Home design ideas: Simple goes a long way in a living room – The Boston Globe

Before Michael Kim of MK Architecture and David Cohen of Hampden Design + Construction reworked this 1964 addition to their client’s 1938 Colonial in Weston, there was a laundry room in a corner, a low ceiling, and limited access to the yard. Nothing about the space felt right. After taking the room down to the studs and simplifying the shell, the pair created a tranquil sitting room with an inconspicuous backdrop of built-in bookshelves and a focal point-worthy fireplace. “Now the room looks like it’s supposed to, like it’s always been this way,” Kim says. “That was the point, that was our assignment.”

1. A rug with Eastern flavor from Dover Rug & Home provides subtle color and a pattern that echoes the homeowners’ international sensibilities.


2. Deep blue Pumpkin chairs by Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset are a sculptural statement that balances the heft and neutral color of the sectional.

3. Kim designed the bookshelves, which he calls the room’s “supporting actor,” to be as visually quiet as possible. “They’re not meant to call attention to themselves,” the architect says. “Their function is to highlight the homeowners’ artifacts and books.”