Home Sweet Home: Pretty Spaces

Simply “fresh and pretty’ home, art and design to inspire your personal decor aspirations.

Designer Paloma Contreras

A living room with bookshelves styled to a T.

Designer Paloma Contreras

A porthole mirror crowns the upholstered headboard in the master bedroom, repeating the gilded finish found on the quartz lamps.
Acrylic on Canvas

Designer Paloma Contreras

A pair of custom-upholstered armchairs and velvet throw pillows lend a pop of color to the otherwise-neutral master bedroom.

Designer Lilse McKenna

“I wanted to keep the living room bright and airy,” says Lilse. Sheer bamboo shades add privacy but still let in plenty of light, while soft hues and light-toned finishes create a fresh atmosphere.
A custom banquette turns one corner of the room into a dedicated dining area (and gives Rupert the French bulldog lots of space to stretch out).

Restored 19th Century French Louis XV Style Canape Sofa

The living room’s elegant console (actually an Ikea table upgraded with a custom skirt) is a secret storage powerhouse, concealing bedding, towels, table linens, and off-season textiles.
Books, objets, and a painting found at the Brimfield Antique Show make up an artful vignette on top, creating that layered feel that Lilse loves.
“My entire look veers toward lived-in and collected,” she says.

Designer Lilse McKenna


Acrylic on Canvas

A mirrored-tile backsplash lends glamour to this wet bar.

Designer Lilse McKenna

“We knew we wanted to entertain in the space,” Lilse says, so the dining nook needed to work for daily meals and formal affairs alike.
To make room for a crowd, Lilse swaps out the petite pedestal table for a larger folding table (dressed up with a pretty tablecloth) and pulls out folding chairs she keeps stashed in the coat closet.
À l’aube d’un nouveau jour… | “AT THE BREAK OF DAWN…” (Sailing Spirit 2019)
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

Designer Paloma Contreras

A canopy of floral fabric frames a trundle bed in a kid’s bedroom.
All of the upholstery was sealed for enhanced durability.

A Brooklyn kitchen goes sleek and chic in allover white—from the cabinets to the ceiling to the floor. Home of Jenni Li; photo by Lesley Unruh.


Designer Lilse McKenna
When sourcing wallpaper for the bedroom, Lilse looked for a large-scale print with a lot of white space to highlight the 13-foot ceilings while keeping things airy.
“It’s such a great space and you kind of lose that if you’re not looking up, and your eye needs to be draw­n up by something,” notes the designer.
She landed on a block-print-inspired Les Indiennes print, which she paired with a classic Lee Jofa chintz headboard and a small-scale geometric accent fabric.
Crisp white linens balance out the medley of patterns, while a seascape photograph adds a bold blue focal point.


Designer Paloma Contreras

A gold mirror and brass lighting complement a cooler shade of blue.


In the nursery, all-white furniture picks up on the light and airy feel found throughout the rest of the home.


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