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The ornate marble fireplace, original to the 1867 brownstone town house in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, provides a focal point for the living area.
The ornate marble fireplace, original to the 1867 brownstone town house in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, provides a focal point for the living area. Greg Premru

Living small seems to be the wave of the future, especially when it comes to city dwellings. Sure, there are the mega penthouses that grab the headlines in the real estate news feeds, but the real story is the proliferation of small urban apartments and condos. In a two-bedroom, two-bath condo that is a little more than 1,000 square feet, interior designer Kathie Chrisicos of Chrisicos Interiors in Boston proves that a compact space that is well planned and beautiful can meet many needs. In fact, such a space can be a low-maintenance oasis, an escape from the burdens of furnishing and caring for lots of rooms. And her design is proof positive that color and pattern need not be left behind.

The saturated teal on the custom curved faux-leather banquette draws attention to the light-filled window bay, where five or six diners can fit comfortably when extra chairs are pulled up. The 40-inch-diameter iron table has a faux bois base that reminds the owners of their second home in Vermont. —Greg Premru

 

The cherished Murano glass chandelier the clients bought in Italy many years ago inspired the palette for the project. “It was the perfect size for the entry hall,” says Chrisicos, who enlivened the space with a blue-and-white ikat-pattern wallpaper. A rich stain on the original pumpkin pine floors brings out the details of the graining. —Greg Premru

 

The 11-foot-tall ceiling adds to the feeling of spaciousness. Chrisicos draws attention to the crown moulding by adding silver accents. —Greg Premru

 

To pick up on the textures of the glass-tile backsplash, Chrisicos applied grass-cloth paper to the wall around the windows and above the cabinets. —Greg Premru

 

The tall upholstered headboard in the master bedroom is 4 inches deep and appears to float against the wall, which was painted a deep shade of navy blue. The bench at the foot of the bed is upholstered in a faux otter skin. The overall effect is unified and restful. —Greg Premru
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