Family Bonds

A young couple breathes new life into a Colonial Revival in Brookline.

By Erin Byers Murray | Boston Home |

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Shayleen and Juliana sip champagne in the three-season sunroom.

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Clockwise from top: Wood, bronze, and “Sariskar Maharani” wallpaper, from Osborne & Little, brings the garden motif into the dining room; a room-length curtain behind the bed adds a luxurious touch to the master suite; one of the third-floor bathrooms is wrapped in “Perroquet Aquarium” wallpaper also from Osborne & Little.

The third floor, affectionately called the “kids’ floor,” was designed to accommodate both guests and future additions to the family. The two bathrooms boast fun, quirky themes: One is papered with a variety of boldly colored fish and features bubblelike tiles in the shower, while the other, dubbed the “treehouse,” has a foresty feel and tiles that look like planked wood. “There won’t be any fighting over who gets which bathroom, guests or kids,” Juliana says with a laugh.

Outside, Faith Michaels of Faithful Flowers (another of Shayleen’s clients), worked miracles on the dusty, overgrown lot, giving the couple a stone patio, a rose garden, a built-in fire pit, and a sunken hot tub. Now an extension of their customized new home, the space feels like an outdoor living room. “This is our little peaceful place,” Juliana says of the yard. “You can hardly even tell you’re in the middle of Brookline.”

Interior Designer: Dietz & Associates
General Contractors: DiSipio Design & Construction
Landscape Architect: Faithful Flowers