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sneak peek: brad dufton & kendra amin-dufton pt. 2

by Grace Bonney

brad dufton of color theory and his wife kendra amin-dufton, woman’s dept. manager for urban outfitters, were kind enough to share a peek into their boston home last march, and today they’re sharing an updated peek into their new apartment in boston’s south end! brad shared his insight into their decorating process below, so i hope you’ll enjoy his guided tour through their new apartment. thanks so much to brad and kendra for sharing their home with us! click here for additional, full-sized photos on flickr!

[Our new home is a 740 sq ft, 1 bedroom apt., located in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The building was designed and built in 2009 by Hacin + Associates, a reputable and exploding local Architecture firm, known for their modern design aesthetic and ability to blend their facades naturally within historic neighborhoods. When we knew that we would be moving into our new “Open Living” apt, we began our design process immediately. Inspired by art & culture from the 1930’s and the 1970’s, my wife Kendra, (Woman’s Dept. Mgr. for Urban Outfitters, Harvard Sq.) coined the description for our new home, as “deco/disco”. Now that we had a vision for our new home, the detailing process became focused and efficient.]

[Inspired by Tropical Asian islands and interiors, Kendra and I wanted to create our own oasis, and feel our bedroom offers us both warmth and relaxation, during Boston’s 7 months of winter. Most of the decorative items in our bedroom are antiques or vintage finds and we especially adore the hanging Sculptures of the Man and Woman w/ the orange background, because we like to think they look like us, even though they were made in
Thailand 50 years ago.]

[I am proud to say that we used Benjamin Moore’s Aura Paint line, for our entire residence. Aura takes just 1 coat of paint, so long as the walls were white prior, which ours were, saving me hours of work. Our chosen paint colors are also ALL from Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Color collection; the idea is that no matter how many and which colors you select from the Affinty Color Wheel,that all the colors will compliment perfectly. Living Room: “Cinder”, Kitchen: “Azores”, Bathroom: “Batik”, Bedroom: “Tranquility”,
All Doors: “Silhouette”.]

[We found the perfect wallpaper, from the Ink Collection by Brewster, which runs along a 26′ long wall, connecting our dining room to our living room, on decoratetoday.com for a total of $280 !!! That’s a steal.]

CLICK HERE for the rest of Brad and Kendra’s sneak peek after the jump!

[We also reupholstered our 2 dining chairs in a designer fabric, made out of Teflon, which essentially makes the chairs indestructible against all moisture and food stains. The chairs’ new fabric was also purchased from newtoto.com, 3 yards for $18. We have plans to reupholster our sectional sofa in the coming weeks, we’re just still searching for the perfect fabric. I LOVE newtoto.com, but you have to be willing to sift through 100’s of junk fabrics to find the diamond in the rough, and I encourage anyone to do it twice a month, for the best results.]

[And probably our favorite room in our new home, would have to be our kitchen. In the 11+ years of living in Boston, never before have we had such a large kitchen, and especially one with brand new full msize appliances. We both love kitch items and diners from the golden era, and we decided to choose a classic pale green/blue for the walls, w/ pops of playful decorative items, such as the red birdcage, gold mirrors, and mounted longhorns above the stove.]

[It’s a blessing to have such a talented upholsterer, John Vasquez, on our colorTHEORY team, because he reupholstered our formerly all white microfiber living room chair, to a graphic patterned fabric by Henry Calvin. But I purchased the fabric from my “top secret” website for significantly discounted designer fabrics, www.newtoto.com. This Henry Calvin fabric, available through U.S. Design Centers, retails for $145/yd as we speak, and yet I paid a total of $45 for the needed 4 yards!]

[In the entry way, I experimented with a painting technique referred to as “Shadow Striping”. Using painter’s tape, I free styled a geometric pattern, and simply applied the same color paint in a Semi Gloss finish over the Matte Finish. Once you peel the tape from the wall, you are then left with a pattern that takes on a life of its’ own, depending upon where you stand and how the light shines on it.]

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