comments to [email protected]

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