What we did

Boho Chic Townhouse

Designed by: Marcia Moore

How do you make a space absolutely “you” when you live in a rental?

That was the challenge for this single professional woman, after downsizing from her large home to a rented townhome. The location is terrific—secluded, private and wooded, and three floors offered lots of design potential, especially with her impressive collection of furniture, rugs and accessories. An eclectic mix of Mid-century modern, Art Deco, Industrial, Boho Chic and Modern Farmhouse, some of it transitioned easily to the new home, but many pieces were too large or not the right style. A few updates were on the agenda.

Of course, a rental means living with some features that might not be the best—but thoughtful and creative accessories can bring new life to tired kitchens and baths, and dated light fixtures can be switched out and switched back again when you move. As for the existing carpet, described by the new occupant as “cheap, ugly and nasty,” this renter splurged and had luxury vinyl installed in the two main living areas. (Great furniture and rugs need a fresh canvas, after all!)

The dining room is dinner-party ready, with an industrial-style table surrounded by a Boho Chic collection of chairs in mixed textures and fabrics, including family heirlooms, Parsons chairs, and two 25-year-old Sheraton armchairs outfitted in tribal and tweed. It’s all illuminated by a stunning new chandelier from Hubbardton Forge.

Also on the main floor and open to the dining room, the living area is anchored by a plush, hand-knotted Bokhara rug, angled just so. Upholstered in dark brown embossed velvet, a Hollywood Regency style sofa offers elegant seating.

The eclectic vibe continues in the lower level family room, where new sectional seating can handle six people, or provide a stretched-out space for TV viewing for one, and lots of mismatched pillows keep it comfy. A fabulous art deco rug from Asadorian Rug Company is center stage, thanks to small, multi-function drink tables that don’t hide the rug’s great design. A long wall of draperies adds continuity and ground-level privacy. Behind the sectional, a work-from-home space offers a view of the wooded back yard—perfect for deer watching.

A master bedroom and a guest bedroom top off the townhome on the third floor. Private “tree house” views mean simple sheers at the windows, and Art Deco chairs and a contemporary dresser combine with a painting by local artist Carey Johnson to personalize the master suite. Outside, a small private balcony beckons—could there be a better place to enjoy morning coffee?

Overnight company will feel welcomed and spoiled in the guest bedroom, outfitted in cozy comfort. This charming space is a perfect example of how to decorate without great expense. The furniture all came from the previous home, and the linens, window treatments and accessories were bargain finds−absolute proof that beautiful doesn’t have to break the bank.

Three floors of fabulous— perfectly personalized by a discerning eye. Welcome home!

Photos by: Karen Palmer