Blue Her Mind

The design of a would-be rental property inspired the homeowner to make a bold change of plans.
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Blue wall paint is Dunn Edwards Newbury Port in a velvet sheen. Because this is a part-time residence, all plants are (deceivingly!) artificial.

It was supposed to be an Airbnb. But after Rebecca Ward came in to select finishes and furnishings, the homeowner of this custom new build had a major change of heart“The client was so happy with the result, she decided to keep the home for herself,” says Ward.

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“We pushed the client out of her comfort zone a little by encouraging her to incorporate black accents—an essential element of Zen design style—in everything from her art to her backsplash tiles,” says Ward.

The choice is no surprise, considering how many irresistible elements Ward was able to bring to the homeincluding the perfectly placed pops of color, striking artwork selections and overall relaxing vibe. “The client came to us with a strong sense of style, a love of neutrals and natural materials, and a craving for some bright pops of color,” says Wardwho describes her approach to the project as a combination of midcentury modern and Zen. “She had great taste but was afraid to incorporate bold colors on her own. We helped her make her dreams a reality.”

Ward aimed for an inviting and relaxing vibe throughout, “almost like a spa or resort,” she says.

Her tips for bringing bold color into design? “You have to pick your moments. You’ll notice that the dining room wall and the TV media cabinet are blue, but the majority of the other items in the living and dining areas are neutral or muted, which allows those blue areas to really pop and take center stage.”

Concorde chandelier
The Concorde chandelier by Regina Andrew is inspired by the famous Concorde airliner.

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Neighborhood: Sterling Meadows in Elk Grove
Designer: Rebecca Ward Design

office chair
The Eames lounge chair and ottoman were part of the owner’s existing furniture collection and bring Zen to the office.